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Old 05-05-07, 10:42 AM   #1
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Napa Tour De Cure May 6

Well folks, tomorrow is the day. I'll be on my silver recumbent with a yellow seat bag on the back. I just put a blue plastic name tag with white letters on the back handle of the bag for all to see. It says "DCHIEF". Say "Hi" as you fly by. Weather looks like it will be terrific. Next year I should be in shape for the century again. Good riding.

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Yes, if the wind isn't howling (it sure is here in Vacaville) it'll be a terrific ride.

I rode it last year -- considered it this year but my teammates have family obligations this weekend. I hope next year we make it; it's a beautiful ride for a great cause.

Have fun!
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The wind was definitely howling by the peninsula. I did a flat ride up Canada Rd, but it was a lot tougher due to wind. Hope it's not too bad up there.
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If the 50 mile route is the same as the end of the 100 miler, we fight the wind all the way down Silverado Trail, but the last 5 miles is with the wind at our backs. In 2004 I maintained 24 mph by myself on the last pull. Cars were pulling next to me and checking their speedometers. I'll be cruising a lot slower this year on my 'bent.
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It was windy for sure, mostly from the north. I did the 25 with my DD on the trailercycle and we were either going 8 or 28 mph.
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That's what happened to me, although some of the slow speeds were from being new to my 'bent.
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I waved at many of you. The wife and I were having brunch at Gillwoods' as the over 25 miles crowd went by.
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The wind made it seem a lot cooler than it was. Once I got back, showered, and put on some normal clothes I started to notice how hot it was. I stopped at four rest stops to get cytomax/water (skipped that first one at 11 miles). I had two bottles between each stop and one water bottle at each rest stop. Count four more bottles at the end, and another couple of liters between that and bedtime and I'm still feeling really dehydrated.

Yesterday was my longest, hottest, and fastest (even in the wind) ride this year. Averaged 17.6mph, 5:40:15 (probably nothing compared to all the racers that passed me, but still fast for me). I hadn't planned on beating 6 hours, but I really underestimated how flat the course would be. The few small hills there were on 128 and the rollers on Silverado were welcome, they helped break up the monotony of the flats (you can only see so many grapevines) so I took them on full throttle. I spend the rest of the time (save for 30-40 solo miles) in the draft of as many pacelines as I could hitch a ride on (tried to do my fair share of pulling). All in all it was a lot of fun (despite some of the more boring flats and that brutal wind in the last few miles).
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Anybody see Greg Lemond there? I think he DNS'ed.
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Anybody see Greg Lemond there? I think he DNS'ed.
Didn't see him either, but I didn't look too hard. I was pretty disappointed with the whole setup at the end (not that I expected much), even though the ride was a blast.

I'm not trying to complain, what the ADA and Tour de Cure does is a good thing, but lunch was pretty horrible, the volunteers were really rude (maybe just to me?). A massage would have been pretty nice, but I didn't feel like waiting 30 minutes. And they ran out of water. I got in at 1:50, after 5:40 riding and managed to grab a couple of bottles of water, but I can't imagine how disappointed all the people who came in after me were. There was a water fountain, but it only seemed to dispense hot water for me.

Not trying to sound like a whiner, the ride was very well organized and marked. The rest stops were fairly well stocked. Maybe I was just cranky after riding a hundred miles in that heat.
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I rode 50, and had a great time. The tailwind on Silverado Trail allowed me to fly for miles at top speed (fun!), and the only bummer were those last 5 miles back up Hwy. 29 into that same wind, head-first. Ouch!

The setup at the end was okay, but I got there much earlier than the 100-milers. I just appreciated the fact that there were volunteers helping us all do our best.
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I was pretty easy to recognize by my bike. The only other "bent rider I saw was the young guy on the Burley Django at 11:51 in the pictures.
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