Saturday, December 8, 2007

Santa Paula Re-Cap

Hello,

Wow, what a turn out! I was shocked to see how big of a group we got to do a 100 mile ride! We probably had 30 or 40 riders at the start and just under 20 that did the "Full Monte".




When we rolled out I thought we might be in for a brutal day due to the wind. But for the most part it was beautiful. We did run into a little headwind coming back through Carp. but the whole Santa Paula-Ventura-Ojai part was great! The route was really cool with lots of rolling hills, nice roads, and beautiful scenery. Having such a big group made the distance seem a little easier, and there were lots of different people to talk to. It was nice to see Ryan Yee and a few more of the Ventura boys hooking up with us, always good to have a couple extra engines at the front. There's a cool General Store at the top of the 150 climb into Ojai that made the perfect re-group/pit stop. Besides our two early flats no major problems to report..... unlike last weekend. Thanks to Dano and Blingerman for showing us the route, and I look forward to doin' that ride a few more times....It's a keeper. Nice job everyone! Just another day in paradise!


See ya out on the road,


Matt

7 comments:

Wheels said...

LJ, I think your camera work is getting better. It must have been the experience with the stem cam that did it. Well Done!

Burn said...

It's his work as a Testrider Wheels! We don't play that Duct Tape nonsense!

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

It was a fun ride. Sorry you guys had to wait up for me at the tops of the hills...but it was most appreciated! The only sour note for me was the last 10+ miles into the headwind after getting dropped by all you hammers coming back into town...I thought this was base winter training... (then again, maybe that's base pace for you guys, just not for me after that many miles...).

Great photos...

Matt said...

Sorry about that Kimberly. I got dropped as well from the lead group so don't feel bad.

Corey said...

Great ride. Love the uphill.

Corey

Mitch said...

Beautiful ride and great company. I think we should be more mindful of keeping the group together on these long off-season rides. It seems more neighborly if we all roll back into town together.

Rob said...

I barely made it back from the lake ride. All you 100 milers are studs or studette's. I was barely able to hang on to Susie Willett's wheel at mile 74. I was also glad (at least from my perspective) I did not see one stupid driver the entire time.