Southern California - Hemet Double
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08-07-09, 09:35 PM
Has anyone ever done it? I'm thinking it might be pretty fun and I kind of want to squeeze in one more double before the end of the year. It happens on the 3rd of October this year.
08-07-09, 11:15 PM
I will be doing at least the first 100 this year. Don't think I am ready for the second half. I think they go up Sage and I am not fond of that climb. But October is a little bit away and I might change my mind. The weather should be nice and I am looking forward to it.
08-08-09, 06:57 PM
I did the first half a few years ago and won't go back. While the support was great, the route was awful. :mad: No fault of the promoters, there was so much road construction, traffic, dirt, narrow roads, etc. it made for an unpleasant day. Of course the weather wasn't helpful, there were gale-force winds the whole day. I finally had a tail wind the last few miles and I was sooooo happy I wasn't doing the double when I saw the riders heading out into the wind for their second half. Hopefully, October will be a better time of year.
I did hear from some folks who did the double that there is a narrow, dangerous road with truck and heavy traffic, that is toward the end of the ride (sorry, don't know any street names in that area). If you will be finishing in daylight it won't be too bad, but if not...:eek:
08-09-09, 12:19 PM
^^ That's what I'm worried about. I know some of those roads kind of suck to begin with.
08-09-09, 03:04 PM
For me it fits in with my goal. One century last year, two centuries this year and three or maybe for next year. I might supplant one with a double. But the roads they will be riding are nowhere near as hard to ride on as Breathless Agony.
The double is an urban double, lots of stop signs and traffic lights. There's only about 7,800' of climbing, but between the traffic all day and the stops the course wears on you. The toughest part of the course was going through Pala and heading SW on Hwy 76. Saturday afternoon the traffic was horriable. People had been at the Indian Casino gambling, drinking and now were driving home on a narrow, twisty road. I was glad to see Rice Canyon, I didn't care how bad the climb was. Would I do the ride again.....yes, but you better be on your "A" game.
08-10-09, 10:45 AM
I agree with Dante, except we didn't have trouble with casino traffic. I've done it, what (?) four or five times now, and I might be the minority but I like it!
I worked it last year and ended up doing the staff ride in cold rain and wind on Dec. 13th (with 8 hours in the dark!), so I'm going to ride it on the ride date this year, and for sure we'll have better weather than we had in Dec.!
What has me worried is that I have only six days for recovery before the Bass Lake Double, then six days for recovery before the Fall Solvang Double (which is lots tougher than Spring Solvang Double).
So, Dante, I've been working on my "A" recovery game! After Mt. Tam last weekend, I recovered enough to ride 136 miles and 14,000 feet of climbing this past weekend (Aug. 8 - 9). Feel kinda knackered today (Monday Aug. 10).
Anxious to see how I feel on the club ride on Tues. evening . . .
Rick / OCRR
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