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    Tour of Palm Springs

    Considering doing this one. Not sure if i'm ready for the full century, but definitely at least going to do the 50 miler. Anyone done either? I've read somewhere it gets pretty windy out there. Advice on logistics? Where to park, etc?

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    I did it back in 2010 with Robertkat and Tollhouse, and we got lucky with the wind. The full century course takes advantage of a long tailwind section out of town, riding east in the desert. You just have to ride North out of town into a headwind to get to it before turning right.
    What I disliked about it and why I haven't done it since, is the ridiculous non-automated stoplights when you're back in Palm Desert riding westward again. That, and you're rejoined by the slower crowds doing the shorter rides--they tend to ride 3 & 4 abreast, meaning we had to ride out in the lane to get around them.

    Maybe they've invested a little in automated stoplights, so you're not waiting around for so long?

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    Park anywhere downtown (usually near the homes or dirt parking lots) but get there an hour before your ride if you are doing the 50, 30 mins if you are doing the 100. Lots of people show up so parking does fill up. I don't think there will be too much wind for the 50 as you never get out in the exposed parts too long. 100 will wind it if it is windy. I do the century every year. my wife did the 35 last year and is doing the 50 this year.
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    I'm doing the 50mi this year after doing the 25mi last year. The 50mi course changed slightly. It used to go with the 100mi into Desert Hot Springs, which is the windiest portion of the ride. It now just goes slightly north of the 10 freeway into Thousand Palms before heading south into La Quinta. The new course should avoid most of the wind. Of course, since it's the Coachella Valley, the wind can pop up any time. As a rule of thumb, if it's overcast or raining on the other side of the San Jacintos and San Bernardinos (where the wind turbines are), then it'll be windy in the desert.

    Parking is plentiful downtown but there are more than 8,000 riders expected for the TdPS, so plan accordingly. There's lots of parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. If you're staying in a hotel here, I suggest to just ride into downtown -- that's what I'm doing.

    Plenty of SAGs along the way, although being that it's January in a relatively colder winter, I doubt you'll need much in provisions if you're only heading out for 50. There are also support vehicles available, but keep in mind parts of the route are in remote-ish areas so plan on fixing yourself up if you have any mechanicals.

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    Automated stop lights? Not really. Much of Palm Desert however, now has trigger sensors on the bike lanes and outward-facing bike-crossing buttons at the intersections.

    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    I did it back in 2010 with Robertkat and Tollhouse, and we got lucky with the wind. The full century course takes advantage of a long tailwind section out of town, riding east in the desert. You just have to ride North out of town into a headwind to get to it before turning right.
    What I disliked about it and why I haven't done it since, is the ridiculous non-automated stoplights when you're back in Palm Desert riding westward again. That, and you're rejoined by the slower crowds doing the shorter rides--they tend to ride 3 & 4 abreast, meaning we had to ride out in the lane to get around them.

    Maybe they've invested a little in automated stoplights, so you're not waiting around for so long?


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    There's a small group of us from the C/A doing this ride. Looks like most of us are in for the 100, but one or two may opt for the 50. We're planning on being at registration at 6 with a roll-out at 6:30. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you only ride with us for the first mile before dropping us!

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    Staying at PGA West. Preride on 22. Fish the West Friday night for big Bass. Breakfast at IHoP early. Wholegrain pancakes and Turkey sausage. Ride the 50 with some first timers. Whoop it up with the crowd. Back to work on Sunday. Just have fun with it. It's for charity! Be careful out there.
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    Well, that's weird. I kind of like the old / regular route because Dillon Rd is the best part of the whole day! I kind of rolled my own route last year and did the 50 and part of the 25, and rode to the start to get about 100 in for the day. The 50 route was pretty nice.

    This year's goal will be to latch on to Lesper4's 6 when he and his gang inevitably pass and see how long I can hang on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Well, that's weird. I kind of like the old / regular route because Dillon Rd is the best part of the whole day! I kind of rolled my own route last year and did the 50 and part of the 25, and rode to the start to get about 100 in for the day. The 50 route was pretty nice.

    This year's goal will be to latch on to Lesper4's 6 when he and his gang inevitably pass and see how long I can hang on.
    Confused.From what I saw we are on Dillon road more not less
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    Tour of Palm Springs

    Never mind TH I see what you are referring to (50 mile route)
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    *TDPS 2016- 51.0 APPROVED (TE 12-8-15) - Palm Springs, CA

    Here's the 50 mile route, if helpful.

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    I am in... First century in about 3.5 years... and about 3 years of lapse (no cycling) in between. Been getting back to it for past few months... I think I should be able to at least complete... (probably will feel like doing the KoM centuries back then considering my condition)

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    My wife and I will be riding the century, as we have for the past ten years (maybe more?). It's honestly an easy century but a good enough training ride if you're getting ready for the Camino Real Double.

    We ride from our motel to the start so no parking issues. Overall a very well organized century with a lot of support and maybe too many rest-stops (they aren't really checkpoints since no one there is checking numbers) but better too many than too few.

    Chris is right about the end of the ride joining with the slower riders being kind of a hassle but other than that (and all the traffic lights near the end) it's all good.

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    Does anyone know if there is a time limit when the century must be completed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by melgarpoe View Post
    Does anyone know if there is a time limit when the century must be completed?

    The email I got says the route is very well marked, but markings will be removed at 5pm. I assume that means the SAG's will be closed by then, too.
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    Palm Springs Century on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/477663989/segments/11461054354

    Fun century, not much wind, plenty of support and overall a great time on the bike!

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    Was my first real "event" ride, and happy to say it went pretty well. Was one of the fastest (on Strava, anyway) to do the 50. Pace was good, and the atmosphere pretty jovial. Definitely will be doing the century next year and am now eager to do some more event rides like this. They're pretty cool. Cheers to all who did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyenigma View Post
    Was my first real "event" ride, and happy to say it went pretty well. Was one of the fastest (on Strava, anyway) to do the 50. Pace was good, and the atmosphere pretty jovial. Definitely will be doing the century next year and am now eager to do some more event rides like this. They're pretty cool. Cheers to all who did it.
    Well, if you like TdPS (I do) a couple of other fairly local rides that are also a good time are Cruisin the Conejo in May and Cool Breeze in August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Well, if you like TdPS (I do) a couple of other fairly local rides that are also a good time are Cruisin the Conejo in May and Cool Breeze in August.
    Good to know! A few friends of mine just told me about "Tour de Cure" in Long Beach. And I found one in Solvang too.
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    With a small family, it's fun to find rides they can occupy themselves with while I'm getting my spin thing going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyenigma View Post
    Good to know! A few friends of mine just told me about "Tour de Cure" in Long Beach. And I found one in Solvang too.
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    With a small family, it's fun to find rides they can occupy themselves with while I'm getting my spin thing going.
    Get bikes for the family! We usually do TdPS but had a sports conflict this year (the wife and kids do the 25)

    Solvang is good.

    If you want to do Tour de Cure, I highly recommend EITHER doing the metric in Long Beach or any of the rides in Santa Barbara. The century route in long beach is great until you leave PV and then it stinks.

    There's a pair of rides up in San Luis Obispo that are nice too - Wildflower century in the spring and lighthouse in the fall.

    Check out the list that @calamarichris lovingly maintains at the top of this page. He's got just about every ride you could conceive of doing in Southern California.

    If you want to branch out a bit into more of a weekend destination, this page has a bunch as well: Big Brother Cycling Network Ride Calendar

    There are a few century/metric rides in the general orange county area but I'm not really interested in a century that uses roads I ride all the time (like anything on SART or SGRT... no thanks) But that's just me probably.
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    Thanks @TrojanHorse I really appreciate the input. Kind of bit by the cycling bug so this is all really new and fun. Thanks again.

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