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Old 01-12-09, 09:18 AM   #1
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Santa Clarita Century -- Feb 28th

It's here!! The Santa Clarita Century

Both Routes
Leaving from the Metro Link Santa Clarita Station, both the 50 mile and 100 mile routes share the first 25 miles up to Acton. The route provides spectacular views of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. Some of the distant mountains may still have snow-capped peaks—an excellent photo opportunity. Riders will enjoy the hills and countryside as they proceed to the first water stop at the Knob at mile 15. From here riders continue the rolling climbs into Acton and the 1st SAG stop at Bicycle John’s.

Half-Century
52 miles and 2,400 feet of climbing

Riders leave Bicycle John’s and briefly climb to the top of Sierra Highway before descending back to Santa Clarita along a nice, 10-mile long, gradual downhill. Riders continue across Soledad Canyon to a dedicated Bike Path and back to the start for an invigorating 52 mile morning.



Century
100 miles and 5,900 feet of climbing

After leaving Bicycle John’s in Acton, century riders will join a portion of the difficult 7th stage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California as they ascend Aliso Canyon into Angeles National Forest. A left turn, quick descent and another climb to the summit of Mount Emma Road. From here the course briefly sojourns into Palmdale and back to Acton via Sierra Highway. With more than half their ride done, riders will get much needed fuel again at Bicycle John’s in Acton and then follow Sierra Highway back into Santa Clarita.

A left turn onto Sand Canyon with a quick wall will take riders to Placerita Canyon, Sierra Highway and over both parts of Newhall Pass, finishing on a nice, flat, 10-miles to the end.


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Do they still have space? I understand there was a 350 rider limit.
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Do they still have space? I understand there was a 350 rider limit.
Yes.

Being the first year, the organizers did not want to "bite off more than they could chew." They wanted to put on a quality event for a limited number of people first. Then grow larger.
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If the weather works, might bring my 14 year old daughter and do the family ride.
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I signed up for the half century. How's the signup going so far?
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Plenty of room for more, at this point. Sponsorship is coming along much better than I thought it would (what do I know ), allowing a better gift to the charity, and all-in-all, it will end up being a very nice event--especially for first time.

Here's hoping for excellent weather.
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Hey mkadam68, a friend just told me about this last night, I'll be signing up for the 52 mile ride.
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OK, I just signed up at socalreg.com
I'm the 30th to sign up so far. (at least via the website)
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I'm going to talk about it on my blog next week. It's read widely here in town. The family ride ought to attract more people too. Best of luck
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Thanks, guys. 'Preciate the support
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FWIW I signed up to drag my tired old bones around the century course. It looks great. I haven't ridden on some of those roads yet. I'll join the chorus hoping for decent weather.
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FWIW I signed up to drag my tired old bones around the century course. It looks great. I haven't ridden on some of those roads yet. I'll join the chorus hoping for decent weather.
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I'm going to talk about it on my blog next week. It's read widely here in town. The family ride ought to attract more people too. Best of luck
Where's your blog at? I'd like to read it.

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Getting close. The ride support and extras are really coming along. I hope we get a full crowd that will really appreciate--and take advantage of--the Expo and SAG support. Visit the website for details.
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With all the rain, I haven't ridden a lick. I've never ridden 52 miles and the idea of riding to Acton and back is a little daunting. I have a Trek 7.7 FX, today I put the 23mm tires on it and took off the trekking bar and went back to the flat bar with bar ends. I sure hope it's a sunny day!
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With all the rain, I haven't ridden a lick. I've never ridden 52 miles and the idea of riding to Acton and back is a little daunting. I have a Trek 7.7 FX, today I put the 23mm tires on it and took off the trekking bar and went back to the flat bar with bar ends. I sure hope it's a sunny day!
I hear ya! Hate the rain when it's cold out too!

Ride up to Acton really only has one real climb before Bicycle John's and one after (before descending Sierra Hwy). Just plug away, don't push yourself past your limits, and you'll be fine. After the top of Sierra Highway (about mile 30--35), it's all downhill from there. Literally. So think of it as a 35-mile ride, instead.
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Just finished the Tour de Palm Springs. Looking for others and saw this. Thinking about it. Though I have not done much climbing the past couple of weeks.

100 miles!
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Lessee...
  • The hard part is the Aliso Viejo Climb at mile 35. It stair-steps for 2-3 miles with some short, steep rollers, steadily climbs for another 2-3, then very steep (12%) over the last 200-yards.
  • About 3-miles later, there's a steady climb up Mt. Emma Rd, 1-mile, 5%.
  • At mile 60 or so, climb up Sierra Highway, 1 mile, 5%-ish, wide shoulder.
  • At mile 83-ish, climb up Sierra Highway (different climb), 1-1/2 miles, 7%.
  • At mile 88-ish, climb up The Old Rd, 3/4-mile, 8%.

Then that's it. 10-miles downhill/flat to the finish.
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it's all downhill from there. Literally. So think of it as a 35-mile ride, instead.
Ok, my normal ride is 35 to 40 miles, so now I feel better!
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Hey folks. I'd love to do this - but I can't decide between the 50 or 100 mile ride. Any advice would be great!

I'm M33, and I ride regularly on weekends with LaTri & LaGrange in the Santa Monica mts, usually 40-50 miles, sometimes 60-65, with about 2000ft of climbing. I can outclimb a bunch of Cat5 and some Cat4 riders (I don't race bikes, though), but my back and butt start to feel it after about 60 miles. I'm a triathlete, so I only ride about 3x/wk, but I do run 10-12 milers on the other days in addition.

I've never ridden over 65 miles. Think the century is too much? Or should I be ok as long as I take some rest breaks in the middle?

Thanks!
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I'm doing the 50 mile route because the 100 mile route duplicates much of what the Tour of California riders do, and I'm not up for that.

At my level, climbing up to acton is a pretty tough task. It's not that Soledad Canyon is steep (only in a few spots does it get above 3% or so), it's just a long ways on that road.

Very pretty though!

Anyway, if you're concerned that you'll be slow, rest assured I'll be behind you. So come on and join us. This is the first year Velo is putting this on, it benefits a charity, and it can only get better next year.

Also, the ride down Sierra Highway is beautiful and very pleasant, it's also quite fast!
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This looks like a fantastic ride! I hope that there is a good turnout!
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Hey folks. I'd love to do this - but I can't decide between the 50 or 100 mile ride. Any advice would be great!

I'm M33, and I ride regularly on weekends with LaTri & LaGrange in the Santa Monica mts, usually 40-50 miles, sometimes 60-65, with about 2000ft of climbing. I can outclimb a bunch of Cat5 and some Cat4 riders (I don't race bikes, though), but my back and butt start to feel it after about 60 miles. I'm a triathlete, so I only ride about 3x/wk, but I do run 10-12 milers on the other days in addition.

I've never ridden over 65 miles. Think the century is too much? Or should I be ok as long as I take some rest breaks in the middle?

Thanks!
We'd love to have you come out.

Let me answer some questions...

First You can do the 50-mile option. I'm sure you'd have absolutely no trouble.
Second In the 100, the climbing is (mostly) over by mile 62. There are 2 little "kickers at mile 82 & 85, but they're only 1-mile and 3/4-mile long. Really not too bad.
Third At mile 75, there is a bail-out option that avoids these last two climbs and will get you just about 80-miles by end.
Fourth If you pace yourself, I think you can do it. It would certainly be a challenge, but I think you could.

So, there are options. In the end, you'll have to decide for yourself. Hope this info helps.
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I'm doing the 50 mile route because the 100 mile route duplicates much of what the Tour of California riders do, and I'm not up for that.

At my level, climbing up to acton is a pretty tough task. It's not that Soledad Canyon is steep (only in a few spots does it get above 3% or so), it's just a long ways on that road.

Very pretty though!

Anyway, if you're concerned that you'll be slow, rest assured I'll be behind you. So come on and join us. This is the first year Velo is putting this on, it benefits a charity, and it can only get better next year.

Also, the ride down Sierra Highway is beautiful and very pleasant, it's also quite fast!
Thanks for the kind words.

We're getting many more partners donating goods and services than I thought we would for a first year. And the expo will feature many more vendors than I thought, as well.

Can't wait to see it go off!
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