No pressure if you’re Runner #7 on a Hood to Coast team this year … not a big deal at all that you’ll also be taking on Leg 19, this week’s Strava Segment of the Week. Ahem, Aaron Coe. No pressure, I said.
Only 235 have recorded their efforts on Strava on this 5.8-mile segment that runs from the Columbia County Fairgrounds on the west edge of Saint Helens to … well, a wide spot on Pittsburg Rd. While the segment has a screaming downhill for the first half of the 2nd mile, and another slight bit of relief at mile 2.3, there’s a lot of climbing on this segment. Even with those downhills and about 2 miles of pretty flat road, the average grade is 1%.
The current leaders for this segment are Derek Wehunt (31:24 from the 2017 Hood to Coast) and “a B” (a 38:04 from the 2016 Relay). It won’t be easy to take either of them down, but even getting on the leaderboard would be really cool for this challenging segment.