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berck

Solvang Spring Double

I did the Solvang Spring Double Century (miles) this past Saturday. Turned out to be much faster than I expected. We did the first 100 miles in 5:12 ride time and 5:54 over all. We averaged 19.2 mph for that distance in ride time.

One of our group riders started feeling bad about then. We covered the last 93 miles (only 193 total) in 5:11 ride time and 7:07 overall (17.9 mph average in ride time). We took longer at the breaks to help him recover on the return. We probably could have kept the same average on the way back, but we wanted to help him finish. It was his first double.

It had a lot of little hills, but there was really only one serious climb at the end. Overall, it was about 7,500 ft of climbing. If you look at the profile on-line, it looks more daunting than it really was.

Weather was absolutely beautiful. Temperatures got maybe as high at 75F inland. In the high 60's near the coast. Many beautiful flowers along the way. My only complaint about the ride is that there just weren't enough porta potties at the break points. Seemed like we had a 10 minute wait minimum at nearly every one.

Here is a picture we took at Morro Bay around mile 104.


Bartali

Excellent Berck!  Well done!  Okay ... so which one is you?
bbnaz

Big thumbs up!  That looks to be a great ride, maybe next year depending on the dates, MrB will come ride it.  This year wouldn't have worked as he was doing the MS150.

What a beautiful day!
thunderthighs

all of you listen up...u are to chubby.. ciao..
berck

Bartali,

I'm the one closest to the camera. Thanks too!

BB,

Thanks. It was definitely a great day. Not too hot, not too cold. We woke up the next morning to high fog and some mist. The day we rode was perfect. It has been known to rain at times on this ride.

TT,

I am and so is is my friend in the red. I'm still working off some pounds. My Asian friend is about right. Only 150lbs. He could possibly loose a few, but we are all getting old and its harder to drop the weight. Heck, I'm the only one under 50 in the group, and that's not by much. Wink
bbnaz

thunderthighs wrote:
all of you listen up...u are to chubby.. ciao..


well step up TT and post a photo of yourself.  Let the others judge whether or not you are "to chubby".

blowhard. Rolling Eyes
thunderthighs

i shud.. i really shud.. ciao
last km

I shudder......(sic)
thunderthighs

i built liek chris hoy.. not a roady look..ciao
bbnaz

thunderthighs wrote:
i built liek chris hoy.. not a roady look..ciao


so post away and let the folks decide........
redster73

berck wrote:
Bartali,

I'm the one closest to the camera. Thanks too!

BB,

Thanks. It was definitely a great day. Not too hot, not too cold. We woke up the next morning to high fog and some mist. The day we rode was perfect. It has been known to rain at times on this ride.

TT,

I am and so is is my friend in the red. I'm still working off some pounds. My Asian friend is about right. Only 150lbs. He could possibly loose a few, but we are all getting old and its harder to drop the weight. Heck, I'm the only one under 50 in the group, and that's not by much. Wink


Power to the paunch Berck old man! There ain't no one faster than me on the downhill not even the TT's of this world Very Happy
berck

thunderthighs wrote:
i built liek chris hoy.. not a roady look..ciao


Shouldn't your name be Thunder Quads then? Wink
berck

redster73 wrote:

Power to the paunch Berck old man! There ain't no one faster than me on the downhill not even the TT's of this world Very Happy


If it just wouldn't get in the way while I pedal it would be powerful Very Happy

Now, if you tell me you've hit over 60mph, then I will concede. Wink
In our group, its between me and big red. Although, my Asian friend can fly too. My Armenian friend is a bit more reserved.
berck

Oh, I forgot to mention. From a style stand point, I was wearing white socks. Wink
last km

Morro Bay looks good....nice rock......wheres it near ???
redster73

berck wrote:
redster73 wrote:

Power to the paunch Berck old man! There ain't no one faster than me on the downhill not even the TT's of this world Very Happy


If it just wouldn't get in the way while I pedal it would be powerful Very Happy

Now, if you tell me you've hit over 60mph, then I will concede. Wink
In our group, its between me and big red. Although, my Asian friend can fly too. My Armenian friend is a bit more reserved.


Fraid not 59 mph is my record...
berck

last km wrote:
Morro Bay looks good....nice rock......wheres it near ???


San Luis Obispo, California. It was a great day there. Both times I've been through that town its been wonderful weather.
berck

redster73 wrote:

Fraid not 59 mph is my record...


My record is the same (technically 59.6). That's why I mentioned 60 because I knew it would best me. I know though, that those speeds take special road to get up that fast. Its not uncommon for me to get just over 50 on some of the routes I ride. Others, I may not ever see anything above 30 because the downhill is just too dangerous.

Sounds like you can fly pretty well there red.
Bartali

TT tells me he's topped 107 km/h!  Me .... i'm a nervous decender!
Slapshot 3

I'm built like giant haystacks....Wink

I'm intrigued about all the blue stuff in the pic Berck, you know the high up stuff, can't remember seeing anything like that for a while
Bartali

I reckon its a photoshop job! Wink
redster73

berck wrote:
redster73 wrote:

Fraid not 59 mph is my record...


My record is the same (technically 59.6). That's why I mentioned 60 because I knew it would best me. I know though, that those speeds take special road to get up that fast. Its not uncommon for me to get just over 50 on some of the routes I ride. Others, I may not ever see anything above 30 because the downhill is just too dangerous.

Sounds like you can fly pretty well there red.


6-8 mph going up 50-59 mph going down says everything about my physique! Can't climb for toffee but coming down there is no finer a descender...
berck

Photoshop? Well, after you guys see all that rain during the ToC, I can understand you doubt. Wink

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