2016 Cool Breeze Century (Saturday, August 20): MDRCC Qualifies for Federal Funding

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

2016 MDRCC Santa Ynez Valley-Solvang Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30

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.IMG_7268 Speaking of fun on tap, we returned to Buellton for the first of many rounds of 805, the official recovery beverage of the MDRCCSYVSMDW.20160527_170828

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.IMG_7282The 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.20160528_120131IMG_7273IMG_7289

Some people like to keep the roads for themselves.

Some people like to keep the roads for themselves.

Keith hauls up Foxen Canyon.

Keith hauls on a 9% section of Foxen Canyon.

Mike

Mike

Daniel

Daniel

Scott

Scott

Cathy and Tony

Cathy and Tony

Some in another group didn't make it up the hill.

Some in another group didn’t make it up the hill.

A return to Buellton started the western loop out Santa Rosa Road to Lompoc and back on Highway 246.

The recovery options included jacuzzi, nap, or lounging at the hotel, or a slice and another 805 at Gino’s across the street.

Daniel and Keith sampled the pea soup of Pea Soup Andersens notoriety.

Daniel and Keith sampled the pea soup of Pea Soup Andersens notoriety.

A serious discussion over appetizers and 805s before dinner.

A serious discussion over appetizers and 805s before dinner.

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.IMG_730720160529_09491820160529_09490620160529_094904

A multidirectional group.

A multidirectional group.

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MDRCC @Solvang 2016, Saturday, March 12

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

2015 MDRCC San Diego Ride and Excellent Adventure, November 7-8

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.

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MDR at Solvang Metric, Saturday, November 8, 2014

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

MDRCC @Levi’s King Ridge GranFondo Century, Saturday, October 4, 2014

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 Trico Sports Iron Case

The Trico Sports Iron Case

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MDR experience shows at Amtrak Century, Saturday, September 6, 2014

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