This ride was as tough as I have done in a long time. Not the distance or the climbing (although both were considerable), but the speed. The group included a team of UCI ranked Dutch mountain bikers, who I think are camped out here for a training camp. They are seriously pushing the envelope every time they go out, and trying to stay with them is bicycle suicide.
The final run home yesterday (20 odd km), I don't think dropped much below 40km.
I was a drooling mess by the time I got back to the hotel.