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    Reedley Blossom Bike Ride

    Any California teams considering this ride? http://blossombikeride.com/.

    Can anyone tell us what to expect on the 100K route?

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    We will be there for sure. Have done this 100K for the last few years. Flat early and late in the ride with some pretty good climbs in the middle,,,not killer hills but good climbs for early in the year. Overall, a nice metric with good support in a great riding area. You won't be disappointed.

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    We did it last year, when it was cloudy and cold, with a high of 59 (it seemed colder), and my stoker isn't very fond of cold. She wouldn't want to do it if the weather was like last year.

    Happily, the weather is usually better. The average Reedley temp for March 5, is a high of 66 and a low of 42. There is no same day registration this year, so we'll have to look at the forecast in the days before.

    We did the 45 mile route, which isn't all that scenic. The scenery is much better on the the 70 mile route.

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    I rode the 45 mile option on a single a few years ago. I'm trying to gently persuade my sweet stoker that it would be a good first organized ride for us as a team. We would probably just do the 45.
    Will keep you posted.

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    Thanks for the feedback, the 70 mile route seems within our capabilities. Temps aren't an issue for us, it's often near freezing when we roll out in the morning (usually warms up to 50+ after a couple of hours around here, thank goodness)

    We'll gonna wait until about 4 days out to be reasonably sure the weather will be dry and then pull the trigger on a couple of entries and a hotel room in Kingsburg for Friday Night.

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    We're considering going down, but it's only a week before Solvang. I think we'll go for the (new) 100K at Solvang which would make a 100K the weekend prior look practical. Still, inquiring minds in the form of my stoker always ask the very tricky-to-answer question, "How much climbing?" I have developed creative answers, of course, but I'm no fool.
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    We went to sign up, but at 800 riders, the ride is filled!

    Luckily, I am getting one registration from a friend who can't make it.

    We've got a group of at least 5 tandems slated for the 100k.

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    Please provide your feedback on this year's ride. I'm definitely putting this one on our whole year ride calendar along with its associates all saying "ride me. No, ride me!"
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    Had to delay registering to make sure The Beautiful Stoker would be over a bug she's been fighting - ride filled by the time she was sure she'd be feeling well.

    Pity, looks like great weather this weekend.

    We'll try again next year.

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    I stopped off and rode part of this route on my way home from the Death Valley century last year, parts of it were very nice.
    I am all for giving money to local charities that are raising money by hosting century events. If the ride is "full" and they can not take your money I say the roads are public go ahead and ride. Do not take advantage of there rest stops. If for some reason you do use their rest stops or were particularly charmed by the route find somebody at the end of the ride to handle a donation for you. I think these rides are limited by the highway patrol not by the ride organizers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chichi View Post
    I stopped off and rode part of this route on my way home from the Death Valley century last year, parts of it were very nice.
    I am all for giving money to local charities that are raising money by hosting century events. If the ride is "full" and they can not take your money I say the roads are public go ahead and ride. Do not take advantage of there rest stops. If for some reason you do use their rest stops or were particularly charmed by the route find somebody at the end of the ride to handle a donation for you. I think these rides are limited by the highway patrol not by the ride organizers.
    We are going to be half-renegade, half-registered, as I was able to obtain only one registration. I'll see if tomorrow if they make us some sort of accommodation. Why they limit this ride is a mystery, it isn't as if Reedley and environs have anything better going on tomorrow than the Blossom Ride. You'd think the more the merrier.

    As for the CHP limiting the participation, maybe if local communities could fund raise in such a manner, the CHP wouldn't have the need to jack up their routine speeding tickets to $500.

    We had planned to go renegade tomorrow, assiduously avoiding any succor from the ride organizers.

    It would be nice to make a donation to the Reedley Lion's Club, but I don't think they are set up for it. You can't do it on the website, and the volunteers will not likely know how.

    An alternative would be to donate to the Team Semper Fi Fund, whose members will be participating tomorrow (I remember them from last year).

    Twenty-five injured service members of Team Semper Fi to take part in Reedley, CA Blossom Ride

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