Monday, December 2, 2013
What should you ride for this ride? Only about 5km will be as rough as shown above (riding on 37mm Vittoria Hypers), the rest of the dirt is pretty smooth like the road below (riding on 32mm Challenge Eroicas):
There will be some sandy sections, but they're pretty short (5 meters or so each) and not terribly deep. Most all of the dirt will be hard pack or light sand over hard pack, and pretty smooth without rocks or ruts. A few km of climbing up smooth ~8% grade singletrack. But remember, 50km or half of the route will also be on the tarmac.
So, all that said, I think a 30-40mm tire with minimal to no knobs would be perfect. Something that won't drag on the road (1/2 the ride) yet will let you float on the dirt. I wouldn't drag around a heavy agrgessive tire for the few km of rocky or sandy sections. That said, a 28mm or narrower road tire could make those same rocky or sandy sections pretty unpleasant. But if that's how you roll, nobody here with think less of you! Friends of mine have rode this with 23mm tires and lived to tell the tale!!!
The last consideration is the potential for goathead punctures throughout the ride. Really no way around that. Stay out of the gutter/shoulder of the road. You either run over them or you don't. The only sure method is tubeless, and if you have those set up, go for it. But not something to worry about.
In 650B, Grand Bois Hetres might be close to perfect for the ride, although they may slip out a bit on the singletrack climb. But for the other 98% of the ride, they will be great! SOMA's C-Line should do really well, with the same positives and negatives in the 700C size.
Really though, this is a "run whatcha' brung" ride. Don't stress out on it too much, spend more time figuring out how to get out here for the day and join us!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If you love the idea of mixed-surface rides in Southern California, but the Redlands Strada Rossa is just too short for you, mark your calendar for March 22nd! In San Diego County, the Palomar Puzzler 150 is going to be on the Saturday following the RSR ride. I'm excited to see this ride, and am thankful we didn't settle on the same date!!!
Doing the 65 miles in Redlands would be a GREAT way to prepare for the 150 (really 180+) the next week! Dial in your bike, stretch those legs out, figure out some nutrition. Everything you need to do!
So definitely check out Tom's site and jump on his ride! http://palomarpuzzler.wordpress.com/
Monday, November 18, 2013
This is not a randonnée with a card you have to check off.
This is not something you paid money for.
This is not something you're getting paid for.
This is a long ride, and there is a LOT of climbing on it... over 4,300 feet according to the internets!
So if you have to turn off the course and head back to town, to home, to the airport, do it! The minute you stop having fun, then it's time to figure out a way to get it started again. If that means getting an early start on the post-ride festivities, have at it!!!
There are going to be some strategically placed volunteers on the course that will be able to help out, but don't count on that. Bring a map, digital or paper, that shows you the different roads back to Redlands and the start. Every route back will have some positives and negatives, so best to plan out some options ahead of time.
Feel free to ask questions here and get some alternative routing info while you can!
Monday, November 4, 2013
This is multi-surface ride, so there will be plenty of roads to wind down. Not all will be as lovely as the one above, but I've endeavored to use as many rural back-roads as possible. About half the route is on dirt, so the other 50km will be asphalt!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Redlands Strada Rossa Ride, a group on Flickr.Photos along the proposed 100km route. Highlighting the 46km of dirt the route provides. If this doesn't get you motivated, nothing will!