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Info on the Wine & Cheese century in Riverbank Oct 14?(4 posts)

Info on the Wine & Cheese century in Riverbank Oct 14?Silverback
Sep 18, 2002 4:59 PM
It's been a few years since I did a century, but I'm rounding into shape (a long process, occupying the better part of two years) and I'm thinking of doing either the 100 mi. or 100k version of the Riverbank. Got the Web site, but not much information on the course. Anybody familiar with the area? I've driven through it many times, but don't really know it, and I'm not quite ready to climb Priest Grade yet...
Thanks
Start by getting the date right: Oct 13!Silverback
Sep 18, 2002 5:02 PM
Forgot to turn the page on the calendar...
I've done it twiceDougSloan
Sep 18, 2002 6:30 PM
Great century route. For the most part, it's flat to rolling, but the middle 20 miles are so are sort of hilly. It has one really, really steep descent around 45 miles, followed by lunch. After that, it's just sort of rolling to flat to the end. It has good food stops and most of the scenery is decent. I think it's actually over 100 miles. The last 20 miles involve some stop lights and some pretty good winds, but there are usually some groups around to draft with. I'd be glad to answer more Q's if I can.

Doug
Hot and dry last year...Lon Norder
Sep 19, 2002 9:06 AM
The temperature was probably in 90's and the area hadn't had any rain for 5 months. The Toulumne River was a recurrent theme on the ride. The course basically crosses the Central Valley and rides a bit in the Sierra foothills before heading back. I saw a few Gold Rush towns I'd never seen before. It was an OK ride, I'd rate it a 5 out of 10.