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    Ventura-Balcom Cyn-SP-Ventura Loop, Sun, Jan 18

    Ventura Mission - > Somis -> Balcom Cyn (easy side up, hairy side down) -> SP -> Ventura Mission.
    Given the weather we've been havin and that it certainly won;t last for the short run, this is a great time to do a comfortable loop over Balcom.
    Sunday - Jan 18 - 9:15 gather, 9:30 am starttime at the parking lot across from the Ventura Mission on Main Street (near the 33/101 intersect) - just short of 50 miles RT - about 3.5 hours at an easy 'small ring' pace.
    I plan on staying in the small ring, just a nice steady tempo, NOT A HAMMERFEST! I'm required to keep my heartrate below zone 5... for the time being...
    A 'No Drop' social ride, with some hopes for poseur points at some coffeehouse.... ;-)
    A 9:30 start should assure not needing any extra kit, so we can ride with 'summer' togs.
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    only 1300 ft of total elevation gain for the whole ride - really mostly flat citrus orchard ride with an easy, steady climb up to Balcom and down again to orchards

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
    ...with an easy, steady climb up to Balcom and down again to orchards
    Don't forget that short little sting at the end of Balcom's tail: 100-yards, easily close to 20%, I would guess. It was hard walking up it 2 years ago for the Tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
    Ventura Mission - > Somis -> Balcom Cyn (easy side up, hairy side down) -> SP -> Ventura Mission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
    Don't forget that short little sting at the end of Balcom's tail: 100-yards, easily close to 20%, I would guess. It was hard walking up it 2 years ago for the Tour.
    thatz the other (north) side... we're gonna go down that... ZOOOOMMM ZOOOOOMMM ZOOOOMMM

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    Mark is referring to the last piece from the "easy" side (going north). It is steep but very short.

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    Yep. Both sides of Balcom are a PIA, but the southern side (north-bound) is alot shorter. I think--could be wrong--in that one section, it's steeper than anything on the northern (south-bound) side.

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