At first I was loading and closing the site busy tab. Then just left the tabs and just hit the link until a reg window came up. Like mentioned above I ended up with like 50 "site too busy" tabs until I got thru.
After hundreds of failed loads, I FINALLY got to the page that has the REAL registration link, prompts me to sign in, and then gives the site busy msg again. I tried logging in to active.com on a different tab of the same browser session, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to still take effect when I click on the reg link
Every 20 tries or so I can actually get prompted to sign in again, but then immediately get the site too busy error again.
i need to somehow get to the page with the link via a signed in session, then maybe i have a shot.
I got in and registered (as a guest). One thing I tried (and I have no idea if this had any effect) was to delete my active.com cookies after each attempt. It took me under 10 tries to get in this way.
Anyway, as of 10:40am there was still at least one spot left so don't give up yet
Woohoo, it's a miracle! I FINALLY got 3 consecutive login pages, and one of them actually worked.
The site hung and gave me a blank page after I confirmed my registration details, then when i tried again it told me I already had one in the cart.. checked the cart, there it was, entered payment details, and it finally went thru.
Think I can bill them for 45 minutes of time reloading in December, and another 45 minutes today?
This year I plan on starting before 5:30am so by the end there will not be a horrible long line for the jersey.
I think the best area to train that is close by are the Santa Cruz mountains. Up 9, down 9, 236, either Jamison Creek or Alba to end up in Felton. Then come back either Zayante or Mt. Charlie to deal with the fun section of Skyline to get back to 9. That upper stretch of Skyline is a good simulation of the ride out of Woodfords, something that repeats of Diablo or Hamilton can't properly compare to.