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Chico Wildflower Century (Acutally 95)(10 posts)

Chico Wildflower Century (Acutally 95)Me Dot Org
Apr 29, 2002 9:45 AM
Saturday afternoon winds were hellacious, so I started Sunday at 6am. Relatively calm, but overcast and chilly. Spotty rain splashes the first part of the ride (of course I decided not to pack my rain jacket).

I don't know if it was the cold, or the fact it was my first Century this year and I played it conservative, but in the hills it felt like I was passed more than a joint at a Grateful Dead Concert.

All of the significant climbing was before lunch, the last 35 miles were a piece of cake. Hooked up with little peloton of on tandem and 2 other cyclists, and we averaged over 20 for the last 25 miles or so. I fl*tted about 2 miles from the finish (My second Century where I fl*tted in the last 10 miles!).

Organization: Poor course markings. Several people got lost. I'm going to email them with some suggestions....

Rest stops: No Gatorade or Clif bars, either a plus or a minus depending on your feelings. Lunch sandwiches were a big disappointment (which in my case, was probably a good thing). Good strawberries and bananas.

Course: Some nice climbs, fast downhills, and (for California) very few cars. Scenery was nice but not spectacular,

If you are equidistant from Chico and San Luis Obispo, I would recommend the SLO Wildflower. Better food, better organization.
SLO Wildflower Century (actually 44)rideslikeagirl
Apr 29, 2002 1:06 PM
Saturday SUCKED!! Not the ride, not the day, but ME! Talk about being disappointed - Friday night I thought I was just having an allergy/asthma problem. Which is not common for me, but I had bronchitis a couple months ago, which caused the asthma symptoms. Blah, blah, blah...anyhoo...

It lasted about three hours- but I felt better after dinner and didn't have a cough Saturday morning, so proceeded with the plan.

Well, my body had other plans. Totally suffered from mile 15 thru 44 and had to SAG back to the start. Unheard of!! Talk about embarassment! I've never had to ditch a ride - ever! And I didn't feel sick - my body just wouldn't GO anymore.

Sunday, I came down with the full-on cold. So at least I was relieved to know it was an ailment and not wussiness! I come!
No century, just a club ride (Actually 120)MrCelloBoy
Apr 29, 2002 1:49 PM
Clear Lake Double Metric with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. About a dozen of us did the 10,000' of climbing. The day was cool but not cold. It was a good trainer for the Triple Crown I'm planning this season.
We stopped regularly (about every 30-40 miles) and ate and drank. All of us are pretty familiar with self supported long rides. One poor guy sucked his derraileur into his rear wheel about 15 miles from nowhere. We were able to pry the chain out from behind his cassette and get him into ONE gear for the remainder. Past time for a shifter adjustment I'd say.
No century, but a double century (Actually 205)Lon Norder
Apr 29, 2002 2:30 PM
Who needs the stupid ol' Death Ride when you can do the Devil Mountain Double with 18,000 ft of climbing. 18 hours 50 minutes (man I'm slow!). Hey Grzy, you out there? How'd you do?
OK Lon, you win...this time.MrCelloBoy
Apr 29, 2002 3:01 PM
Will I see you at the Terrible Two?
probably...Lon Norder
Apr 29, 2002 3:12 PM
Did it last year. You SRCC guys put on an awesome event. Hopefully I'll be in better shape by then.
No century, but a double METRIC century (Actually 135)grzy
Apr 30, 2002 3:22 PM
Froze my little monkey buns (and other male-monkey parts) off on the descent down Diablo. I could've sworn my fly was unzipped, but I was wearing bike shorts.... At the DC/DM decision point we were told that it was 34 F on the top of Hamilton and the wind chill made it like 16 F. My buddy Murph decided right then and there that there was no way in hell we were going to get that cold twice in one day - Something like 30 to 50 people signed up for the DC made the same decision. Later there were reports of sleet and hail. I know I missed out on some big time fun, but I was also starting to drag pretty heavily from not enough calorie intake and enough training miles. We took our sweet time getting home around 5 PM and waited for wifey and dinner. Our buddy Rupert Brauch set a new course record by 3 minutes. Simply amazing - he said that he thought Hamilton was colder than Diablo, brrrr. Also got to ride a bit with the Bumble Bee - she was really impressive and quite nice as she literally blew us all away. People coming in looked like popsicles and I have to hand it to anyone who finished that little ride, especially the people coming in after midnight. I think the last finisher was around 3:15 AM -- that's 22:15 hours in the saddle, in the dark, the cold, and the hellacious wind. I was only a little bit dissappointed, but realized that it was the right choice for us. My longest ride since Kaiser last year was a couple of 80 mile rides with something like 8,000' of vertical. I probably would've bonked big time on Sierra Rd. around 10 PM and ended up like so much roadkill. I figure we had fun the entire time and that's what it's all about.

Really a well organized event and lots of great riders. Like Arnold says in The Terminator, "I'll be back."

So, I guess that the next fun filled gala event would be the Central Coast Double in two weeks. Of course the epic TT awaits. Also got a flyer in the mail and see that they've added a DC option for the Klimb to Kaiser - guess we need to go back to that really well run event also. It would be cool if the K2K DC becomes part of the Triple Crown Series.
Sometimes you have to listen to your bodyMe Dot Org
Apr 29, 2002 4:07 PM
...especially if you've had bronchitis. Yeah, you could try to suck it up and gut it out, but for what? So your doctor could look at an x-ray of your lungs 10 years from now and say "See those dots? Probably from that Century you did..."

There's a difference between character at mile 80 and a medical problem at mile 20.

Hope you feel better.

I might do the Lighthouse this year. I hear it's a good ride.
Apr 30, 2002 9:28 AM
Hope you make it -
Last year's was absolutely breathtaking! Can't wait-
Mark's tour of the central PA hills. (80 miles)look271
Apr 29, 2002 3:31 PM
Ok, so it wasn't 100 miles, but it was my longest non-supported ride. Chilly to start with but NO wind and no clouds. Gorgeous day. I started out with about 15 miles of fairly flat roads and then started climbing. Up the infamous White Rock acres (a housing developement) to the top, 2.5 mile climb. Stop at top, use convientintly located port-a-potie, then coast back down =). Out to Whisky springs, 3-4 miles of climbing with a few really steep pitches. Back to the minimart at the base, refuel. Head back home (another hr of riding), grab 2 more h20 bottles and a cliff bar, and off I go to do several more climbs. Got home with 79.6 miles on the computer. Great day, great ride, and I didn't suck anybody's wheel! =)