Friday, August 19, 2011

Cool Breeze Century - Last Minute Info

There will be 31 "bent" riders at the Cool Breeze Century. All riders should have received an email with last minute information. 
If you haven't seen Joel's email here it is:

Email sent from Joel - Friday the 19th.

Dear Fellow Bent Riders,

We are thrilled to have with us you for our first ever Recumbent Invasion at the Cool Breeze!

Here are a few last minute reminders:

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER -- If you're in town, we're all meeting at 6:00 at the Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel,  Pacifico's Restaurant (in the hotel) 2055 East Harbor Boulevard · Ventura, California 93001 USA.  From the 101, take Seaward Ave. exit towards the water, turn Right onto E. Harbor Blvd and it's about 100 feet down on your left.  Can't miss it. 


SATURDAY MORNING MEETING POINT - GROUP PHOTO -- 7:00 AM  -- VERY IMPORTANT! -- at the official "Ride Start" location:  Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center located at 255 W. Stanley Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001.  Here's where we're meeting --

As you drive through the VSDESC gate, we'll be about 150 feet straight ahead on a grassy area on your left, at the far end of a big building.  (NOTE: As you drive through the gate into the parking lot, you'll probably  be directed to go to the right to park.  However, even though you can't drive straight, the road through the gate continues straight and there're vendors on in and a big building on your left where the meal will be at the end of the ride.   We'll be stationed at the far end of that building.  It's a small area and really easy to find -- just look for the flags and the trikes!) 

Be sure to arrive at the location early and take care of your registration and unloading before 7.  Bring your rig to the photo shoot and we'll all ride out together from there.

DIRECTIONS TO THE START POINT PARKING LOT -- To get to the VSDESC, take HWY 101 to HWY 33 toward Ojai.  Take the first exit, Stanley Ave., turning right onto Stanley and immediately left into the VUSD facility. (Alternate Route:  Ventura Avenue, west on Stanley Ave.  VUSD is on your right just before the freeway entrance.)

PHOTOGRAPHY -- We have a professional still photographer AND a professional videographer coming to capture us in all our glory.  They'll be with us all day but right before the ride out is our one chance for a great group shot, so be there or be square!  And don't be surprised if you're asked for a brief, on-camera interview at the rest stops or throughout the day.  We'd love to hear your stories and find out more about you and your beloved rig.

Also, remember to WEAR LAYERS.  The forecast calls for a 10 degree rise in the temperature, from 60° - 70° over the course of the day.  Personally, I think the fluctuation could be wider.  Last year, I started with three upper layers, gloves and long tights, and ended up in shorts with my jersey unzipped! 

RIDE OUT -- 7:30 AM We'll all ride out together and capture this on video, until we divide up into the different routes.

BRING CAMERAS! -- Please take photos along the way - especially of all of us on our rigs.  We'll be creating a Flicker site so we can all share these photos with each other.  And, with your permission, we'd like to be able to use some of the shots on the Bent Up website and in our Cool Breeze movie.

SATURDAY EVENING DINNER -- We're going to be having dinner at 5:30 at Capriccio, 298 East Main St., Ventura, CA, 805-643-7115.
Inexpensive, casual but excellent Italian food.  There's a parking lot nearby on Main Street.  If you're still in town, please join us!

That's it for now.  Can't wait to see you all! 

We've got 31 riders! 


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