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Old 01-31-07, 10:23 PM
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Universal City to San Diego - March 10th

Okay, here's the revised date for our aborted San Diego route.

Here are the basics:

Ride: Sandy Eggo Sesquicentury
Date:
March 10th
Total Ride: 158.1 miles in 12 hours
Departure Location: Universal City Station Metro Redline Parking Lot: Lankershim Blvd. just north of Ventura Blvd.
Departure Time: 5:00am, you'll need lights!!!
Train back: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner from San Diego (6:20pm) to Union Station; Redline back to Universal City (trains are allowed on the Redline all but during peak rush hour)

Civil twilight is 5:45am - 6:17pm so the start of the ride will be in the dark.

This is a 158 mile ride! Those involved have just under 12 hours to make the entire ride and get to the train in time. A good warm-up for those planning on the Solvang Double on March 31st.

Not a route for those not comfortable getting up early or those who aren't experienced at rides with heavily trafficked areas or 150+ mile rides.


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Doh I have a race that day
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Unless I run into a scheduling conflict I am there !
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I was wavering between the 3rd and the 10th, but the 3rd is the day before the LA Marathon, so I may need to work. And the Universal station will be a mess with preparation that day.
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I'm in, of course, but why didn't you call it the Sandy-Eggo Century??? Just curious.
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I may be in, but if so I'll just take the goldline home (if I can take my train on).
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It sucks working weekends! I have to watch all of you plan these great rides then I only get to read about them the following week, which happens to be my weekends.
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Wish I could, but I'll be doing Solvang.
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Originally Posted by scvroadie
Wish I could, but I'll be doing Solvang.
See ya at Solvang!!!!
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Originally Posted by merider1
I'm in, of course, but why didn't you call it the Sandy-Eggo Century??? Just curious.
Because it's not a century, silly.
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Originally Posted by magicant
I was wavering between the 3rd and the 10th, but the 3rd is the day before the LA Marathon, so I may need to work. And the Universal station will be a mess with preparation that day.
I'm glad you didn't choose the 3rd. I will be in Death Valley that day doing the Death Valley Spring Century.
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Originally Posted by magicant
Because it's not a century, silly.
Oh. oops... I meant Sandy-Eggo Sesquiecentury.
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Originally Posted by ctimrun
It sucks working weekends! I have to watch all of you plan these great rides then I only get to read about them the following week, which happens to be my weekends.
Can you come join on a night ride?
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so there....!
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Originally Posted by merider1
Can you come join on a night ride?
Only if that night ride is on my days off. I work 4pm to 4am, which actually ends up being about 5 or 6 am. Are there any BF rides on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays?
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Originally Posted by scvroadie
Wish I could, but I'll be doing Solvang.
Sorry Lee. Especially after you were the one who found out about the Surfliner closure.

If it goes well, I'm thinking of making this a 2x per year ride.
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So, I mapped out in great detail on bikely.com last night (much easier than routeslip.com). Every curve of every bike path, etc.

Grand total distance: 161 miles - yikes. That's with the Palos Verde drive loop, which isn't as direct as PCH. And going through San Diego is a big ol' loop.

I'll see how it feels over President's Day weekend and what the timing is like. But I do think we need to get rid of the PV drive loop. It's longer and 500 feet of climbing - not a lot but enough to slow us down.

May need to shorten a couple of other sections, too. Like staying on Sepulveda until we get to Venice instead of heading to the beach in Brentwood. At that hour, there won't be much traffic to worry about.
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Are we gonna ride the 5?
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That's the current plan.

We can choose not to when we get there if our time is good. And I'm going to ride it next weekend to see how it feels (road condition, etc).

May also need to back up the starting time a little - but it's a really flat route. Sepulveda and Torrey Pines are the only real bumps in the elevation, other than the rolling hills through Newport and Laguna.
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Ouch! Well, we'll be getting the miles in. I'm up for however the route turns out.
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never killed anyone to start or finish a ride in the dark, right**********
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Here's the elevation graph -- including PV Drive north. Imagine it without the bump at mile 35.

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i can easily imagine that...
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Originally Posted by Scootcore
never killed anyone to start or finish a ride in the dark, right**********
Yep, I'm only worried about catching the 6:20 train. That's why I figure we may want to start off by 5:30, just to be safe. Will help if there are unscheduled needs to stop. Otherwise, it's hotel rooms for the night!
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ive no problems starting before the chickens...
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