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Strawberry Fields Forever(11 posts)

Strawberry Fields Foreverrideslikeagirl
May 14, 2002 1:36 PM
I think I'll be sticking to the metric, since I don't have the 32 yet. I'm about a season away from being in the recommended "mid-season form"! :)

Anyone else?
I'll be theremr_spin
May 14, 2002 2:23 PM
This is a good ride. I've done it six years in a row. Nice area to ride in, and there is always a good lunch at the end. But what do you need a 32 for? There isn't a great deal of climbing. 6,000 feet total maybe. It's mostly flat and rollers.

On the full century the biggest obstacle comes first, San Jose-Soquel road, a long climb, but never more than 5-6%. Later, on both rides, comes the nasty climb before Royal Oaks park. Steep but very short. If you do the full century, you get two more just like it. Hazel Dell isn't bad, although the short prelude right before it will quickly separate those who are in form and those who aren't!

The final miles go through a wonderful section of big rollers, and like last year, there's a mountain top finish.
May 14, 2002 2:31 PM
I SUCKED last weekend at the Tour de Ft Ord on the 50 miler.

We left from home, which added about 20 miles. But from mile 22 until 30, there were lots of rollers with a long climb to Laguna Seca. I had to stop a couple times cuz my legs just wouldn't give me the power anymore!

The Strawberry Fields website suggests being in "mid-season" shape for the 100 miles. And the metric is for "accomplished weekend warriors", which I would say is where I'm at right now.

What's your take on the difference? I would love to do the whole thing.
eat and drink lots. you'll forget all about running out ofbill
May 14, 2002 2:38 PM
gears. Of course, I'm speculating rather wildly here, but I know myself how forgetting to keep all fueled up and hydrated can affect performance. It really matters -- makes the difference between pounding up a hill and just feeling pounded up. as in, to a pulp.
I'll bet that mid-season thing'll be happening right after the peanut butter sandwich and the gatorade.
Go for it.
Knew I was in trouble when I felt the first hunger pangsrideslikeagirl
May 14, 2002 2:48 PM
And when I got the chills.

I forgot our mantra... "eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty and shift before you need to!"

WHEN will I learn!!

I agree with you - it makes all the difference in the world.
May 14, 2002 2:26 PM
The ride is not that difficult ASSUMING it doesn't get Africa-hot. There are two little steep hills right before the lunch stop. And they're very short. An average rider would be fine with a 27. A couple of female friends did the full century ride on clunker MTBs and had very little base. Hell, we all rode like girls in the 106F heat. ;-b Sorry ladies - I wanted to turn things around.

Here's the other aspect - if you don't do the century then you miss out on the yummy descent down Eureka Canyon into Corralitos.
May 14, 2002 2:36 PM
Yeah, I pretty much die in the heat, too.

That was part of the problem last weekend. Anything much over 75 and I'm toast.

A true Central Coast girl, through and through, I guess!

Do you know the ascent thru Ft Ord to Laguna Seca? Can't remember the name of the road - one of the closed ones...
Here's part of the b1tchrideslikeagirl
May 14, 2002 2:43 PM
Actually, now that I look at it - this was a descent towards the end. There was just a little climb left to Laguna Seca. You can see it heading up again in the distance.

Beautiful riding back there due to the base closure.
Oh waaaapmf1
May 15, 2002 6:15 AM
This looks beautiful, you should do the whole thing. If you can ride a metric comfortably, you can ride a century. Hills are good for you. Get a 12-27 cassette and you should be able to manage just fine.
re: Strawberry Fields ForeverMe Dot Org
May 14, 2002 8:47 PM
Well I got a triple so I can't really chicken out, can I? I was thinking about doing a moving up from a Century to a double-metric. This much climb sounds like a good stepping stone.

Count me in. According to Mapquest, The Motel 6 in Watsonville is only 10 miles away.

The big dilemna: Will I curse myself for carrying a camera up those f)cking hills? Tell me Vets: Will the pictures be worth it?
MeDotOrg and Mr Spinrideslikeagirl
May 15, 2002 7:29 AM
If you have any interest in hooking up before the ride, drop me a line -

I'd love to get a face with the names!


p.s. grzy too, but I'm not sure if you're going...