Friday, April 27, 2007

CA XC Race Course

Today Chris and I went up to the 96 degree weather in the Santa Ynez Valley to pre-ride the NMBS XC course. Amazing how different the weather is on the water in Santa Barbara when compared to a 40 minute drive up and over and on the other side of the mountains. About 20 degrees difference.

What was weird is that Chris and I had unknowingly trained on the road that leads right to the venue and course back in 2003. It looked so familiar today as we were driving in and we couldn't figure it out. But as it turns out, in 03 we were on our way down the 101 heading towards the next NMBS in Big Bear and I had to get some training in so we pulled off at just a random exit, got the bikes out of the car and rode. Yep, same exit and same road. Life is so weird sometimes.

So for those of you that are interested, here are the course details:

Think Sonoma without the bumps, pavement, or dirt roads and a hand full of shade to go around. Then think Sea Otter with nothing technical and you have the race course almost in mind. Longest climb is not more than 5-10 minutes and its just fast and fun. Nothing loose and nothing crazy. There you have it.

Alright, tomorrow in the AM is the STXC!

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