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Old 01-14-07, 05:28 PM   #1
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Mardi Gras Century in February?

Does anyone know anything about a "Mardi Gras Century" in the Ventura area, around the end of February? I don't see it on the lists of upcoming rides.

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http://venturavelo.org/_wsn/page2.html

Pretty easy ride. There are two climbs, Dennison Grade from Ojai (1.5 miles) and Grimes Canyon from Fillmore (4 miles). Both are shallow enough to climb with not too much effort
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Old 01-14-07, 05:53 PM   #3
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I've never done a century, but have done two 70/70+ mile rides now, and the Mardi Gras Century was recommended to me as a nice, easy Century to do as a first timer/newbie. Any more feedback on this one as a suitable ride for a first century?

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Old 01-14-07, 06:30 PM   #4
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I've got this on my "maybe" list. Given our weather issues lately, no way I'm signing up in advance! I'm a "maybe" because I'm not sure if that's the weekend our 12 year old daughter will be in Bakerfield playing in a big soccer tournament. Don't know if I feel like doing the full century however might want to play at the metric and be done a bit earlier.

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I'm signed up already. Looked like a nice ride and the "Mardi Gras" title hooked me.
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They have a nice dinner the night before, and a party after wards I think, which would be fun. I have some tango friends up that way, and i might be able to stay with one of my friends, and even invite her to the post ride dinner!!

I'm a little worried about that big hill outside of Camarillo -- I've almost destroyed the transmission on my car a couple of times on that grade. I'd hate to try and ride that on a bike. Does the ride go that way?

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I was talking about it the other nightwith Fixer and scvroadie. I think scv has done it in the past, so he'd know. I haven't done it before, but I've heard it's not a tough century.
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They have a nice dinner the night before, and a party after wards I think, which would be fun. I have some tango friends up that way, and i might be able to stay with one of my friends, and even invite her to the post ride dinner!!

I'm a little worried about that big hill outside of Camarillo -- I've almost destroyed the transmission on my car a couple of times on that grade. I'd hate to try and ride that on a bike. Does the ride go that way?

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I think it goes on Santa Rosa between Moorpark and Camarillo.

If the grade you are talking about is on the freeway, that is called the Conejo Grade. If you were on surface streets, it is Portero. This ride goes on neither. Really, it isn't that tough a ride.
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Well, then that's very encouraging. I'm really, seriously thinking of giving this a try. My long ride today went pretty well, and I think I learned a few more things about how to handle a long ride, that will help me. Just like I learned a lot on the Dec 16th ride, which I tried to put into action today.

And it would be nice to know i have some friends somewhere in the vicinity.

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Is VenturaVelo the same folks who organized the Three Harbor Tours?
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Yep, same group. I was supposed to do Three Harbors last year, but duty called at work so I couldn't get up there.
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Yep, same group. I was supposed to do Three Harbors last year, but duty called at work so I couldn't get up there.
Okay, well, here is my experience: I did the first ride in that series last Feb. The club organizers are great and the post party was wonderful (food especially at The Greek in the Harbor - I pray I have the name exact). But the ride was AWFUL, IMHO. They could not help the rain, but the bike path use was dangerous and slowed the ride down horribly. The volunteers were great and so friendly and the food at the Rest Stops fine. But again, the use of the bike paths...so, NOT okay. So, just check with them to make sure they are not using those paths again (they were full of debris - which, granted, it was raining, but glass??? - and you were constantly crossing over streets in the crosswalks!) I couldn't get above 16 mph on that route last February which was very frustrating. Just my 2 cents.
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Does that mean you're not in? You'll need a nice, easy cool down ride after Butterfield, after all!
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I found a gps of last year's route on MotionBased. (took a while to find one, since Gras was misspelled).

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/466163

May help.
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Does that mean you're not in? You'll need a nice, easy cool down ride after Butterfield, after all!
If there is no bike path involved and I'm not doing the Solvang Double (because I couldn't finish the Butterfield Double) than I'll probably be there. I have sickness called "ridingitis" - which fortunately isn't transmitted in any unsavory way - but nonetheless, leaves it's victims in a state of always having to join rides, no matter what.
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If there is no bike path involved and I'm not doing the Solvang Double (because I couldn't finish the Butterfield Double) than I'll probably be there. I have sickness called "ridingitis" - which fortunately isn't transmitted in any unsavory way - but nonetheless, leaves it's victims in a state of always having to join rides, no matter what.
I'll put you down as "in."

The Solvang Double's not until 5 weeks later.
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I'll put you down as "in."

The Solvang Double's not until 5 weeks later.
Oh...crap. You got youse a point there, bucko. Okay, I'm "in." Why not!
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I found a gps of last year's route on MotionBased. (took a while to find one, since Gras was misspelled).

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/466163

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Good job magic man. i didn't think to look there.
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Well, then that's very encouraging. I'm really, seriously thinking of giving this a try. My long ride today went pretty well, and I think I learned a few more things about how to handle a long ride, that will help me. Just like I learned a lot on the Dec 16th ride, which I tried to put into action today.

And it would be nice to know i have some friends somewhere in the vicinity.

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Thanks to the magician, we have a nice route displayed. It is quite within your grasp, in fact when you get done, you will say, is that it? As you go through Moorpark, I will cheer you on (perhaps in spirit)
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which fortunately isn't transmitted in any unsavory way
I find unsavory transmissions to be quite, er, satisfying...
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Oh...crap. You got youse a point there, bucko. Okay, I'm "in." Why not!
you crack me up
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I find unsavory transmissions to be quite, er, satisfying...
Not if you're let with an "-itis".
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Why??? I told you...it's a DISEASE.
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Not if you're let with an "-itis".
Well, if I'm going to get it anyway, I'd prefer to get it in an unsavory way
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Why??? I told you...it's a DISEASE.
Do you need a 12-step program?

[edit] Don't get me wrong, i love your enthusiasm

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