Critical Section

Ojai Valley Double Metric

Sunday,  06/06/10  01:43 PM

Yesterday I rode the Ojai Valley Double Metric Century - 200K = 129 miles, with about 8,000' of climbing.  This ride started as a century, a big 100 mile loop up past Lake Casitas and into Santa Barbara, then down the coast to Ventura, across to Santa Paula, and up and over the hills back into Ojai.  I rode it that way a couple of years ago and it was really nice.  Recently they've added a Double Metric option, wherein you start by going 15 miles straight up route 33 to Mount Rose, then turn around and descend it, and then ride the century.  And that's what I did... it was excellent.  Took me 10:30 elapsed, with 9:20 riding time.

In case you're interested, here's the obligatory photo gallery:

Ojai Valley Double Metric Century

And below please find selected pictures from the ride:

the route: 129 miles, 8,000'; note the way it starts!

the climb up route 33 to Mount Rose; 15 miles at 5%

first checkpoint! at top of Mount Rose; it's "all downhill from here"...

paceline along Lake Casitas

descending route 150 into the fog at Carpinteria - yay, arm warmers :)

checkpoint in Carpinteria
this ride offers 100K, 100mi, and 200K options, and all the riders converged here

powering along the shore in Summerland

my favorite: riding the 101 freeway; trucks on the left, beach on the right

the lead group assembles at a stoplight in Ventura before powering along to Santa Paula

best part of the ride: popcicles! at the final SAG stop atop the Ojai grade

Among other things this ride was hot; summer is definitely here, or at least on the immediate horizon.  I went through about ten bottles and burned my arms.  Yay!

About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?