Borrego Springs Century Tomorrow


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I will be doing the Borrego Springs Century tomorrow on my tandem with Lori Hoechlin.  I wish I could give you a preview of the route but the event is poorly documented.  The map for the first 68 miles is a blur and the second loop map isn’t any better.  I guess I will have to document the event better than the organizer right here on my blog.

I will have my SPOT Transmitter so you will be able to follow me along the route.

Stay tuned for more details…

3 thoughts on “Borrego Springs Century Tomorrow

  1. Hi George,

    I was the guy with the beard on the Cervelo who recognized you towards the end of the ride today. Nice to meet you! And thanks for the thorough blog, I’ve used some of your posts as blueprints for new rides/routes.

    • Hello Michael,

      Thank you for reading my blog and taking the time to make a comment this time :-p

      I’m glad you found the information on my blog useful. I often wonder if I am just putting stuff out there and I’m the only one reading it lol!

      It was good hooking up with you and the other guy on the Colnago. Lori and I were spent from chasing the lead group all day. We left at 814am (14 minutes AFTER the lead group). By the time we started riding together I was pretty beat. What made matters worse was the guy on the Colnago would accelerate when taking his pull. Rapid changes in speed really hurt a tandem team. When there is an acceleration the Captain (me) sees it and reacts and applies power and tries to get 300 pounds moving by himself . The stoker (Lori) doesn’t know, because she can’t see in front of her just the sides, that the acceleration was needed and the stoker may take a few pedal strokes to react. Then when the Captain lets off the power the stoker is still applying power and the Captain then has to apply the brakes which in turn takes away the inertia of the 300 pounds and starts the cycle all over again. Steady easing of the pace is much much better on a tandem.

      Anyway as you saw we ended up with just shy of 100 miles. It was more important for us to put in a solid 5 hours on the bike as part of our base miles for the Ultra season coming up. We didn’t stop at any of the checkpoints so total time and ride time was fewer than 5 minutes for the day.

      You looked really smooth and comfortable on the bike. What do you have planned this year?

      And here is a post on the kits I am coming up with for the 2013 season. Orders need to be in by Jan 5, 2013

      My latest endeavor is forming a new and completely different cycling organization. REV Endurance Cycling Team – a cycling organization focused on bringing up the next generation of endurance cyclists. REV is a development team rather than a racing team. As part of it’s rider development strategy, REV is very keen on bringing more women into Ultra Cycling. REV is about making and maintaining a lifestyle change with personal health, fitness and cycling as priorities. REV will take the “couch potatoes” coach and train them to complete their very first century or Gran Fondo. REV will take century riders and assist them in becoming brevet riders (unsupported events) or double century riders. REV will prepare you for “the toughest 48 hours in sport”, the Furnace Creek 508.

      REV Endurance Cycling is always looking for corporate sponsors and individual donations. Please feel free to contact me with your interest in assisting REV Endurance Cycling accomplish its goals.

      Once again thank you for stopping my blog. Please pass it on.

      Cheers,
      george “Red Eyed Vireo” vargas
      Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame

      • You may have been beat but seemed strong. Mr. Colnago and I had been cruising comfortably for a little while and things definitely picked up once you joined.

        Thanks – I surprised myself yesterday with a strong effort. I do tri’s mainly, where the bike is mostly a calculated, smooth, paced effort to allow for a good run. Felt good to get a bit reckless and push things yesterday though. In 2013 so far I’ve got Ironman California 70.3, the Boston Marathon, and Challenge Roth on my schedule. Perhaps I’ll add a few cycling events 🙂

        Good luck with your REV endeavor and the 2013 season, hope to see you out there again.

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