The day is finally here, and Eroica California is on! Approximately 700 riders have signed up for one of the three routes, a 40 mile short course, a 65 mile route and of course the 127 mile long route. My frequent riding partner Bob and I will be riding the long route.

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Today was a good day. I brought my old motorbike over to the concours of bicycles and hung out for a while. I hooked up with Bob, my riding buddy from Utah and we chatted with lots of people over the next hour or two. Andreas who works for Brooks, Nicola who is with the L’Eroica group from Italy and Tim from L’Eroica Britannia. All very interesting people who were wonderful to talk to about their passion for the sport.

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After arriving last night, today was about getting out and seeing a bit of the area, on a bike! I was able to do a bit of a pre-ride on the first 30 miles of the route and what I can say at this point is that it is a spectacular course. It will also be a challenging route which traverses endless rolling hills, punctuated by some dirt roads as well as some real climbs. Heroic is definitely an appriopriate adjective for this event.

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March 21, 2015

I have ridden this route many times in the past, primarily when I was RBA for southern Utah and it was used on some of my events. Since then another RBA has stepped forward to organize events in Utah, Richard Stum from Salt Lake Randonneurs and he has resurrected the route. It’s early season in Utah and a perfect time for riding here in the south.

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This is an event that I have been trying to attend for a couple of years now but there was always something that conflicted and denied me the opportunity. This year however seems to be a different story and I decided that good weather or bad, I am there! The resulting post is long winded and photo heavy, because well, I really liked this ride! 81-dalles-mountain-60   The route is a 60 mile jaunt around the upper Columbia River Gorge, about a third or more is on dirt roads. It is an annual event but one which has no entry fee and is totally unsupported. I generally like these kinds of “rogue” events and am always willing to take care of myself on a ride. I wish there were more events out there that just said “screw the regulations, let’s go ride!”

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A classic model for the tourist, a craftsman built frame in Reynolds 531 butted tubing with Prugnat lugs, Campagnolo forged dropouts, 72 degree angles and 41 inch wheelbase.

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This ride is a repeat from last year which is something that I don’t do very often, or for many events. I would like to get a few more double centuries in this year and this will be one of the few that I can attend early in the season so, I AM BACK! It is not a bad route and it is on roads that I am pretty familiar with. That helps with knowing what to expect but it keeps the ranking a little lower on the interest meter.

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