Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Hollister, CA
Bikes: Volagi, daVinci Joint Venture
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For speed work I've got a local 24 mile loop with only 900' of climbing. I generally ride that hard, no race drop-when-u-finish hard, but training hard. I can average 18 mph or so over that sort of distance up to about 30 miles. I don't know if intervals would be a better use of time, but on rolling rides I tend to go hard on the climbs and flats, back of on downslopes, so intervals of a sort.
Solvang, the spring version I assume, would be appealing; It's sooner than I would want, but easier sounding than many doubles. I would second what I read in some related posts about flat rides; Homeyba, you made the observation about how boring flat was on some nasty SoCal double.