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Old 02-04-16, 10:10 AM
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2016 Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

Ok I am participating in my first official bike race, I am only riding the 34 mile course but I have to start somewhere.
Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego

I have created a team and if anyone would like to join they are more then welcome, at registration select join team and type in Pedaling for disabled vets.

If you cant ride and would like to donate to here is my fundraising page.

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Old 02-04-16, 12:14 PM
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First 8 miles of city streets are closed! Wow, that's cool. I wonder if that means the last 8 miles are closed or if they open them up after the start.

Good luck on the ride.
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Congrats on signing up for your first ride! You are going to love this ride! One of my favorites. Alas, I will be missing it this year.

That 8-mile stretch is re-opened after the start.
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Good ride, but even in that "closed" section, there are some tricky train tracks.

It is a fun event. I'll be there.
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Good ride, but even in that "closed" section, there are some tricky train tracks.

It is a fun event. I'll be there.
Great, This is actually my first road race.
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A buddy of mine wants me to make this my first century. Looks like a really nice ride. Just a bit gun shy about doing the full 100.
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Originally Posted by Eyenigma
A buddy of mine wants me to make this my first century. Looks like a really nice ride. Just a bit gun shy about doing the full 100.
Totally understand that, I am thinking about changing my ride to the 56 mile course but I am a little gun shy as well as this is my first race.
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^you'd do well to ride the honey springs rd/lyons valley climb midday to know what you're getting
yourself into on the full ride if you haven't done it. the honey springs climb can be demoralizing
(6 distinct climbs within the climb) and can get really hot.

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Depending on your fitness level if you average 10 mph you'll be done with the 56 around 6 hours. Given the early start time thats only after lunch so I'm sure you can challenge yourself. I did a charity ride that was only 32 miles and I felt fine but my friend was suffering (he's on the hefty side and rode a bicycle that was way too big for him) yet swung it.

But again I dont know your personal level of fitness so I cant make the judgement call here!

p.s. I signed up and purchased the jersey for the ride but never rode the event. Twist of events and I had to fly out of town that weekend but maybe I'll ride with the jersey this year and actually do the century lol.
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I believe I can do century. I did the half century in Palm Springs and did pretty well. But I rode it at speed. I just ponder whether it's better to do the half at pace, or slog through the century. One seems more of a test of mental ability while the half century seems like a test of physical. Maybe I'm just being a wuss.
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Originally Posted by soom
Depending on your fitness level if you average 10 mph you'll be done with the 56 around 6 hours. Given the early start time thats only after lunch so I'm sure you can challenge yourself. I did a charity ride that was only 32 miles and I felt fine but my friend was suffering (he's on the hefty side and rode a bicycle that was way too big for him) yet swung it.

But again I dont know your personal level of fitness so I cant make the judgement call here!
p.s. I signed up and purchased the jersey for the ride but never rode the event. Twist of events and I had to fly out of town that weekend but maybe I'll ride with the jersey this year and actually do the century lol.
Well I think that I am in better shape today then I was 5 years ago, however I have only been back on the bike September. After talking to race organizers I have until package pickup to make up my mind about switching.



Originally Posted by Eyenigma
I believe I can do century. I did the half century in Palm Springs and did pretty well. But I rode it at speed. I just ponder whether it's better to do the half at pace, or slog through the century. One seems more of a test of mental ability while the half century seems like a test of physical. Maybe I'm just being a wuss.
Well I know for a fact that I am not ready for the century ride, In my opinion anyone that can ride a century ride is entitled to complain.
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Originally Posted by bbandu
Well I think that I am in better shape today then I was 5 years ago, however I have only been back on the bike September. After talking to race organizers I have until package pickup to make up my mind about switching.





Well I know for a fact that I am not ready for the century ride, In my opinion anyone that can ride a century ride is entitled to complain.
No complaints from me I think you have to be ready for a Cenutry both physically and mentally. The Honey Springs climb is no joke and as ooga pointed out it might be hot. The one year I did this ride it was. I thought it well laid out and a good ride. What is really neat about this ride the 100 will be almost mirrored by the pros on the Amgen Tour of California. It is amazing to see the difference between a pro and a lackey like myself. What makes cycling special is we can ride the same routes even if not in the same fashion

But if you are in shape and or as Eyenigma says you think you can do it much of completing a century or any long ride for that matter is pacing yourself. It is not a race its a goal of self achievement that goes for all lengths of the ride not just the 100. What makes events likes these is the camaraderie of the group. You will find yourself sorted out and riding with those close to your same ability. Suffering in a group eases the pain a bit.

I think there are times the mental aspect is more important than the physical. Not that any endurance event can be done properly without training. But the ability to embrace the suffering when your mind wants to quit and gives you a whole host of seemingly sound and logical reasons to quit. You will yourself to push through this and then you realize that this will pass. This has often got me across the finish line or over the big climb.

Whatever length route any do on this ride is far above and beyond better than not riding. Good on ya for getting out there.

Good Luck and more importantly have fun
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Originally Posted by bbandu
Well I think that I am in better shape today then I was 5 years ago, however I have only been back on the bike September. After talking to race organizers I have until package pickup to make up my mind about switching.





Well I know for a fact that I am not ready for the century ride, In my opinion anyone that can ride a century ride is entitled to complain.
Okay wanted to update because I made an important and probably relevant discovery. The group ride I referenced in this thread was a 0 ft flat land ride of ~30 miles. This was a piece of cake for me and my heftier friend stretched himself but managed.

That same friend and I did a route with approximately 1200 ft in elevation gain over a 25 mile route and he was tapped out around 80% completion mark a few weeks ago. This was due to a lack of cycling experience in general and on hills specifically. Equipment is also another key factor and if you're pushing a standard race gearing then probably not a great idea doing double 10k climbs over 100 miles if you're used to cruising flat land.

I guess because I have been cycling for a long time I had failed to realize how daunting and different road cycling is to those who are uninitiated and inexperienced. A tough lesson for me and a grueling time for the novice, my friend. Hope to see you accomplish whatever route you take though @bbandu!!
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Originally Posted by Gallo
No complaints from me I think you have to be ready for a Cenutry both physically and mentally. The Honey Springs climb is no joke and as ooga pointed out it might be hot. The one year I did this ride it was. I thought it well laid out and a good ride. What is really neat about this ride the 100 will be almost mirrored by the pros on the Amgen Tour of California. It is amazing to see the difference between a pro and a lackey like myself. What makes cycling special is we can ride the same routes even if not in the same fashion

But if you are in shape and or as Eyenigma says you think you can do it much of completing a century or any long ride for that matter is pacing yourself. It is not a race its a goal of self achievement that goes for all lengths of the ride not just the 100. What makes events likes these is the camaraderie of the group. You will find yourself sorted out and riding with those close to your same ability. Suffering in a group eases the pain a bit.

I think there are times the mental aspect is more important than the physical. Not that any endurance event can be done properly without training. But the ability to embrace the suffering when your mind wants to quit and gives you a whole host of seemingly sound and logical reasons to quit. You will yourself to push through this and then you realize that this will pass. This has often got me across the finish line or over the big climb.

Whatever length route any do on this ride is far above and beyond better than not riding. Good on ya for getting out there.

Good Luck and more importantly have fun
Gallo I appreciate all the info I can get, I know that being mentally prepared for this event is just as important as being physically prepared.

I actually rode in my first training ride for this event, which made it my first ever group ride and I did rather well.


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Okay wanted to update because I made an important and probably relevant discovery. The group ride I referenced in this thread was a 0 ft flat land ride of ~30 miles. This was a piece of cake for me and my heftier friend stretched himself but managed.

That same friend and I did a route with approximately 1200 ft in elevation gain over a 25 mile route and he was tapped out around 80% completion mark a few weeks ago. This was due to a lack of cycling experience in general and on hills specifically. Equipment is also another key factor and if you're pushing a standard race gearing then probably not a great idea doing double 10k climbs over 100 miles if you're used to cruising flat land.

I guess because I have been cycling for a long time I had failed to realize how daunting and different road cycling is to those who are uninitiated and inexperienced. A tough lesson for me and a grueling time for the novice, my friend. Hope to see you accomplish whatever route you take though @bbandu!!

I am riding as much as possible to try and make sure that I am as prepared for this event as possible. I am actually doing all my training right now on my mountain bike as I wont have my road bike for another week to week and half. I am riding the hills and have steadily increased my distance. I figure that if I can complete the distance on my mountain bike the I should be able to complete it on my road bike when I get it.

As stated above I have signed up for the 34m course but I am considering changing to the 56m course. I have not quite got there yet but working on it. As of yesterday my ride distance is up to 50.4 miles all on a mountain bike.
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Originally Posted by bbandu
Gallo I appreciate all the info I can get, I know that being mentally prepared for this event is just as important as being physically prepared.

I actually rode in my first training ride for this event, which made it my first ever group ride and I did rather well.





I am riding as much as possible to try and make sure that I am as prepared for this event as possible. I am actually doing all my training right now on my mountain bike as I wont have my road bike for another week to week and half. I am riding the hills and have steadily increased my distance. I figure that if I can complete the distance on my mountain bike the I should be able to complete it on my road bike when I get it.

As stated above I have signed up for the 34m course but I am considering changing to the 56m course. I have not quite got there yet but working on it. As of yesterday my ride distance is up to 50.4 miles all on a mountain bike.
It is always hard to say but given you are riding 50 now you just might be ready for a 100. The leap is 1 saddle time which only riding can do for you 2 proper preparation and equipment 3 is proper attitude ie believing in yourself

climbing is always a strange factor on these rides as long climbs tax the body and mind the most. I would be looking for distance rides in preparation and elevation rides and then combinations of both

I would do rides on that route to get comfortable with the terrain. not sure of the distance but from the Otay lakes to Honey Springs summit and back would be a worthwhile training ride on your calendar. If you can do that you are fairly fit now for whatever distance

And like I said 30 50 100 its all good
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How much was registration? I couldn't find anything on the site. This sounds fun!
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How much was registration? I couldn't find anything on the site. This sounds fun!
Here you go:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-ca...ype=individual

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