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Old 08-03-08, 08:56 PM
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Tour d'Organics - Sebastopol - Aug 17th

Cool ride I just learned about today that stops at a bunch of local organic farms

http://www.tourdorganics.com/
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Old 08-04-08, 04:40 PM
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My wife and I, as well as another couple are signed up for this ride. Husbands are doing the 100-mile route, wives are doing the 65-miler. It'll be the first organized ride for all of us.

Any other BFers signed up for this ride?
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Old 08-04-08, 04:53 PM
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I did this ride two years ago. The scenery is pretty and the food is awesome. Have tons of fun!
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I did the first ever Td'O - it was the worst-organized event I've ever done.

I've heard it's gotten better but I still don't trust 'em.

There was no map (just a list of turns), the road arrows were wrong, they ran out of food, much of the ride was on a trail going past sewage treatment plants and the like, it wasn't just organic (I'm great with that), it was also vegan (little harder to go with but OK) and there were no breads at all and nothing that was cooked... strawberries and melons just don't get you through 100 miles.

From my blog ride review:

Scorecard (10 = perfect):
Course: 5
Difficulty: 4
Organization: 3
Food: 2
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Old 08-04-08, 06:14 PM
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DiabloScott, I was there, too. My first metric on my handcycle.

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w...cyclesmall.jpg

I could overlook snafus for a 1st time event but they seemed to have no idea of what endurance athletes need for food. Other than the fresh fruit, the food was not a good advertisement of a vegan lifestyle. I do hope they got better, I didn't return for later rides.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:23 PM
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I rode in the Santa Cruz Tour d'Organics last year (they don't seem to have it at that location this year).

I thought the food selection was pretty good. (Disclaimer: I am vegan and barely get anything to eat at other rides besides what I bring with me.) Everything was really fresh and tasty.

Besides the aforementioned fruit, there were plenty of energy bars, baked potatoes (with things like hummus, black bean dip, vegan pesto) to go on it, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and they had a full entree for lunch partway through the ride (I didn't try it as I wasn't hungry) and a full meal afterwards (I'm not positive, but I think the meal afterwards was a tofu stir-fry with rice and some sort of baked dessert).
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Old 08-04-08, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I did the first ever Td'O - it was the worst-organized event I've ever done.

I've heard it's gotten better but I still don't trust 'em.

There was no map (just a list of turns), the road arrows were wrong, they ran out of food, much of the ride was on a trail going past sewage treatment plants and the like, it wasn't just organic (I'm great with that), it was also vegan (little harder to go with but OK) and there were no breads at all and nothing that was cooked... strawberries and melons just don't get you through 100 miles.

From my blog ride review:

Scorecard (10 = perfect):
Course: 5
Difficulty: 4
Organization: 3
Food: 2
Exactly my thoughts. I did their Santa Cruz ride two years ago and I'll never go near any of their rides again.
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I've done this event each of the last two years. Two years ago, I did it as my first organized ride ever, the 30 miler. Last year, I did the Century Ride. The scenery is nice, the course is mostly rollers, I cannot recall a serious climb on it. The rest stops were plentiful, appeal more to the granola heads out there (not that there's anything wrong with that), with some local peanut butter, oranges, etc. At the end, there is grub in the community center, which I passed on, because it was like tofu casserole.

But, it's low key which is nice and the weather has been great (last year it was in September). The only problem I see with it this year, is that it competes directly with Tour of Napa, which I think is a better, more challenging ride (with two significant climbs on the 100 miler and a fantastic BBQ at the end).
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