Melissa Jarnagin Participates in Tour de Pink
The annual Tour de Pink is sponsored by the Young Survival Coalition. Every year they organize a bike to ride to help raise awareness, fund and support those affected by breast cancer. This year's West Coast ride took place October 25 to 27. Their motto is "Where will 200 miles take you?"
We left Thousand Oaks on Friday morning at 7:30am where it was already 80 degrees and windy! Day 1 consisted of a metric century or a full century, and my goal was to complete the full; however, after riding in the heat and cramping I called it a day at 76 miles at Goleta Beach.
Day 2 was 61 miles and had us riding through beautiful Santa Barbara, up in Hope Ranch, out to Sandpiper Golf Course, up Foothill, down into Carpenteria and finishing back at the Hilton Hotel.
Day 3 was 44 miles and took us back down into Ventura County ending at the Ventura Promenade for a wonderful dip in the Pacific Ocean.
In total I rode 181 miles, which included 14 hours and 15 minutes in the saddle and 5,825 feet of climbing. It was for a great cause and I cannot wait to do it again next year!
By Melissa Jarnagin