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Old 08-16-17, 03:53 PM
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Cool Breeze Century

Anyone else heading to Ventura for Cool Breeze this weekend?
Been too busy moving in to my new place and selling my old condo, so I'm pretty fat & slow right now, but Terah and I will be doing the Century on our steel bikes, and I'll be stretching the Mondrian kit. Say hello if you see me.

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Old 08-16-17, 04:52 PM
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Did the double metric last year and enjoyed it, but not planning on it this year. Going to do Amtrak, know a lot of people going and I don't have to drive, so that's nice too. Have a good time!
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Old 08-17-17, 11:26 AM
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Thanks Jim. I hear you on the driving! We're Amtrakking the bikes up to Ventura and back, so we don't have to drive up at O-dark-thirty.
Bikes and trains are indeed a winning combination!
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Old 08-17-17, 01:15 PM
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Old 08-18-17, 07:49 AM
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Have a good ride!
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Old 08-18-17, 04:52 PM
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Have fun Chris and Terah!
p.s. come back to the velodrome, it's smooth and fast
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Old 08-20-17, 02:17 PM
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Thanks Tony. We saw FNR last week and are hungry to get back on the track again. Just been too busy with work, selling my old place, and buying my new place.
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Old 08-20-17, 06:25 PM
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Signor Calamari!!!! Good to know you are still riding! How was the Cool Breeze? I thought people don't do these things anymore. Even the Amtrak Century is not sold out yet (it used to sell out in a few hours).
Where is your new place? Still in Carlsbad or you moved closer to civilization (i.e. OC) ? Buzz me when you get a chance (after you're settled, of course). I've been somewhat unsociable when it comes to riding. I signed up for the Devil Dog Duathlon (9/23) and then for the Huntsman Games (10/9-13), so my training is mostly for short time trials (15-20 miles) and hill climbs. If you can still run , try the Devil Dog. It's very well organized and it's in your back yard.
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Old 08-21-17, 08:13 AM
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The weather was fantastic, overcast much of the day, perfect for riding. I was surprised at the scarcity of people just in general. Normally, the beach areas are packed with cars and pedestrians, there was much less foot and car traffic in comparison.
There also seemed to be much less riders this year, too. It almost looked like there were just as many cyclists not on the ride as there was on the ride.
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Old 08-21-17, 04:56 PM
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The weather was fantastic, overcast much of the day, perfect for riding. I was surprised at the scarcity of people just in general. Normally, the beach areas are packed with cars and pedestrians, there was much less foot and car traffic in comparison.
There also seemed to be much less riders this year, too. It almost looked like there were just as many cyclists not on the ride as there was on the ride.
It seems many organized rides are having much lower participation than in the past. The entry fees to many of these events has gone up to levels where folks are just looking the other way.

As an example - a ride that used to be free - the LA Marathon Crash Ride - is asking for a $150 fee to enter and a fundraising requirement of $300. They want the $150 up front and a credit card # which can be charged the difference between what a rider can raise and the $300 requirement. $450 to ride 26 miles in LA? No thanks, I'll pass.

And so it goes with many other rides.
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Old 08-22-17, 05:23 PM
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It seems many organized rides are having much lower participation than in the past. The entry fees to many of these events has gone up to levels where folks are just looking the other way.
I've been getting back into road riding again recently. Wanted to ride an organized century when I first started riding in high school but just never got around to it. Checking out events and these things are all $100+ now. I'd rather just go find a buddy and ride 100 miles on my own and stop for a nice lunch.

I follow Phil Gaimon's Strava + Facebook page and was interested in his Fondo ride - the 100 miler is $170! I guess it's catered to the super-wealthy Westlake/Calabasas/Malibu Pharma crew but still, that's a pretty crazy price.

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Old 08-22-17, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by mrchristian View Post
I've been getting back into road riding again recently. Wanted to ride an organized century when I first started riding in high school but just never got around to it. Checking out events and these things are all $100+ now. I'd rather just go find a buddy and ride 100 miles on my own and stop for a nice lunch.

I follow Phil Gaimon's Strava + Facebook page and was interested in his Fondo ride - the 100 miler is $170! I guess it's catered to the super-wealthy Westlake/Calabasas/Malibu Pharma crew but still, that's a pretty crazy price.
I agree of course and after having ridden a bunch of these I'll say this - the Cool Breeze Century was one of my favorites. Their volunteers, SAG support, food, etc, etc, were a cut above any of the others.

These days I'm often riding with the local bike club or with a couple of buddies.
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Old 08-23-17, 03:48 PM
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I missed cool breeze this year for the second year in a row - last year was due to injury and this year was due to ... meh, just wasn't that interested and didn't know anybody else going, so I slogged down to oceanside instead.

Drank some beer and took the train home.
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Old 08-23-17, 04:52 PM
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Signor Calamari!!!! Good to know you are still riding! How was the Cool Breeze? I thought people don't do these things anymore. Even the Amtrak Century is not sold out yet (it used to sell out in a few hours).
Where is your new place? Still in Carlsbad or you moved closer to civilization (i.e. OC) ? Buzz me when you get a chance (after you're settled, of course). I've been somewhat unsociable when it comes to riding. I signed up for the Devil Dog Duathlon (9/23) and then for the Huntsman Games (10/9-13), so my training is mostly for short time trials (15-20 miles) and hill climbs. If you can still run , try the Devil Dog. It's very well organized and it's in your back yard.
Jimmy! Haven't been riding much lately, but that's coming to a close. Just closed escrow on my old condo, so the work, the wait, and the worry are all over. I suddenly feel really, really tired and in need of a beer.
My new place is about 200 yards from my old place, but I have a guest bedroom for you now and an amazing view!
Going to have to burn off some of this flab before I'm ready for any running though.
I have an extra track bike if you ever want to go down to the SD Velodrome with us one of these weekends. I resisted trying it for nearly two decades, thinking it was like Hipster-Nascar, but it's pretty cool.


Drank some beer and took the train home.
Excellent tactic: strenuous detox, followed by a relaxing retox.
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Jimmy! Haven't been riding much lately, but that's coming to a close. Just closed escrow on my old condo, so the work, the wait, and the worry are all over. I suddenly feel really, really tired and in need of a beer.
My new place is about 200 yards from my old place, but I have a guest bedroom for you now and an amazing view!
Going to have to burn off some of this flab before I'm ready for any running though.
I have an extra track bike if you ever want to go down to the SD Velodrome with us one of these weekends. I resisted trying it for nearly two decades, thinking it was like Hipster-Nascar, but it's pretty cool.
You look totally badass on this picture! I might try the Velodrome with you, but I reckon we get together for an old-fashioned road ride first. Let me finish with my race calendar and I'll buzz you. Will you be prepared to drive to RSM? If yes, we can do my typical Santiago Cnyn - Silverado Cnyn ride (about 50 miles) and drink beer afterwards. If not, I would gladly do the Carlsbad ride that we did many years ago.
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Can we meet at a train station somewhere up there and go for a ride? I mislike driving motorcars up in your neck of the woods something fierce. Maybe embark from the Irvine Train Station or thereabouts? Anaheim Stadium?
Or I might could mount my bike on my motorbike with my new 2x2 motorcycle bike carrier, if Terah is busy that day.
Which weekend are you thinking?
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I have done ZERO organized rides this year. Motorcycle accident last October put me off bike for several months. Between right ankle / foot and left hip I'm struggling with consistency riding now. I can't deal with any climbing. I've done Cool Breeze every year since 2013 until this year. It's a favorite ride for me so hopefully I can do next year.
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Sorry to hear it. I've had my share of broken bones and have learned that eating half a fresh pineapple every day, and giving up all coffee & soda will help the bones heal faster & better.
Good luck with the healing and don't get discouraged.
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