I was originally going to do Primavera Century in 2017, but from all the rains, there were so many roads blocked, or closed, that they couldn’t do it last year, and it was cancelled. I used my 2017 registration, and applied it to 2018. It’s my first organized century ride in a long time (last year’s Santa Cruz Mountain Challenge didn’t count … I did a modified metric century plus).
Met up with a number of my old friends, and it was good to see them. However, due to timing issues, I never did get to ride with them on the century. I ended up riding on my own. It was okay, as with any organized ride, you end up riding along with complete strangers, who are at the same level as you are. In some cases, that works out best.
One of the most advertised points on this ride was riding Calaveras all the way through. Normally, the road is closed half way through, but through a special arrangement, they allowed Primavera riders to go through.
It was nice to be riding without worrying about cars breathing down your neck. However, as I ride through there, I couldn’t figure out why the road is still closed. It looked like everything was all ready to be opened, and yet it’s supposed to be closed till September?
Sometimes when you ride a century, you seem to be riding all alone out there. You start wondering if you are on the right route … and I happen to lose my route sheet. Oops … well, at least I have the direction markers on the road. Eventually a few caught up to me, so at least I know I’m on the right track.
Lunch was at a winery, and it was cool to have bikes in the middle of a winery … Cool shot, eh? The 100 mile ride went on a loop, to go towards Patterson Pass (but not ride through it) … instead, we took a little loop through Flynn Road, and pass by a few windmills. The tourist in me just marveled at the fact that I am riding past some gigantic windmills.
The way back was pretty much a sprint back. It’s one of those where you try to keep up with the small pack you are in. Unfortunately, when you get caught at a light, you may get dropped from the pack. That didn’t stop a few others though, despite the fact there is a red traffic light there. Oh boys … it’s not worth running a red. Besides, it makes cyclists, as a whole look bad.
Anyhow, about 7 hours total, and I got my century in. I felt good at the end of the ride … didn’t feel like I was fatigued or exhausted, and that’s a good feeling. It was 100 miles, and 6323 feet of climbing. At least I got a century in the books.