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    Butterfield Double 2008 - New and Improved

    I have no idea if I'm doing this or not, but maybe. In the meantime, since it's one of the first doubles in the year, I thought I'd get a thread up and running. Here's the link for info: http://www.planetultra.com/butterfield/index.html

    Who's in?

    EDIT: By the way, it just dawned on me that by putting "New and Improved" in the thread title, that someone might infer that last year's ride wasn't great. Not so. It was a great ride! I meant "new route!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1 View Post
    Who's in?
    [Raises hand timidly] Me... Maybe, it would be my first and it a goal.
    I will answer the wind, I will leave with the tide
    I'll be out on the road, Every chance I can ride
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    I'll throw myself in as a maybe. Now, the big choice is do I do Butterfield on Saturday, then drive up Sunday, to see the Prologue, or do I just skip Butterfield, and follow the tour down into SoCal the following weekend ... decisions, decisions ....
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shnuddy View Post
    [Raises hand timidly] Me... Maybe, it would be my first and it a goal.
    You can do it! I may ride it again. I'm so on the fence, but if I decide to do it, it will motivate me to start serious training now.

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    I might, probably won't, but I haven't ridden it and would be interested in doing it at least once.

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    I singed up for the ride. It will be my first double. I am a bit torn up right now with Achilles problems in the left leg and ankle problems in the right leg. I'm taking the rest of the month off to recover. Which really sucks because I have a fully built, brand new, Niner waiting to be ridden. Argggg.

    I also signed up for the Solvang Double as well. 2008 goal = CA Triple Crown!
    I thought of that while riding my bicycle. ~ Albert Einstein on the theory of relativity

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    I am volunteering for this event, so I hope to see you at a rest stop... but I will hear back from Deb about my assignment before the event and I will be sure to tell everyone where I'll be... but I know that I'll be making PBJ's on Friday...
    Women think they're so clever because they can fake an orgasm for the sake of a relationship, but men can fake a whole relationship for the sake of an orgasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBMaven View Post
    I also signed up for the Solvang Double as well. 2008 goal = CA Triple Crown!
    Nice! You'll do it. Bodies heal and your Niner will be waiting for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extort View Post
    I am volunteering for this event, so I hope to see you at a rest stop... but I will hear back from Deb about my assignment before the event and I will be sure to tell everyone where I'll be... but I know that I'll be making PBJ's on Friday...
    I am personally going to request from Deb that you have a massage booth at each stop I'm at. That would be a way to put you to good use.

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    I'm in for sure. Worked it last year, will ride it this year.

    And yes, the route could use some improvement, so I'm sure Deb and Brian will do a great job with the new revised Butterfield course.

    Rick / OCRR & ADO

    PS: check out the ADO website (some parts still under construction) at:

    www.adogang.org

    Includes photos of M.E.'s Butterfield buddies from last year; Ron and Roland.

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    when does reg close? I might consider this, i want to try a double and think I'm ready for it.

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    Thanks for posting the new route information Deb! I have been eager to see what the changes would be.



    Our new route is shaped like a dog bone, with loops on each end of an out-and-back course. Beginning at the La Quinta Inn, you'll head to the coast via the rolling hills of Irvine and Turtle Rock and get your first view of the Pacific Ocean as you blast down Newport Coast and hang a left on PCH. After riding through a bit of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on PCH, you'll hang a left and head back inland, meandering up Laguna Canyon Road. Hang a right on El Toro, and make your way through Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, then blast down Crown Valley to the Coast and Dana Point. From Dana Point you'll be on the coast through San Clemente, and along the bike path through San Onofre, all the way to Oceanside. From there, you'll head inland, heading towards Bonsall and lunch at the All Seasons Campground. The climbing starts again after lunch, with a beautiful loop out towards Fallbrook. You'll wind up back in Bonsall, and repeat the course back to the coast, and north through Dana Point again. The final leg is basically the reverse of the old Butterfield route: Up Ortega Highway to Antonio Parkway, across Santiago Canyon and then the mostly downhill finish on Jamboree to Portola and back to Sand Canyon. This route is a huge improvement, safety-wise! No more of that crazy traffic by the Pechanga Casino; no more drunken, bottle-throwing drivers in Lake Elsinore; and no more traffic lights on every corner through Temecula. It does remain, however, particularly urban - but in the best and safest parts of Orange and San Diego Counties. Please note that due to the urban nature of this route, it's impossible to provide checkpoint locations evenly spaced at perfect distances. That said, there are countless mini-marts and gas stations along the course where you may get water and snacks, if necessary. If you're running low, and find yourself a good distance from the next checkpoint, please stop at one of the many conveniences along the route and refuel/re-hydrate. 192 miles with about 6,900' of climbing (significantly easier than the old route!).

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    Tracie has thoughtfully scheduled a social engagement for us on 2/16, so no matter how much I really really wanted to go, I can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy View Post
    Thanks for posting the new route information Deb! I have been eager to see what the changes would be.
    So, will we be seeing pics of a tandem on here post ride??

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1 View Post
    So, will we be seeing pics of a tandem on here post ride??
    I don't know, we haven't even discussed it. My guess is no. We need to get the disc brakes dialed in and we haven't been riding it because of that. If anything, we'll do Hemet if we can get some miles in on it prior to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy View Post
    I don't know, we haven't even discussed it. My guess is no. We need to get the disc brakes dialed in and we haven't been riding it because of that. If anything, we'll do Hemet if we can get some miles in on it prior to that.
    Gong!!!! We've been hearing the "disc brake" excuse for too long. Think of a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indolent58 View Post
    Gong!!!! We've been hearing the "disc brake" excuse for too long. Think of a new one.
    Ummm...neither of us want to give up our solo training time to ride the tandem? How's that one? That's actually pretty accurate. We can only ride it every other weekend because we have kids, and typically we'll decide to go get a climbing ride in instead. I'm thinking that we'll be enjoying it during the summer after we're done with most of our events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy View Post
    I don't know, we haven't even discussed it. My guess is no. We need to get the disc brakes dialed in and we haven't been riding it because of that. If anything, we'll do Hemet if we can get some miles in on it prior to that.
    Brandy, might I suggest that you skip Hemet. The organizers are as nice as they can be, but the route is awful. Ask Joel! He'll back me up on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1 View Post
    Brandy, might I suggest that you skip Hemet. The organizers are as nice as they can be, but the route is awful. Ask Joel! He'll back me up on this.
    Thanks for the head's up ME. I've heard the negatives, but it's relatively close to home and that (unfortunately) is the name of the game this year. See...maybe the tandem is the way to go on that one...if I get sick of the route, I'll just close my eyes and pretend I'm somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy View Post
    Thanks for the head's up ME. I've heard the negatives, but it's relatively close to home and that (unfortunately) is the name of the game this year. See...maybe the tandem is the way to go on that one...if I get sick of the route, I'll just close my eyes and pretend I'm somewhere else.
    Wait,,,aren't you the captain?

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    If they go back to the 2006 Hemet route we'll be okay.

    If they have the same route as last year, and you're on that Bundy Canyon road on the 2nd loop, just closing your eyes won't do it.

    You'll still be able to hear the cars and BIG TRUCKs right there (inches away, maybe millimeters away) and you'll feel the heat coming off the engines and radiators.

    So, hopefully they'll go back to the 2006 route, or at the very least, won't use Bundy Canyon.

    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomson View Post
    Wait,,,aren't you the captain?
    No. She's the stroker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1 View Post
    No. She's the stroker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1 View Post
    No. She's the stroker.
    Stroker, stoker...what's the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandy View Post
    Stroker, stoker...what's the difference?
    Not a thing, I just have to change the sign on my back saddle from "looking for stoker".

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