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Solvang Century

Old 10-11-18, 08:51 PM
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Solvang Century

Anyone done it before, and can share personal experiences? Signing up for March '19 for the first time.
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Old 10-11-18, 10:11 PM
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Im planning on it, never done it before.
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Only done the double, put on by a different group,

but the course is good w/ moderate climbs, not many in-town miles, & some farm land (w/ possible chemical spray).

Solvang & surrounds is entertaining for the non riding family.
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I did it a couple of times several years ago.Interesting route, great rest stops, plus I love central California. If you're planning to arrive the day before, reserve a room now as the hotels all fill up; the first year I slept in my car, the next two years in a motel in Lompoc which is 25 miles away. The ride is so early in the season, there is a slight chance of rain.

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There's a casino out there just east of Solvang that's got nice rooms- not cheap though.

The ride is super pretty- rolling hills... good support and SAG stops... it's a great ride.
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pretty area...especially in the spring. fun roads. decent pavement for the most part. plenty of "diversions" counting wineries. the hamlet of los olivos
has a decent resto or two along with a figueroa mountain brewery tasting room. the previously mentioned casino is also out there. and there's always the hitching post 2
for steaks and pinot noir...

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2000 jersey still fits!


Too much good stuff.
Great scenery, good organization, poorly maintained farm roads. Every year I say it's my last ride on those roads. I keep coming back, every year except 3 since 2000. There used to be 2 rides a year, March and November, only March now. Last year it rained, so I only did the half. 50 miles in the rain was plenty. Bad roads aside, it's a great ride, just do it!

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I haven't ridden in it for well over 23 years. It's a well organized, fun ride with several hills. My suggestion is to sign up early and get a room as early as you can. Due to the popularity of the ride many room options disappear early in the year. Also, be prepared for any type of weather. I remember it must have been in the low 40's when we left and about 80 when we got to the finish line.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
pretty area...especially in the spring. fun roads. decent pavement for the most part. plenty of "diversions" counting wineries. the hamlet of los olivos
has a decent resto or two along with a figueroa mountain brewery tasting room. the previously mentioned casino is also out there. and there's always the hitching post 2
for steaks and pinot noir...

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from a couple weeks ago.
nice. no frills but a fun place with a solid wine list and plenty of ways to pack on the calories. i've even had the swordfish there in the past (it was fresh) and i'd get it again.
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Does the route vary each year?
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I live about an hour away and travel there often for weekend rides, wine tasting weekends with the wife, family jaunts, etc. It's a great area full of wineries, fantastic foodie restaurants, christmas ornament/etc. type stores, and the like.

The ride, itself, is always good. The routes are usually pretty similar, year-to-year, but there have been a couple different organizations who host centuries up there. They have all seemed to do a good job of it.

If you can get a room in Hotel Corque, get it! It's a great place to stay and often hosts the start/finish. The rooms are really nice (some with hot-tubs!) The in-hotel restaurant is excellent.

If you can swing it, stay for a day or two before/after the ride and avail yourself of the wine tasting and food options in the region -- it's well worth it.

For a more budget option a little out of town, check out the small town of Los Alamos for a great couple of little motels and clutch of restaurants. It's also a great spot to start a ride loop to/from Solvang on the day(s) you're not actually riding the century.
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