If you’re smart, draft off the leaders until you hit at least Makawao town. In Makawao, there is a steep climb. This is where it’s hard to keep up with the lead group, however, if you are fit, be my guest. I was able to drop Mosk during my run to Makawao, however, he was able to catch up with me later in the ride and ultimately beat me by a large amount of time: 3 whole minutes- Ha. I thought I would love this bike ride, but it did get really painful. As you can see in the pictures, Mosk and I started the day all smiles but by about the 7k elevation I was in some pain. There is also a pic of me coming across the finish line. It was really windy this year during the ride and that was a real bummer. My bike held up much better than I did. My time was 4:03. The leaders came in at 2:45. How they did that I don’t know; strong and tiny I imagine. Anyway this is a great Maui bike ride if you really like a challenge. There are food and water stations along the way so you will never run out of jell or water. You will need a ride back down to Paia, or I believe the organizer runs a shuttle. It’s $200 to enter for non residents and $175 for residents. Check out the official cycle to the sun website for full details and information, and more information about Haleakala Crater – click here.
Boss Frog’s rents bikes that are great for this ride, full carbon, high quality components and the proper gearing. You can’t go wrong.
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