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Solvang Century(15 posts)

Solvang CenturySkimoviestar
Feb 14, 2002 5:39 PM
Anyone out there with tips on riding the Solvang Century? Thanks!
re: Solvang Centurygrzy
Feb 14, 2002 5:59 PM
Pray for mud. At least it worked last year! Everyone got a nice "latte fade" around mile 16.

Not very hard, maybe 4,400' of climbing, but people may not have the training base since it's early in the season. Easy to find yourself heading into bonk terriroty around mile 90 if you don't keep the calories up and the HR under control.

What ever you do try to finish on the early side - last year they ran out of food at the end and it wasn't even late. Kinda felt ripped off.
don't wreckDog
Feb 14, 2002 7:57 PM
There are thousands of riders. That's what makes this one so much fun. Don't wreck while you're staring at some girl's butt. And there are plenty. Also, don't overlap wheels. I saw one go down doing it. Enjoy the scenery.

Oh, and make this one for fun, and don't go for any speed records.

I didn't finish :-( Served me right for f---ing off all . . .morrison
Feb 15, 2002 7:52 AM
winter. Make sure you're ready! On the other hand, for someone who is in shape, it's not particularly challenging, and there are a TON of riders.
My altimeter said 5900 ft of climbing ...Humma Hah
Feb 15, 2002 6:57 PM
Might have been a LITTLE less, but on that order. Not bad on a roadbike, but it was MURDER on a singlespeed cruiser.

Yeah, I dragged my butt in just as they were packing up the food. I could still smell the BBQ, but none available to eat!

The mud that caused the latte fade should be rare. It did keep the number of riders down. I was so muddy in my picture, I didn't bother ordering a copy.

Really pretty country in the second half. Coming into Solvang at about 102 miles, you view the town from a turn-out -- prettiest town you ever saw, especially as it is all DOWNHILL!
Seems like....CoraB
Feb 14, 2002 6:51 PM
there are a lot of folks out there without a lot of riding sense. Be on the lookout and ride predictably.
Grzy was right - the early mud (slides across the road) last year seemed to weed things down a bit.
Don't take too long a break, but be sure to eat plenty. The weather is fairly unpredictable that time of year, so be prepared for just about anything wind (up to Lompoc and Vandenberg), rain, mud, or beautiful sunshine.
It's a great ride - have fun.
When is it? (nm)laffeaux
Feb 14, 2002 8:37 PM
When is it? (nm)Skimoviestar
Feb 14, 2002 10:15 PM
March 9; check out for the western states ride calendar and link to the site for the ride info and sign up.
When is it? (nm)
Feb 15, 2002 8:36 AM
22 days!!! on march 9th
When is it? (nm)kacers
Feb 15, 2002 8:38 AM
22 days!! march 9th
When is it? (nm)kacers
Feb 15, 2002 8:42 AM
22 days!! march 9th
Pick up a pacelinemr_spin
Feb 15, 2002 8:17 AM
This is a great ride, but you don't want to do the stretch from Lompoc to Santa Maria by yourself. It gets brutally windy. Ad hoc pacelines form by necessity. Last year I got in a group of probably 40 riders for the last 15 miles into Santa Maria. We were cruising along at 30 mph! The sound of 80 wheels whirring at that speed is really amazing. The pace was so high, by the time we got to the airport, it was down to 10 riders.

Don't go too hard too early. It seems like a fairly flat ride, but it's not. Probably a third of the climbing comes in the last 10-15 miles, including "The Wall." The wall looks very imposing from below, but once you get on it, you realize it is an optical illusion. Spin up it and scream down the other side at 50mph. You can roll for almost two miles off the backside!
And carry lubemr_spin
Feb 15, 2002 8:21 AM
Last year, the mud section cleaned off everyone's lube. They ran out at the rest stops. This year, I'm bringing a bottle with me.
Yeah, we all squeaked in unison ...Humma Hah
Feb 15, 2002 6:59 PM
... pretty much everyone squeaked from about mile 70 to the finish.
re: Solvang CenturyTroyboy
Feb 15, 2002 10:57 AM
Seey'all there. Should be another fun one. Hope for sunshine. It's always windy in Lompoc. Driving straight to the LA Circuit Race from there on Sunday. Nothing like doin' a crit the day after a century!