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Tour de Palm Springs - 2013 - Clydesdales and Athenas

Old 10-09-12, 01:04 PM
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Tour de Palm Springs - 2013 - Clydesdales and Athenas

I just signed up for the century ride and created a team "Clydesdales and Athenas" in hopes that others from here might be interested in joining me for my first century!

https://tourdepalmsprings.graphtek.com/

My understanding is it is a flat ride (not the reason I picked it) so hope others might be interested who might avoid a century otherwise.

Plus it might give those of us in the area who are getting jersey's a chance to represent in them!

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I put it on my calendar... which is empty for the moment. Is it uncool to root against my daughter's soccer team? They may or may not still be playing for the state cup, which ends about Feb 26. She's the team's leading scorer ... and she plays defense. I kid, if she's playing, I'm attending but other than that I think a century is just what the doctor ordered.
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On the calendar, but have to look at some details. What would the plan be, drive out day of, and back? Or hotel? Anybody know if this sells out?
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Cool! There's plenty of time to register. I just didn't want to wait.
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I have no idea...never done it before. Let me see if I can find out.

My plan was hotel Friday and Saturday nights (at least for now)....make a weekend of it....

Just hoping to have a group of like minded folks to enjoy the ride with. I have done events but solo and never really found anyone to ride with during the ride so hoping to not ride "alone".
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It's not totally flat either - check this out - https://app.strava.com/rides/4105918 Mostly front loaded but the last 50 miles looks like a false flat going up. Barely noticeable, I reckon. It looks like the same route as the stagecoach century in November.

You certainly COULD drive out the day of but would be a pretty long day for you if you start in Santa Clarita. It's about 100 miles for me. I may try to talk the family into going and doing the 15 or 25 mile ride while I goof off on the 100 miler. At the rate my kids take water breaks, they might even finish at the same time.
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Maybe I'll look into camping for the weekend.

If the ride goes right by the windmills......uh......does that mean it's always windy?

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
It's not totally flat either - ....
I wanted to say that as well... "flat" is a misnomer and unfortunately alot of the climbing comes towards the end, after 80 miles... I don't notice any hills in the beginning because I am pumped and its cold but towards the end, when the temp has heated up and the winds start blowing, the climbs are noticeable (no mountains just grindy climbs).

I have always driven out the day of (I live in Orange County) but many friends do like to make a weekend out of it and stay the day before and after. One other thing to consider, this is not a century where you can dalley. It will start to get dark around 5 or so so need to start early and keep moving especially is you don't know how long the ride will take.

Also one other thing (it pays to be prepared) - the roads are "rough" - I mean really bumpy. If you can, I would suggest tire width of 25 or greater to smooth things out. Also - plan to dress in layers. It's usually around 35 - 40 degrees when you start but not uncommon to be 80+ towards the finish (and then when its gets dark its cold again).

I believe the ride does sell out but not as fast as some. I would suggest signing up and then you can always sell your ticket later.
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
does that mean it's always windy?
YES - that has been my experience - once the temps rise so does the wind...pacelines will be your friend!
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find your draft buddy and give him a walkie talkie cuz talking might not always work in the wind.

Hotels will sell out faster then the ride does, so keep that in mind.
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Thanks for the tips Pamestique! Truly helpful things to know. My Uncle lives there and I might be able to crash at his apt. Or maybe share a hotel with my cycling cousin in Texas who I'm trying to get to come out and ride this. He is not a Clyde....
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Dang you BG! I asked Mrs. PJ if she wanted to do this with us. One thing led to another and now we're signed up for:

https://www.raceonthebase.com/

HOWEVER, she may be in for the P.S. thing, too! We'll have to wait and see on that!
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Hmmmm. February.

I might get to do it, might not. Maybe a half, if I'm good, and don't have to go under the knife. Stay tuned.
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Hmmmm. February.

I might get to do it, might not. Maybe a half, if I'm good, and don't have to go under the knife. Stay tuned.
Here's hoping!
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
I think I did this once long long ago... or it might have been a 10 K... can't remember. Oh well, it was a nice area to ride around... and if I recall is truly flat...
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
Dang you BG! I asked Mrs. PJ if she wanted to do this with us. One thing led to another and now we're signed up for:

https://www.raceonthebase.com/

HOWEVER, she may be in for the P.S. thing, too! We'll have to wait and see on that!
Sorry...I am also an instigator...as can be seen by the fact we all ended up on GMR on 8/5....


There are shorter rides for the PS deal.....

I am so excited for PhotoJoanne and am GREEN with envy that you have a spouse getting into it with you.
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
Dang you BG! I asked Mrs. PJ if she wanted to do this with us. One thing led to another and now we're signed up for:

https://www.raceonthebase.com/

HOWEVER, she may be in for the P.S. thing, too! We'll have to wait and see on that!
That race on the base looks fun! Hmmmmm My issue is the running....but who knows...by then I should be at least no longer above the "Clyde" cut-off....and maybe running/walking won't be so bad on my hips/spine...
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That is a great time of year for Palm Springs. No escaping the "breezes" in the desert southwest. I think I will pack my golf clubs and maybe a MTN bike and make a 3 day weekend of it. Any other golfers out there?
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Originally Posted by CommuteCommando
Hmmmm. February.

I might get to do it, might not. Maybe a half, if I'm good, and don't have to go under the knife. Stay tuned.
Would be awesome if you could do even the shorter rides! Health comes first.
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I guess I'm going to have to start training.
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Have an Uncle who lives in PS and he has offered for me to stay at his place both Fri and Sat night. He also said he looks forward to cheering me on! How cool is that!!??!!
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Originally Posted by Beachgrad05
My understanding is it is a flat ride (not the reason I picked it) so hope others might be interested who might avoid a century otherwise.
Maybe I got this confused with the Tour de Palm Desert that is coming up....is that one flat?
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What are the descriptions of the routes?
  • 1 mile route is an easy ride designed for beginners
  • 5 mile route is easy ride with slight hills
  • 10 mile route has slight hills with some distance
  • 15 mile ride with some hills
  • 25 mile route is a moderate ride with a few rolling hills
  • 55 mile and 100 mile routes have a lot of rolling hills and gradual climbs but nothing steep.
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I know Jeepseehawk road it this year. Biggest issue as I recall was the wind, something like 40mph with 60mph gusts
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Originally Posted by ahultin
I know Jeepseehawk road it this year. Biggest issue as I recall was the wind, something like 40mph with 60mph gusts
And with that, PhotoJoanne is out. She HATES the wind.
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