The first 2010 Different Spokes Organized Ride had a great turn out, out of 130 riders for the century route, we were almost 10% of that, and with nearly every rider in rainbow jersey, DSSF rode in style! I have to say I was worried about the weather on Saturday, on the drive to Vacaville in the afternoon it poured and poured. I guess it rained so much that the Chamber of Commerce moved the pre-registration pasta feed to a different location (were they having it outdoors?).
Steph Clarke, Jerome Thomere, Scott Steffens, Jeff Pekrul, David Goldsmith, William Bir, Evan Kavanagh and I all completed the Monticello Solano Century, a ride from Solano to Napa county and back in pretty good time too! David G was 4 minutes shy of a sub-6 hour century. And congratulations to Evan, who has now completed his first century! The overall vote, “this is a keeper”; even the headwinds we had for most of the day did not dampen out enjoyment. From the morning climb out of Fairfield on Wooden Valley and Monticello Roads (SR-121) to Napa, and the afternoon climbs up Sage Canyon Road past Lake Hennessey to Lower Chiles Valley Road, with a few more climbs on SR-128 out of the lunch stop at Moss Creek Winery, it was a great route with near perfect weather. We did hear stories of the previous year where it was in the 100s, so no complaints as it was in the 70s when we arrived back in Vacaville.
The only regret of the day, Evan started so early (6:15am he was on the road before most of us even arrived at the high school) and rode so strong, we never saw him all day till we were done!