Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Great Minds Think Alike --> Palomar Puzzler 150

If you love the idea of mixed-surface rides in Southern California, but the Redlands Strada Rossa is just too short for you, mark your calendar for March 22nd!  In San Diego County, the Palomar Puzzler 150 is going to be on the Saturday following the RSR ride. I'm excited to see this ride, and am thankful we didn't settle on the same date!!!

Doing the 65 miles in Redlands would be a GREAT way to prepare for the 150 (really 180+) the next week! Dial in your bike, stretch those legs out, figure out some nutrition. Everything you need to do!

So definitely check out Tom's site and jump on his ride!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bailing Out

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This is not a race where you earn points and have your time posted.

This is not a randonnée with a card you have to check off.

This is not something you paid money for.

This is not something you're getting paid for.

This is a long ride, and there is a LOT of climbing on it... over 4,300 feet according to the internets!

So if you have to turn off the course and head back to town, to home, to the airport, do it! The minute you stop having fun, then it's time to figure out a way to get it started again. If that means getting an early start on the post-ride festivities, have at it!!!

There are going to be some strategically placed volunteers on the course that will be able to help out, but don't count on that. Bring a map, digital or paper, that shows you the different roads back to Redlands and the start. Every route back will have some positives and negatives, so best to plan out some options ahead of time.

Feel free to ask questions here and get some alternative routing info while you can!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Not Just Dirt

This is multi-surface ride, so there will be plenty of roads to wind down. Not all will be as lovely as the one above, but I've endeavored to use as many rural back-roads as possible. About half the route is on dirt, so the other 50km will be asphalt!