I had a great time at the SIKAD ride today, riding the 44-mile course from Yorba Park to Huntington Beach and back on the SART trail.
I'm not sure how many riders participated; several hundred I'm sure.
Everything went like clockwork; pre-race registration and bib pickup, the ride, the SAG stops and the luncheon back at Yorba park afterwards.
The food was great, and quite plentiful. Eggs etc at the Edna Park SAG stop, PBJ and fruit, etc at the turn-around at Huntington Beach, and a phenomenal Roast Pig BBQ back at Yorba park. These folks really put on a good show.
I did a couple organized rides many years ago, and most of them were marred by a few undisciplined riders that made things difficult for everyone else. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't see any of that on the SIKAD ride; everybody was acting like adults and nobody seemed to be creating trouble.
I was by myself, and I was pleased that quite a few other riders and volunteers made a point to come over to me and chat. So it was a very pleasant and friendly bunch of folks.
I hadn't ridden the SART before; I was quite impressed. It was wide, the pavement was in great condition, and it was pleasantly clean. You folks in the OC have a great resource there and I can see why so many of you ride it so often.
A special thanks to Mr. Beanz for posting his videos of the SART folks; I never would have heard about the ride otherwise.
See y'all out there next year at SIKAD 2013.
Tom in SoCal