2014 Recap and Results

 

Mark Your Calendar, and Start Training for Next Year
Saturday, June 20, 2015


The Terrible Two and Terrible 200K

Registration Opens February 15th, 2015

200 Miles     gem.gif   16,000'

200 Kilometers     gem.gif   10,000'         

Terrible Two Jerseys & Vests Available here

         

Please read the Rules

You must pre-register, no registration at the event

  Registration - Entry Fees
 Route Feb. 15 to April 30 May 1 to June 5 June 5 to June 17
 200 Miles (DC) $85 $95 $125
 200 Kilometers $70 $80 $110
  Registration closes at 5:00pm on June 17th.
  You must pre-register, no registration at the event.
  There are no Refunds or Transfers,
this is a rain or shine event.

 


 Start/Finish
 The California Triple Crown
 Where do Your Entry Fees Go?
 Accommodations
 History of the event
 Terrible Two Apparel
 Course Records
 Course Description
 Directions, Maps and Elevations  Rules, Regulations, Details
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Letters, Kudos

Results from prior years here

Go To Twitter
Start/Finish 


The Terrible 200K
If the full 200-mile Terrible Two is more than you want this year, consider the Terrible 200-K: 121 miles and somewhere over 10,000' of ruggedly steep elevation gain. The route follows the infamous second half of the Terrible Two (“where the Terrible Two gets truly terrible”). We will use an attractive, rolling section of our popular Wine Country Century course to travel from the start (in Sebastopol) to the point where we pick up the TT course (the lunch stop at Warm Springs Dam Visitor Center). (See RideWithGPS map.)

This is an opportunity for riders new to the TT to familiarize themselves with the harder half of the course under “game day” conditions, with the full support for which the TT is known. Some may choose to do it as a test drive before tackling the full TT in a future year. For others, it may be a worthy goal all by itself. Make no mistake: this will be a very challenging 200-K. It may be the hardest 200-K you ever do. With that thought in mind, we urge you to consider carefully before signing up for this event. We offer the same disclaimers for this ride as we do for the full Terrible Two: we want only experienced, fit riders who understand what they’re taking on. Read the description of the second half of the TT course--elsewhere at this site--for a fuller picture of what this course holds in store.

Field limit: 250 (There is still no limit on the TT field.) Fee: $75.

Start time: 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM (Slower riders are urged to start at the front end of that window.)

Most 200-K riders should arrive at the TT lunch stop at least two hours ahead of the TT riders. We expect most of the 200-K riders will stay ahead of most of the TT riders all day, although there may be some overlap between the slowest 200-Ks and the fastest TTs late in the event.

The 200-K will not be timed and we will not track riders. We will not publish finishing results. Riders will wear numbers, but of a different color than the TT numbers.

Riders may purchase Terrible Two t-shirts that say, “200-K” (rather than “I DID IT!”). They will not be eligible to buy TT jerseys, and no plans for a 200-K jersey are in the works at this time.


Note: We believe that RideWithGps over-estimates the elevation gain on this route;
experience suggests it is closer to 10,000 feet.

Printable map here.


The Santa Rosa Cycling Club stages three events each year for which we charge entry fees: the Wine Country Century, the Terrible Two Double Century, and a Brevet series.

    In each case, the largest portion of revenues from entry fees goes to staging the events...paying for food and supplies, use fees for rest stops, t-shirts, etc. A small portion of the balance helps support the club’s activities over the course of the year.

    Our purpose is to promote the safe and efficient use of bicycles by staging club rides and cycling events and by maintaining an active presence in the local community through safety programs and political advocacy.  The bulk of our “profit” from events is returned to the community in the form of charitable contributions to local causes and organizations,  the Community Bicycle Project, Team SwiftLandPaths, Safe Kids Sonoma County  and the Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (the ham radio operators who provide communications support on the WCC and TT). Our contributions also support various bike-related projects and organizations such as the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), California Bicycle Coalition, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. We also award grants to individuals seeking assistance with their personal cycling goals, from pledges for fundraising rides to grants for travel expenses for everything from races to round-the-world tours.
Top
Where do your entry fees go?

History of the event

The Terrible Two was started in 1976 by three Sonoma County riders, Clifford Scott, Rod Mowbray, and Gordon Burns-more-or-less members of the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. They were bored with the other double centuries and figured that a 200-mile course in and around Sonoma County would include some very challenging hills and spectacular scenery. After a trial run in June of 1976, they brought in the club to sponsor the event for the public and the first official TT was held later that summer on August 14. The date was eventually moved to a Saturday near Summer Solstice for maximum daylight. Expecting only the most serious riders, the first few TTs only provided lunch, no rest stops, and minimal sags.

The original Spartan approach has evolved to a level equal to a typical club-sponsored century. We now actually try to help riders finish, rather than just throwing out the challenge. There are now six full rest stops (including lunch), sag wagons, radio links, and extra water stops. Because the course is so difficult and remote, we log every rider through every rest stop, radio the information back to the finish, and track each individual's progress on a master chart. The event is timed.

Top


Course Records
In 1995, the route was shortened from 211 to 200 miles, eliminating 11 miles and saving some time, so we now maintain two sets of course records:

Course Records

Men 211 miles Victor Czech 1994 11:19
Men 200 miles Brian Anderson, Mark Riedy 2002 10:50
Women 211 miles Lea Brooks 1984 14:06
Women 200 miles Catharina Berge 2002 11:35
Tandem - men 200 miles Paul McKenzie & Ray Plumhoff 2004 11:20
Tandem - men 211 miles Paul McKenzie & Ray Plumhoff 2005 11:58
Tandem - women 200 miles Liz Galler & Kathlynn Beranek 1997 16:15
Tandem - co-ed 211 miles Tom & Cindy Long 2005 13:38
Tandem - co-ed 200 miles Paul Mckenzie & Catharina Berge 2003 11:42
Recumbent 200 miles James Kern 2007 13:19
Recumbent 211 miles
Eric House
1994 12:53
Fixed Gear 200 miles
Steve Smead
2009
13:25





 

Twice Around :

On the weekend of August 26-27, 1995, Santa Rosa Cycling Club member Trent Norlund, accompanied by personal support van, became the first person to "double" the Terrible Two course, completing the twice-around, 400-mile, 32000' ride in 38:39.

On June 18 and 19, 2004, Catharina Berge rode the course twice around, back to back, with the second circuit more or less corresponding with the actual TT. She knocked off the first double in 12:33, beginning on Friday afternoon and riding Skaggs and Fort Ross in the dark. Then she began her second loop a couple of hours ahead of the official TT start. Her second loop was 14:00, and the total was 26:33

In Since the course was shortened from 211 miles to 200 miles (or less) in 1995, the overall finishing rate has risen, at least in years that are not too hot. Most years, a handful of riders break 12 hours. The bulk of the riders finish with times between 14 and 15 hours, but many take until the 16:30 limit or even beyond. (All riders finishing by 11:00 PM--17:30 elapsed time--receive CTC credit, although only riders finishing by our traditional 10:00 PM cut-off receive free "I DID IT!" t-shirts.) In a year with moderate weather, the finishing rate may approach 75%. When it is extremely hot, as it can sometimes be, the finishing rate drops dramatically. The 2012 event was the worst ever, with temperatures over 110° and with a finishing rate by 10:00 PM--16:30 elapsed time--of only 35%.

For complete results click here.

Top


Course Description

Updated in 2006, on the occasion of moving the start/finish to Analy High School in Sebastopol.

Willowside Middle School was the staging area for the Terrible Two since 1993. But the event has outgrown that little facility and we are relocating--permanently, we hope--to the campus of Analy High School on the north edge of Sebastopol. It’s a bigger, better venue for the event in all ways: more parking, more showers, more everything.

The move has introduced some changes to the course, most notably the alterations attendant on the new start/finish. But we have also taken this opportunity--while the route was undergoing changes--to do some modest tinkering with other spots on the course to correct the mileage shortfall we discovered last year. (New GPS mapping had uncovered a long-standing error in our traditional route slips. Once corrected, the course turned out to be only 197 miles.) Now, thanks to the changed start/finish and two other, minor adjustments to the route, we are pleased to announce that the new TT course measures exactly 200.0 miles.

The biggest changes involve getting away from Analy in the morning and back again at the finish. The ride now begins by heading north on High School Road out of Sebastopol. It jogs over the Laguna de Santa Rosa to Sanford Road and then picks up the traditional route as it passes Willowside School on Hall Road. Analy is about four miles from Willowside, so this means all rest stops and other critical points around the course will pop up at least four miles later. For instance, the first rest stop in Calistoga now comes up at 55 miles. (Start the ride with plenty of pocket food!)

It also means there are now almost six country miles between the start and the seven-mile transit of the city of Santa Rosa. These miles will not be neutralized behind a pilot car. Riders can set their own pace. However, a pilot car will be waiting for the riders at the city limit and will lead the way through town, tripping signals ahead of the pack. (There are 20 signals on the route through town. Most, but not all, can be tripped by the pilot car.) If a significant gap has appeared in the field by the time the riders reach Santa Rosa, we will try to slot a second pilot car into that gap, ahead of the second wave of riders.

The first of the two course modifications--aside from the start/finish--is in Napa Valley, just at the bottom of Oakville Grade. We are returning to Oakville Cross as our way across the valley to Silverado Trail. This was the traditional route until the mid-90’s, and now it’s back. The second change is late in the ride, south of the town of Cazadero. We are going to leave Cazadero Hwy for a left onto Austin Creek Road. This is actually slightly shorter than staying on Caz Hwy, but it’s a bit hillier, so the timing over that section will likely be about the same.

Finally, for the finish, we stay with our traditional climb and descent on Graton Road out of Occidental. But before reaching the town of Graton, we turn right on Sullivan Road, right again on Mill Station Road, and left on Occidental Road, which takes the route back to High School Road for the run to Analy.

So much for the changes. Read on for the full course description. Miles noted in the description have been changed to reflect the new course.

Although the route has varied in small ways over the years, its defining features have always been its four big climbs (and the steep, twisting descents that follow): Trinity Grade, the Geysers, Skaggs Springs, and Fort Ross. Numerous smaller but pesky hills add to the overall challenge. Trinity, the Geysers, and Fort Ross are all double-summit climbs, while Skaggs Springs is a long series of climbs and descents. Few gradients on the course exceed 15%, but many climbs stay in the 8-12% range for long distances.

The ride starts and ends on the north side of Sebastopol at Analy High School, a pleasant facility with parking, rest rooms, and showers. The course heads north and east for six flat miles to the city of Santa Rosa and takes the next seven miles to cross the city (usually very quiet at that hour in the morning). At 13 miles, the route becomes rural again, with the first rolling climb out of Bennett Valley. The first major ascent (at 25 miles) is Trinity Grade, a feature of the old Coors Classic stage race, and more recently of the Tour of California. The descent off the back side of Trinity often surprises over-eager riders: it’s steep, twisty, and sometimes wet with dew in the morning. A second, shorter climb leads to the top of Oakville Grade and the wide open, 50-mph downhill into Napa Valley.

The next 40 miles (35-75) roll easily through the picturesque vineyards and meadows of Napa, Knights, and Alexander Valleys, with only a few moderate hills. The first rest stop is in central Calistoga (mile 55). Serious climbing begins again at Geysers Road, with the next rest stop at the top of the nine mile, twin-summit climb (mile 84). The descent off the backside of Geysers begins with an extremely steep drop of about one mile. Following a hard left turn, it settles into seven miles of gradual downhill into Sulfur Creek Canyon, then several miles of small climbs and longer descents along the canyon. This is an active geothermal area, with steep, unstable terrain. The road is often washed out or in some state of disrepair. There are several sheer drop-offs into the canyon, with no guard rails. Caution is advised. After passing through Cloverdale, a short climb on Dutcher Creek and a descent into Dry Creek Valley lead into the midway lunch stop at the Warm Springs Dam Visitor Center (mile 110).

After lunch is when the Terrible Two gets truly terrible. The first half of the TT climbs 7500' in 110 miles. The second half climbs nearly 9000' in 90 miles, 5000' of it in the first 30 miles after lunch. It often takes riders up to three hours longer to complete the second century...if they finish it at all. Skaggs Springs--the road the Army Corps of Engineers built to bypass Lake Sonoma in 1981--is an endless series of steep, sun-baked climbs and false summits. It can be very hot (90°-110°). There will be two informal water stops along this stretch. Eventually, the old road emerges from under the lake and the course returns to pavement from an earlier age...bumpier, but also shadier. After 15 miles of steep ups and downs, riders can recuperate on 12 mellow miles of downhills and rollers along the beautiful Gualala River.

There is a rest stop at Kashia School (Rancheria) at mile 143. There is a notorious climb leading up to this rest stop: a wicked, 1.7 mile, 900' wall. After the stop, there is a steep, technical descent to the Gualala River, an easier 300' climb, then another tricky drop to the sea. At Stewarts Point, the route turns south along the ocean on Hwy 1. Temperatures are usually much cooler here and sometimes one can even catch a tailwind while cruising for 15 miles alongside the rugged beaches and pounding surf. Although this Hwy 1 section is considered easy, it actually adds nearly 1000' of climb to the total before reaching the next rest stop at Fort Ross (mile 162). It also features the heaviest traffic of the day.

The climb on Ft. Ross Road is 2.6 miles, averages 11%, and feels even steeper. Some riders find it to be the hardest climb of the whole ride. However, most of it is shady and all of it is beautiful. It’s followed by a bumpy, narrow descent, a more gradual climb up to Black Mountain, and a long, technical descent into Cazadero. A flat, shady run along Austin Creek and the Russian River leads to the last rest stop in Monte Rio (mile 184). After that, the road climbs gradually for seven miles, just skirting Occidental, before a long, smooth, fast downhill. After the long roll-out at the base of the descent, there is one more small climb on Graton and then, just over the top, the right turn onto Sullivan and the new route back to Analy High School.

Except for the transit of Santa Rosa at the start, the entire course is rural and very scenic: vineyards, orchards, pastures, oak-studded meadows, shady forests of redwood, bay, and madrone, the spectacular coastline, wild rivers, lakes, and streams, and always the sweeping panoramas from the summits of all those climbs. It’s enough to make you forget how hard it is!

The ride will be held, rain or shine. (Yes, it has rained on the TT, although very rarely.) Temperatures can range from 50° in the morning to 100°+ in the afternoon on some of the inland portions. It will cool down again as riders reach the coast and encounter fog or its influence. The wind can be a factor, but is not usually a major player in this hilly terrain.

Top


Directions, Maps and Elevations
View Terrible Two map and Elevations here.

Start/Finish at Analy High School.   Map here.

See Course Description (above) for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions

*Am I ready for this ride?

All of the successful (and most of the unsuccessful) TT participants are experienced, fit riders. The Terrible Two should not be your first double century. Before you attempt the TT, you should complete such rides as the Markleeville Death Ride (all passes), Climb to Kaiser, or the Davis Double. Most riders who have done both Davis and the TT find that the latter takes three to four hours longer, depending on one's climbing ability. So please don't attempt the Terrible Two if Davis took you much over 13 hours. On the other hand, don't be intimidated. If you've completed other doubles comfortably, you ought to try this. All the climbing may be a big challenge, but you do get to rest on all the descents, and it's certainly more scenic and entertaining than 200 miles of flat lands!

* What gearing do you recommend?

Unless you're an extremely strong climber, we recommend at least a 39x26 or 42x28 gear. You'll be glad to have it.

* How long do I have to finish?

The ride officially ends at 10:00 pm (to qualify for an I DID IT! t-shirt), but riders may continue until 11:00 pm to earn Triple Crown credit. Anyone still on the course after 11:00 pm will not be listed as an official finisher. After ten, support on the road and at the finish will be minimal.

* Should I bring lights?

The ride is scheduled for a Saturday near the longest day of the year, and lights are not needed at the 5:30 am start. Full dark arrives around 9:00 pm. If you think you'll be out later than that, put your lights in a bag with your name and the name of the rest stop where you want to pick them up, and we'll deliver them for you. (Bring your own bag!) While some riders have their lights delivered to Ft. Ross, the more realistic option is the last stop at Monte Rio. It's 17 miles from the finish, and if you haven't reached there by full dark (9:00), you'll be hard-pressed to finish by the 10:00 time limit. Besides, you don't really want to carry the extra weight up the Ft. Ross climb.

* What's the support like?

We provide sag support and rest stops on a level geared to a fit rider. There are six full rest stops and an extra water stop, coming closer together later in the event. There are numerous sag vehicles and ham radio contacts roving the course. We offer energy drink mix at all stops. Private sags are prohibited.

Private sags are prohibited.

* How does check-in work?

Number bibs, each with a rider's name on it, will be laid out in alphabetical order. Find your name/number, pin it on, grab a map, and you're checked in. Simple as that.

Top


The California Triple Crown
The Terrible Two is one of the double centuries included in the prestigious California Triple Crown Series. Cyclists who complete any three (or more) of these doubles in a given year are officially recognized among the elite long distance bicyclists in California. For more info, go to the CTC web site: caltriplecrown.com

Accommodations

There are no overnight facilities at Analy High School. Overnight lodging is available in Sebastopol and in Santa Rosa (approximately ten miles away).

 

Hotels - Motels

Sebastopol, California

Sebastopol Inn (707) 829-2500 
Holiday Inn Express (707) 829-6677 

Occidental, California

Negri's Occidental Hotel                                    
 
(707)874-3623 

Santa Rosa, California

 Santa Rosa Visitor's Bureau
 
Courtyard by Marriot (800) 354-7672 
Hilton Hotel (707) 523-7555  (800) 445-8667
Hillside Inn (707) 546-9353
Holiday Inn Express (707) 545-9000
Fountiangrove Inn (707) 578-6101
Flamingo Resort Hotel (707) 545-8530
Ramada Ltd. (707) 575-4600
Sandman Hotel (707) 544-8750
Motel 6 (707) 525-9010 or (707) 546-1500
Hotel La Rose (707) 579-3200

Camping

Spring Lake Park (707) 539-8082   Web Site

Top

Terrible Two Apparel
All riders who complete the course by 10:00 pm will receive a free I did it! t-shirt.  We will be printing the I did it! shirts ahead of time, so that you may pick up your shirt as soon as you finish the ride. No waiting!

We are offering Terrible Two cycling jerseys and wind shell vests. Two designs will be available: our classic Father Time jersey and the Sufferin' Cyclist jersey, based on the original artwork from the first Terrible Two in 1976. These are high-quality, sublimated garments manufactured for us by Voler Team Apparel. They are not dated by year and so are appropriate for anyone who has ever completed the event. Only official TT finishers will be allowed to purchase these special garments, thereby guaranteeing their exclusivity and prestige value. If you finished the TT after 10:00 pm, you may still buy a jersey.

Jerseys are available now for TT alumni wishing to order early. Jerseys will be on sale immediately after the ride for participants completing their first TT. DO NOT order a jersey before you have successfully completed the ride.




Register Here
As part of the registration process you must affirm that you have read and understand the Release of Liability document.  You can read it here

All registration is performed online.

Click here to register

Payment is through PayPal by Credit Card or you can use your PayPal account.

Top

Rules, Regulations, Details
 No same day registration. Registration deadline: Noon, Wednesday, June 18, 2014

 All entries will be confirmed by email.

 Check-in time: 5:00 am.

 Rider instructions: 5:25 am (Be ready to go.)

 Mass start: 5:30 am

 Course closes: 10:00 p.m. (See "How long do I have to finish?)

With 250 or more riders in a mass start, it is essential that all participants exercise restraint and simple common sense, especially in the first few miles, while the field is still bunched up. (We always say: you can't win the Terrible Two in the first 30 miles, but you can certainly lose it there.)

Unfortunately, some entrants let their adrenalin (or testosterone) get the better of them and ride far too aggressively in those early, congested miles....in particular, attacking on the first two downhills (Bennett Valley and Dry Creek). Bad idea: those are technical, treacherous descents, especially in a big pack. Each year, a few riders ignore our pre-ride warnings, push the envelope, and crash. In some cases, they take other, innocent riders down with them. This is unacceptable.

From now on, we are doing more than just warning stupid riders. We are punishing them...

IF YOUR RECKLESS RIDING CAUSES A CRASH THAT TAKES OUT OTHER RIDERS, YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED FROM THE EVENT AND BANNED FROM ALL FUTURE TERRIBLE TWOS.

This does not mean that every rider who crashes will be disqualified. We've all crashed, and we understand it can happen to anyone. It doesn't necessarily mean that if you take someone else down, you'll be disqualified. But if your reckless riding is flagrant enough, and if we have enough independent witnesses who will testify to the specifics of the incident, and who all agree that you were at fault, then you're gone...forever. This notice will be repeated at the start of the ride.

 Helmets are mandatory. Two water bottles a must.

 Riders must wear their official number and must check in at each rest stop. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

 Riders who drop out must notify course officials in person or call in. Don't make us look for you all night!

 We reserve the right to pull riders for flagrant traffic violations or for their own safety, should they become too debilitated to function responsibly.

 This is not a race. All traffic laws will be enforced. A few seconds off your time do not justify the risk of an accident or the loss of our good public relations within this community.

 Private sags are prohibited: Personal support by vehicle is prohibited and may result in a DQ.

By getting in a SAG wagon and moving forward on the course riders are considered to have abandoned the event.

LUNCH - Riders will be required to check in at the lunch stop.  If you do not continue you must still check in. No riders will be permitted to continue on the course from the lunch stop as part of this event after 1:45 p.m. local time.  Riders wishing to leave after 1:45 p.m. but before 2:00 p.m. must demonstrate to the event director that there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., mechanicals) to their late departure and that they do have the capability, demonstrated by earlier finish times at other rest stops, to make the finish time. Under no circumstances will any rider be permitted to leave the lunch stop on course as part of this event after 2:00 p.m..  A map will be provided to help you ride back to the start if you prefer not to SAG. This decision is based on years of observation of the successes and failures of riders in this stretch and in reaching the finish.

Riders must reach the Monte Rio Rest Stop by 10:00 p.m.  There will be no services on the course prior to the Monte Rio RS after 10 p.m.. Course support will be limited to the portion between Monte Rio and Analy High School until 11 p.m..  After 10:00 p.m., if so requested by the event chairman or his deputies, riders will get into a SAG wagon to be returned to the start / finish location if in the determination of the event director that a rider will not make the finish by 11 p.m.   After 11:00 p.m., riders should understand that there will be no services on the course and that SRCC is not obligated to provide any further assistance, though we will do our best to bring all riders in safely.  After 11 p.m. riders should expect to SAG in to the finish.

Rider should understand that if they have sent a drop bag to the wrong rest stop, the event organizers are not obligated to move that bag to an earlier rest stop.
As this event is run on roads shared with motor traffic, some incidental drafting from passing vehicles is to be expected. However, flagrant, prolonged motor-pacing is prohibited and will result in sanctions ranging from time penalties to disqualification, at the discretion of the timekeeper.



 Directors:
    
 Rick Sawyer
 Chair
 707-933-0760  sawyer.rts@att.net
 Bill Oetinger
 Co-chair  707-823-9807  srccride@sonic.net
 Craig Gaevert
 Communications and Timing
 707-478-9387
 tt@srcc.com

Top


  Terrible Two Quotes and Letters

 gem.gif  

"The best ride in the US and getting better each year!"
Chris Richards, Pleasant Hill

 gem.gif  

"Thank you...the support was really good and the food at the rest stops and lunch was great."
Rod Mowbray, Soquel

 gem.gif  

"What a ride! What fantastic support! What scenery! What a relief it's over!"
George Pinney, Concord

 gem.gif  

"This ride tests my limits like no other. I've said twice I'll never do it again, but I keep coming back."
Steve Marsh, Redwood City

 gem.gif  "...a great ride and great experience. You did a first class job throughout, and I have raved about the Two to my other cycling friends..."
Michael Ogul, San Francisco
 gem.gif  

"...the hardest and most inspiring event I've ever done."
Warren Havens, Berkeley

 gem.gif  "Thanks for an absolutely unforgettable ride. An experience I will be proud of all my life. The support was superb...I never felt that I was alone."
Paul Kopit, La Crescenta
gem.gif   

"...the most enjoyable (in retrospect) organized ride I've been lucky enough to participate in. I could go on about the food, the friendly support people, the scenery, but the point of the note is: Thanks!"
Eric House, Palo Alto

 gem.gif  

Thank you so much for putting on a wonderful Terrible Two this year! Your ride gave me an opportunity to ride with some great cyclists, on a beautiful and challenging route, aided along the way by some of the most energetic rest stop crews that I've ever experienced.

Last year, I did a number of USCF events (road races, crits, and time trials). I enjoyed that. But this year I satisfied my competitive urges, such as they are, with the California Triple Crown Stage Race, which I found much more fun than any USCF event. A 200-mile race offers unique opportunities for a rider, relative to the usual 50-70-mile road race. A lot can happen in 12 hours! This makes these event very special. Please host this event next year...I'll come, I promise!

All of the doubles that I've done had some spirit of camaraderie. Of the ten doubles I've done in the past two years, the Terrible Two stands out in this regard. I don't quite know how to describe it, but there was a real atmosphere of friendliness there. I guess it was exemplified by the amount of applause and congratulations given to each and every rider at the end. People lingered after finishing, eating and socializing, much more than I've seen at other events. See you next year!
-Benjamin Miller, La Jolla

 gem.gif  

FANTASTIC!! Greatest endurance event I have participated in. You are absolutely correct...200 miles of hills beats 200 miles of flats anytime. And the scenery lived up to your billing. However, next year I may try a 39/26 instead of 39/23. The 23 was a bit of a test

I must commend your volunteers at the rest stops. Not only were they extremely helpful (filled water bottles for us, etc.), but they were so knowledgeable of the effort we were expending and treated us accordingly. Thanks for a truly unforgettable experience. Sincerely yours,
-John Morris, Portland Oregon

 gem.gif  

I want to thank you for putting on an excellent Terrible Two this year. This ride is by far the most challenging cycling event (that is meant to be ridden in one day) that I have done in all my years of cycling. Since the Terrible Two has become better supported, it is a benchmark by which strong riders compare other tough cycling events. Several cyclists in our club train throughout the first half of the year specifically for your event. This is a testament to your organizational abilities and the course itself. I have done both courses of the TT and I must say I like the new course better. Not only because this makes it actually 200 miles, but also because it tacks on one of the most challenging, toughest climbs in the ride. That Rancheria climb is a true monster worthy of the Terrible Two. In the food category, I really appreciated the potato-wedges that were at the rest stops after 100 miles. They were yummy and a nice change from cookies and fruit. I hope they are there next year!<

In my defense of "only" finishing 6th in the TT (in reference to the letter you sent out with the t-shirts), I would like to add that I flatted soon after Trinity and spent the next 40 miles after fixing the flat chasing to rejoin the lead group. By the time I caught up, I was tired and four riders were already far down the road.

One last comment. In reference to your letter again, the TT is harder than the other Doubles in the Triple Crown Challenge. Therefore, I am not surprised that my average speed was lower on the TT than the other Doubles. However, you need to factor in the up-to-one-hour free time riders got at the Central Coast and Heartbreak. This made my time on the CC and Heartbreak look artificially fast. I'm not arguing for a free hour in your ride though. Quite frankly, I think the free hour should be done away with at the other two Doubles.
Thank you again for putting on a wonderful ride. Sincerely
-Daryn Dodge, Davis

 gem.gif  

Monica and I had an absolutely wonderful ride on the Terrible Two yesterday. The ride is everything that we have heard it was....beautiful scenery, well placed support, friendly helpful volunteers, and a series of endless challenges. All of these combined to make for a day we won't forget. At least until we heal!!! Thanks Bill!
-Rick Pappas, Sacramento

 gem.gif  

Time to again express thanks to all who contributed such fine support to the riders of the Terrible Two! It's impossible not to be aware of all the work that goes into making a ride great. There's no opportunity as a rider to personally thank the people for their time and efforts, both foreground and background. But I can tell you, it is much appreciated!!!
Regards to all
-Leo Kodl, Monterey

 gem.gif  

You put on a heck of an event. It's not one that I'll soon forget. Please pass the word on to your volunteers that they did a terrific job. We try to thank as many as we can but a few are always missed along the way, and as the day wears on...well, strange and sometimes eerie things happen as the day wears on and they all tend to interfere with the ability to express even the most simple thoughts. By mile 160, all I had were simple thoughts.

As my buddy Phil and I ground our way up Skaggs Springs-Stewarts Point Road, our mantra became, "This should not be your first double." Ah, stupidity and the ego are a dangerous combination. I had done all the major climbs previously on a 39/21 (one at a time and fresh), so being Mr Know-It-All, I figured a 23 on the back would provide enough cushion. Ha! Well Bill, it was a sad, sorry, and I hope a little bit wiser Bradford Rex that wobbled into Cazadero and cried, "Uncle." Next year, next year...12 hours next year. Thanks again to you and your staff
-Bradford "Bonehead" Rex, Santa Rosa

 gem.gif  

TT was incredible. I've done six RAAM qualifiers and TT was harder than some of them. Unreal. The climbs were staggering. Thanks (I think). What a ride. Wow wow wow wow wow...
-Dan Wesolowski, Goleta
PS: Exceptional support...A++

 gem.gif  

Thank you for all your effort to make this ride not so terrible. I really enjoyed the scenery and the support was great.
-Masoud Esnaashari, Folsom

 gem.gif  

I would like to thank you and the volunteers on the Terrible Two for a terrific job! You did what needed to be done to make the intensely vigorous ride easy enough to be able to enjoy the beauty of the scenery.
-Wayne Tikkanen, South Pasadena

 gem.gif  

Just a note of thanks for putting on another memorable Terrible Two ride this year. Everyone I spoke to and rode with agreed that it was, as usual, an experience not soon to be forgotten.
-Duane Stevens, Berkeley

 gem.gif  

Thanks for the great event! That was every bit of the hardest double I have ever done. The climb up after lunch was hot and steep, a lot different from the cool weather of last year. The support people were by far the best that I have found on all of the doubles. They seemed to know how tough the ride was and went out of their way to help without being asked. One of these days I will finally get my nutrition and hydration down and allow my body to accomplish what my brain starts out to try to do!

Again, truly a great event that is still the hardest..
-Larry Bolander, Pacifica

 gem.gif  

Thanks again for a fantastic ride. This was the best ride I've ever had!! I did TT in '94 and '95, and the support is now top notch. See you next June
-Tom Gandesbery, Oakland

 gem.gif  

Thank you for everything. It (the TT) was a great ride. Everyone working on the rest stops was great!
-Michael Rose, Orangevale

gem.gif   

Thanks again for another great Saturday and "The Terrible Two." After three in a row I feel as if I'm getting to know the course. Thankfully, I have selective amnesia from June to June and forget about the climbs.

I sure hope to see you and everyone from the Santa Rosa Cycling Club next year. Sincerely,
-Dana Hoch, San Jose

   Top


 Rosegear 3x3.jpg

 Santa Rosa Cycling Club, 
PO Box 6008, 
Santa Rosa, CA 95406 
 Rosegear 3x3.jpg
 

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software