|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.