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What to wear on Tour de Palm Springs century ride

Old 01-15-13, 11:09 AM
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What to wear on Tour de Palm Springs century ride

Anyone do this ride? Any recommendation on what to wear?

I am lacking in cold weather wear. I know it's going to be freezing in the morning and then probably pleasently cold in the afternoon.

I don't want to wear too many layers obviously.

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Old 01-15-13, 11:40 AM
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Short sleeve base layer, arm warmers and a vest.
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If it's going to be freezing, I would add knee warmners, toe covers, and a skull cap to what merlin already said.
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I have vented shoes so tor covers are a possibility for me. I will be in tights/shorts and a thermal/windbreaker. USMC green on green (with a couple warmers). So it should be interesting.
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Originally Posted by dalava View Post
If it's going to be freezing, I would add knee warmners, toe covers, and a skull cap to what merlin already said.
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I have vented shoes so tor covers are a possibility for me. I will be in tights/shorts and a thermal/windbreaker. USMC green on green (with a couple warmers). So it should be interesting.
I'm assuming that it's Sunday, with a forecast overnight low of 48, and a daytime high of 75. Prolonged temps in the 40's I'd have leg warmers or at least knee warmers, long gloves, and toe covers.

Based on that forecast, my bet is the ride starts in the 50's and get's to the 60's pretty fast. My personal preference for that sort of ride is to be a little bit cold at the beginning, in exchange for having less to deal with later.

Hence my original suggestion.
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if the high was just below 70 (assuming you finish the ride relatively quickly) i would be in a vest, arm and knee warmers. I get cold easily, and hate being cold.
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These are the averages for the past two years. Should give you an idea of what to expect (although last year was crazy windy).

2012 Tour de Palm Springs
Low: 59
High: 86
Avg: 72

2011 Tour de Palm Springs
Low: 52
High 88
Avg: 74
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Originally Posted by Mansram01 View Post
These are the averages for the past two years. Should give you an idea of what to expect (although last year was crazy windy).

2012 Tour de Palm Springs
Low: 59
High: 86
Avg: 72

2011 Tour de Palm Springs
Low: 52
High 88
Avg: 74
I think looking at the weather forecast would give a much better idea of what to expect.
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Old 01-15-13, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by MuppetMower View Post
I think looking at the weather forecast would give a much better idea of what to expect.
True but you gotta wait until the event gets closer for that. This is just a range of the past two years. I've done a total of 4 TdPS before too and it doesn't vary much. Mornings are chilly...
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first two hours are gonna be chilly so bring arm & knee warmers if you got em along with a windbreaker you can stuff in a back pocket. skull cap may be too hot and bandana too cold; i'd opt for a regular cycling cap. those along with long sleeve jersey & tights with a medium-weight baselayer and 2 pairs of socks should do the trick.

i guess you gotta ask yourself "would i rather be too hot or too cold?" if it's too hot, you can always zip down amap and pour h2o over your head/down your jersey. the cold sux.
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Dress to the nines! I would wear something flashy without being too over the top. Something colorful and patterned. Pinstripes are always eye catching, and a matching broach or silk square scarf is sure to wow the crowds.
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my tights are compression pants as well so they are thicker/warmer than norm tights. Never gotten cold in them(well my legs anyway)
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Dress in layers, things you can peel off, put in your jersey, and put on with ease. Wind was crazy last year (2012)!! Walking my bike and it was at a 40-deg angle!
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Dang! High of 88!

If it's 50+ at the start, I'll just go with a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers and maybe ear warmers. The hills are front loaded, that should keep you warm until the sun gets higher. Or at least for the first 10 miles.

It looks like the route is different from last year... and the year before. Does anybody know how to get a garmin tcx file in advance? The TDPS site seems a little low tech in that regard.
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As long as it's 50+ I will just wear my shorts/jersey...now 45 or below I'll need to rethink it.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Short sleeve base layer, arm warmers and a vest.
+1. the long range forecast is mid-60's day, mid-40's night. Leg warmers would be overkill, but that's very individual.
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Originally Posted by Mansram01 View Post
These are the averages for the past two years. Should give you an idea of what to expect (although last year was crazy windy).

2012 Tour de Palm Springs
Low: 59
High: 86
Avg: 72
Wind: 50mph

2011 Tour de Palm Springs
Low: 52
High 88
Avg: 74

Added one important factor in the 2012 ride.
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I've done the last two rides. You don't need to wear anything special. Baselayer, jersey, bibs. It's a little chilly at first, but once you get out there you warm up. Don't overdo it with jackets, sleeves, booties...you will be taking them off by mile 20.

Just pray for no wind. Last year was insane.
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Originally Posted by TJKnight View Post
Dress to the nines! I would wear something flashy without being too over the top. Something colorful and patterned. Pinstripes are always eye catching, and a matching broach or silk square scarf is sure to wow the crowds.


there's one in every crowd.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
I've done the last two rides. You don't need to wear anything special. Baselayer, jersey, bibs. It's a little chilly at first, but once you get out there you warm up. Don't overdo it with jackets, sleeves, booties...you will be taking them off by mile 20.

Just pray for no wind. Last year was insane.
+1 I happened to have aero wheels last year too. Made for some interesting riding. I did enjoy that one long section that propelled me to around 40 mph.
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