2015 Terrible Two Review
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The Terrible Two and Terrible 200K

Saturday, June 20, 2015

200 Miles     gem.gif   16,000'

200 Kilometers     gem.gif   10,000' 

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You must pre-register, no registration at the event

Registration - Entry Fees 
 Route Fee
 200 Miles (Double Century) $120
 200 Kilometers $100
Registration closes at 3:00 pm on June 17th.

 2014 Recap and Results

Terrible Two Jerseys & Vests Available here

 The California Triple Crown
 Where do Your Entry Fees Go?
 History of the event   Terrible Two Apparel
 Course Records
 Course Description
   Rules, Regulations, Details
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Letters, Kudos

A bike mechanic will be stationed at the Warm Springs Dam lunch stop for emergency help while on the TT course, but that we strongly recommend all riders carefully inspect and make sure their bikes are in good working order prior to event day.   The mechanic is to help with emergency repairs only and there is no guarantee that all issues will be solved…we will do our best to keep people on the road, however, given the resources at hand. 
The mechanic will be provided by NorCal Bike Sport of Santa Rosa, and they recommend that riders make sure their equipment is in good working order (which might mean a checkup at a reputable shop such as NorCal) prior to TT day.  And don’t wait until the last minute if repairs/maintenance are found to be needed.  Shops often get extra busy just prior to big cycling events, so plan ahead.


The Terrible 200-K
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). 

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: $100.

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 will receive complimentary Terrible Two t-shirts that say, “200-K” (rather than “I DID IT!”). They will not be eligible to buy TT jerseys, which are only for finishers of the full double.

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


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.

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%.


Terrible Two Records

The Terrible Two course has changed in many ways—some minor, some significant—over the years. In the interest of keeping things relatively simple, we have grouped our course records into two categories: Short Course and Long Course.

The Long Course included a loop north from Skaggs Springs-Stewarts Point Road through Annapolis to Sea Ranch. This was the standard course (with assorted variations) through 1994 (with an anniversary reprise of the course in 2005). The distance for that course varied from 208 to 211 miles, depending on other changes elsewhere around the course. 

The Short Course, introduced in 1995, heads straight west to the coast on Skaggs Springs-Stewarts Point Road, eliminating the Annapolis loop but introducing the so-called Rancheria Wall. The distance for this course has varied from 198 to 200 miles. It now stands at almost exactly 200 miles.

Progression of Men's and Women's course records

Ed Buonaccorsi 1977   14:20        
Pete Pennseyres 1978   12:45        
Tom Dempster 1982   12:35        
Tom Allen 1984 12:14        
Mark Cederberg 1988 12:12        
Jim Daniel 1989 12:01        
Victor Czech 1994 11:19        
Tracy Colwell 2000 11:18        
Daryn Dodge, Rich Boettner 2001 11:05        
Brian Anderson, Mark Reidy 2002 10:50        
Levi Leipheimer 2015 10:00        
Krista Schlax 1977 15:18        
Lea Brooks 1984 14:06        
Muffy Ritz 1995 12:25        
Catharina Berge 2002 11:35        

Short Course fastest times   Long Course fastest times
Men       Men    
Levi Leipheimer 2015 10:00   Victor Czech   1994 11:19
Brian Anderson, Mark Reidy 2002   10:50   Chaz Fetrow 1994 11:46
Brian Anderson 2004 10:59   Brian Anderson 2005 11:47
Rich Boettner, Daryn Dodge 2001 11:05   Paul Solon 1994 11:55
Brian Anderson 2006 11:06   Jim Daniel 1989 12:01
Brian Anderson 2007, 2009 11:11        
Women       Women    
Catharina Berge 2002 11:35   Lea Brooks 1984 14:06
Brenda Phelps 2007 12:05   Elaine Mariolle 1986   14:29
Brenda Phelps 2006 12:11   Kristen Scheller 1994 14:30
Laura Stern 2002 12:16   Linda Bogdanoff (Fluhrer) 1990 14:37
Muffy Ritz 1995 12:25        
Tandem, Men       Tandem, Men    
Paul McKenzie/Ray Plumhoff 2004 11:20   Paul McKenzie/Ray Plumhoff 2005 11:58
Paul McKenzie/Ray Plumhoff 1996 11:52        
Tandem, Women            
Liz Galler/Kathlynn Beranek 1997 16:15        
Tandem, Mixed       Tandem, Mixed    
Paul McKenzie/Catharina Berge 2003 11:42   Tom and Cindy Long 2005 13:38
Paul McKenzie/Sara Ballantyne 1997 12:21   Tom and Terry Dempster 1981 13:50
Mark Patten/Cindi Staiger 1996 13:18        
Recumbent       Recumbent    
James Kern 2007 13:19   Eric House 1994 12:53
Fixed Gear            
Steve Smead 2009 13:25        
Steve Smead 2011 13:56        
Ken Eichstaedt 2004 15:17        
        Oldest finishers, either course    
        John Abbe 1998 71
        Gerd Rosenblatt 2004 70
        Youngest finishers, either course    
        Lars Norlund 1995 15
        Jon Moore 1993 16

The "Horrible Four"...twice around the Terrible Two course

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, 32,000' 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


Course Description

This course description was updated in 2006, on the occasion of moving the start/finish from Willowside Middle School to Analy High School in Sebastopol.

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. (The city is usually very quiet at that hour in the morning. There are close to 20 signals along the transit through the city. A pilot car will lead the riders through town, tripping as many of the signals as possible.) 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 at a junction, 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°-115°). There will be two informal water stops along this stretch, ten miles apart. 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 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.


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!

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. (We provide bags.) 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 (in fact a wide array of Hammer Nutrition products). Private sags are prohibited. If you have a spouse or friend who serves as a private sag for you at other events, we may add them to our sag fleet, but they must work for all riders.

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.


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

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 also offer 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.

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Rules, Regulations, Details
 All entries will be confirmed by e-mail.

 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...


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. 

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.

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 pm. Riders wishing to leave after 1:45 pm but before 2:00 pm 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 pm.  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 pm.  There will be no services on the course prior to the Monte Rio RS after 10 pm. Course support will be limited to the portion between Monte Rio and Analy High School until 11 pm.  After 10:00 pm, 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 it is the determination of the event director that a rider will not make the finish by 11 pm. After 11:00 pm, 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 pm, riders should expect to SAG in to the finish.

Riders 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. Unclaimed (or unused) drop bags will be returned to the finish by the rest stop crews, often very late in the evening. Contents of bags left behind at the finish will be mailed to participants if the bags contain valuables (such as lights and some clothing). We will not return bags of energy bars, food, etc. You will be expected to pay the postage for all returned itemsDirectors:
 Rick Sawyer
 707-933-0760  sawyer.rts@att.net
 Bill Oetinger
 Co-chair  707-823-9807  srccride@sonic.net
 Craig Gaevert
 Communications and Timing


  Terrible Two Quotes and Letters


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


"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

"...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

"...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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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...Exceptional support...A++"
—Dan Wesolowski, Goleta


"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


"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


"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


"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


"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


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


"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."
—Dana Hoch, San Jose


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