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Old 02-11-12, 09:20 PM
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Palm Springs mini review

Did the Palm Springs tour/102 miler and it was great, well except the first 20 miles uphill with a gail sandstorm. Besides the sandstorm nothing to report negatively, easy sailing, 3000 ft elevation gain. Once we started down hill the wind was in our backs, got to 47 mph at one point, trying to catch up with my group because I am a clyde and this clyde sucks going up hill. I did pretty well for my second century, last time it took me total of 11 and half hours elapsed time, this one was 7 hours 45 minutes with a 15.6 average. Here is my garmin report below.

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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk
Did the Palm Springs tour/102 miler and it was great, well except the first 20 miles uphill with a gail sandstorm. Besides the sandstorm nothing to report negatively, easy sailing, 3000 ft elevation gain. Once we started down hill the wind was in our backs, got to 47 mph at one point, trying to catch up with my group because I am a clyde and this clyde sucks going up hill. I did pretty well for my second century, last time it took me total of 11 and half hours elapsed time, this one was 7 hours 45 minutes with a 15.6 average. Here is my garmin report below.

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/148887999

They changed the route but the wind was a killer. I think the worst part was on Indian Canyon just before we made the left on the frontage road Garret? One side of the face got sand blasted. The group I was with spread out over the whole course. For me the climbing was no big deal but the wind is not my friend.
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Yea, going to take me weeks to get the sand out of my ears. The wind was blowing good there, think I was at a 45 degree angle " \ " on Indian.
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Yeah, the sand blasting to the left side of my face was a bit much... other than that fun ride. I like that they moved the first SAG off course to eliminate the massive pile up as in years past. Really no climbing in this event... Ride time was 6:19.
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Here is a tongue in cheek post that I did on the Tandem forum about today's PS century:

Note to self..the next time the National Weather Service issues a Severe Weather alert for the Palm Springs area..READ IT!!
Had a 'memorable' day today on the Palm Springs Century course. There are few centuries as cool as this one particularly this time of year...as long as the big winds don't blow and the massive sand fields don't go looking for human flesh to remove from their owner's bodies. Unfortunately, today the winds blew huge and large quantities of sand were relocated throughout the PS area.
Actually it was outrageous only for the first hour or so..shortly after the 6:30 start we hit the worst sand blasting of the day as well as some seriously scary gusting that put all of us on edge in more ways than one. There were more than a few folks walking their rides for a while as well as reports of more than a few grown men crying as their prized paint jobs were being removed from their steads by a clearly ticked off Mother nature.
Once past this first hour, the course changed direction and the wind became our friends for a couple of hours; then as we got to the far southern end of the course and headed back to PS the winds were just normal winter feisty breezes.
All in all a fun early season ride with a little something for everyone. It is always hugely popular for us Tandem riders; we were everywhere you looked. Every brand
imaginable was well represented with notably way more Paketa's than I've seen in the past along with several one-off customs that I was not familiar with. All of which that were being well ridden by their teams.
...it is a great, well supported event, even if a bit crowded at times. If you ever get the chance to ride it, go for it ...just read the Severe Weather Warnings first!!

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I did see a boat load of Tandems this year. Not as many bents as last year and I didn't see any velo mobiles this year. But the Tandems reminded of big birds being attacked by smaller birds. Every time I saw one it had three or four non tandems drafting.
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I didn't see a single accident this year. Ride was good but I think we all hated that mile to the first turn. The first sag was of course but I and others didn't even see it. Then I was off course again before the last stop but no big deal. Finished in exactly 6 hours.
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Overall the course was great, too bad about the high winds but that is mother nature. My girlfriend and I encountered the high winds about 7 am at the windmills. It was soo bad riders were being thrown off there bikes. My girlfriend bike look like it was sailing in the wind when she was holding it by one hand and covering her face. I've been in bad pretty strong winds in the service those winds were over 70 miles an hour. There were so many riders down.

Overall the course was well marked you really didn't need the map, never used it. The food was excellent, no complaints they did a great job at the selection for the cost of the event. We really like the volunteers, especially the human bike holders. I wouldn't mind doing this event again but the winds are still fresh in my memory. The band at one of the rest stops was great, it reminded me of a Grand Fondo event. I even bent my derailleur and KHS fixed it at one of the rest stops.
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Report below. Overall we had a good time. My only complaint was that the course marking was very poor for the 100. Everyone I met b*tched about it. With no one else to follow & we missed a turn and went the old route which added about 5 slow miles to our route.

107miles, 5h 20m at the Tour de Palm springs with the family today.

First 13 miles: 25-40mph cross/head wind. In the desert...with sand...climbing. 12mph avg. (my skin now feels nice and smooth though)
Next 40 miles: Tailwind descent. Whoo hooo! Should have put on my 11.
Next 54 miles: 10-20mph cross/head wind. Was in the 2nd group fastest group on the road for the 100. Good rotation. Felt good until the last 15 miles.

Oh...We got lost and added and extra 5 miles following the previous year's route. It included a 350ft climb. Yay!

A few of my friends were in the fastest group and did the normal 102m in 4:20. yikes!
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Yeah the sand blast at the beginning was totally memorable (it's my first century), and yes I had so much fun!
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I rode it in my 1984 Vintage Lotus Legend Compe. Fun!
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Palm Springs 2012 was a fun century with a bit of a challenge thrown in by the early morning winds, as noted above. Otherwise, no problems.

The event seemed very well organized to me, and we didn't have any problems with the course markings. All the course changes from prev. years seemed to be quite an improvement. Food was excellent and plentiful, volunteers very helpful and cheerful . . . even bike holders at the rest stops!

Overall an easy century and a good job by the Palm Springs Century organizing group!

Here are my Garmin stats: https://connect.garmin.com/activity/149187055

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Thanks for posting your Garmin stats, now I have something to compare with. Those human bike stands were great, didn't even realize until the last sag stop, by that time I just threw the bike down from exhaustion.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr3BKUA9_3s

Here's a great video showing how brutal the winds were on the Palm Springs Century, 2012.

Click on the link above.

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr3BKUA9_3s

Here's a great video showing how brutal the winds were at Palm Springs Century, 2012.

Click on the link above.

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That's a great video, thanks for sharing. I've sent it to a couple of friends so they can get an understanding of how tough the first portion of the ride was. That's a sweet GoPro setup -- can you post a picture?

As for the ride, the wind made the first 10 miles feel like 30. My riding partner got thrown off balance and I definitely saw others struggling with the crosswinds. The first decline with a tailwind was rejuvenating though - and on a freshly paved road! Hit 50mph for the first time, and without much effort.

I thought the rest of the ride was fairly pleasant with some pockets of wind but nothing like the beginning. This was my first organized ride and overall I enjoyed it. The volunteers were fantastic, it was nice to chat with a few of them.

Feeling great...6 months ago I rode 10 miles on a road bike for the first time, today I'm nearly 30lbs lighter and on Saturday rode a metric century. I need to find a good beginners century in the next couple months.
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OH man, Rick, youtube blocked at work. Dang it. I ran into Pinarello Mike (but I think he was riding a new Ridley???? dang!). And 2 other OCRR guys. I keep forgetting names. It was safer to ride with a safe "3 feet zone" around you for the first 5 miles. Yah, that was crazy wind. After the ride, I rinsed my head with water and a bunch of sand came out of my head!!!!
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Originally Posted by DM5
That's a sweet GoPro setup -- can you post a picture?
Sorry DMS, I didn't take that video, I'm just passing it along since a friend emailed the link to me. And she didn't take the video either, so I don't know who should get the credit, sorry.

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While not as cool as the other video. Here is a little from my helmet camera. It was my first time at Tour de Palm Springs and my first century. That wind was something else. I've ridden my 30mileRT commute during the Santa Ana winds before, but that sustained wind for that long really gets you.
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The drive home Sunday on the west bound 10 really sucked! We sat in traffic for about 3 hrs.
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The drive home Sunday on the west bound 10 really sucked! We sat in traffic for about 3 hrs.
The worst. We took the 111 to 10 and got out in 2 hours. Our friends went straight to the 10 and it took 3 to get out. Blerg. I wanted to get my bike off the rack and ride past it all.
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Report below. Overall we had a good time. My only complaint was that the course marking was very poor for the 100. Everyone I met b*tched about it. With no one else to follow & we missed a turn and went the old route which added about 5 slow miles to our route.

107miles, 5h 20m at the Tour de Palm springs with the family today.

First 13 miles: 25-40mph cross/head wind. In the desert...with sand...climbing. 12mph avg. (my skin now feels nice and smooth though)
Next 40 miles: Tailwind descent. Whoo hooo! Should have put on my 11.
Next 54 miles: 10-20mph cross/head wind. Was in the 2nd group fastest group on the road for the 100. Good rotation. Felt good until the last 15 miles.

Oh...We got lost and added and extra 5 miles following the previous year's route. It included a 350ft climb. Yay!

A few of my friends were in the fastest group and did the normal 102m in 4:20. yikes!
This sounds like my experience. Poorly marked routes. Got lost shortly after Sag 3 and lost about 15 minutes (& 5 miles) with a small group including a tandem. I should have paid attention to my route list in the first place and not just follow the crowd. Surprisingly, I never saw any accidents considering the windy conditions. It was quite an experience.

I had brought my GoPro only to realize that I forgot my SD card. Just great!

Record top speed: https://connect.garmin.com/activity/149278877
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