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One More Question on Solvang...(8 posts)

One More Question on Solvang...Bike Bum
Mar 5, 2003 8:03 AM
Got great Info on what to expect for this Saturday's Solvang Century on my last posting, Thanks.....

One more Question, Can anyone give me the run down on the route?
re: One More Question on Solvang...DougSloan
Mar 5, 2003 8:30 AM
Here is the basic outline.

Leave west from Solvang on a busy road. Make a left turn, then get on back roads for 20 miles or so, with rolling hills to flat areas, probably with headwinds all the way to the base. Watch out for mud slides, which might be present if it rained the night before.

First stop will be really busy, with maybe 500 people there at once.

Sort of a big hill after you enter thet base, then rollers for a while again. Good scenery.

Then, get on a highway for while, then turn off to a smaller road and stop number 2. (All is subject to change, of course.)

Back roads and through some small towns. Finding your way is never a problem, with all the people.

Rollers, flat, rollers, flat.

Bigger, steep hill (well, a "wall") just before the last stop around 80-85 miles. Linger at the stop while you stare up at a huge hill you climb as you leave the stop. Make it over that, then big descent, rollers and a few short steep climbs, then back to Solvang on some back roads.

That's the guts of it from memory. I've done so many of these things, though, I tend to forget some specific parts.

How steep and long is The Wall?irregardless
Mar 5, 2003 11:51 AM
Are we talking 8% or 18%? And how many feet? Thanks.
not that badlaffeaux
Mar 5, 2003 12:04 PM
The "Wall" is not really that bad. I'd guess it was about 1/2 mile long and steep but nothing crazy - maybe climbs 500 feet (that's just a guess). You can see the top from the rest area at the bottom. I think that the longer hill (not sure it has a name) that you climb a few miles before the Wall is a harder climb.

The advice below about expecting cold is very good. The ride starts early in the morning, and the first section is downhill. I did not not have leg/knee warmers and I was wearing 1/2 finger gloves. I thought I was going to freeze to death in the first 20 minutes. After the first 10 miles it warms up, but the start is cold!
not that badCHRoadie
Mar 5, 2003 1:05 PM
The long stretch before this is Foxen Canyon, which is about 10 miles of just barely uphill, followed by the steeper section that Doug mentioned (I think it's informally called Heartbreak Hill). Foxen Canyon is my least favorite part of the ride. You find yourself wondering why you keep going slower & slower when it really doesn't look like you're going uphill.
it's a jokemohair_chair
Mar 5, 2003 12:15 PM
It's all an optical illusion. You get to it and look up and it looks steep and huge. It's neither, but at the 85 mile point, all climbs take on mythic proportions. I'll bet it's no more than 350 feet at 5-6%. If you don't stop at the rest stop at the bottom, you can get a running start. (Good luck with that, because idiots will probably be spread all over the road.)

The good news is that there's a very fast, almost straight line descent off the other side. Point your bike in the right direction, get into a tuck, and hang on--no brakes required. It leads to a tight little switchbacked corkscrew climb about 5 miles later that I think is a harder hill, effort-wise.
re: More on Solvang...Morgan
Mar 5, 2003 9:44 AM
Solvang Route details:

As you start the ride, be prepared for the cold weather that will smack you in the face. So, bring your arm warmers. The first climb is welcome because it gets the blood flowing, At the top of the climb get ready because they will be taking pictures. You will be nearing the first SAG after this climb. After the first SAG as Doug said you will encounter a head wind around Highway 1 before you enter the military base. After enter the military base, you will start a long gradual climb, and then be rewarded with a fast down hill run. You will encounter your second SAG before leaving the Base or right after leaving the base. At this point you will be riding on country roads; some of them can be a little rough. You will also pass by Fess Parker's Winery. You should hit three more SAG before the Wall climb that Doug mentions. I actually love the wall climb. It really is easier than it looks and you know you are nearing the end. This is one of our favorite centuries. We will be there again this year, leaving Solvang around 7:30 AM. I will be on a Merlin Compact XL, and wearing a red Pearl Izumi jacket. Say hello if you see me.
Thanks again...Bike Bum
Mar 5, 2003 11:08 AM
Thanks for the info....I'll look on a map and see if I can figure out where the route goes.....

There's a bunch of us from my work (45 Riders) that are going to be there....It's a big Company and this is the first time the company has put (in loose terms} a "Team" together. I only know about 4 others from this group.

But I answer to Dan, I'll be riding a Specalized 2001 Allez Elite (Silver Black & Red) and my riding buddy is Andy riding a 2002 Trek 5200 (White, Blue & Red) and we'll both be wearing Northrop Grumman Jerseys.....I'll keep a eye peeled for you in the massive horde...
we'll probibly get started at around 7:40,
Have a great ride.......