Go Back  Bike Forums > The Racer's Forum > "The 33"-Road Bike Racing
Reload this Page >

Trip to California in March

Notices
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

Trip to California in March

Old 01-02-11, 06:18 PM
  #1  
currand
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 377
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Trip to California in March

I'm heading to Sonoma the first two weekends (and the week in the middle) in March. I have three questions:

1. Ship my bike or rent? In understand the logistical and cost aspect, but wondering if there are decent bikes to be had there (near Sebastapol).

1a. If ship, to a UPS shop or an LBS?

2. Any races or Wednesday worlds worth doing while I'm there? If not, any preferred routes you can recommend? I know I can ride down any old road, but thought I'd get advice.

3. I'm from the east coast and think we have the best racers in the country. Can I win a Cat 3 race there with 4.3294W/kg?

Thanks in advance.

P.S the last question was sarcasm.
currand is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 06:25 PM
  #2  
El Diablo Rojo
Banned.
 
El Diablo Rojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: ATX, Ex So Cal
Posts: 11,058

Bikes: Ridley Noah-Scott Addict-Orbea Ordu

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
If you suck at sarcasm don't go to California.
El Diablo Rojo is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 07:45 PM
  #3  
mollusk
Elite Fred
 
mollusk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Edge City
Posts: 10,910

Bikes: 2009 Spooky (cracked frame), 2006 Curtlo, 2002 Lemond (current race bike) Zurich, 1987 Serotta Colorado, 1986 Cannondale for commuting, a 1984 Cannondale on loan to my son

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked 23 Times in 10 Posts
I'm going out there just about the same time for a week with my wife. I will be drinking a lot of wine and residing in hot tubs. No bikes will be involved.
mollusk is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 08:01 PM
  #4  
carpediemracing 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Posts: 15,257

Bikes: Tsunami Bikes

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 332 Post(s)
Liked 92 Times in 51 Posts
Fly Southwest if you can and take the bike with you. $50 for the bike (each way) and now you have an excuse to bring checked luggage. I don't know if you're allowed to have 2 more bags free (since you're paying for the $50 bag) but I was asked if I wanted to check a second bag for free. Actually yes you can. I've flown with 2 checked bags plus the bike. This way I have a real carry on thing, not a super packed rolly thing that weighs more than my bike.

I did Red Trolley (granted it's earlier) as a 3 and it was totally okay for a Connecticut Cat 3. I struggled a bit, okay, but I'd just come off a major week of riding. I sat up with half a lap to go. If it were a course better suited for me I'd have taken a dig.

cdr
carpediemracing is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 08:13 PM
  #5  
GirlAnachronism
Bulldozer
 
GirlAnachronism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: NYC
Posts: 2,846
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just flew Southwest with two bags (backpack and bike in a softcase) and it was only $50. I'd fly with your own bike if you can. It's generally pretty easy to scrounge up a bike bag to borrow.
GirlAnachronism is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 10:09 PM
  #6  
agoodale
Senior Member
 
agoodale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cat 3:Anywhere would have no problem in SoCal. That's what make Cat 3 the Ultimate Cat. You can be pack fodder anywhere you choose to go
agoodale is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 10:42 PM
  #7  
Racer Ex 
Resident Alien
 
Racer Ex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Location, location.
Posts: 13,089
Mentioned: 158 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 349 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by agoodale View Post
Cat 3:Anywhere would have no problem in SoCal. That's what make Cat 3 the Ultimate Cat. You can be pack fodder anywhere you choose to go
And be bad at geography apparently.
Racer Ex is offline  
Old 01-02-11, 11:31 PM
  #8  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,314

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2719 Post(s)
Liked 2,425 Times in 1,125 Posts
https://ncnca.org/event/2011/03/02/month/all/all/1
caloso is online now  
Old 01-03-11, 12:52 AM
  #9  
agoodale
Senior Member
 
agoodale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
And be bad at geography apparently.
Nah, just bad habits. I think CA and type SoCal.
agoodale is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 02:05 AM
  #10  
Racer Ex 
Resident Alien
 
Racer Ex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Location, location.
Posts: 13,089
Mentioned: 158 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 349 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by agoodale View Post
I think CA and type SoCal.
That explains the line behind you at the Southwest self serve kiosk.

The rest of the state IS quite small and lacks the majesty of Riverside county, the economic engine that is the porn industry in "The Valley", and the cutting edge health care that so epitomizes "SoCal", so you're to be forgiven for defaulting to skateboarder geography.
Racer Ex is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 07:55 AM
  #11  
El Diablo Rojo
Banned.
 
El Diablo Rojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: ATX, Ex So Cal
Posts: 11,058

Bikes: Ridley Noah-Scott Addict-Orbea Ordu

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Back off Riverside old man.
El Diablo Rojo is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 08:58 AM
  #12  
Racer Ex 
Resident Alien
 
Racer Ex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Location, location.
Posts: 13,089
Mentioned: 158 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 349 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 9 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Back off Riverside old man.
Any place that buries a race track under cheap uniform tract housing deserves what it gets.
Racer Ex is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 09:18 AM
  #13  
Hermes
Version 3.0
 
Hermes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 12,498

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 294 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1000 Post(s)
Liked 1,195 Times in 750 Posts
Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
That explains the line behind you at the Southwest self serve kiosk.

The rest of the state IS quite small and lacks the majesty of Riverside county,
the economic engine that is the porn industry in "The Valley", and the cutting edge health care that so epitomizes "SoCal", so you're to be forgiven for defaulting to skateboarder geography.



I lived in Brentwood off Mountaingate and went to the Valley for Starbucks. The scenery was interesting.
Hermes is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 09:50 AM
  #14  
El Diablo Rojo
Banned.
 
El Diablo Rojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: ATX, Ex So Cal
Posts: 11,058

Bikes: Ridley Noah-Scott Addict-Orbea Ordu

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Any place that buries a race track under cheap uniform tract housing deserves what it gets.
I can't argue with that..I moved away a few years later....it was sooo sooo sad. Prior to it's demise I spent many many long and happy hours at RIR...not to mention the orange groves for keggers in HS (they are tract homes now as well). The IE has changed a lot but like it or not it's where I grew up.
El Diablo Rojo is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 09:51 AM
  #15  
El Diablo Rojo
Banned.
 
El Diablo Rojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: ATX, Ex So Cal
Posts: 11,058

Bikes: Ridley Noah-Scott Addict-Orbea Ordu

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
[/COLOR]

I lived in Brentwood off Mountaingate and went to the Valley for Starbucks. The scenery was interesting.
Well isn't it nice of you go slumming for po rn stars
El Diablo Rojo is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 10:07 AM
  #16  
Hermes
Version 3.0
 
Hermes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 12,498

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 294 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1000 Post(s)
Liked 1,195 Times in 750 Posts
Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Well isn't it nice of you go slumming for po rn stars
Here is a man who knows his geography.
Hermes is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 10:54 AM
  #17  
esammuli
Glimmers of form
 
esammuli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Escondido, CA
Posts: 1,542

Bikes: Cannondale SystemSix 3, Specialized Stumpjumper M4 Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
[/COLOR]

I lived in Brentwood off Mountaingate and went to the Valley for Starbucks. The scenery was interesting.
I used to do intervals on that road. Brings back terrible memories.
esammuli is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 11:01 AM
  #18  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 17,267
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3260 Post(s)
Liked 2,555 Times in 1,414 Posts
Originally Posted by esammuli View Post
I used to do intervals on that road. Brings back terrible memories.
Years ago some RAAM guys organized the "Mountaingate Century" featuring 35,000 feet of climbing. Don't think anyone finished.
big john is online now  
Old 01-03-11, 11:16 AM
  #19  
esammuli
Glimmers of form
 
esammuli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Escondido, CA
Posts: 1,542

Bikes: Cannondale SystemSix 3, Specialized Stumpjumper M4 Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That might be the worst idea I've ever heard.
esammuli is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 11:34 AM
  #20  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 17,267
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3260 Post(s)
Liked 2,555 Times in 1,414 Posts
Originally Posted by esammuli View Post
That might be the worst idea I've ever heard.
I think it was Steve Born who hatched it. It was a fundraiser thing for RAAM.
big john is online now  
Old 01-03-11, 12:15 PM
  #21  
aicabsolut
Senior Member
 
aicabsolut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,505

Bikes: 2006 Specialized Roubaix Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Regarding the relationship between questions 1 and 2: Don't race a rented bike. I'd bet the shop renting to you wouldn't be pleased.
aicabsolut is offline  
Old 01-03-11, 01:16 PM
  #22  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,314

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2719 Post(s)
Liked 2,425 Times in 1,125 Posts
There used to be Tuesday Night Twilights at Infineon Raceway but I don't know if that's going on again this year.
caloso is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
AmahlAmahlAmahl
Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area
7
04-22-19 08:11 PM
BDS
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
27
02-13-17 03:12 PM
jefnvk
Europe
16
10-22-16 04:50 AM
Jerseysbest
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
17
07-07-16 01:47 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.