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Old 05-15-07, 11:00 AM
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how steep is Elfin Forest road? I havn't riden it yet, and wondering if I can do it on the SS.....
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it's nothing special unless you're going at a race pace, like on the swami's ride.

but i've been wrong before, when advising you on ride difficulty
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+1 nothing special - and I'm a wuss.
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead
it's nothing special unless you're going at a race pace, like on the swami's ride.

but i've been wrong before, when advising you on ride difficulty
yah but we won't have pico leading out a 32mph pace right
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Originally Posted by jsigone
yah but we won't have pico leading out a 32mph pace right
if there are any pico sightings on this ride, we will have to find and follow him.
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Just came back from the SD Century. Local rides are great. Can finish it and be home by 3:30pm.

104.8 miles, ~8 hrs total time, 7h18m ride time including traffic stops, avg 14.2 mph, 5781 ft of climbing

This is my 2nd time doing it "on my own", although I did draft behind a few groups of beautiful girls during parts of the ride. This ride is far better than my stagecoach experience, which took ~10hrs of ride time... and this time, no cramps!

Met Shnuddy at the beginning of the ride, but didn't bump into anyone else.

Things I like:
- Routes are well marked
- Not much traffic
- Sag stops every 20 miles or less
- Fruits are fresh (bananas and oranges)

Things I don't like:
- No gels, only mini promax bars
- Mile 60 Sag stop at Ramona ran out of sports drinks; only oranges, koolaide and water (@11:30am)

Normal Sag supplies (except mile 60 sag stop):
- Gatorade & water
- Oreos
- Grapes
- Oranges
- Promax bars

BTW, Michelin Krylions are great. Rolled over a broomstick on the way back from Ramona and nothing happened. Don't know why there's a broomstick in the middle of nowhere though.

[EDIT] Forgot to mention, just like in all my previous centuries, the party is already over by the time I cross the finish line (2:50pm). My new goal is to finish one before the party ends.

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Old 05-19-07, 06:20 PM
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You wouldnt happen to know how much climbing was invloed on the green route?
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i met grumpy pig and voltman at the start at around 7:30, and we didn't get rolling until a little after 8:00. we met jsigone in elfin forest, and he rode with us until poway, where he had a catastrophic front tire blowout(tube, sidewall, everything. BOOM). luckily, his fiancee was coming north on I-15, so we only had to wait a few minutes before she showed up to take him home. the plan was to do the century, but i think we were just lagging a little bit and hanging out at the rest stops a little too long, so we ended-up doing the 71 mile course instead. just like DaveSANYYZ pointed out, there was an abundance of smokin' hawt ladiez on this ride, so that helped add to the enjoyment factor. not much esle for me to add.
it was an enjoyable ride, and i'm sure they'll make improvements for next year. i can't say i noticed any of the rest stop shortcomings since i didn't pay to do the ride

the only thing i will say i didn't really care for was all of the stoplights and traffic. but again, who am i to complain?


afterwards, the three of us went to the olive garden to check out the hot waitresses and eat some food.
all in all, a good, fun day! thanks for letting me tag along, guys!
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Originally Posted by DZA_LA
You wouldnt happen to know how much climbing was invloed on the green route?
No, sorry. I'm also not able to download my data to the PC, so can't give you a route profile either. I guess you'll need to wait until V or GP signs on since they did the green route as well.
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So I walked into my garage and my wife said, "You didn't do the full 100." I asked her how far I rode and she did some quick calculations and said, "75." It's scary when she can guess within 3.5 miles.

The ride was nice, a lot of urban riding with stop lights. The organizers ran out of waivers and wouldn't allow chek ins until they got more. They ran out of the free socks except for XSs. I wear a size 13 so I was SOL.

Rest stop 1 was out of everything except grapes. The other stops were OK but nothing special.

After Jeff's tire exploded, we made a command decision to do the 71 mile route. We only got a little lost once and returned around 2.

I don't think there was much climbing, maybe 1500'.

Riding with Voltman, Chucklehead andjsigone was fun. They're all good riders. We kept an eye out for Dave but didn't see him.

I only took a few pictures but here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyp...7600232626265/

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Sorry to hear that. Is Jeff ok?

When did you guys finish?

[EDIT] Ooops, just realized you said it's 2pm.
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Originally Posted by DaveSANYYZ
Sorry to hear that. Is Jeff ok?

When did you guys finish?
Yeah, he's OK. It blew out at a rest stop. Sounded like a firecracker There'sa picture of it in my pictures. I think we finished around 2.
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that tire looks sooo good like my gut in those pics LMAO. Fun ride guys, thanks for letting me catch a wheel and do a pull or two on the SS. Lots of chicks riding, when I was going down the forest, the ratio was almost 1:1. And those riders we saw in poway on a MTB are NUTS.......I'd never ride my MTB 70+ miles on the rode. much kudos to them. Was funny to hear the comments of my SS we we passin peps on the climb, good stuff good times. Dave glad you had fun out there, was a perfect day to ride.
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Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig
only took a few pictures but here is the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpyp...7600232626265/
wow. do i need to shave or what? let me get on that...
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I got rolling around 7:00 AM, and rolled into MCC at 4:10PM, with a ride time of 7:10, approx. 105 miles. I thought they did a pretty good job for the first time out. Even though they weren't handing out route slips, the route was well marked. The party was REALLY over when I rolled in. I haven't rode a lot of the route before, so I really liked riding a lot of it for the first time (Elfin Forest Rode/Harmony Grove, Del Dios Highway over looking Lake Hodges). I didn't like the heavily urban roads on the return trip, complete with freeway ramps.

I can cross "Complete a Century" off my list of goals for this year.

What caused that blowout? That looks gnarly.
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not sure what caused it, we pulling into the Sag station in poway when I heard some squeeking noise coming from the bike, I turned a lil to the left and firecracker in the tube went off LOL.
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I'll post the full report later, although it'll be pretty short, no major events, didn't see anyone I know except Dave at the beginning (actually didn't know him--recognized the BF Jersey and introduced myself! )

Was expecting to see NYgirl and her friend Sonja, but did not...NYgirl, were you out there?

Liked the ride, great weather except kinda hot climbing the "Purple Monster." The course was well marked, did not get lost. I got into the stops early enough I guess, there was plenty of food and drink. I thought it was kind of a bummer that when you finished, that was it. They handed you a purple bracelet, there were a few orange slices, but no meal. We finished at the college, but you had the option to finish at Moonlight Beach. We drove there after, but nothing going on there either. But that was really the only negative. Liked the course, even thought there were a few too many traffic lights in places. Over all, a positive experience. My stats:

104.4 miles, 6:53 ride time, 8:01 total time, 15.2 mph, 6072 feet of climbing.
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I did it!

My first century and from everyone else I talked to not the best one to choose for a first. All in it was a LONG day in the saddle. 8:30 hours ride time 108 total miles. The SAG stops were pretty weak in my opinion and the ride rode through some very heavily trafficked areas.

The climb to Ramona was a killer for me. It just seemed to go on forever. Aside from a minor sunburn and some muscle aches I am doing much better then I thought I would be. Spending $100 on a nice pair of bibs was totally worth it.
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Originally Posted by efficiency
rolled into MCC at 4:10PM
You must have come in right around the same time I did. I was riding a Bianchi and was one of the only people around by that time.

Congrats on the finishing, it was my first as well.
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I did it!

My first century and from everyone else I talked to not the best one to choose for a first. All in it was a LONG day in the saddle. 8:30 hours ride time 108 total miles. The SAG stops were pretty weak in my opinion and the ride rode through some very heavily trafficked areas.

The climb to Ramona was a killer for me. It just seemed to go on forever. Aside from a minor sunburn and some muscle aches I am doing much better then I thought I would be. Spending $100 on a nice pair of bibs was totally worth it.
Nice job completing your first! Relax, pat yourself on the back and enjoy Sunday!

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Foovanadil,

What were you wearing?

I was riding a golden Cannondale SR500, and a plain blue Canari jersey.
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Originally Posted by Foovanadil
I did it!

My first century and from everyone else I talked to not the best one to choose for a first. All in it was a LONG day in the saddle. 8:30 hours ride time 108 total miles. The SAG stops were pretty weak in my opinion and the ride rode through some very heavily trafficked areas.

The climb to Ramona was a killer for me. It just seemed to go on forever. Aside from a minor sunburn and some muscle aches I am doing much better then I thought I would be. Spending $100 on a nice pair of bibs was totally worth it.
Yay Foov!!
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I had a blue arrogant bastard jersey on a Celeste Bianchi Eros (fashion faux pa I am sure)

Thanks thomson and sheldon for the kind words.
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Yeah, congrats!

I was there on a matte silver Cannondale with a black-with-a-red-star BF SoCal jersey.
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