25, 2005--The morning of the 30th annual Terrible Two double century
dawned, well, overcast. And the weather stayed that way most of
the day, treating riders to some of the best weather ever for this
perennially tough double. To commemorate the ride's anniversary,
the organizers decided to return to the "old" course, which
added 11 miles and 600 feet of climbing, pushing the vertical gain to
more than 16,500 feet. This year's course avoided the killer
"Rancheria" climb on Skaggs Springs Road, taking us instead on
a rolling--and overall, hillier, if less steep--route through the hamlet
of Annapolis and the Sea Ranch development.
Did we mention great weather? The sun made only a rather brief appearance this year--a welcome change from two years ago, when our thermometer read 118 degrees on Skaggs Springs. This year, we didn't see the sun until almost the summit of the Geysers climb--and then lost it again on Skaggs Springs. The trip down the coast from Sea Ranch to Fort Ross was cool (with a reasonably good tailwind). The last stretches through Cazadero and Monte Rio, conversely, were a bit sunny and nicely warm.
The Santa Rosa Cycling Club once again showed their organizational prowess, putting on one of the best-organized rides we've seen. They deserve kudos for a job well done, and for raising the bar every year. It will be interesting to see how they top themselves (again) next year.
Campy Only's choice of machines today was our Campy Only Sachs, equipped with a 39x28 low that was just about right.
As usual, email us if you would like a slightly higher-res version of any of these photos. We'll be happy to oblige.