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    Marin Century(s) reports?

    We'll I'll make it short, Scale of 1-10....a 12!. Best century in 20 years. Food support ,everyone seemed friendly, great conversation and weather. Got to do my fastest Marshall wall back descent 48.2 mph in the fog, but my bike computor died after tomalewood, I don't know if that was related. Met a rider and we Yak yak yaked past the a turn and ended up doing an extra 10 miles, missed the 2nd rest stop! so I bonked a little before lunch. The climb out of Petaluma was hot and tough, went by the cheese factory and dunked my head under the faucet. We got back to an amazing feed! Chicken, PIZZA!! lasagna, Garlic potatoes and Ice cream!. See ya next year........
    One observation... No one seems to have a sucky bike anymore, and everybody has snappy cycle shirts.
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    I did the metric and since it was my first organized, endurance ride, I have no point of reference. All I can say is that it was the hardest physical event I had ever done in my life. The six weeks of US Air Force basic training was nothing compared to the climbs.

    The weather in the morning was perfect for me. I did the first two climbs (Lucas Valey and Wilson Hill) with relative ease as compared to the late morning, afternoon rides. I didn't expect it to get so hot in Petaluma! The last big hill - Red Hill - almost did me in. But I sucked it up and completed the ride in under six hours. When I got back in my car, the thermometer said the outside temp was 97 degrees!! All in all, it was a great ride and I would do it again. Next time though, I would leave earlier than 8AM.

    I agree that everyone was so friendly, support personnel were great and the food, especially the marinated rotisserrie chicken, was jammin'. Marin Cyclists know how to treat riders well!

    I talked to a guy who was riding a tandem with his wife while at the last rest stop. I wonder if it was anyone on this board. I wish there was a way we could've identified each other out there.

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    Had an awesome time too. Did the metric as well, and gearing up for the Napa Century in two weeks. Been doing some power meter training for the last two weeks, learning some better pedaling technique and climbing stuff, and it seemed to work. I had the same experience as cantdrv above, climbed the first two hills pretty well, but had trouble with the two hills after the rest stop in the park. That last one (Red Hill, was it?) was a *****. I kept thinking it was going to crest, was going to crest, was going to crest and it never did. At nearly the top of it a car with a camper trailer on it ran me into the side of the road and I went down. Luckily, I was going like 1/2 mph, so I popped up, crested and finished the hill.

    When passing by the road that we turned left to go to the first Rest Stop, I thought maybe it was a dual function stop and that it was the last one, so I rode back there to re-fill the bottle and try to pee. Doh. Hit the last rest stop, did the same.

    I lost a bottle on the first hill on Smith Ranch so I hydrated poorly and am pretty sure I de-hydrated (couldn't pee for about 2 hours after the ride).

    I met some really nice people (cyclists seem to generally be a nice lot) and aside from the one car with the trailer, nobody heckled us. The grub at the end, with the music etc. was great. A real great feeling.

    Oh yeah, and could you beat that weather? I think not.

    Definitely doing it again.

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    Great reports ... keept them coming. And oh, didn't you know it was a requirement to have photos for these ride reports?
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    There was guy takings pics of everyone as they passed by him atop Wilson Hill. Does anyone know how to get a hold of the fella? I want to buy my pic.

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    Velodiva and I rode the 100K ride on our tandem and it was a perfect day. The route was good and it was our first time riding in Marin since moving here last year. Below are a series of pics from the top of the second Hors Category climb.

    Velodiva and I at the top.


    Cyclist descending.


    Path down.


    Here is a profile of the terrain. Our Garmin showed 6200 feet of climbing which is what we expected for the area.
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    VMC and I did the metric today and I have to say I loved this ride! It did get a little warm at the end but the route was great and the rest stops were well stocked... except the woman who was checking the
    200k riders in at our first rest stop expected everyone to literally get off there bike and wait in the weeds every time a car went by! We listened to hear truly yell at people, point her finger and get nasty

    My stats sucked but my motionbased shows 59.88 miles and 4300+ feet of climbing with a couple of pretty steep climbs... the majority were reasonable grades though and it was a really nice ride.

    We were trying to hook up with Maddmike and his girlfriend Lilly afterwards but didn't coordinate very well so missed them ... the good news is that Lilly may accompany us for all or part of the route when we do Cool Breeze in a few weeks! I also ran into SesameCrunch and said hello... he did the fully century and I'm sure just whipped right through it! It was pretty cool running into him

    Anyway, we are home now and gonna do a recovery ride on the tandem tomorrow that I'm really looking forward to!

    Trac'

    ps. candrv55... usually when an event has photographers like that, the pics (or a link to them) is posted on the ride's website w/in a few days so you can check them out and purchase one if you'd like! BTW... Congrats on finishing your first organized ride! Well Done!!!
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    Wow. It sounds like it was fun, I'm sorry I missed it. Just as well, I ended up meeting a Craigslist buyer for my Bianchi EV4 frame so at least some good came of it.

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    Agree with OP- a 12 for sure!!

    We started a little late, but our group of seven laughed and enjoyed every mile. Marin Cycling Club sest a high bar for rest stop food - outstanding support throughout the entire ride. Great food, great folks, a little fog, plenty of sun without getting completely cooked. Marin is such a great place to ride. I honestly can't think of anything I would have wanted different. "cept maybe if I coulda hit 48.2- I topped out at 48.1- dang!!

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    Red Rider and I took the new CoMo Roadster on it's maiden century today. We met up with Hermes and Velodiva and rode the first 25 miles or so before the split off to do the metric. This was a beautiful ride but it was the most climbing I have done in my short cycling career. The Marin Club really knows how to do a ride. To any Marin Cyclist, thank you.

    My Garmin said 8295. I know they publish it as 6200 so I don't know what to say. Here is a screen shot.

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    Cgallag and I did the full century on our tandem; it's our 7th one this year and by far the prettiest, never mind the challenge. We met Hermes & Velodiva, and rode with our good friends who've done many centuries with us.

    The climbs were very challenging. I'd heard rumors about the Marshall Wall and couldn't wait to give it a go. We climbed from sun into the fog, a very ethereal experience. The rollers along Tomales Bay were great! There's something about cool weather, fog, and the smell of eucalyptus trees that is, to me, definitively Californian.

    Then there was a 300' climb straight up (or so it seemed) before the 2nd rest stop where I had a brief "come to Jesus" moment from the stoker's seat. Oy! A rest stop has never been so appreciated as #2.

    In Petaluma we noticed that the volunteers had sliced the brie and placed it on that scrumptious whole grain bread. At previous stops they left the brie in wedges and let you slice 'n' spread it yourself. I was impressed with their foresight -- saving us from expending too much energy. Watermelon has never tasted as sweet.

    After Petaluma the climbs were hot and dry until we got to Lucas Valley Rd., where the ride through the redwoods was a lovely antidote to windswept hills and inescapable sun. We enjoyed that climb, as it wasn't as steep as previous climbs, and what's not to love about riding through a redwood forest?

    Coming down Lucas Valley Rd. presented the only hitch in our giddy-up -- at a series of "S" curves just below the peak a large vehicle was coming around a right-handed turn as we were coming down -- it was in our lane and cgallag had to act fast to avoid disaster. He did, but his quick reaction resulted in the rear wheel of the tandem skidding out from under us. It's okay, the Co-Motion is fine -- handlebar tape is easily replaced. The skin I left on the road, however, will take a little longer to replace. I have a large bruise on my left hip, with lots of scraping down to just below my knee, and my left arm from elbow to shoulder is a nasty mess. My helmet did its job and has two dings, and I suspect my neck will be stiff tomorrow. The two cyclists who stopped and offered first aid until a SAG vehicle arrived are guardian angels -- they offered antibiotic cream and some gauze to staunch the bleeding, and offered to stay even longer. Thanks, guys!

    The car that caused this mayhem? Drove away, la-dee-dah, la-dee-dah, as though nothing was wrong. I think the driver had no idea what his poor skills had wrought. Boo.

    For now we're really happy with our ride and the support (First Aid peeps rock!) and plan to do it again next year. And I agree with whoever mentioned the quality of the bikes and snappiness of jerseys -- those were in evidence all along the ride.

    Cheers to the Martini riders -- the drinking group with a cycling problem. Very clever jerseys!
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    Hey co mo roadster people, I checked out your bike about three times today and I recognize you now, wished I had known you guys were BF'ers, well now I know so Hi! Bike looked great.
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    I started out to do the Mt. Tam century. Very early on, I hooked onto a fast paceline. I just put my head down and kept pumping my legs to keep up, so I didn't pay attention to the route. So, at about mile 30, I asked, "When do we hit Mt. Tam?" After they fell off their bikes laughing, they let me know the turnoff for Mt Tam was 15 miles back. Well, guess what, the paceline was on the Marin Century, not Mt. Tam.

    Oh well, it was still a beautiful day and wonderful ride. The weather was foggy to start, then turned pretty warm in the afternoon. Scenery was good, route was good, food and support were great. It was probably the best century I've ridden, considering all the factors. The best part was the Haagen Daaz (sp?) ice cream bars at the end. That made the 100 miles worth it!

    I'm pointing for this one again next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    I started out to do the Mt. Tam century. Very early on, I hooked onto a fast paceline. I just put my head down and kept pumping my legs to keep up, so I didn't pay attention to the route. So, at about mile 30, I asked, "When do we hit Mt. Tam?" After they fell off their bikes laughing, they let me know the turnoff for Mt Tam was 15 miles back. Well, guess what, the paceline was on the Marin Century, not Mt. Tam.

    Oh well, it was still a beautiful day and wonderful ride. The weather was foggy to start, then turned pretty warm in the afternoon. Scenery was good, route was good, food and support were great. It was probably the best century I've ridden, considering all the factors. The best part was the Haagen Daaz (sp?) ice cream bars at the end. That made the 100 miles worth it!

    I'm pointing for this one again next year!
    It's a good thing the paceline wasn't for the double
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    I looked at every cycle and rider who passed us, as well as those we passed, and wondered if they were BFers. Dang! I'm sorry we missed you. What were you riding, and what jersey were you wearing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    It's a good thing the paceline wasn't for the double
    I wouldn't be alive to write about it...

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    Hey red rider, I had Liquigas Kit with Magenta/Blue Kline. I saw you guys around your bike at lunch but I was talking to the wifey pooh on the cell. I probably would have asked about the bike.
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    I remember seeing you. I recall thinking how pretty your bike is -- don't know why I didn't say so -- I usually don't hold back that kind of stuff.

    Glad you had a great time. I'm excited about doing it again next year. And yeah, maybe we can put a "BF" in the corner of the bib, just so we know who's who.
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    Next ride we'll have our jerseys!

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    It looks like many people ignored the Marin Century guidelines as they are a standard on most if not all cycling events.

    I see numerous times how riders complain about driver's attitude toward cyclists on the road, but in this case it was the other way around.

    • Please be courteous to local drivers and respectful of traffic.
    • Bicyclists must obey all California Vehicle code laws, including all stop signs and signals. Local authorities may cite violators.
    • Ride single file and stay right.

    I was passing by and stumbled into the event while on my car, I lost count on how many times cyclists were in peloton style in the middle of the road and the same with single cyclists on numerous occassions. I read this and that complaining on how the DMV must educate drivers and follow the "Share the road" when in fact it goes both ways.

    Here at work people do not know a do cycling and many did complain about how cyclists were just right in the middle of the street and even from bikers where not much space is needed. So to those who say it was a perfect day, many others disagree as SHARE THE ROAD goes both ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazpr View Post
    It looks like many people ignored the Marin Century guidelines as they are a standard on most if not all cycling events.

    I see numerous times how riders complain about driver's attitude toward cyclists on the road, but in this case it was the other way around.

    Please be courteous to local drivers and respectful of traffic.
    Bicyclists must obey all California Vehicle code laws, including all stop signs and signals. Local authorities may cite violators.
    Ride single file and stay right.

    I was passing by and stumbled into the event while on my car, I lost count on how many times cyclists were in peloton style in the middle of the road and the same with single cyclists on numerous occassions. I read this and that complaining on how the DMV must educate drivers and follow the "Share the road" when in fact it goes both ways.

    Here at work people do not know a do cycling and many did complain about how cyclists were just right in the middle of the street and even from bikers where not much space is needed. So to those who say it was a perfect day, many others disagree as SHARE THE ROAD goes both ways.

    I agree with you on this... there were many times where VMC and I were riding together however we always fall back into single file the instant a car comes and we would watch the riders in front of us just stay all over the road I don't know if they just can't hear the cars or can't here the "CAR BACK!" being yelled but I'm sure it is very annoying for the drivers... especially those that don't ride!
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    Am I the only one who did the Mt. Tam Century?

    I can see how you missed the turnoff for the MTC, SesameCrunch, the markings on the road were a bit, er, subtle. There were a couple of occasions where my friend Kim and I would yell out to the people in front of us as they blew past a turn we were about to make. If you kept an eye peeled for the markings for the Mt Tam Double you'd be fine, but I think a lot of people were looking for the teeny-tiny red arrows which were easy to miss on the road.

    I'd never ridden up Mt. Tam before so I was looking forward to this. The climb up Fairfax-Bolias was nice and shady for the most part, and the Alpine Dam area was lovely. On the way up I happened to meet one of the organizers for this years Waves to Wine MS ride (see my subtle shill for donations in my sig line ) so Kim & I had a nice chat with him about the upcoming ride while we were heading up towards Ridgecrest.

    By the time we reached Ridgecrest I was pretty tired, and the rollers on Ridgecrest wiped me out. We were well above the fog line and it was freakin' hot up there, and while I generally do well on rollers I was too tired from the climb to be able to get some momentum going and power up the rollers like I normally do. That made them all the more harder than they needed to be. When Kim and I reached the intersection of Ridgecrest and Pan Toll, we still had about 3 miles to go to the summit of Tam. It was an up and back, and after about 30 milliseconds of debate we wussed out on it and and hung a right to begin our descent down PanToll and Panoramic Hiway.

    Heading down Panoramic we rode into the fog, and in the space of about a half mile it went from sunny and freakin' hot to damp and cold with nearly a 40 degree temperature drop, so we soon had our armwarmers and vests back on. We rode past the entrance to Muir Woods, which can be a bit dicey with all the cars parked along the road and pedestrians wandering about and the @#$% tour busses passing within inches on the narrow windey shoulderless road (can you tell I lurved that part).

    We finally reached Highway 1 which alas wasn't all that much better, it was still rather narrow and windey and relatively shoulderless with lots of cars and a slog of a climb after Muir Beach to boot. But by the time we passed Stinson Beach the traffic volume went down considerably, the road widened, the fog had lifted by then and it was nice & sunny but the temperature remained pleasant, and all was well with our world. Just past Pt. Reyes we headed inland on Pt. Reyes - Petaluma Rd. and hung a right past the Nicasio Revervior. Almost done, yaaay! My lower back was tightening up a bit so I took a couple of vitamin I's and by the time we reached the final rest stop in Nicasio it was much better. It started getting really hot again as we went inland so we had some nice cold Cokes at the final rest stop at the Nicasio School. This rest stop was common to the final leg of all the rides so it was very busy and fun to chat with people - and everyone was glad that they were almost done! Lucas Valley Road was pleasant in the shade but the final (happily, short) climb was in the baking sun but at least we had the nice long descent to the finish.

    At the finish I made a beeline to the ice cream freezer and wolfed down a Haagen-Dasz ice cream bar as we waited in line for the real food. You know that saying, life is uncertain, eat dessert first!

    We rode about 88 miles of the 94 mile route (since we wussed out on the 3 mile up & back to the summit of Tam) and my Ciclosport shows about 6300 feet of climbing. Since we skipped out on the final part of the climb up Mt. Tam, this is probably about right.



    Some parts of this route were really nice, but the traffic around Muir Woods and up Highway 1 was a bit of a drag, so next year I'll probably do the 200K instead.
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    Sean's friend, Andy, and I did the Mt. Tam. Thanks to zorrov999 for the registration, it worked without a hitch. It was an absolutely amazing ride with some great people. The rest stops were manned by friendly workers with oodles of Clif Bars, Shots, and Bloks; Hammer Endurolyte Capsules; and Hammer Sustained Energy (which was a very welcomed switch from Gatorade). At the end of the day, there was tons of good food, and music; and the vendors were a nice touch.

    At the top of Mt. Tam, and again on the descent along Panoram and Muir (most perfectly paved road with the most beautiful views ever), I was thinking how I have to fly back next year just to do the ride again. I took two accidental detours. The first, I eventually ended up tailing a car though Muir, and went into Muir woods, not realizing I was supposed to hang a left. It was nice to see a tiny part of the park, as I won't have a chance for a long while. Second, I thought I was drafting someone on the route, and I followed him on a slight left off of Highway 1 -- I realized my mistake when we ended up at a boat launch and he was without the red bracelet. I suppose I should've taken a hint, a bit earlier, from the lack of number on his back.

    My only complaint is that I wish they had swept the final ascent/descent to Mt. Tam. They knew a few hundred bikers would be going though there, but instead just put up some "Loose Gravel" signs. One woman went down in a corner in one of these sections. At first, it looked like some road rash, but she was still down on our descent. Medics/firetrucks were sent for her on our way to Muir. We asked at the end of the day, to see if she was alright, but the volunteers we talked to didn't know anything about it.

    I was on the lookout for the few BF'ers I've met, but didn't see any of you that were there. Andy pulled the entire route on a 42-17 fixed gear with no rear brake, earning some serious respect from others on the ride, perhaps hero status. I enjoyed watching him hammer past guys on shiny bikes on the ascents, and their double-takes/exclamations of shock when they realized what he was riding. Some pictures from the Mt. Tam:














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    I've read the comments here with much interest! I think that the day that Bike Forums has a booth at all organised century rides will be a great day. I would love to know who else is a BF member on rides that I do, but it seems that it is just too hard to get organised.

    As someone who grew up in Northern California, and who retains ties via my immediate family, I'd love to eventually meet more of you (although I've been fortunate enough to meet BlankCrows and bigbossman ), and it seems the only way would be to have some sort of pre-arranged meeting spot...

    Hermes, I can't see your photos. Anyone else having that problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostInSanJose View Post
    Andy pulled the entire route on a 42-17 fixed gear with no rear brake, earning some serious respect from others on the ride, perhaps hero status. I enjoyed watching him hammer past guys on shiny bikes on the ascents, and their double-takes/exclamations of shock when they realized what he was riding.
    Hot dang, I saw him a lot! I was in my death throes on Ridgecrest when he passed me many times. He stopped a couple of times and I'd lumber past him, and he'd scoot by me again. I did tell him at least once that I thought he was extremely studly.

    I was riding a pinkish Rivendell and I had on a sleeveless red jersey with an off-center green chainring logo. And the vultures were circling me.
    Last edited by jobob; 08-05-07 at 11:54 AM.

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