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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Santa Clara, CA
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I know people who do it in ~9.5h, but obviously they haul ass.
When I did it in '03 I was totally unprepared -- hadn't ridden a bike in almost 2 years, but I was in pretty good shape from rowing. I sort of got called to action at the last minute so I just made it happen. I rode in shorts and a cut-off t-shirt. It took me ~15h, but like I said, I wasn't prepared
IIRC, it's pretty cool in the morning. At 5am it will be low 40s, maybe mid-40s. I don't remember much wind, and typically mid-July (anything after the 4th) is fairly safe from rain. Maybe crosswinds or tailwinds, though I remember there being a pretty nasty headwind on a long gentle uphill out of the lunch stop in Centralia or thereabouts.
I doubt you'll have any problems at all, it's a pretty easy ride with great support. Just bring your warm clothes, and look at the forecast the night before.