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Old 03-12-13, 09:09 AM
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Ventura Ojai Century

I signed up to do the 100 K ride April 20. Anyone else going?

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I am not - the Tour de Cure in Long Beach is the following weekend so I'll be there. What are the routes for your ride? The web site is a little sparse.

If you're interested, keep your eyes peeled for Cool Breeze registration - https://www.cibike.org/cool-breeze.html

It doesn't look like it's updated for this year yet but it should be in mid-August some time. I think we'll have a bunch of clydes up there for that ride and it's reasonably close to you (Goes from Ventura to Santa Barbara and back). You should be century ready by then with all these metrics under your belt.
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Well it sounds good. I'm planning to do at least one organised ride each month.

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Doing the Tour de Cure in LB as well. However, I like TH's idea of Cool Breeze. If anyone sees registration open up, please let us all know.
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I'll be doing it. I've talked two other folks into coming along, so I better finish. Seems doable.
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Originally Posted by Ursa Minor
Well it sounds good. I'm planning to do at least one organised ride each month.

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Charlie, I will give it a go. I am not far from Ojai. It will be a good prep for the TdC and Cruisin' the Conejo. :d
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Great! I'll be the real slow guy. On the Solvang 100k the most frequest remark I heard was "Passing on your left".
Then I saw a cute girl resting with her bike and I said "please dont move til I pass you so I can say I passed someone".

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The only part of that whole thought that matters, Charlie, was this:

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On the Solvang 100k
You were on it. THAT is what matters. I was not. Riding it slowly beats not riding it at all. Good job!
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Originally Posted by Ursa Minor
"please dont move til I pass you so I can say I passed someone".


Been there done that.

Did you see the girl on the all pink bike? Pink frame, pink tires, pink wheels, pink spokes, pink bartape, pink saddle, pink helmet, pink shoes...
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Great! I'll be the real slow guy. On the Solvang 100k the most frequest remark I heard was "Passing on your left".
Then I saw a cute girl resting with her bike and I said "please dont move til I pass you so I can say I passed someone".

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I think you will do fine on the ride.
 
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On the Cool Breeze ... I've ridden it the past two years. Both times were the double-metric century. It's a beautiful ride in a fantastic environment. However, both times, when I got to the turn-around point, the food stuffs were few. It seems that all the century and metric century riders get there first, fill up, and are gone by the time the double-metric people arrive. I'm not that slow! And, I don't really blow a bunch of time at the rest stops.

I'm unsure about riding it again. It falls on or near my birthday and last year I rode double my age in miles and triple my age in kilometers by doing the double-metric, (plus a very few extra miles to reach the goal). It really is an easy ride and that tail wind on the Rincon at the end is heavenly. I'm just tired of being cheated out of a nice lunch at the turn-around. (And I even start about 1/2 hour early, before the 'official' start time.) I must say that they give a good after-ride meal. Right now, I'm undecided.


About the Long Beach Ship-to-Shore. Last year, I signed up for the century, and loved the first 2/3 of the ride. Going through the Palos Verde penensula was pretty cool. Lots of well-stocked rest stops. Met some really nice riders, one of which we still stay in touch. My dissapointent with that ride is that after the metric century distance, the century route continues through Long Beach and other cities. RIding pretty much non-stop through the penensula, then hitting the stop lights and signs of Long Beach ... I got so frustrated that I turned around and finished the ride. That was incredible frustrating. I wanted to RIDE, not coast from stop light to stop light.

I probably won't do that ride again, or if I do, will only ride the metric century route. It is also difficult for me to ask people for money. It's a good cause, for sure, but I'm not of the personality type to ask for help, financial or otherwise.
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Volo - the solution for CB is simple. Do the century, not the double. I started really late and still had plenty of food at the rest stops, so I'm sure you are reaching the conclusion that I ate it all. Not true!
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Originally Posted by volosong
On the Cool Breeze ... I've ridden it the past two years. Both times were the double-metric century. It's a beautiful ride in a fantastic environment. However, both times, when I got to the turn-around point, the food stuffs were few. It seems that all the century and metric century riders get there first, fill up, and are gone by the time the double-metric people arrive. I'm not that slow! And, I don't really blow a bunch of time at the rest stops.

I'm unsure about riding it again. It falls on or near my birthday and last year I rode double my age in miles and triple my age in kilometers by doing the double-metric, (plus a very few extra miles to reach the goal). It really is an easy ride and that tail wind on the Rincon at the end is heavenly. I'm just tired of being cheated out of a nice lunch at the turn-around. (And I even start about 1/2 hour early, before the 'official' start time.) I must say that they give a good after-ride meal. Right now, I'm undecided.


About the Long Beach Ship-to-Shore. Last year, I signed up for the century, and loved the first 2/3 of the ride. Going through the Palos Verde penensula was pretty cool. Lots of well-stocked rest stops. Met some really nice riders, one of which we still stay in touch. My dissapointent with that ride is that after the metric century distance, the century route continues through Long Beach and other cities. RIding pretty much non-stop through the penensula, then hitting the stop lights and signs of Long Beach ... I got so frustrated that I turned around and finished the ride. That was incredible frustrating. I wanted to RIDE, not coast from stop light to stop light.

I probably won't do that ride again, or if I do, will only ride the metric century route. It is also difficult for me to ask people for money. It's a good cause, for sure, but I'm not of the personality type to ask for help, financial or otherwise.
Volo, I agree with you on the last one-third of the of the LB TdC. The constant stop and go was annoying. To make it worse there was a headwind for most of that part of the ride. The stops made it hard to get into a good rhythm going into the wind.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Volo - the solution for CB is simple. Do the century, not the double. I started really late and still had plenty of food at the rest stops, so I'm sure you are reaching the conclusion that I ate it all. Not true!
Ah, so that's where all the food went. I was really bummed last year because the last popsicle was given out to the rider who arrived just before me. They do give a nice after-ride dinner. If I only did the century, then I wouldn't meet my birthday ride goals, (riding twice my age in miles and triple my age in kilometers). This August, I'll have to ride at least 124 miles and 186 kilometers.
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