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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Today I rode a seldom ridden favorite of mine, a 2008 Colnago Master X-light. It is my only 18 pound bike and is a dream to ride. Campy 11 speed, Brooks saddle and not an ounce of Carbon fiber or anodized aluminum. Tradition and a modern build all in one. The bicycle Gods are smiling!

After the bicycle ride, Sara and I took out the old motorbike out for a spin in the countryside. We followed a little more of the route and eventually found ourselves at the Kiler Ridge Olive Farm and tasting room. Riding up on a 50 plus year old motorbike with sidecar set the stage for an amazing experience! I learned more about olive oil in two hours than most people will in a lifetime. Be prepared world, for your newest olive oil snobs!

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After the excursions we found our way back to the Paso Robles City Park which is the center of activities for the event. There was still a lot of set up going on but I was able to get checked in for the event. Eroici #107, that is me. I will do my best to do honor to the number.

We will see what tomorrow will bring but I expect it will include more good food, good wine etc.

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