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anyone want to do Solvang on cruisers?(13 posts)

anyone want to do Solvang on cruisers?DougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 7:54 AM
I'm thinking of doing Solvang on the Milano (with fenders now, too). I know it's cheating a little, with 7 speeds, but it's probably sufficiently slow to qualify. Might be fun to do a group "cruise."

It's this Saturday, March 8.

Shhhh, you'll wake Humma. nmMB1
Mar 3, 2003 8:04 AM
Too easy with 7 speeds!ColnagoFE
Mar 3, 2003 8:05 AM
do it on a single speed balooon tire cruiser! i was thinking of doing a century on my GT/Dyno Deuce this summer just for the heck of it.
Yeah, it only took me about 3 months to heal ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 9:30 AM
... after I did it.

Solvang has close to 6000 ft of climbing, and I'll allow a handful of gears as possibly useful.
is it really that much climbing?laffeaux
Mar 3, 2003 11:05 AM
I did Solvang last year and it didn't seem like 6000 feet of climbing. Is it really that many?
Closer to 4500. (nm)CHRoadie
Mar 3, 2003 11:28 AM
depends on the coursemohair_chair
Mar 3, 2003 11:46 AM
There are variations on the course. I've done it three times now (2000, 2001, 2002) and I think I've done three different courses. Mainly it's the part through Vandenberg and into Santa Maria that changes--the rest stays the same.
2001 I measured about 5900 ft ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 4:10 PM
... on the altimeter cyclocomputer. That's guaranteed to be a little high.

It ain't the Death Ride, but it ain't flat, either.
YES! But I can't.Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 9:27 AM
There's a possibility I'll get out to Oakland for a day or two in May, but no chance to get to Solvang this spring.

Tis a shame ... I'll bet its beautiful. The last 20 miles or so in 2001 was some of the prettiest countryside I've ever seen.
re: anyone want to do Solvang on cruisers?CHRoadie
Mar 3, 2003 9:30 AM
Sorry, but I'm going to stick with my 5500. Hey, but what about the FC508 this year? You could do your share of the 4 man on the Milano! Everyone would be very impressed. :-)
I suggested he finish on it ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2003 9:31 AM
... Imagine the looks you'd get rolling across the finish on it! I envision a bike swap about 2 miles out.
seriously considered thatDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 9:42 AM
Thought about that the first time. However, after pressing my crew to save every second possible, I didn't think they'd "get it."

The relay team would not have appreciated that, and even less so. Quite a contrast in speed between a Cervelo P3 and Zipp 909 wheels and the upright 30 pound Milano.

re: anyone want to do Solvang on cruisers?No_sprint
Mar 3, 2003 10:08 AM
I did it before the LAX circuits last year. I won't be doing that again. Would have been different if I had cruised it but for several reasons I didn't, I hammered it.