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Old 08-02-08, 09:54 PM
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Marin Century Ride Report 08

I can’t seem to stay awake, so I’ll do a quick post on the ride today. Maybe I can extrapolate more in the morning…
I rode up to the start from home (around 20 miles) so I was fighting with myself to maybe do the 100k instead. I left at 5am and took some cool picts on the way. I found an interesting route to get up there on google and hit a couple of huge walls that I actually had to do switch back on with the granny! Straight UP!

Deborah (Redrider) found me and gave me a big hug which was a nice way to start the day! Chris CGallag came over and slapped me, so I slapped him back and so on… We both enjoyed that and picked up the tables and chairs we had thrown at each other and shared some cookies! … : )

They had decided to do the 100k, I was down for that! I think the mode of the day was for me to keep hanging those two up with my Paris Hilton style interactions. It was like one big party, and I was like a moth to a flame with everyone and everything. I think by lunch they probably were getting sick of waiting for me.

I had met BenRidin with his new Death ride shirt, (very cool looking shirt) which he really worked for might I add! I kept hanging him up too! I don’t know what was going on with me today? We were going to ride with him and his buddies, but I think they were probably in the kill mode. We set out and the run down Lucas valley was just awesome. The Tandem twosome had come with their friends, Cameo, Geo and Patrick, all really super strong riders. I had a lot of fun sparring with Cameo up the grades! She’s like a Gazelle and just as pretty.

I ran into a lot of ALC alumni and Velo Girls which took up a lot of my time. I was straddling three different groups! Or annoying…

The weather was perfect. The forecast was for fog so I brought way too many clothes. When we got to lunch It was quite entertaining with one very loud flamboyant ALC guy who I knew from the ride to LA. He was singing preaching and giving out food and cracking everyone up! At one point I was running back and forth with 3 cameras taking pictures while Chris and Deb patiently awaited my Pavarotti moment to be over!

The ride went by extremely fast. I had the Tandem two all to myself most of the time and it really had to be one of THE! Nicest friendliest rides I’ve every had in my life. I finally got to ride with those two and enjoyed every minute! What a great pair to hang out with and I can’t wait for the next ride with them. As for Ben never saw him again but for one rest stop where he looked like He was really enjoying himself.

Got to meet Marco Polo, who ended up eating lunch with us. Another great character from NorCal lore! Also RumButter Mark, but he was just heading out and didn’t hang to long. Ex horserider I met in the beginning but never saw again… Other than that I really didn’t see any more of the NorCal’s. Greg…(ConstantRider) did the double do I never saw him at all…He’s crazy! He tried to talk me into the double but somehow I resisted.

Food was insanely good! The ride home was a little tough. I flatted and was feeling a little flat.
Marin Century gets a rating of **** ……….4 and a half asterisks/ 5 being the best.

Thanks Chris and Deb for a really great ride and babysitting me all day (Cathy thanks you too!) : )

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"Thanks Charlie and Deb for a really great ride and babysitting me all day (Cathy thanks you too!) : )" (Chris-there, fixed that for you Pete-Charlie is my dad so I must have been channeling him

We had a really fun time riding with you Pete. You and Deborah kept the conversation going all the time. We decided we were going to do the 100K earlier this week and just make this a fun ride and riding with you made our day. I look forward to riding with you again. Thanks for the nice companionship and being such a cool riding buddy.

Red Rider is so much better at a ride report and she will post her own version of the story (with pics) later.
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"Thanks Charlie and Deb for a really great ride and babysitting me all day (Cathy thanks you too!) : )" (Chris-there, fixed that for you Pete-Charlie is my dad so I must have been channeling him

We had a really fun time riding with you Pete. You and Deborah kept the conversation going all the time. We decided we were going to do the 100K earlier this week and just make this a fun ride and riding with you made our day. I look forward to riding with you again. Thanks for the nice companionship and being such a cool riding buddy.

Red Rider is so much better at a ride report and she will post her own version of the story (with pics) later.
Remember I was telling you about this book I'm writing? The supporting lead character is named Charlie! and I've been superimposing characters on real life. I was calling Cameo, Opal today, yet another character. Kind of freaking me out I know your Chris but my alter ego mess's it up....Stop it Pheobe just stop it!
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I know I said the ride today kicked my bottom but I cant believe how wasted I look in that picture
Thanks pete.
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I know I said the ride today kicked my bottom but I cant believe how wasted I look in that picture
Thanks pete.
You were toasted! I ran into another guy on the way home that had no Idea how to get back to Sausalito and he did the same ride. I just couldn't believe you did it so fast. No wonder you were tired.
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I did the 100 traditional. Worst day ever on the bike. I think I should have stuck with the metric.
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I did the 100 traditional. Worst day ever on the bike. I think I should have stuck with the metric.
Hey don't leave us hangin after that! What happen? Hope you didn't crash?
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We're very happy that we did the metric, and with Pete to keep us company = a terrific day on the bike.

Here's the pre-ride group shot of Gio, Kameo, me, Chris, Patrick (those 3 did the imperial century and were of the same opinion as Miguel):


We found Pete at registration and convinced him to suck our wheel, er, share the ride with us.


Here's our happy group on the road. This was the first of several tandem trains we led.


After the imperial and metric riders separated we were grinding up a formidable hill and passed a re***bent tandem trike. I couldn't stop focusing on climbing to take a picture, and they blew our doors off on the downhill. They said it weighed 45 lbs. and was titanium and carbon. We watched with admiration as they took a couple sweeping turns at high speed. It looked like a lot of fun!

We caught up with Pete again in Petaluma, where the brie, artisan bread and fresh figs (and the presentation of the food by the staffers) was deliciously entertaining. We met Marco Polo and enjoyed good food and conversation.



After lunch we climbed another hill and met Brother Wind. Pete, who overdressed, found a new use for his kneewarmers:


We lost a lot of our train on that hill, but picked up a dozen or more riders as we flew downhill and across the valley and into the redwoods.





We arrived at lunch and found Marco Polo again; Mark (Rumbutter) stopped by to say hello.


After eating copious amounts of pizza, bbq chicken, lasagna, fruit, cookies and ice cream we visited the various vendors, collected some water bottles and information, said goodbye to Pete, and relaxed for another 2 hours while waiting for our friends. All in all we had a terrific ride with good company and gorgeous scenery. We're already saving the date for next year.
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Man, I should have joined you instead of going on the double!!! What a day. The morning was perfect and going all the way out on Tam was fun. The weather was perfect, the roads empty, and it was fun to be out in that area to see the sunrise. But at Hicks, it became a fight for survival.

Climbing up hicks, the first of the easily 40+mph gusts started to hit. I don't weigh that much, and it was impossible to hold a line climbing hicks. Either I'd get pushed to the side, or if I muscled to hold the line, my wheels would start sliding out form under me, getting pushed by the wind! I felt really bad for the folks with true arrow wheels.

After Hicks, I got into a great paceline and was feeling good again, but it only lasted for a while. Turning toward Dillon beach, it got real ugly. No sort of paceline would work, as the wind was so strong, it just combed right around you. Plus, there was traffic now, so you had less room to deal with the wind. Descending with a cross wind was down right terrifying, and required keeping speeds to under 10 mph so your spokes didn't become a solid object for the wind to grab. I saw a few scary saves in front of me, and the Colnago I was riding nearby actually seemed to be getting twisted at the front end by the wind (so glad my Madone has such a stiff front end, which probably is what kept me going faster in the worst of it than the two other guys I was yoyo-ing with)! I made it to the rest stop just before the cutoff, but had it with the wind, and decided to enjoy lunch, instead.

Heading back, things got better and I was looking forward to making it to the second to last rest-stop and then jamming the last 30 to the end, but fate was against me. Did I mention that the double century route markings were truly atrocious? At Nicasso, an arrow pointed in the opposite direction of the course! And on my way back from the second-to-last rest stop, I followed the arrows stupidly and ended up doing a 10 mile loop! At that point, I gave up, even though I felt pretty good. My wife, who was going to pick me up at the end, picked me up at the second-to-last rest stop.

I'm glad I did this ride because the good parts were wonderful, but that wind and the route markings were both the worst I have ever encountered. Next year, if I do this ride, I think I'll join the party on the shorter course.
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After Hicks, I got into a great paceline and was feeling good again, but it only lasted for a while. Turning toward Dillon beach, it got real ugly.
Totally agree, that was the worst prolonged wind I've ever endured on a ride. Really made for some stressful moments, especially since it was hard to hear approaching car traffic above the constant roar of the wind.

Other than that, I had a pretty good day. No dehydration/nauseau issues like I've suffered on other long rides this year, and no mechanicals. I did get stung by a bee while descending the Marshall Wall, but I guess if things go too smoothly, you're not really getting the full double experience...
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Totally agree, that was the worst prolonged wind I've ever endured on a ride. Really made for some stressful moments, especially since it was hard to hear approaching car traffic above the constant roar of the wind.

Other than that, I had a pretty good day. No dehydration/nauseau issues like I've suffered on other long rides this year, and no mechanicals. I did get stung by a bee while descending the Marshall Wall, but I guess if things go too smoothly, you're not really getting the full double experience...
Between riding behind Chris&Debs Tandem all day and my Aero bars on the trek, I feel like I was riding in a va*** all day. I had a great tail wind all the way home. With the aero bars I was flying down the hills and passing people on the flats into the wind. Aero bars rock for Moth like people : )
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While I briefly considered the 100 miler, I'm glad I chose the 100k version as it was more than enough ride and absolutely beautiful. The weather was near perfect, (although we could have done without the big wind tunnel on the way back from Petaluma towards Nicasio!), and the ride support from the Marin Cyclists crew was fantastic. As both Pete and Red Rider already mentioned the food at the rest stops was really good. It was the fresh, ripe peaches that really did it for me. That and the AIDS/Lifecycle crew in grass skirts in Petaluma. For some reason the chant of "Grab our fruit, grab our nuts..." stuck with me for the next 10 or 15 miles of riding!

I did struggle a bit on the longish hill headed back out on the Point Reyes/Petaluma road. My chain kept skipping, so I conveniently used it as an excuse to stop, catch my breath and make the adjustment. From then on no problems.

It was great to meet Pete, Red Ryder and cgallagh in Petaluma and to share lunch, ice cream and bad jokes at the finish. Thanks for the fun conversation and for posting the great pics. I look forward to future rides with you all.
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I rode the 100 mile classic century with two friends. The Marshall wall wasn't bad but after the second rest stop (mile 50) there was a very steep portion that was harder for me than the "climbs". My friends and I had fun jumping on some different packs. Hung with a group wearing "Village Peddler" kits for a while, Z team for a while, and I found a tandem to draft during some of the head wind. One sad fact was right before us after the Nicassio (final) rest stop, there was some sort of a crash. A firetruck went blwoing by us and I saw a few bikes on the side of the road. Word on the street is that there was a broken collar bone. Hopefully the woman is doing well. On a more positive it was a beautiful day and the climbing was more dispersed evenly throughout the ride than the Woodside/Pescadero rides with two major climbs. Overall, it was 106 miles/6250 ft and my peddling time was about 6hr. 50 min with an average speed of 15.4 mph. My only photo...
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Great narratives guys. I really was a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing.
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Sounds like the afternoon northwesterly caught everyone.

I had a different experience all together. I rode the Mt Tam century (having previously rode the century, double metric and double century). I started out at 6:15 in San Rafael - and rode out to Nicasio with barely any breeze - although there felt like the was a slight off shore flow. I passed a few early riders, but the roads were pretty quiet.

The Bolinas Ridge was nice and sunny - again no wind. I climbed up BoFax Ridge, Seven Sisters and made my way to east peak. I was very happy that there was no fog on Tam - but I knew it was going to be a warm day - and that I needed to get up the coast fast - because the breeze would come early.

As I started up the road to east peak, some of the late Double century riders were headed to Muir Woods rest stop. They must of had a long day. The ride down Tam was fast. Top speed (since there was no fog) was 40. I arrived at the Muir Woods rest stop and there were 5 more 2X riders taking their time.

The ride from Muir Beach to Stinson Beach and Bolinas was great. The weather was cool and there was very little headwind. I passed five or six from the double century group - and chatted with a few who rode the Death Ride in July (we all commented on the hail on Carson!).

Somewhere between Bolinas and Olema, I picked up a drafter in the double group who had knee trouble. We had barely any headwind, so I paced between 24 and 28 until we got to Olema. I pulled him to Pt Reyes Station and back to the reservoir. Somewhere before Nicasio I dropped him. My average speed dropping into Nicasio must of been around 24 or 26.

After fueling up at Nicasio, I had a nice easy pace back to the decent on Lucas Valley Road and into San Rafael.

I finished at 12 noon. Total time 5:45, total time on the bike 5:25.
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If all century rides were as well stocked as this one, then everyone would be riding them. Wow! This ride was the best, well stocked, most friendly century I have ever done.

Saw Pete during registration...lost Pete after registration...found Pete at the first rest stop...lost Pete after reststop...Where's Pete?


There were 8 in our ragtag group. Some were serious riders, others are weekend warriors, and one was dragged kicking and screaming by his wife. We did the Metric Ride. Everyone had fun.


On each hill, three of us would attack one another to claim our own KOM points.


The 34 year old youngster won the series. I and my fellow 50 y/o came in 2nd and 3rd.


The women of the group, who actually organized our ride, probably had the most fun, as you can tell by their smiles.




We got back early in the afternoon. Cleaned up, drank the post ride beer, and headed over for the post ride lunch. OMG!! This is how it's done. Grilled chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, a little pasta, spinach salad, fruit....


And a place to soak your tired paws...


Pete introduced me to Red Rider and cgallagh. Very nice couple. I hope to ride with you two soon.

I love riding in this part of heaven, here in NorCal. To do it with 2,500 other friends was a lot of fun. Fantastic support. If anyone wants to organize a BF self supported 100 miler, sign me up.

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[QUOTE=BenRidin;7201981]If all century rides were as well stocked as this one, then everyone would be riding them. Wow! This ride was the best, well stocked, most friendly century I have ever done.

Saw Pete during registration...lost Pete after registration...found Pete at the first rest stop...lost Pete after reststop...Where's Pete?

Yep...I was lost in my own little world with Chris and Deborah. I can't remember ever having such a relaxed fun century. It sounds like you had a great time, too bad we didn't catch up at lunch. I'm glad you split, I was in this real slow motion mode, I can't believe those to put up with me! I felt like their kid or something it was fun.
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My legs hurt more after this ride than any other ride I can ever remember doing. Even though it seemed less appealing to me "on paper", I did the standard century this year having done the Mt. Tam last year and just wanting to change things up. Well it turns out my gut instincts were right -- I much prefer the scenery and terrain of the Mt. Tam route.

But back to the beginning. For the two weeks prior to the ride I had been on a road trip through the Canadian Rockies. I brought my road bike along with me and managed to get in two rides during this time - an easy relatively flat 45 miler and a slightly faster paced and hillier 55 miler. Great riding, gorgeous scenery, but just barely enough to maintain my cycling fitness leading up to Saturday's century.

Then the night before the ride I got no sleep at all. I left my house at 4:28am and stopped for a large coffee at one of the nearby 24 hour donut shops. Not really ideal conditions to start a bike ride but so it goes.

Anyway I began riding just after 6am and as I headed west on Lucas Valley Road it quickly got so damp and foggy that condensation was building up on my sunglasses and on my bike frame. I feel the moisture in my breath. I practically could have left my water bottles at home there was so much water in the air. At this point I was actually feeling pretty good and very glad I'd brought my wind proof vest. Since I got such an early start and quickly diverged from the course of the double century riders, the road was very empty.

My favorite parts of the whole ride were before the second rest stop. First was when the fog finally began to burn off and the other part was following Highway 1 up along Tomales Bay. Absolutely stunning scenery and it made me feel lucky to live here in Norcal. I just got done hiking/backpacking in some of the most scenic parts of Canada and I *still* feel this way about Norcal!

Okay so I got to the second rest stop pretty quickly and had felt good to that point but that's when the going started to get tough. I left the rest stop and couldn't see anyone in front of me on the long curving hill up ahead. Once I got to the top of the hill maybe 8-10 minutes later I looked back at the bottom and there was nobody behind me either! I was in a huge void of emptiness with no other riders around me. It felt weird knowing that 2500 people were participating in the event but be so isolated.

Also the terrain turned to dry brown hills and the air reeked of dairy farms. Interesting in a way but like I said, I much prefer the Mt. Tam route. About 10 miles later a trio of guys caught up to me and I sucked wheel as long as I could. They were hauling and I pushed pretty hard to keep up for as long as I could before I fell back and continued solo.

Once I the 100 mile route met back up with the 100k route and I finally started seeing quite a few other bikes I got a second wind and came into the Petaluma rest stop feeling a bit stronger than before. However I think my lack of sleep really caught up here. I barely ate anything at this rest stop. Despite all the food there nothing really appealed to me at the time. Also I completely forgot to top of my water bottles. The only thing I really remember thinking was "29 more miles"

So I got back on the road with all 10 ounces of water in my bottles. Realized my mistake a couple miles later but decided I could stretch it to the next rest stop. Then I got a flat. This was really frustrating since just the night before I had thrown away my old Conti gatorskin rear tire due to wear, rotated my front gatorskin to the back, and thrown on a slightly used Hutchinson tire on the front that actually came on the bike. I never flatted once in 1.5 years and a few thousand miles on my old front tire and the new one lasts me just 80 miles!

After replacing the tube I got back on the road and finished the rest of the ride uneventfully. Total time on the course was about 7:40
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