2003 was the year the Terrible Two got hot (and much more Terrible) again. After a run of several years of good weather (and great weather last year), the heat returned with a vengeance--we got readings of 109 degrees on Skaggs Springs Road, but it was probably hotter out in the blazing sun, just inches off a road that could have cooked a three-course meal. Below, photos and videos by Campy Only's Eric Norris. For info on the ride: Santa Rosa Cycling Club's TT Web Site
Preliminary results from the ride:Terrible Two 2003:
242 official starters
(242 bikes, 247 riders...5 tandems)*
177 official finishers
155 by 10:00 pm "I Did It!" cut-off (64%)
*Tandems count as one place in standings.
Chuck Bramwell, director of the California Triple Crown, had this to say about the ride:
Weather conditions were brutally hot ... Temperatures on Skaggs Spring Road hit 118 degrees for at least 30 minutes. This was according to the Ciclosport HAC4 Computer on my handlebar. I will publish the Temperature Graph but it shows 110 - 118 Degrees for two hours ... it was truly TERRIBLE.
A big thanks to the many Santa Rosa Cycling Club's great volunteers for soaking us down and keeping us as cool as possible in the horrific conditions.
The Terrible Two has the reputation of being the toughest Double in the United States. After ten years of comparatively cool weather, the Terrible Two showed how tough it can really be on Saturday. I know I saw the vulture shown in the graphic on the Terrible Two Web Page at http://www.srcc.com/tt.html flying all around me on Saturday.
Congratulations to everyone who started this ride, a big congrats to those who made it 109 miles to lunch, and a huge congrats who ventured out into the blast furnace on Skaggs Spring Road. From there to the finish, it all depended upon how well your body could handle the 110+ Degree heat while climbing those 15+% roads and still stay upright!!
I tip my hat to all who rode the historic 2003 Terrible Two.