Monday, November 06, 2006

Solvang Prelude

Rode in the Solvang Prelude this weekend. The Metric Century (62 miles) left Solvang and headed south along Alisal Rd and back. Then north along Ballard Canyon toward Los Olivos, a spin "around the block" before heading up Figueroa Mountain Rd and back. Then the climb up Foxen Canyon Rd to the Firestone Winery. A nice downhill along Zaca Station Rd, Hwy 154, and Ballard Canyon back to Solvang for a Danish Smorgasbord lunch.
There were two out-and-back hill climbs as well as the Foxen Canyon climb, 2,979 ft. total vertical ascent. Speed on the downhills was limited by the very bumpy road conditions. Max speed 35.3 MPH, average speed 15.5 MPH. Total ride time-3:59 hours.

Lavender bushes

Did the 27 mile ride the next day. Nice recovery ride over rolling hills and scenic countryside. Solvang is definitely biking (and wine tasting) country.

Sightseeing in Los Olivos

"Totonka" at A.J. Spurs-a great steakhouse in Buellton. Dinner comes with everything- including a Root Beer Float.


Anonymous said...

Good job Mike... thats a great ride
Next time your up there.. dress up like a small boy and ride to the gates of the Neverland Ranch and demand a refill on your Jesus Juice.
Ahhh "Lavender Bushes" ... isnt she a stripper at "The Fritz II "

Anonymous said...

Still going at it huh?! That's great! Have fun in Vegas!