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    Trekkie Dad
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  • Trekkie Dad
    Surf City Century ride report

    I don't often do a full century, but this one is very pretty, and it's
    only 4700' of climbing, according to the organizers. The ride benefits
    the Santa Cruz AIDS Project (SCAP), and while they are the organizers,
    it's obvious they get a lot of help from the Santa Cruz County Cycling

    I had planned to start closer to 7:00, but my late getaway from my host
    family and long line at the registration table delayed me somewhat.
    Still, I was on the road by 7:45. I had also left my bike computer at
    home, which was both a blessing and a curse. I never really knew how
    fast I was going, and I had to rely upon my sense of distance and my
    knowledge of the course from last year, as well as the map, directions,
    painted arrows, and other riders. I compensated by recording voice
    memos on my cell phone at each stop noting arrival and departure times.
    That would at least allow me to calculate an average speed based on the
    published distance. Are you still with me?

    As I passed a group on a hill, a woman called out, "Hey, Stockton!
    Anyone else from your club riding?"

    "As far as I know, I'm the only one."

    Cath was the woman's name, and she is Joni's friend. Farther down the
    road, Cath's group caught up with me, and I rode in their pack to the
    first rest stop in Corralitos (mile 11.1), arriving at 8:25. I only
    stayed about 5 minutes, deciding to ride at my own pace.

    The route took us through Browns Valley and Hazel Dell. There was a bit
    of a climb on Hazel Dell, so I found myself passing everyone until I
    caught up to a woman who was riding alone. She hadn't seen many other
    riders, but I assured her there were plenty behind me. We chatted for a
    while, and then I picked it up after we caught up to a couple other
    riders. A couple of miles later she got back on my wheel, saying that I
    was one of the few riders who could hold a line. We rode into the
    second stop together (Gizdich Ranch, mile 27.2, 9:27) and parted
    company there.

    Gizdich Ranch

    Cyclists arriving at Gizdich

    Decorations and Volunteers at Gizdich Ranch

    I lingered longer at Gizdich longer than I intended (left at 9:44).
    Cath's group came and went, and I passed them on the way to Aromas
    (mile 35.3, 10:12). My rear derailler was having fits, so I asked the
    mechanic to take a look at it, and 10 minutes later I was back on the

    "Sand Witches" at Aromas

    Just out of Aromas is the steepest climb (but not the longest) up Carr
    Rd. Of course my phone rang half way up. it was "Pixywingz", a
    MiceChatter who lives in Aromas. I had left a message for her earlier,
    but we were unable to meet as I was passing through.

    I rode alone to the next stop in San Juan Bautista (mile 47.4, 11:07).
    It was time for lunch, and San Juan Grade lay ahead. I found Cath and
    her group there, but they were gone before I finished lunch, and I
    didn't see them the rest of the day. I left San Juan at 11:35.

    "Different Spokes" at San Juan Bautista lunch stop

    Again I rode alone, riding at an unknown speed over San Juan Grade to
    our next rest stop in Salinas. (mile 60.9, 12:30) My chain was getting
    noisy, but they had no chain lube. Still, I stayed about 10 minutes
    before heading out into the wind alone. It also began to sprinkle.

    Salinas rest stop

    The next rest stop (a fire station at mile 83.3) was a long way off,
    but I found a parked SAG vehicle (mile 66.6) on one of the turns and
    asked about chain lube. Relief! And there was a potty stop at a produce
    market at mile 71.6. This long section was mostly flat and exposed to
    the wind. Once it passed Castroville and approached Elkhorn Slough, it
    got rollier and more protected. The sprinkles intensified, but the air
    didn't feel too cold, and the road was barely damp. I arrived at the
    fire station at 2:15. There I stayed about 15 minutes. I put my vest
    back on and decided I'd skip the last stop.

    Finally, a view of the ocean

    As I got closer to the coast, the road got damper, but the rain
    stopped. The splash was minimal. At about mile 90, I finally got a
    glimpse of the ocean at Sunset Beach. I had to take a couple of
    pictures. And at mile 92.6, I saw the last rest stop and changed my
    mind. I downed a few strawberries and a can of Pepsi and took some
    pictures. I probably stayed about 10 minutes, but it was worth it. I
    got back on the bike and continued to pass other riders (save one, who
    passed and let me ride his wheel for a couple miles) all the way back
    to Aptos.

    Final rest stop

    I rolled into Aptos at 3:45, seven hours after I left. After
    subtracting all the time I stopped, it turns out I was in the saddle
    for 5:25, and my average speed I calculated at 18.5 mph.

    The post-ride meal consisted of salad, pasta, tri-tip (which I passed
    up) tofu skewers, and rice pilaf. This is a well-organized ride. Except
    for the uneven spacing of rest stops, each one was well-stocked. SAG
    drivers would park along the route for a time and then move on. (I
    think I saw the one that helped me about six times.) Very reassuring.
    Road markings were clear, if small, but if you knew where to look, you
    could find them. Crossings on major roads were marked with big yellow
    signs borrowed from the bike club. And the volunteers were very upbeat.

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  • Trekkie Dad
    state supported cyclist

  • Trekkie Dad
    Re: Santa Cruz AIDS Bike Ride Oct 1

    I finished the bike ride today, and I'm please to report that Princess Buttercup (who also hosted Jimmie and me this weekend) gave a donation to SCAP along with my bike club.

    I'll post a ride report in the near future.

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  • Trekkie Dad
    state supported cyclist

  • Trekkie Dad
    Re: Santa Cruz AIDS Bike Ride Oct 1

    The ride is now just a week away.

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  • Trekkie Dad
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  • Trekkie Dad
    started a topic Santa Cruz AIDS Bike Ride Oct 1

    Santa Cruz AIDS Bike Ride Oct 1

    I am signing up for the Surf City Century, a bike ride on October 1 that benefits the Santa Cruz AIDS Project. While riders are not required to solicit additional donations, my bike club has already given me a check for $25 to pass along to SCAP. SCAP does not have an online donation page, but they do have a form for riders to turn in additional donations.

    Frankly, I don't want to take away the spotlight from Mice Chat's team participation in the LA AIDS walk, so please don't send me money that you would otherwise give to the Mice Chat team. However, I will be happy to present your check along with my club's check on the day of the ride, should you wish to donate to SCAP through me. It can be made payable to the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, and I will PM my address to you for that purpose. If you don't want to go through me, they have an address posted at their web site.

    Actually, I would rather have the participation of a few Mice Chatters than carry their checks to the ride. While I plan to do the 100 mile ride, there are shorter rides of 25 and 60 miles. If you are a cyclist living in the area or visiting at that time, I urge you to consider participating.

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