2011 Ultraman Day Two
Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Tue Nov 29 2011
The 2011 Ultraman Day 2 started with a 30-mile downhill ride from Volcanoes National Park in a light rain that passed a downed tree at Mile Marker 21. After a scenic seaside jaunt past canopies of trees on what is known as the Red Road (once paved with crushed red rocks, now re-covered with new licorice-black pavement) the riders turn north toward Hilo and its lovely trees and rain-fed greenery. Next the headwinds picked up on the 30-mile northward leg to Honoka'a before attacking a big hill toward the famed Parker Ranch and the town of Waimea. And on this Saturday, the subsequent ascent of the Kohala Mountains is where the wild winds wailed and riders held on to their handlebars like rodeo cowboys trying to hold on to two-ton bucking brahmas as they battled head- and side winds gusting to 50 miles per hour. The elites blasted through somehow, but some folks walked their bikes through the tough spots and others decided they didn’t want to dare the precipitous declivity in those winds and packed it in.
A very tough day.
All photos © Timothy Carlson
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