May 20, 2006--A week ago, temperatures here in Northern California were reaching into the low 90s, and it looked like this year's Davis Double Century would be hot again. However, a low pressure system had different ideas, and temperatures plunged over the week and stayed low and very comfortable for the 37th Davis DC, peaking in the low 70s.  Rain that threatened early in the day (it poured down on Friday in Davis) never materialized, resulting in some of the best weather we've seen in our 23 trips around the DC course.

If the weather this week didn't add challenge, other recent rains did. Big Canyon Road, part of the traditional DC course between Middletown and Lower Lake, was closed due to a washout, so the organizers took the riders over Cobb Mountain (the first time up this route since 1972). The changed route added about 4 miles of distance and 800 feet of climbing, much of it around 8-10 percent grade. Lots of riders grumbled about the revised route as they struggled up to the top.

This year's DC was used as a training ride for yours truly and several other participants in the upcoming Big Fix cross-country fixed gear ride (starting just four weeks after the DC, on June 17).  The Big Fix features day after day of riding as hard as or harder than the DC--yes, it's going to be a very tough ride!

Campy Only's time for the ride: 13 hours, 8 minutes (total time, including stops)

And now, photos by Campy Only's Eric Norris. Email us if you would like a higher-res version.

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DC Route from the air
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DC from the air, with the Pacific Ocean in the background
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The Cobb Mountain climb
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Friday afternoon--ominous clouds over Napa County
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Friday check-in
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Looking at the route map--where is Cobb Mountain?
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Big Fix head honcho Mojo Cosgrove
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Morning check-in
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First peloton photos--lots of  Big Fix jerseys!
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Bo Yule leads out Peter Burnett
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First Rest Stop
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Bo, in his Big Fix jersey
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Big Fixers: Sandy, Mojo, Eric, Bo, and Peter
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Heading into the canyon before Monticello Dam
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Rest Stop 2, Monticello Dam
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On the way to Moscowite Corners
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Bike event in progress!
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Rest Stop 3, Nichellini Winery
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Chiles Valley scenery
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Arriving at Rest Stop 4, Pope Valley Grange Hall
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Clem Bartolai, a longtime friend and DC rider. He turns 70 this year. Go Clem!
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Heading for Lake County
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Detert Reservoir
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Rest Stop 5, Middletown
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Advice to the riders: "Use efficient gears" We fixed-gear riders laughed.
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Peter Burnett, on the way to Cobb Mountain
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Banana = Fuel
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Starting the Cobb Mountain climb
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False summit
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Lots of smiling faces at Rest Stop 6 on Cobb Mountain
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Riders reaching RS 6
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Rest Stop 6, Cobb Mountain
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Lunch at Lower Lake High School
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Fueling up--our selection for lunch
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Here is Beth's annual photo
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After lunch
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Resurrection rest stop (actually, at the Colusa County line)
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Guida rest stop
Sorry, but our batteries died at Guinda, and the maniacal pace set by Peter and others didn't give us time to stop for more!

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