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Old 02-16-11, 05:54 PM   #1
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Solvang Metric

Solvang, coming up in a few weeks, has added a 100K which we might do on the tandem instead of the Century. Does anyone know the course they might use for this? There is no information on the website.

Yes, I know this is an easy Century with about 5000' of climbing, but it's still a fair amount of climbing for us on the tandem. I suspect we will make a game-time decision based on weather: Ideal weather - go for it; bad weather - 100K.
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Probably the best thing to do would be to contact the club. I do know the website has 2 metric routes - one "easy" and the other "moderate" so the route your talking about could be the "moderate" one.
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Just FYI - I was able to obtain a route sheet for the 70 mile metric. Ridewithgps says 4000+' of climbing so not that much less than the 5200' of so in the full century (unless you're inclined to believe the sketchy numbers that come out of Mapmyride).
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From what you say (this post and your other post), it seems to me that they have an easy half standard, a hard half standard, a metric, and the full century.

I signed up for the century on the website. I figured since I know they have 2 different half-centuries to choose from and only one option on registration, that it would probably be fine to sign up for century and then decide which century to do on the day of the ride, metric or standard.

I'm liking your idea of weather analysis before deciding which ride to do. I was going to decide last Saturday based on a long training ride and how it went, but that got rained out. From looking at the routes, it looks like the metric and standard centuries are on the same route up to ~42 miles in, where you could theoretically change your mind I guess? Same with the 2 half-centuries, they're the same route for the first 25 miles before they both split off from the century routes and from each other.

Also, mapmyride and ridewithgps have very different elevations for these routes. It's disconcerting that one shows 3500 feet and the other shows 5400 feet of climbing for the same route.
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I tend to trust Ridewithgps since it tracks my gps very well for rolling or hilly rides. Garmins don't do well on flat terrain since they tend to add up all the +-1 ft elevation changes. That having been said the differences between the two sites are very large given that they are all using the same raw data.

We're going to get in 50+ miles these next two weekends so we won't have any excuse for not trying the Century. Tomorrow we might not get too wet, but it's going to be windy for use.

It's interesting that the climbing shown on www.bbcnet.com is 4950' which is not that far off of Ridewithgps. I wonder where that side gets its climbing?

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