The 56 Mile bike course didn't disappoint with its numerous challenges. The temperature dropped from 45 degrees to 37 after getting over a first big climb and into a valley. Fortunately having warm gloves, vest and bike shoes with more coverage proved to be a winning formula for fighting off the hypothermia.
First 25 miles featured some rough and bumpy roads, while the last 30 were silky smooth. I completely forgot just how "not flat" the course was. Lots of undulating terrain and a few big climbs with a total gain of over 3K (feet).
Because of the low temperatures, I only had to use 2 smaller (500ml) water bottles and didn't need any additional water from aid stations.
Finished the bike section just under 2 hours and 40 minutes, which for me was good considering how hilly the course was.