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Old 03-07-13, 07:53 PM
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Solvang Century

Anybody doing it? (not the double, the one that's in 2 days)

What kind of numbers do they get for that thing? I was shocked to learn that the palm springs century had about 11k.

The start is at some tiny over priced boutique hotel... what's the smart thing to do in terms of parking? I'll be hanging out in Partytown USA the night before (Lompoc, naturally)

They say it's a staggered start from 6:30 to 8 am... how do you get into an early start window?

It's looking like it's going to be cold... and windy. Ugh.
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I've always started when I wanted and it was not a problem....and it's almost always cool and breezy. '09 was my last one and I swear we did 70+ miles with a head wind. How is that possible.

Good time, great country, and a fun ride with 5K of your closest friends. Just don't go looking for a good time in Solvang after say 8:00 PM on ride day.
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Originally Posted by PeregrineA1
Just don't go looking for a good time in Solvang after say 8:00 PM on ride day.
I should be conked out and back in PartyTown by 8 pm.

70 miles with a headwind! Yikes, I can only dream of such a great opportunity to work on my aerobic fitness. Might have to stop at a winery on Foxen Canyon for liquid courage to make it that last 10 miles.
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I've done this ride over 20 times; I hate to miss it this year.

Best place to park: at the Santa Inez Mission, right next to the start of the ride. Plenty of free parking. Walk through the back of the parking lot right to the registration/booths/ride start.

You can start whenever you want - it's staggered as opposed to a mass start.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I should be conked out and back in PartyTown by 8 pm.

70 miles with a headwind! Yikes, I can only dream of such a great opportunity to work on my aerobic fitness. Might have to stop at a winery on Foxen Canyon for liquid courage to make it that last 10 miles.
Wine, Trojan??? Be a hard man. Go get yourself an IPA at the Firestone Brewery, right off the 241 on McMurray Rd about 4 miles from the end. Have fun!
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Ill be riding it. Last year was my first time doing this ride. I had a good time and it was my fastest century last year.

There probably will be a few thousand riders. My number is 1522.

Last year was a staggered start. Just show up before the time you want to start.
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Old 03-08-13, 02:07 PM
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My bib is 3133 and I'll be riding my SHINY WHITE NEW ROUBAIX! Well, I got the frame used, but I just built that bad boy up this week. If you see anybody riding around with a bunch of 3s on his bib, ride up and say hi.

Good to know about the start. I prefer it that way.

Any why go to Firestone? Firestone is coming to us! There's a beer GARDEN at the end of the ride. Not that it'll stop me from refilling my bottles at Firestone before the end. Hm. I think you're on to something there...
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Any why go to Firestone? Firestone is coming to us! There's a beer GARDEN at the end of the ride. Not that it'll stop me from refilling my bottles at Firestone before the end. Hm. I think you're on to something there...
Go to Firestone, IPA & Fries.....Burp and your back on your way. Looks like the weather will cooperate, but beware the wind at the turn! Have a good ride!
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Aight! Will do.
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Have fun, wish I were going too.
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Well, it was fun! Windy, hilly and fun. Really windy.

Tragically, I somehow missed the Firestone brewery. It looks like our route turned off before Firestone. SO I thought, fine, they'll be at the finish, but they weren't.... some company named Figueroa Mountain Brewing company was there, so had some of their beer.

It all worked out. :
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Well, it was fun! Windy, hilly and fun. Really windy.

Tragically, I somehow missed the Firestone brewery. It looks like our route turned off before Firestone. SO I thought, fine, they'll be at the finish, but they weren't.... some company named Figueroa Mountain Brewing company was there, so had some of their beer.

It all worked out. :
Good job TH.

A friend of mine reported that it was very, very windy.

Michael Jackson's old Neverland Ranch is located on Figueroa Mountain Road.

Solvang is a great area for bike riding.
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I'm not much of a celebrity stalker so I didn't realize that - I always thought he was down in Santa Barbara somewhere.
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Rode my first Solvang Century yesterday. You folks sure have some nice roads down there, but I think you need to fix your windmills so we aren't getting a headwind no matter which direction we face. I threw pride to the wind (literally) and hid behind some wheels between the first sag stop and Vandenburg. The check in at Vandenburg seemed a little disorganized, but it was worth it to see some cyclists get bent out of shape because they were getting slowed down. Foxen canyon - including the hills - was absolutely gorgeous. I 'm just sorry I was too tired to really enjoy it at that point.
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Yeah, that wind... and frankly, some of those "teams" need to be taken out back and flogged.

Here's a couple shots for those of you who missed it.

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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Yeah, that wind... and frankly, some of those "teams" need to be taken out back and flogged.
Here's a couple shots for those of you who missed it.
Thanks for the photos Sean! Sorry I couldn't make it to Solvang for the Century; lung infection had me in bed all weekend, taking a list of perscription drugs from Kaiser Permanente . . . sucks. Still has me off the bike in fact.

My wife rode it and she had a great time but agrees that the wind was worse than usual this year. Wish I could have suffered along with everyone else!

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Sorry you couldn't make it. Does that mean you're out for the double too?

I am glad to hear that somebody else thought the wind was worse than normal... My natural instinct is to blamestorm when my performance is a little down but phew! The wind was real. It was also hillier than I expected for some reason, I was glad I had a real compact on for a change, especially late in the day.
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Thanks for the report. I was hoping to go as I've never ridden it but love riding that area. What road or roads are those pics of?
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I am in for the double but I hope the wind is less.
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Thanks for the report. I was hoping to go as I've never ridden it but love riding that area. What road or roads are those pics of?
heckifiknow... they all looked like that though, it was really pretty. To be more precise, it was probably between Santa Maria and Foxen Canyon somewhere. None of your traditional southern california brown anywhere.
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I am in for the double but I hope the wind is less.
The wind was brutal on the double last year. Well, actually, almost six hours of tail-wind going North, then eight hours of Headwind going South. Finished very tired!

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I have done Solvang Century three times now. This was my first time through the base. From my GPS data the climbing went from 4K feet to 6K feet. That along with the head wind made it interesting. Otherwise this is my fav Century. 2nd rest stop was a logistics disaster. I wainted 15 minute in the bathroom line while my riding partner stood in the food line. When I came out of the portapotty, she had just gotten our food. A single rider wanting both would have waited nearly 30 minutes. That part was not cool. Other rest areas were fine, just that one. Check out the mayhem!
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