's Forum Archives - Rides and Clubs

Archive Home >> Rides and Clubs

Who all is doing Solvang Century this weekend?(20 posts)

Who all is doing Solvang Century this weekend?Dog
Mar 5, 2001 1:16 PM
Who's doing the ride?

What are your goals, and what time do you plan on starting? Thought it might be a good time to meet some others here.

If I go, I think I'll be starting around 7:30. Probably will average around 18 mph, exclusive of stops. I'll be on my Geo C-40, with shorts that say "MidCal" on the sides.

Goal: to finish ...Humma Hah
Mar 6, 2001 10:12 AM
... without bonking or drowning. Under 9 hours total would be nice.

I'll start as early as possible, given crowds and registration, so expect to pass me. You know what to look for, but for any newbies here, I ride a silver-grey Schwinn cantilever cruiser, blue CA license plate reading "TOM". Shouldn't be too many of those. I usually wear a white helmet and jersey, tan MTB shorts, and a black backpack.

I hope the rumors of rain turn out to be false -- I'd hate to miss you! I don't know what other events might cause us to cross paths again!
Mar 6, 2001 3:20 PM
Maybe I'll throw my license plate on my Colnago, too!

If I'm there, I'll definitely watch for you. Now that I think about it, it might be fun to do it on the Milano. Geez, I can't believe you are going to do it on the single speed. That's like going 150 miles on a racing bike.

Maybe like 130 miles ...Humma Hah
Mar 6, 2001 4:11 PM
I think its not quite as bad as 1.5x worse than a roadbike, although it will be at its worst on hills.

I put that thing on the scales Saturday, and, as presently equipped, is sitting at 42.5 lbs. Since the last weighing it has lost the generator, picked up a rear brake and adapter, and been painted. Heavy paint! My riding weight on Saturday was 242 lbs for me, the pack, and the bike, but I will pare down the pack for the century, and there's an ongoing project to lose 20 pounds from the motor.

But I've geared it down to 42:18, to better deal with the hills. I ran the Tour de Palm Springs (103 miles, 3900 ft climbing) in 46:18, was pretty tired, cramping some, out of gas. Solvang will probably be just about my endurance limit, and I'll have to be sure to drink more and take hits of gel more frequently, and maybe not get suckered into riding 2 mph over my head for 20 miles late in the run this time. I've done a lot of climbing on it the last two weeks, and I'm looking forward to the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you -- regardless of what you ride, you'll certainly leave me in the dust (lets hope for dust), but do slow down for a minute and chat!
Yippee! New weather reportsDog
Mar 8, 2001 5:43 AM

Not ideal, but much better.

It'll do!Humma Hah
Mar 8, 2001 9:55 AM
The San Diego weathermen have been moaning all week that Saturday would be rained out, just a total, soggy deluge. They say that whenever it may sprinkle a little here and there.

Right now it looks like the center of the low pressure will be over St. Babbs when the cold front moves over San Diego, with this morning's forecast being scattered showers a little, maybe Friday evening thru Sunday morning, as a narrow, well-defined front crosses Socal. The cloud density in the low itself was sparse, and hopefully it is not carrying much rain. This weather system is much weaker than forecast.

A few showers I can easily stand.
OK, I'm goingDog
Mar 8, 2001 1:17 PM
Unless the weather takes a nasty turn for the worse, I'll be there. I'm coming down from Fresno with 2 buddies, and we'll ride together. I thought of riding the Milano, but then I'd finish hours after them, and they'd just have to wait around on me.

We're staying at the Lompoc Motel 6. If you are staying around there, look us up.

BTW, I'll be driving a black Lexus RX300 small suv thing.

In any event, I'll look for you on course. If we are at rest stops at the same time, it may be hard, as literally hundreds of people are present at any one time.

I'll be in my Colnago, with a yellow/orange Boreas helmet, MIDCAL shorts, but not sure of the jersey, yet. Will likely wear my light blue/white wool Bianchi jersey (it's great for cool weather).

Good plan ...Humma Hah
Mar 8, 2001 2:37 PM
... actually, scuttlebutt was that Lompoc was the best bet for a nearby cheap room, and I'm not too proud for a Motel 6. If I can't get in there, I'll be close by, probably. My wife e-mailed me all the AAA rooms there and a couple of other towns in the area (now you may get a glimmer of why I love her so much!)

If I'm wandering around the motel, you're looking for a guy with an Abe Lincoln beard.
stayed there last yearDog
Mar 8, 2001 2:40 PM
It's a pretty decent Motel 6. Maybe even a 6.5. Can't beat the price at $33. Here's the number: 805-735-7361; filling up fast, though.

Got a stove pipe hat, too?

Mar 8, 2001 4:36 PM
As a matter of fact, somewhere in the back of the truck cab is an oversized stovepipe hat made from black cardboard, which I taped to my helmet for a ride last fall called Midnight Madness. I believe I was the first rider "in costume" to complete the 20 miles, managed 15 mph average in spite of the fact that the wind pressure was mashing the hat out of shape and I ran the generator for the first 5 miles.

There were probably close to 4000 riders, some of them with elaborately decorated bikes, looked more like floats than bicycles.
Durn, they don't answer the phone!Humma Hah
Mar 8, 2001 6:42 PM
Got a reservation on the 800-number ...HH
Mar 8, 2001 6:59 PM
I did manage to get a room, apparently, on the Motel 6 reservation system. Never could get thru to the Motel directly.

None of the web search services show a Motel 6 there. My wife sent me the AAA info on Lompoc and several other towns, none showed a M6 or anything close to that price. Thanks a bunch -- that's a great deal and I would not have found it without you!

I'll be in a 1993 Silver-grey Dodge Dakota extended-cab pickup, with a large cardboard stovepipe hat behind the seat.

Tom Ligon
Great rideDog
Mar 11, 2001 2:30 PM
It turned out not to be a bad day. While it rained furiously the evening before, Saturday was fairly sunny and 50+ degrees, climbing into the 60's by mid-day. Fairly windy, though. The rains caused some mudslides across the road over the first 15 miles or so, which left everyone with a brown stripe up the rear of their shorts and jerseys, and generally mucked up bikes. We looked like a bunch of cyclocross riders.

Got to meet HH on the road a few miles before the first rest stop, but then at the stop missed him again, as there were hundreds of people there at one time. It was hard to find anyone, including anyone you may have been riding with.

This ride is extraordinarily organized (expected for $50, wouldn't you say?), included many rest stops (too many for me), traffic control at many busy intersections, plenty of food, and very well marked. It has a nice variety of scenery and topography, too.

Best thing about it, though, is all the people! Thousands of riders at every level. It's fun to see all the bikes, as well as to ride along with different people in pacelines every few miles. The most unusual bike had to be a bright yellow Joker frame - really bizarre.

There seemed to be about half the people there as last year, probably because the weather was threatening throughout the week. Still several thousand, I'd say, though.

Lots of fun. Later.

Great to meet you!HH
Mar 11, 2001 5:54 PM
The Colnago is gorgeous, even covered in mud. That was possibly the most distinctive paint job in the event.

Just after the last SAG stop, we spotted a shiny LeMond, orange and blue. Spotless. And the rider was wearing clean black tights and a spotless jersey. We looked at each other and asked, "what ride was SHE on?"

I suspect you had gone home and showered by the time I got in. Took me 9:47 total time,about 8:40 or so saddle time -- would be embarrassing but my average speed was not much slower than my harder 50-mile hilly training rides, and I did the last 44 miles with a bum left knee.

Earlier in the run, in the headwind, I managed to find a couple of riders about my speed, and pulled them for miles. Then Doug gave me a quick pull up to about 22 mph! Later, I met DAS (from the singlespeed MTBReview forum, and he and a friend pulled me for 15 miles. By the end of the run I was among riders about my own speed, just glad to actually finish (I was off and pushing on the steeper hills due to the knee).

At least I met my primary goals -- I finished and there were still a few hundred bikes behind me.
Great to meet you, tooDog
Mar 12, 2001 7:36 AM
Yes, but I felt badly that I didn't get to talk to you longer. I thought I'd see you at the rest stop, but there were so many people there. It was good to see the cruiser, too. What a classic. It was almost hard to find you, as I was watching for your name plate, but it was covered with mud.

I completed around 6 hours total, but didn't check my riding time. We sort of did a social ride for the first 60 miles, regrouping after hills and staying together on the flats. We pushed it up a few hills, with mini "races" among some of the riders.

After 60 miles, I put the hammer down until the last rest stop, and then regrouping there, and then for a little while after that. Both "walls" seemed much easier than last year.

I sure have to respect your completing that ride on the one speed. I thought about that every time I thought a hill was a little tough. I don't know how you do it. That was definitely not a flat century.

104.4 mi. of PB&Jgrz mnky
Mar 12, 2001 9:39 AM
The missus (you can't call her Mrs. Grz Mnky - she would bristle at that and lock me outside) decided to make the trip. She was pretty bummed about the wet roads and almost didn't go. The mud at mile 15 really disturbed her - her world was shattered. I laughed - like a pig in....well, you know. Two beautiful ti bikes with a latte fade "paint job."

Overall it was a good ride and I was ecpecting the winds to be a lot stronger since there was a gale warning up along the coast.

I really thought that the food dept. was completely lame. Every single rest stop was PB&J, oranges, bananas, apples, some gorp, Mother's cookies, yucky choclate energy something-or-other and water. Zero variety or originality. The token Gatorade power bar was in the finisher's bag. Doh. Our numbers were 3083 and 3085 so I figure 3000 riders with an ave. entry fee of $40+ would leave a little bit of something from the $120K to buy some better food. Probably the worst food for any organized ride I've ever been on. No gels, no bars, no decent drink mix, and no variety - what's up with that?

Thumbs up on them having some of the factory race support trucks at most of the spots. Got the Shimano guy to tighten my clicking DA BB. Nice to have some chain lube also. Now I've got a couple bikes to really clean and BB to rebuild.

I really started to fade after Foxen Canyon - 1 hour rides a couple times per week three months after shoulder surgery isn't exactly a great training plan. Still it really wasn't too hilly. People kept talking about "the wall" which turned out to be nothing much by Bay Area/Sierra standards.

Found some of the riders skills to be disturbing - like the moron who kept trying to pass our 20+ rider paceline on the right, while someone was dropping back off the nose. He must have been thinking how much faster he could ride - all while he was in the wind shadow of the PL. I tried to warn him, politely at first (hard to believe, eh?), then more sternly ("You're going to end up in the weeds and take one of us with you."). Eventually he burned out and faded out the back. One guy ran a stop sign right in front of a CHP, with head phones on. Johny Law pulled him over and gave him a ticket for his efforts. Was surprised that they didn't mark all of the turns on the pavement with a little stencil. Just some huge orange graffiti at a few of the turns.

I understand that the Chico Wildflower has superbe food. they boast that you can "ride for time or pounds."

Tip of the helmet to the folks on single speeds and MTBs with knobby tires.
food etc.Dog
Mar 12, 2001 10:12 AM
I didn't even think about the food too much. About all I ever eat are bananas, cookies, pb&j anyway. I wished they'd have Cytomax, too; I tried their mix, and it was yucky. For me, the food isn't that important. It's just fuel, and as long as it won't upset my stomach, I really don't care what it is. To be prepared, I always take my Hammergel, anyway, and I could get by on only that.

Nothing they could do about the mud, I suppose. You know that anyone near the end who was clean probably didn't do the entire ride, though.

Yes, there were riders all over the place. I think there were many people there who don't do much group riding. I was pretty mad a 2 guys who road abreast in the middle of the road at the top of the hill after the last rest stop, right in front of a car while I was yelling "car back" at the top of my lungs. Idiots. No wonder drivers get mad at us.


food etc.grz mnky
Mar 12, 2001 4:17 PM
Yeah, I usually don't care too much since I mostly self-fuel, but it was a bit monotonous especially when you've seen it done well.

As a rule I never use any mix, gells, or bars on a big ride that I haven't tried on more casual training rides. It's a type mistake that can sometimes leave you doubled up in a prota-john and you only make it once.

I wanted to dope slap a few riders for being such idiots and making us all look bad as a group.
I expected to meet you just where we did ...Humma Hah
Mar 12, 2001 10:24 AM
... I was doing a little math in my head. I left at 7:33, and you said you planned to start at 8:00. Knowing how fast I was averaging and how fast you are, I was figuring you ought to catch me before the first SAG stop, probably close to the end of the Santa Maria Rd mud-run.

You, sir, are punctual!
I expected to meet you just where we did ...Dog
Mar 12, 2001 10:40 AM
...part luck and part just having done this a lot, I suppose. We did leave precisely at 8 a.m., but partly just happenstance. Getting three guys registered, standing in line for portopotties, bikes setup, and all gear on is a fairly unpredictable series of events.

Interesting, though. However, I really thought I'd see you again at the first rest stop. Just a whole lot of people there.