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Old 01-29-09, 02:16 PM   #1
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2009 So Cal C-A-M Challenge - Data Only

Ok folks it’s that time of year again to start thinking about your goals for 2009. What better goal than to do a century a month to keep your fitness level up and to be ready for any organized ride you wish to do without worrying if you’re “in shape” for it. Riding a century a month is a great way to train for doing Bevets, Double Centuries or Multi day tours.

CENTURY FAQ:
A century is defined by the UMCA as being from 90-149 miles and completing it within an 11 hour time limit including time off the bike and maintaining an average of 8.33mph.

What Counts?
• Any Organized/sponsored ride that is billed as a century
• Any informal group or solo ride that totals between 90-149 miles
• Any Indoor Century: You may ride indoors "centuries" (six hours) for credit.
• Tandem Century: Centuries may be done on a tandem bicycle. A tandem rider accumulates tandem mileage independent of partner.

• Double centuries count, but only as a single century.
• This is self reported. The honor system is all we have so if you lie about your data may you be cursed with thorns on every trail you ride.

PLEASE, DO NOT REPLY TO POSTS OR POST ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOUR DATA.

Please post the data for your century/month as follows:

Date of Ride:
Type of Ride: (group ride or solo ride)
Name of organized ride or route:
Actual Mileage:
Ride Time:
Total Time:
Avg. Speed:
Altitude Climbed: (if available, either by route map, or cycling computer)
Weather conditions:
Synopsis of Ride: (please be respectful as you never know who might read this)


Remember, even if you don't make all twelve, please still post your data for as many months as you can - all centuries are an accomplishment! So, although this is a challenge, it is in the spirit of camaraderie!

Below is the official list for 2009. If those of you who are planning to go stealth this year, or are on the fence want to join the fun please let me know. If you do not see your name or century months updated, please PM me, and I will update your info. Thank you!

RIDERS WHO ARE TAKING THE CHALLENGE:

  1. GP 4/12
  2. jsigone 1/12
  3. merckx89 2/12
  4. Rick@OCRR 3/12
  5. robertkat 11/12
  6. scvroadie 1/12
  7. Shnuddy 7/12
  8. Shprung 11/12
  9. viros20 1/12
  10. WhiteCarbonDude 10/12

REMEMBER: YOU HAVE TO FILE A RIDE REPORT WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE RIDE (except for Jan.) IN THIS THREAD TO GET CREDIT

Alright, maybe I was a little hard on you, since the UMCA allows up to 2 make up rides you can start as late as March

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Old 01-29-09, 02:37 PM   #2
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Date of Ride: 1/17
Type of Ride: group/solo ride
Name of organized ride or route: OCW Seal Beach Century modified from home
Actual Mileage: 101.5
Ride Time: 05:48
Total Time: 07:22
Avg. Speed: 17.45
Altitude Climbed: 1500 (Ciclo HAC4)
Weather conditions: Cool day with strong winds avg. temp 66.1 degrees
Synopsis of Ride: This was my first fixed gear century for 2009 and I rode from home to the start of the ride 16 miles away in Irvine. We rode through Irvine, down Laguna Cyn and up PCH all the way to the Queen Mary where we turned around and came back down PCH where I peeled off at the SART and headed home for another 19 miles alone. This was a pretty flat century perfect for the fixed gear.
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Date of Ride: 01/17/2009
Type of Ride: Century
Name of organized ride or route: Orange County Rebel Riders Monthly Century
Actual Mileage: 101.2
Ride Time: 5:05
Total Time: 6:16
Avg. Speed: 15.4
Altitude Climbed: 2,000 ft. approx.
Weather conditions: 45 at 7:00 start, 75 by noon, headwind out, tailwind back
Synopsis of Ride: Rode with Wick and Julie early on (Jon, Julie say's "Hi!" worked with you on Butterfield last year @ Mini-Stops), then mostly solo.
Missed first rest-stop, then made one up in Corona at mile 49.8 (It's A Grind Coffee). Irvine to
Corona and back via Yorba Linda. Lovely day, overall.

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Date of Ride: January 3, 2009
Type of Ride: San Diego Randonneurs Brevet
Name of organized ride or route: Rainbow 200K
Actual Mileage: 124.06
Ride Time: 8:30
Total Time: 10:04
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Weather conditions: Light rain / drizzle. Didn't rain hard enough to make me stay in bed; just enough to give me hope of good weather and then make me miserable.
Synopsis of Ride: La Jolla to Rainbow via San Elijo, Del Dios, Couser and Rice Canyons then to the coast and south back to La Jolla. My feet were soaked in the first hour. Riding in the rain sucks. However, the randonneurs are some of the friendliest cyclists I've ever met.
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[1] Date of Ride: Sat 1/10/09
Type of Ride: Brevet 200k
Name of organized ride or route: Pacific Coast Highway Randonneurs 200k
Actual Mileage: 128
Total Time: 8:30
Avg. Speed: 15 (using 128miles/8.5 total time)
Altitude Climbed: ~ 2,300
Weather conditions: windy, very windy, then somewhat come.
Route & photos: http://www.shprung.com/sfvbc/?ride=BR-200k
More info & others ride reports: http://www.pchrandos.com/html/brevets.html

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[2] Date of Ride: Sat 1/24/09
Type of Ride: group ride
Name of organized ride or route: R.J 50th Birthday Century
Actual Mileage: 129
Total Time: 9:26
Avg. Speed: 13.7 (using 129miles/9.433 total time)
Altitude Climbed: ~ 6,000
Weather conditions: started with 3 hours of rain, rest of day mostly dry
Route & photos: http://www.shprung.com/sfvbc/?ride=12459

Rode from home (Encino) to CSUN, did the century and rode back home. got home at 5:30PM - just about dark.
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Old 02-02-09, 10:24 PM   #7
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Date of Ride: 1/17/2009
Type of Ride: Group ride
Name of organized ride or route: Stagecoach Century
Actual Mileage: 100.1
Ride Time: 6:52:38.
Total Time: 7:20 ish
Avg. Speed: 14.6
Altitude Climbed: 4,827
Weather conditions: Almost perfect...arm warmers only to start, never too warm, just a light wind.
Synopsis of Ride: Stagecoach is a well organized ride. I started with a group from my desert area, but of course could not keep up. I enjoyed the company of many other riders, did hook up with some great men who pulled me home the last 20 miles. My first century after major surgery last August. Woo hoo!
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Old 02-03-09, 10:21 AM   #8
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Date of Ride: 1/25/2009
Type of Ride: Group ride
Name of organized ride or route: Santa Clarita Century (pre-ride)
Actual Mileage: 100.5
Ride Time: 6:40:00.
Total Time: 7:30
Avg. Speed: 15.0
Altitude Climbed: 6,954
Weather conditions: Great weather, sunny and clear all day, cool in the morning, a little wind midway through the course, otherwise a perfect day for January.

Synopsis of Ride: We pre-rode the course for this our first annual Century in Santa Clarita, to be held on February 28th. The route basically follows the beginning of the Stage 7 route for the Tour of California, which happens the week before this ride. At the intersection of Aliso Canyon and Angeles Forest Hwy, the route changes. This route offers alot of climbing, with only a couple of steep ramps. It is a perfect challenge for seasoned century rider. Come join us on February 28th. For those that procrastinate it will allow you to achieve your February century on the last day of the month.
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Old 02-04-09, 01:16 PM   #9
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Date of Ride: 1/31/2009
Type of Ride: Race
Name of organized ride or route: Poor College kids RR
Actual Mileage: 102
Ride Time: 5:12
Total Time: 6:00
Avg. Speed: 19.8
Altitude Climbed: about 4000
Warm up, race and cool down.


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Date of Ride: 2/1/09
Type of Ride: Race
Name of organized ride or route: Mothballs crit
Actual Mileage: 98, but I'm counting it anyway, because I turned my garmin off for a little while before I started warming up
Ride Time: 5:24
Total Time: 9:00
Avg. Speed: 18sih
Altitude Climbed: 2000
Weather conditions: Mothballs crit, cat 3 in the morning, cat 1/2/3 in the afternoon with a bunch of rolling around in between for warm up and cool down for both races.
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Type of Ride: solo ride
Name of organized ride or route: Azusa
Actual Mileage: 97.5
Ride Time: 6:15:00.
Total Time: 7:05
Avg. Speed: n/a
Altitude Climbed: n/a
Weather conditions: Sunny

Synopsis of Ride: Took a solo ride from my home in south gate up to san gabriel river, to santa fe dam then 15 miles up asuza, turned at the bridge and ate lunch at the general store. This was a very spontaneous ride, I had no clue what route Id end up doing, very glad I chose to climb.
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Date of Ride: Sat 2/07/09
Type of Ride: Brevet 300k
Name of organized ride or route: Pacific Coast Highway Randonneurs 300k
Actual Mileage: 198
Total Time: 15.5 hours
Avg. Speed: 12.8 (using 198miles/15.5 total time); the Garmin show avg speed of 15.7mph which can be calculated to 2.8 hours of breaks/off-bike.
Altitude Climbed: ~ 6,000
Weather conditions: 4 hours of strong rain follow by less to no rain
Route & photos: http://www.shprung.com/sfvbc/?ride=BR-300k

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Date of Ride: Sat 2/21/09
Type of Ride: Going to watch TOC
Name of organized ride or route: SFVBC ride # 321
Actual Mileage: 100.2
Total Time: 9:29 hours
Avg. Speed: 10.6 (using 100.2miles/9.5 total time); the Garmin show avg speed of 15.6mph which can be calculated to 3 hours of breaks/off-bike. (We did rode, stop, wait for the pros, and rode back)
Altitude Climbed: ~ 7,000
Weather conditions: mostly about 50.
Route & photos: http://shprung.com/sfvbc/?ride=321

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Old 02-14-09, 11:12 PM   #12
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Date of Ride: 2/14/09 Happy Valentine's Day
Type of Ride: Group
Name of organized ride or route: Tour de Palm Springs
Actual Mileage: 103.5
Ride Time: 7:04:39
Total Time: About 8
Avg. Speed: 14.6
Altitude Climbed: Around 3,500 I think. 2,200 of it comes in the first 20 miles
Weather conditions: Really great considering the forecast was originally for rain. It was cold, in the low 40s at the start, but the skies were blue, it warmed up nicely, but not so much that you had to haul around all your warm clothes.
Synopsis of Ride: Even though this is my hometown ride, it was the first time for me. We met at a friends house who live about 2 mile from the start. Headed out at about 6:35 toward downtown, so actually started out ahead of the pack. Quite a bit of cross and head wind in the first 20 in addition to all that climbing. But, the reward was the next 30 was mostly downhill with a tailwind. Fabulous. Had a flat, some huge piece if metal that gouged my tire. Although I made it the 10 miles or so to the next SAG, it was recommended to replace the tire. So I did and had no other problems. I saw NYgirl777 at the 2nd stop, but no other BFers.
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Date of Ride: 02/13
Type of Ride: solo ride
Name of organized ride or route: Anaheim to Palm Springs
Actual Mileage: 101.5
Ride Time: 6:00
Total Time: 6:59
Avg. Speed: 16.9
Altitude Climbed: 4514 feet VDO MC1.0+
Weather conditions: Rain, cold, windy as hell. Average temp 52.6, low of 44
Synopsis of Ride: I've had this idea for a couple years in my head to ride to Palm Springs Friday do the Tour de Palm Springs Saturday and ride home on Sunday having completed 3 centuries in a row. Since my father lives out there I sent him my clothes and extra SE and Heed I needed for my trip. The weather was not good for this trip but I headed out anyway. I waited till the rain stopped at home to leave and traveled north on the SART. From there I took Green River through Corona and various roads ever to Victoria, a great road for bikes that follows the orange tree groves for miles. All the roads were wet like I had just missed the rain but up ahead looked bad. Through Moreno Valley I stopped at In-n-out for some water and the temp was dropping with the wind I was shivering. Up and over Redlands Blvd to San Timoteo Rd I hit two detours that took me up and out towards Oak Glen were it started raining at almost 3000 feet the temp was 44 and the cross winds were 20-30mph. I headed down Beaumont Ave to 6th St and finally the wind was in my favor and I was headed down Ramsey St at 30mph. From there you get on the 10 Fwy and exit the next off ramp at Fields Rd. There is an old frontage road that follows the fwy till you get to the 10 again at the 111 and take it to Palm Springs.

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Date of Ride: 02/14
Name of organized ride: Tour de Palm Springs i.e. "TandemPalooza"
Actual Mileage: 103.5
Ride Time: 5:27
Total Time: 6:28
Avg. Speed: 19
Altitude Climbed: 3406 feet VDO
Weather conditions: Windy and cold at the start avg temp 59, low 43, high 65
Synopsis of Ride: Met up with my club'o tandems at the start and had strong head/cross winds for the first 14 miles. Flatted @ 13.5m just before the first CP and my team left me for dead. I caught up with one of our tandems and road with them for the day. I felt surprisingly strong and was doing most of the work for my team mates. Picking up many riders along the way and many thanked me for pulling so much. My friend wanted to get home to his wife for Valentine's Day right after the ride and he asked me if I wanted a lift. I decided to take him up on his offer and go home a day early and surprise my wife for V Day. Killed my plans on doing 300 for the weekend but it made my wife happy
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Date of Ride: 2/22/09
Type of Ride: Small group (2)
Name of organized ride or route: Oceanside to Huntington Beach and back
Actual Mileage: 111.42
Ride Time: 7:04:25
Total Time: 8:40
Avg. Speed: 15.7
Altitude Climbed: not much
Weather conditions: cloudy, high 60s

RobertKat and I rode up the coast to have coffee at the Starbucks on Main in HB. We could have turned around at any of the other 100 Starbucks we rode by but stuck with the original plan of going to the only f&*^)#g store in the chain without a bathroom.
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Old 02-23-09, 10:33 AM   #15
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Type of Ride: 75 miles race + wu+ cd
Name of organized ride or route: Valley of the sun stage race day 2
Actual Mileage: 93
Ride Time: 4:28
Total Time: 4:28
Avg. Speed: 21.4
Altitude Climbed: I think it was about 4000
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Date of Ride: Feb. 21, 2009
Type of Ride: Planet Ultra Double Century
Name of organized ride or route: Cameo Real Double Century
Actual Mileage: 197.2
Ride Time: 12:21
Total Time: 14:35
Avg. Speed: 15.1
Altitude Climbed: 8,200 feet
Weather conditions: 54 to start, High 71, 60 at finish
Synopsis of Ride: Good route, plenty of bike lanes, good food and friendly folks staffing all the checkpoints. Excellent weather, excellent ride, no complaints!

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Date of Ride: 2/22/09
Type of Ride: Small group (2)
Name of organized ride or route: Oceanside to Huntington Beach and back
Actual Mileage: 111.42
Ride Time: 7:04:25
Total Time: 8:40
Avg. Speed: 15.7
Altitude Climbed: nothing significant
Weather conditions: cloudy, high 60s

With Grumpypig, copied from what he said, as it's a pefect description. "...rode up the coast to have coffee at the Starbucks on Main in HB. We could have turned around at any of the other 100 Starbucks we rode by but stuck with the original plan of going to the only f&*^)#g store in the chain without a bathroom." It's true, I think we found the only Starbucks that doesn't have a toilet. It was a good ride though, except for the head wind going north.
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Date of Ride: 03-01-09
Type of Ride: (group) large, organized
Name of organized ride or route: Gran Fondo San Diego
Actual Mileage:98
Ride Time: 6:24:07
Total Time: 8:00:00
Avg. Speed: 15.3 mph
Altitude Climbed: about 4900'
Weather conditions: nice, clear, warm into the 80's in the eastern mountains
Synopsis of Ride: Great ride. A lot of good climbing, especially the 7 miles up Honey Springs. Course well marked, good support. Some roads not so great but the entire route is new to me, and I'll likely want to ride parts of it in the future. Route map link.
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Type of Ride: Club ride
Name of organized ride or route: Celo Pacific Elfin Forest loop, plus riding back from Carlsbad
Actual Mileage:89.3
Ride Time:5h16min
Total Time:about 8 hours, lots of talking at lunch time
Avg. Speed: ???
Altitude Climbed: about 3100ft according to routeslip.com
Weather conditions: Sunny, mid 70's
Synopsis of Ride: First long ride of the year. Woke up and decided to ride to meet the team rather then drive there. Easier to get bonus miles I guess.
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Date of Ride: Sat 3/07/09
Type of Ride: Brevet 400k
Name of organized ride or route: Pacific Coast Highway Randonneurs 400k
Actual Mileage: 255
Total Time: 18:27
Avg. Speed: 13.8 (using 255miles/18:27 total time); the Garmin show avg speed of 15.8mph which can be calculated to 2.4 hours of breaks/off-bike.
Altitude Climbed: ~ 8,000
Weather conditions: Started a bit cold (~40) and was very nice all day, and again drop to the 40th at night.
Route & photos: http://www.shprung.com/sfvbc/?ride=BR-400k

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Date of Ride: Sat 3/26/09
Type of Ride: night ride
Name of organized ride or route: Can't do Solvang double, so let's do 140 miles at night insteed
Actual Mileage: 142.25
Total Time: 11:14
Avg. Speed: 12.7 (using 142miles/11:14 total time); the Garmin show avg speed of 15.5mph which can be calculated to 2 hours of breaks/off-bike.
Altitude Climbed: ~ 4,700
Weather conditions: Warm day (75+) that got down to 50 during the night in some areas.
Route & photos: http://shprung.com/sfvbc/?ride=night-1

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Date of Ride: 3/21
Type of Ride: OCW Saturday Century Group
Name of organized ride or route: Vertical Jon's TorToure de OC Century
Actual Mileage: 124.46
Ride Time: 08:19
Total Time: 10:15
Avg. Speed: 15
Altitude Climbed: 10,072 (VDO MC1.0+)
Weather conditions: Cold day with cloud cover the whole day avg. temp 59.7 degrees
Synopsis of Ride: This is the hardest century in Orange County designed by me. I had been trying to get Chuck Bramwell, our trusty ride leader, to add it to the rotation and he finally gave in. I rode from home to the start in Irvine 15 miles away. We had a good turn out with about 15 riders to take on this monster quad burner. Chuck announced I was the ride leader and I stayed up front on every climb and regrouped many times to stay together. The first climbs are mild through Santa Ana and Orange then onto Anaheim Hills and over to Yorba Linda. With 1800 feet so far it's a good warm up, with the next 25 miles you will climb 4000 feet with gradients in the teens. After Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills most of the guys were done and headed home with 7000 feet but the few of us were out for some more tortoure. Now the easy climbing starts through Santiago Cyn and Modjeska with Saddleback Ranch thrown in. Onto Santa Margarita Pkwy then back through the canyon via Live Oak and Santiago.
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Old 03-26-09, 06:47 PM   #22
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Date of Ride: 3/25/09
Type of Ride: Solo
Name of organized ride or route: Mid-week, double loop, desert ride
Actual Mileage: 100.3
Ride Time: 6:37
Total Time: 7:15
Avg. Speed: 15.1
Altitude Climbed: Around 1700 (yeah, I know, it's the desert)
Weather conditions: Great. Cool in the morning, never too hot. Very little wind
Synopsis of Ride: The ride was so smooth there is very little to report. No problems, no flats. Did get chased by a couple German Shepherds once.
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Date of Ride: 4/04
Type of Ride: Solo
Name of organized ride or route: OCW Mount Baldy Century
Actual Mileage: 98.81
Ride Time: 05:59
Total Time: 06:24
Avg. Speed: 16.40
Altitude Climbed: 7599 (VDO MC1.0+)
Weather conditions: Perfect day, Cool morning, low 50's with big puffy clouds over the mountains avg. temp 61.1 degrees
Synopsis of Ride: Woke up late for the group start at 7:30 so I left the house at 7:43 to catch the group in Chino at the McDonald's. Once with the group there's a climb out of Chino Hills where I dropped the group and rode up GMR/GRR to Baldy Village then down Baldy Rd into Claremont/Pomona then through Diamond Bar and Brea/Placentia to home in Anaheim.

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[1] Date of Ride: Sat 4/11/09
Type of Ride: SFVBC level 5 weekend route
Name of organized ride or route: MOORPARK RIDGE REVERSE
Actual Mileage: 110 (rode from home to CSUN where SFVBC start/end)
Total Time: 7:00
Avg. Speed: 15.7 (using 109miles/7 total time)
Altitude Climbed: 3,300ft
Weather conditions: Light wind, and about 55-60 all day; overall very good weather for riding
Route & photos: http://shprung.com/sfvbc/index.php?ride=853#posts

This is a flat century with only few climbs, and the avg speed (riding speed) was 17.3mph which felt fast; especially when we didn't draft much. the first half was harder facing the wind (I think it was a stady 10-15mph) but in the way back we enjoy that same wind.

[2]Date of Ride: Sat 4/18/09 - Sun 4/19/09
Type of Ride: PCH randos Fleche
Name of organized ride or route: FlecheEaters Mount Whitney to the see
Actual Mileage: 310 (Mount Whitney to ventura, and then ventura to sf.valley)
Total Time: 29 hours
Avg. Speed: 10.7 (using 310miles/29 total time); but that include very long (2 hours at a time) stops. The Garmin shows 17.1
Altitude Climbed: 6,000ft, but Altitude loss is about 13,000ft
Weather conditions: excelent for the first 24 hours; way-to-hot (90-100) in the sfvbc on sunday
Route & photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/shprung/200904Fleche

While not specified as a century, nor double, nor tripple; it was a l-o-n-g ride so I added here.
I recomand to all to join the PCHrandos for the next year 200k, 300k, 400k, Fleche, and 600k.

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Old 04-11-09, 07:39 PM   #25
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Date of Ride: 4/11/09
Type of Ride: Solo
Name of organized ride or route: Rancho Mirage loop
Actual Mileage: 100.5
Ride Time: 6:39
Total Time: 7:30
Avg. Speed: 15.1
Altitude Climbed: Around 2400
Weather conditions: Great. Stayed cool all day. Wind started to come up after noon, but not too crazy.
Synopsis of Ride: The ride was so smooth there is very little to report. No problems, no flats. (yes, I did copy that from my last entry )
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