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SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?(9 posts)

SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?Morgan
Mar 11, 2002 8:55 AM
My wife and I did the Solvang century this past weekend.
It was my second time for this century and my wifes first, as in first century. The morning start was so cold we thought our finger would fall off, but is started warming up before we made it to the first SAG. Compared to last year and riding through the mud and dealing wind, this year was heaven. the SAGS were well placed and the country side views were just awsome. I had a couple more miles on my bike than my wife, this occurred from getting ahead of her on the hills then circling back to encourage her to the top. The only disappointment was the food at the SAGs, and the barbecue where they oversold the food and ran out of chicken, salad, bread, etc. But all things considered, we will be there again next year.
oh yeahmr_spin
Mar 11, 2002 9:47 AM
Solvang is one of my favorite centuries. This year I had an awesome ride. With three friends, we did it in 5:20. It was amazing how well the four of us rode. We were absolutely flying. No one passed us, and no one could keep up. I say this not necessarily to brag (okay, a little), but because I am still amazed myself! I had practically bonked the past two years, so it was quite a change to be doing 24 mph at mile 90! And I did significantly less training this year as well. One difference was the wind. There was still wind, and plenty of it, but it wasn't the vicious wind of last year.
re: SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?Troyboy
Mar 11, 2002 9:53 AM
Yep. Unfortunately I flatted twice. That was an extreme hassle. Otherwise, a great ride as usual. I'll likely be there again next year.
re: SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?SnowBlind
Mar 11, 2002 10:02 AM
YES!
was a last years debacle as well, gave up at Santa Maria Airport. Disappointing as it was my first organized century.

This year, however, I did just fine, no doubt due in part to the better SAGS on the route.
First completed century.
re: SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?laffeaux
Mar 11, 2002 1:04 PM
Yep. This was my first century ride ever, and I really enjoyed it.

As I was descending the first hill out of Solvang, I thought I was in for a long day. I was wearing fingerless gloves, and thought I had frost bite for sure (7:30am start). But like you said, before the first SAG stop I was very comfortable, and rode most of the way in a short sleeve jersey.

I thought the food at the SAG stops were great, but again this was not only my first centry but my first organized ride. With nothing to compare it too, I thought it was much better than I expected.

The ride was easier than I'd expected too. I fully expected to bonk near the end. However other than a few tough mental miles just before the 65 mile stop, I felt good. I rested up a bit and then headed back out, and felt good the rest of the way (even in the climbs). I even made it back in plenty of time to get food before it disappeared.

The scenary was great, the weather was excellent, and I made it through with no flats. All in all a great ride. I'm ready for the next one.
re: SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?SnowBlind
Mar 11, 2002 1:09 PM
Yeah, that climb out of the AFB was a bugger, as well as the one in the middle of the Foxen Canyon. Geez that sucker was in just the wrong place.
Got over the "Wall" ok.
re: SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?laffeaux
Mar 11, 2002 1:14 PM
Neither of the climbs seemed that bad. I started feeling it after leaving the airport. The section didn't seem that bad, but I was beat.

I was running a triple. I notice most of the people that were stopped, or that I passed, were using a double. I was really glad to have those low gears.
re: SLOVANG CENTURY- Where you there?blondepower
Mar 11, 2002 9:05 PM
This was my first Century and it wasnt all that bad. I even had time to stop and take pictures of my freind trying to climb the Vandenburg Grade. He did not want to come because he wasn't sure about carrying 240lbs or them hills, but he impressed me and looked good through the ride. I will be there next year!!!!
Woulda if I coulda ...Humma Hah
Mar 11, 2002 2:14 PM
... even in the mud last year, I had a great time. If I'd still have been in San Diego, I'd have been back for sure.