Big Sur Ride
September 23-23, 2006
The Big Sur ride in South of Monterey California offers a wonderful
variety of coast with five hundred feet sheer drops, great hill climbs,
arid inland golden oak covered hills, and inland dry valleys.
This ride though perhaps a bit pricey is a benefit event for local
schools and childrens organizations - and they, that is the kids, from
many of these groups (4H Club, representing schools, trips for kids)
did an absolutely wonderful job supporting the event.
This was the first extended ride on my relatively new bike and over all
I had really wished for more training specifically on the climbs.
The 170 mile 11K feet climb trip afforded (and in my case was a
necessarily) a lot of stops, short rests and an embarrassing amount of
pushing the bicycle up hill. I do believe however I did finish
well relative to the majority of the pack. Mostly my weakness
were at extended exertion at a moderately high temperature, but also
balance became very tiring at low climbing speeds occasionally
worsened with font wheel lift. I also must learn to ride the
draft lines better as I would frequently join up with even the
fastest of these lines only to burn out after a couple of miles.
It just seemed like two much effort to keep in pace. When going
downhill I would drift past, even when outside the line and
going uphill I would really have to struggle to lift my extra
weight. It was a couple
days of continually passing and being passed by the same individuals
and groups, completely out of sync by +/- 10 mph or more depending on
were predominantly going down or uphill. There was only one other
recumbent rider, and I suspect that he dropped out of the ride as I saw
him struggling early on in the coastal rises and falls then no
more. There were a couple of tandem bikes and we also watched
several gear laden touring riders going at a much different pace north
and south up highway 1.
Beverly and Greg were my own personal support team and I met up with
them a number of times on the first day.
Satellite Pictures route and GPS on Bikely
Day 1 Profile
Day 2 Profile