mini-IMG_0032.JPG (178209 bytes)June 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.

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Driving to Santa Rosa
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A little hard to see, but here are the rider numbers laid out before the ride
AUDIO!!
Click to hear the pre-ride instructions we received
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Heading out from Willowside School. 
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A paceline of more than 200 bikes
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In the Napa Valley
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Robert Mondavi winery
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On Hwy 29
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Hwy 29
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Looking back at the paceline
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Rest Stop 1, in Calistoga
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RS 1
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Heading for Geysers
VIDEO!!
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Starting the Geysers climb
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Partway up, we rode into the cloud deck!
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A rockslide. No, it wasn't sliding when we got there
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Almost at the top of the first Geyers summit, and we saw the sun for the first time
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Rest Stop 2, at the top of Geysers
VIDEO!!

Arriving at Geysers
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Looking back at the clouds and fog
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Watching for riders
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Racks of bikes
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Starting the descent
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The Town of Mercuryville, Pop. 2
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Lunch!
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Yet another gratuitous shot of Campy Only's Eric Norris
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More bikes
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Nice rack
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On Skaggs, we saw the sun again
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Climbing Skaggs Springs
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Nice little vista
VIDEO!!
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Rest stop at the top of Skaggs Springs--a tropical paradise
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Campy Only's Eric Norris ... again
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Camp Gualala
VIDEO!!
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Nice selection of goodies here
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Starting the climb to Annapolis
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Very pretty scenes in Annapolis
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Back on the Coast
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Top of Fort Ross Road ...
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... and more fog
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Monte Rio rest stop
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Monte Rio
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Finish!!!

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