The diversity of MDRiders meets federal guidelines for receiving aid. Send four of our riders out on the same course, the 110-mile Hilly Century, and how many will return having followed the route? A lowly 25%. Only one of our Garmins recorded 110 miles at the finish. A second rider went 5 miles more, having done a climb twice because of an errant left. A third rode 106 miles, choosing to forego the Mile 25 first rest stop. And our fourth had an even shorter day, not only because he’s fast, but also due to a wrong turn. Continue reading
With limitless fun on tap, the inaugural MDRCC Santa Ynez Valley four-day roadtrip began with a warmup ride Friday afternoon from base camp at the Pea Soup Andersens Inn in Buellton to Solvang with a stop at Alisal Ranch, where our arrival coincided with a rare release of their thundering herd of horses into the front paddock. Speaking of fun on tap, we returned to Buellton for the first of many rounds of 805, the official recovery beverage of the MDRCCSYVSMDW.
For some cross-training, we walked the 0.8 mile to dinner at the Firestone Tap Room, where 805s are born. The weekend was off to a good start on a daily prescription to ride, drink, eat, and repeat as often as needed.
On Saturday, Keith, Scott, Daniel, Mike, Cathy, Tony, and Henry rolled out on the 2016 MDRCC Santa Ynez Super Metric to enjoy the second of four sunny, mild, blue-sky days.The 73 miles of rollers and hills, some climbed in both directions, covered some of the best remote roads and scenery in the region, including parts of past Tours of California and the Solvang Century (2016 MDRCC Santa Ynez Metric Map). The two-winged route started east on a first-half loop to Solvang and Los Olivos, up Foxen Canyon, and back through Los Olivos to Ballard Canyon for midway lunch in Solvang.
Ambitious plans for a poolside barbecue resolved readily for lasagna dinners delivered to our patio. Mike, our insistent grillmeister, provided tableside entertainment by firing up beef fajitas that caused a flare-up with an impressive column of smoke that could have brought out the local volunteer fire department.
Sunday’s 36-mile Wine Tour went by Solvang to Santa Ynez and the scenic rollers of Happy Valley.
Cold-weather gear should be donned only in cold weather. At least that’s what Rule 21 of the Velominati prescribes. Although the last of the rain had stopped by dinner Friday, a 40°F (4°C, if we are to speak metric per Rule 24) start and 20-mph (32-kph) gusts predicted for the afternoon saw the seven MDRiders accessorize for the day. True to form on MDRides, Glitter was there, but Scott had to bail last-minute due to work. Continue reading
Is it real maple syrup? Well, it was a real excellent adventure!
The relaxed gathering of MDRCC in the parking lot of the Amtrak station in Irvine started a beautifully clear weekend to ride and have fun. It was a large group of 17 riders and four drivers (Jean, Judy, Cathy, and Alicia) kind enough to haul our overnight bags and even look after us on the course.
MDRCC as #222 got off to a good start on the 41st Amtrak Century held by the Orange County Wheelmen when a baby jackrabbit hopped in front of him. That’s four bunny’s feet for that much more luck, safety, and fun on the road to San Diego! Continue reading
A solitary MDR kit was spotted going over Casitas Pass East and West early last Saturday. Continue reading
- piroganada hors dervies (gluten, wheat, dairy, and egg)
- spanakopita hors d’oeuvres (dairy, egg)
- smoked salmon and crackers
- Southwest bean dip with scoop chips
Usually held the first Saturday in November before clocks fall backwards the next day, this edition was delayed a week for logistical reasons. The time change helped warm up the normally 40F start at 7:30 a.m. to a balmy, short-sleeve 50s as well as lift the rising sun out of our eyes on the early eastward sectors of the parcours. The latter is particularly important to safely navigate a mass start that includes less skilled riders. And BTW, the Solvang Metric doesn’t start/finish in Solvang, but in Buellton, three miles west. Accompanying these wrinkles in the space-time continuum were the rare sightings of an MDRider at a late-season supported ride plus a Grand Tour winner in a local ride.
As he rolled up to the start, I recognized that the rider in the distinctive pink and blue Lampre kit was not a poser, but Chris Horner, the 2013 winner of the Vuelta a Espana. He was talking with fans and posing for pics with them. My cheapie phone doesn’t do selfies, so the best I can offer is a pic of Chris with another rider. Continue reading
Normally, it takes only a short drive to our out-of-
town rides, and there’s certainly no need for overnight bags. For MDRCC to represent at the sixth King Ridge Century in the hinterland of Sonoma County in NorCal, a bike case had to be packed, with transport via airplane, bus, taxi, and shuttle.
The pre-sunrise twilight at 6:15 a.m. in Irvine was sufficient to roll out at the 2014 Amtrak Century hosted by the Orange County Wheelmen. Having given custody of a post-ride pbj, drink, change of kit, and other valuables to the trustworthy OCW for transport to San Diego, #317, the lone black-blue-and-white this year, was eager to ride the course for the second time this summer.
There were a few wrinkles compared to MDRCC’s San Diego Century six weeks earlier (see http://www.mdrcc.org/revival-mdrcc-san-diego-amtrak-century-second-edition-saturday-july-26-2014/#more-705). Continue reading