Huge thanks to Matt and the Chicken Ranch gang for organizing a perfect ride today in the Santa Ynez Valley. Gawd those roads are beautiful for bike riding! And for once, at least in my experience, the day didn't turn into a race. Perhaps that's because even us local-yokel knuckleheads aren't goofy enough to half-wheel the ride's guest big-timers Aaron Olson, Kim Anderson, and Laura Van Gilder. Well, except for Jason ...but bless his heart if he can't help himself!
So we did the usual "Canyons Loop", i.e., Foxen Canyon-Cat Canyon-Drum Canyon, and then tacked on a lap of the Amgen Tour of California time trial loop. In total, a steady 75 miles that went by effortlessly because of the beautiful scenery and great company. Greg and Matt have a report and some pictures posted over at the B Team blog.
On the way back into Solvang, I mentioned to Gabe that years ago (decades really) there was an annual crit in Solvang. That got me reminiscing, so when back home I dug through my old boxes of Velo News looking for an issue that might have coverage of that race. And guess what... I found an issue from 1978 with coverage of the Solvang crit and the Santa Ynez RR (which used the roads between Los Olivos and Solvang). And guess what else?!? Rory won the crit, and Greg LeMond won the RR. Click on the scanned-in image of the article below if you want to read some history. A few other familiar names in the results too!