The problem with riding a century that goes east first and then west when a cold front is coming in is the chance of some strong headwinds on the way back. I've ridden the Cincinnati to Ripley 100 dozens of times and have had some head winds one way or another but nothing like today. While the ride out was pretty typical (about 19.2 mph) the ride back after the front passed was brutal. We barely averaged 15 mph for the 3 hours and 19 minutes. It's a flat road so its constant pedaling. Knowing that we were in for a long ride back we kept the cadence high so as to not get bogged down in too large a gear. Slow going but it worked.