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Old 01-20-14, 06:56 PM   #76
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Nice. That cat 4 after the pit stop at mile 75 was painful.
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There was a climb at mile 75? I have no recollection of that..I must be getting old. I do remember the false flat to the finish.
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There was a climb at mile 75? I have no recollection of that..I must be getting old. I do remember the false flat to the finish.

You can see it here... That loop by La Quinta is the "climb" and descent.

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You can see it here... That loop by La Quinta is the "climb" and descent.
Wow, I never even noticed it. I've done training rides out in that area before so I'm pretty familiar with the area, I must have just cruised on through without even thinking about it. I had my son with me on the tandem so he probably just pushed me along while I enjoyed the scenery.
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That whole ride is a false flat and my lyin' garmin came up with 4k feet! FOUR THOUSAND!

I think it was wind induced error, no way that ride had anywhere near 4k of climbing. I'd give it maybe 2800.

As long as they leave that fantastic 7 mile bomb down the back side, I'll be happy. I topped out at 46.2 last year.
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I think we were pushing 60mph in spots coming down the backside but that's pretty easy on the tandem with a 60/11 gear.
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I topped out at 46.2 last year.
Think I was good for 31-32mph fully tucked w/ my limited gearing, very annoying

Unfortunately TJ you won't get to tow me around that course again this yr. Gonna save my get outta home tickets for a larger fish in March...
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That whole ride is a false flat and my lyin' garmin came up with 4k feet! FOUR THOUSAND!

I think it was wind induced error, no way that ride had anywhere near 4k of climbing. I'd give it maybe 2800.

As long as they leave that fantastic 7 mile bomb down the back side, I'll be happy. I topped out at 46.2 last year.
I got 3930 feet and topped out at 45 mph last year!
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Think I was good for 31-32mph fully tucked w/ my limited gearing, very annoying

Unfortunately TJ you won't get to tow me around that course again this yr. Gonna save my get outta home tickets for a larger fish in March...
Do tell, what's in March, and how does one "tow" from the rear echelon exactly?

I'm bringing the whole family with me, no "get out" card required.
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Do tell, what's in March, and how does one "tow" from the rear echelon exactly?

I'm bringing the whole family with me, no "get out" card required.
Solvang double, with fam in tow and make a longer road trip of it head to Monterey the next day. Still trying to fund the trip but that is what I'm thinking right now...even though I haven't touched my bike in almost 2 weeks
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Solvang double, with fam in tow and make a longer road trip of it head to Monterey the next day. Still trying to fund the trip but that is what I'm thinking right now...even though I haven't touched my bike in almost 2 weeks
Wait, didn't you just bust your shifter? Sounds like you're ready to go for Palm Springs.

Ow, my ass just hurts thinking about a double.
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haha funny guy and yah same side shifter too Haven't "tried" a century on the CX knobby tires yet but the 70ish mile runs on it makes me legs feel like they went 100...but 35c tires are plush...just can't try to push 25+ like I can w/ the super6
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... how does one "tow" from the rear echelon exactly?
Baaaaaa Haaaaaaa!

How "cold" was it? Just wondering since I'm sittin here watching 'white sunshine' fall. 8" and counting since 8 am Eastern time.
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and how does one "tow" from the rear echelon exactly?
You had more gear selection then me, iduno why you were hanging out near the back
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Solvang double, with fam in tow and make a longer road trip of it head to Monterey the next day. Still trying to fund the trip but that is what I'm thinking right now...even though I haven't touched my bike in almost 2 weeks
I've done that double 5-6 times, it's really fast. A friend of mine has done it in 8:45 and I've done it in 10hrs. The only problem is that every time I do it there is some kind of horrible weather going on like hail, massive down poors, strong winds or water spouts. Who knows maybe with the current drought it'll be nice. Actually, if I don't do it then it will probably be nice.

If you take your family up to Monterey make sure you go up hwy 1. Stop at the elephant seals near Piedros Blancos, the kids will love it and Ragged Point, your wife will love that. Make sure you and make a stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium along with Fisherman's wharf. It's definitely worth the price of admission.
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How "cold" was it? Just wondering
The day started at about 36 degrees (nice and clear though!) and warmed up to about 75 or so by 2pm.

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There were chicks! I don't know why you were so skeered and hadda run away.
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