...but today it was an enjoyable, conversational climb thanks to the fact that He-Who-Likes-to-Poke-Fun-at-My-Limited-Racing-Schedule isn't a morning person and was content to roll easy. I really like the first half of the Draper ICUP course - I've ridden down Clark's enough that I can actually go somewhat fast (if you ride early in the morning it's rare to run into - pun intended! - any uphill traffic). The second half of the course, however, is another story. One of these days I expect to develop some mountain bike handling skills but thus far they have proven elusive. Unfortunately (for me), the latter half of the course is filled with narrow, sandy trail riddled with lots of tight turns. Needless to say, that combination doesn't result in very fast riding on my part.
It should be noted that the switchback (near the Red Rock trailhead, just before you drop onto Mike Weir) to which Team Revolution applied some TLC last night was much improved. My wrists, shoulders and back are sore thanks to the 2 hours of manual labor, but the end result made the suffering worthwhile.