Average Joe, amateur, master cycling wannabe training camp report: Arrived in LA Sat eve, stayed near the airport & then headed up to Solvang Sun am. Bike did not make it as scheduled so hit some wineries Sun afternoon. Bike arrived Mon. so quickly assembled & rode for about 2+ hrs in fairly crappy/rainy weather (including the worst hail session I have experienced). Tues got in 3+ hrs heading up north along a bunch of wineries (again in rainy weather). Weds was a killer day of climbing of 3 + hrs (but in the sunshine this time) – the climb itself was an hour of serious suffering. Thurs went down to Santa Barbara and rode easy for 2 hrs mostly along the rolling coast. Fri was the Solvang ITT (Tour of Cali) so did not ride. Got some great pics and was cool to see the atmosphere around town -- Some pics from the Solvang ITT are at Spokepost.com if you care. Dave Z is a real interesting dude. Someone asked him about DZ Nuts in the post race press conference and he noted with a smile that DZ Nuts held up well during the ride. Attended a dinner that eve where Bob Stapelton spoke – he wants to see Tour of Cali in April. Sat. got in 3+ hrs around Thousand Oaks – found a nasty climb and got lost but I was rescued by Ms. Drumroll. All in all the Solvang area is pretty incredible for riding and if you like wine, you can’t beat it…especially when you arrive home to 4 inches of new snow and a salty CX bike w/fenders.
"Proper MAINTAINTANANCE of the perineal area is essential during high level training and racing. Nothing can ruin stage race success faster than an infected saddle sore."--Dave Zabriskie
btw ... slightly used Bontrager rear disc wheel & HED tri-spoke for sale (see pic below) These are some "hot" wheels friends, picked 'em up in Cali, eager to sell!