Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cool Breeze 2015 - The Ride

Today I cycled the mini-metric (30 miles) at the Cool Breeze Century starting in Ventura, CA. As I mentioned before I'm not a mileage accumulator. I like fast paced, short rides (20 to 40 miles), with a few stops to enjoy the scenery. Riding along the beach provides it all (even though the roads can be rough at times).

 Unloading and setting up the trike. 
It's 7:45am and the sun is already warming things up. But the ride is along the beach in Ventura so it'll stay cool. While back at home (only a 45 minute drive to get to Ventura) the temps are 10 to 15 degrees warmer today. 

 Starting area for the ride. 
The beginning of the ride is an "open start" from 6:30am to 9:30am so you don't get a bunch of riders bunching up.

 A short MUP along the beach early in the ride.

 One of the few areas along highway 1 where the pavement is good. 
Highway 1 is pretty roached out in may areas and it rattles you around a bit. There is also a one mile strip along HWY 1 packed with RV's and trailers. Oh the wonderful sounds and smells of generators on a beautiful Saturday morning. I don't know how people call that a vacation.

Picture of all the RV's and trailers packed end to end on HWY 1 (pic is from a earlier ride). Red and white pump trucks are part of the RV camping experience along the beach.

Moving on...

 The newish La Conchita Bike Trail which ends at Rincon Beach.

 Rincon Beach rest stop and turn around point. 

Riding the La Conchita Bike Trail on the way back to Ventura.

Parting shot before finishing the ride in Ventura.

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