I thought I'd sum up my week long 550 mile bike ride. It's called the AIDS/LifeCycle ride and it is my 21st riding the thing. It's been running for 25 years and I started in '96, missing last year. The only thing that trains you properly is by riding at least 3-4 times a week with at least one long ride thrown in (60+ miles). I didn't do that this year (bad weather, excuses and driving Uber) and I paid for it dearly. Also, weighing in at 40 pounds heavier than last time I rode didn't help. Imaging riding with a 40 pound of cat litter attached to your waist! Wah, wah, wah... I know. I did however ride every inch of the thing. Neither one of us had any flat tires or bike issues!
My wife also rode for her 11th time. She's a rock star IMHO. She rode the whole thing except on Day 2 (longest day at 109 miles), she got swept because she had been riding with a slow friend and they arrived at rest stop 3 two minutes after it had been closed. If they call your ride at that point, you have no options but to get on the Sweep bus. She for 68 miles in that day.
In our opinion the worst part of this event is the camping. You ride all day, get in get your gear (from a gear truck), schlep it to your assigned spot in the tent grid, set up your tent, go for a shower, come back, go to dinner, then hit the sack. Next morning, you wake up at 4:30 am, go to breakfast, get dressed in your tent, tear your tent down, schlep your gear back to your assigned gear truck, get your bike and ride 85-100 miles. Ugg.. If we ever do it again, we'll stay in a hotel every night (called Princessing).
We rode into LA on Saturday, June 9th together (that was a rough trip driving through LA!!!!). Beautiful weather along the way with some great tailwinds at times.
Together we all raised 16.6 million. Kathryn and I raised 4,400 and 3,600 respectfully. 2,200 riders with about 700 crew members. We had from 6:30 am to 7 pm to finish the ride. Anyone on the course at 7pm got swept in. No one gets left behind to ride on their own.
Here's the route:
Day 1: San Francisco Cow Palace to Santa Cruz - 80 miles with 4700' of elevation gain. Along the coast.
Day 2: Santa Cruz to King City - 109 miles with 3000' of gain. Rode inland along 101 through the Salinas Valley
Day 3: King City to Paso Robles - 68 miles with 2200' of gain. All inland and the hottest day (95' at times)
Day 4: Paso Robles to Santa Maria - 88 miles with 3400' of gain. Inland to the coast (one of my favorite days)
Day 5: Santa Maria to Lompoc - 41 miles with 3000' of gain. Red Dress day. A recovery day with a lot of steep climbing.
Day 6: Lompoc to Ventura Beach - 88 miles with 2700' of gain. Another favorite of mine. Through Santa Barbara which I love!
Day 7: Ventura Beach to LA: 75 miles with 2300' of gain. First part is lovely. Last part, not so much. LA is crazy for a bike ride on a Saturday. My least favorite day.
I'll post each days pictures in separate posts in this thread since I'm limited to ten pictures per post.
Edited by DanRH, 14 June 2018 - 02:35 PM.