Representing at the Palm Springs Century, February 8, 2014

The MDRCC black-blue-and-white was spotted recently at the Tour de Palm Springs Century, possibly its debut in a supported ride.  Certainly unique, as it was the only one on the course.

Here’s a sequence showing the MDRCC rider taking a flyer off the front of a small group.  Note that Cadel Evans is imploring the group to get organized for the chase as a gap opens.  It is also noteworthy that this was in the opening 22 miles of the ride, where the organizers turned on the windmills to create a fierce crosswind.

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Lake Casitas Ride, February 16, 2014

Ventura-Lake Casitas-Santa Barbara is one of MDRCC’s favorite rides.  The recent edition saw a large turnout of 13 riders, including five new to the course, plus two groupies.  Three of our veteran riders had submitted acceptable excuses to skip.  Carl was on the road, Joey was racing, and David incurred a hip injury during the week (hopefully he won’t be put down due to the hip dysplasia and we’ll see him again).

Despite the holiday weekend road closures on the Westside due to the never-ending renovation of the 405 freeway, all arrived pretty much on time in the conveniently located, free parking lot behind the San Buenaventura City Hall.  With the large group dressing and preparing bikes for the ride, it looked like a staging area for a race.  Unlike many past starts for this ride, there was no morning fog and chill, so all were in good spirits on the roll-out for a great day in the saddle. Continue reading