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    Bike Forums Orange County, CA Group Ride?

    Hello Southern Cali,
    I've had an idea lately of trying to put on a group ride in Orange County for any interested Bike Forumers. Distance would probably be somewhere around a metric century ~65 miles with some mininmal climbing (~2500'), I'd like to provide a route that would be suitable for riders of all abilities. The route would probably start either at UCI, Tustin Marketplace or Mile Squre Park and go through Santiago Canyon, Laguna Canyon or Dana Point and up the coast and back to the start. It would be fun to meet some of you and maybe find new ride partners and routes.

    Let me know what you think. Also post what dates, distances, routes, starting points etc. work out best. I don't mind putting together and providing route slips and doing the leg work.
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    I would love to do it if it was not in the very near future... I am definitly not ready for a metric until I get doctors clearance and rebuild fitness. I have riden in that area and it is definitly a nice area to ride in for sure.
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    Ye gads, I'd love to go, but I don't know that I'm ready for anything close to a century -- metric or not. I've only been back in the saddle for about 2 months following a 10 year haitus, and ~25 miles has been my average "long ride".

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    Sounds similar to the Dana Point loop that a lot of the Como St. group does in the winter when everyone is riding long, steady (not fast) miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    I would love to do it if it was not in the very near future... I am definitly not ready for a metric until I get doctors clearance and rebuild fitness. I have riden in that area and it is definitly a nice area to ride in for sure.
    I'm not really sure of the time frame or distance. I'd like to do it before the end of the year. I suggest a metric because I know that a lot of riders on this forum wouldn't be into a full century and thought a metric would be distance that most of us can handle. Let's see what happens, if we can get a ride together and it's a success, maybe we could do it every few months?

    BTW, I've followed some of your recent threads, I can't imagine what you're going through. Stay strong and hang in there, things will sort themselves out over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Roadie
    Hello Southern Cali,
    I've had an idea lately of trying to put on a group ride in Orange County for any interested Bike Forumers. Distance would probably be somewhere around a metric century ~65 miles with some mininmal climbing (~2500'), I'd like to provide a route that would be suitable for riders of all abilities. The route would probably start either at UCI, Tustin Marketplace or Mile Squre Park and go through Santiago Canyon, Laguna Canyon or Dana Point and up the coast and back to the start. It would be fun to meet some of you and maybe find new ride partners and routes.

    Let me know what you think. Also post what dates, distances, routes, starting points etc. work out best. I don't mind putting together and providing route slips and doing the leg work.
    If you're OK w/ some LA county vermin joining in, then count me in. I just moved to LA so I'm not familiar w/ "The OC", or much of anything in SoCal. But I've got a car and a bikerack, so I'm pretty mobile.

    The next 2 weekends I'm booked, but the 2nd weekend of November should be good. Hah! That's right all you cold weather shmucks, I'll be riding throughout the Winter!

    If you need any references *joke*, I can get them as I've ridden w/ other BF members in Massachusetts.
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    I'm in the "other" Orange County, in North Carolina. But there are plenty of group rides around here, including one that starts out at Performance's main shop.
    Good luck getting this rolling.

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    Im down to go, I think metric will be good as a starter, I doubt people will be showing up to do centuries(unless people want to show themselves off in 400w mode)

    Let us know when you have it structured

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    Quote Originally Posted by redal
    Sounds similar to the Dana Point loop that a lot of the Como St. group does in the winter when everyone is riding long, steady (not fast) miles.
    That's what I've been doing on Sundays and what I had in mind. Although I would prefer to go through Santiago towards Cook's corner and then head towards the coast.
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    I'm not familiar w/ "The OC",
    Don't you watch TV? It's just like the show . I'll be on my Land Rover road bike. Of course LA vermin is welcome. I was thinking about the 2nd or 3rd weekend in Nov or after Thanksgiving.

    We could put 2 routes together, a shorter 30 mile version and a longer route. They would start together and then split off. Keep the responses coming...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Roadie
    We could put 2 routes together, a shorter 30 mile version and a longer route. They would start together and then split off.
    I'm down with that plan; depending on how I feel, I could bail out after the 30 miles or keep going.

    Tim.

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    Count me in once I return to Orange County from my trip to SF. Maybe we could just set a date and go from there? If only a few people can go at least it's a start. It will probably be hard to find a date that works for everyone rather than just trying it out with some smaller rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkyonions
    Count me in once I return to Orange County from my trip to SF. Maybe we could just set a date and go from there? If only a few people can go at least it's a start. It will probably be hard to find a date that works for everyone rather than just trying it out with some smaller rides.
    I think you're right, but I thought I'd try to get an idea of dates and ride lengths that work the majority of those interested. I'm good for just about any weekend or ride length.

    How does Sunday Nov. 20th sound?
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    I wouldn't mind tackling a ride like that. I'm not a really fast rider and I haven't pushed myself that kind of distance yet but I've been itching to increase my mileage. Trouble is, I'm pretty booked for the next couple weekends. Maybe we could do a ride on the Friday after Thanksgiving?

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    I'm in. Just no one hurt me.

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    I'll wear my red jersey so that everyone recognizes me right away...lol

    I think a metric would be a good start, We can always bail if people are getting overly tired.

    Plus we can stop somewhere halfway for a break and remotivate everyone

    Good idea OC!

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    I'd be up for it - a good excuse to get me back on my road bike (my mountain bike and fixed gear have been hogging all my time lately).

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    Count me in... Any route is okay with me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamtim
    Ye gads, I'd love to go, but I don't know that I'm ready for anything close to a century -- metric or not. I've only been back in the saddle for about 2 months following a 10 year haitus, and ~25 miles has been my average "long ride".

    Tim.

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    I hope to try to ride again in about two weeks or so. I haven't been on the bike since I broke my pelvic bone Sept. 24th. The doctor says he doesn't need to see me again and to let pain be my guide as to sitting on the bike (the bone that broke is the one in the crotch!) so I'm going to try it out soon. Others are right, there's no way to arrange it so we all can ride together all the time but if we start a general ride most will eventually get to ride with each other and regular rides might come out of it. The guys I ride with send out an e-mail about the ride coming up on some regular days and the people that can come on that day show up and ride. I have my daughter on more than every other weekend so I can only participate when I don't have her. But like everyone else with a busy schedule, Iím inÖas soon as Iím healed.
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    I've actually pledged to ride what amounts to a metric century on or near my birthday (Dec. 31), on a thread on the 50+ forum. It'd be fun to do it in company, even driving to Irvine for the pleasure.

    But hills kill me, so unless the route is pretty flat. . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Roadie
    Don't you watch TV? It's just like the show . I'll be on my Land Rover road bike. Of course LA vermin is welcome. I was thinking about the 2nd or 3rd weekend in Nov or after Thanksgiving.

    We could put 2 routes together, a shorter 30 mile version and a longer route. They would start together and then split off. Keep the responses coming...
    Actually, my 30 year old Zenith boob tube doesn't get too much use. But if you see Melinda Clarke in your neck of the woods, tell her I love her.

    I'm out of state the 1st weekend in November and the entire 4 day Thanksgiving weekend. If Thanksgiving weekend is better for others, then I can wait 'til later. Having a 30 miler and a longer route (metric century?) sounds ideal. How about one 30 mile loop, then having the option of repeating the loop? That may sound kind of boring, but it may make things easier to organize -- just a thought.


    Quote Originally Posted by stinkyonions
    Count me in once I return to Orange County from my trip to SF. Maybe we could just set a date and go from there? If only a few people can go at least it's a start. It will probably be hard to find a date that works for everyone rather than just trying it out with some smaller rides.
    Good idea. Even if just a few can make it, it at least gets the ball rolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernmart
    I've actually pledged to ride what amounts to a metric century on or near my birthday (Dec. 31), on a thread on the 50+ forum. It'd be fun to do it in company, even driving to Irvine for the pleasure.

    But hills kill me, so unless the route is pretty flat. . . .
    Will you be 50+ on the 31st or 50? I turn 50 on November 26th but will be with my daughter that day.

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    I'm still scared to do a Lilac ride with the OCRR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceberg
    I'm still scared to do a Lilac ride with the OCRR.
    iceberg... the lilac is a cakewalk... don't sell yourself short... Have you ridden with OCRR yet?
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