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Old 05-04-11, 05:01 PM   #1
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Nice Tandem Ride this weekend - Wine Country "Century"

We're aged and taking it easy this weekend by doing the 100K. Really looking forward to the moderating temps (high 72degF in Santa Rosa, CA), the barely over 2000' of climbing and the scenery. Anyone else doing this ride on Saturday?

We'll probably alternate the WCc and the Chico Velo Wildflower year-to-year. This is our first WCc, but we've done a good bit of the course on a club ride a few years back.
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Old 05-05-11, 08:44 AM   #2
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have a great ride, i was fully planning on attending this ride and then without realizing it planned a trip to see family on the same weekend

pretty excited though as my wife has purchased tickets for the both of us to do the AMBBR century around Tahoe in June for my Bday! Really itching to get back out on the tandem!
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I did the 100 miler for many years - and did it back to back with the Wildflower starting in 1990. I think the last time we did it was 06. It's too popular now and crowded (just like the Wildflower) and we've pretty much decided to not do organized rides since my wife has a gluten intolerance so she can't really eat any of the food provided. It's a nice ride though.
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... It's too popular now and crowded (just like the Wildflower) ...
The rides with 2000 riders or so don't seem too bad. I think WCC takes 3000 so we'll see how that goes. We didn't mind the crowds too much on the CV Wildflower, but got passed by a lot of singles on Honey Run, passed a ton of singles on the downhill and the short bike path section was a bit crowded. Nothing like the El Tour de Tucson of course.
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The rides with 2000 riders or so don't seem too bad. I think WCC takes 3000 so we'll see how that goes. We didn't mind the crowds too much on the CV Wildflower, but got passed by a lot of singles on Honey Run, passed a ton of singles on the downhill and the short bike path section was a bit crowded. Nothing like the El Tour de Tucson of course.
We did the Wildflower a couple times where we got a bit of a late start - and they were out of water at the top of Table Mountain - and limited food left at the lunch stop. We were not THAT late. Again - after doing it 15 times or so - just decided it wasn't worth the money or effort to do it again. I hit 67mph on my old tandem drafting a Semi on the downhill out of Paradise. My EX wife would never get back on it again after that :-) My wife now just seems to want to go faster.
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It's still raining here, but we're sick of being limited by it, so we're getting out for 100k sport rides every Sunday. 3k-4k of climbing. It's making a difference. Looking forward to the passes opening up. Might have to carry the bike a bit for the first pass ride. Big snow year up here. At least it's not butt-freezing cold rain anymore. Nice warm 50 rain. I heard it was really cold at the start of Wildflower this year.
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I work the WCC. Bring your beefy wheels and tuff tires. Sonoma County roads are full of holes and broken up pavement.
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I work the WCC. Bring your beefy wheels and tuff tires. Sonoma County roads are full of holes and broken up pavement.
Sonoma will have nothing on lowly San Benito country. We've got 40 spokes per wheel, a careful captain and crossed fingers. Noted, however, that the glossy WCC website didn't feature the road conditions, but it's California after all so we have come to expect the worst.
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Enjoy the ride. Weather's going to be just right, your stoker will enjoy the sites, wildflowers are in full bloom. Eat all you can, WCC offer's some of the best treats around.
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We had a great ride under ideal conditions with fabulous rest stops (they should be called eating stops!). Whatever struck your palate's fancy was there for the consumption. We managed not to overdo, but it wasn't easy. Started just before 7:30 and finished the 100K right at noon. Didn't see too many tandems on the 100K, but I suspect the faster tandems who would easily have caught us were doing the Century. I'm attributing a cramp-less ride to consumption of potato chips at ever rest stops.

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Good stuff, Rick. It really is hard not to "overreplenish" at the rest stops.
Glad you enjoyed the day.

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