The one I always look forward to is the Wine Country Century held near Napa Valley through the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. Distances are 35 mi, 100K, 100 mi, or 200K (which goes all the way to the coast and back). Some of the loveliest countryside I've ever seen.
Barron: That's a super idea. Unfortunately, I'm a computer sub-artichoke or I would take it on. Perhaps we have a "techie-savvi" member in the crowd who has the time to take this on. If we don't get a bite, I'll send out a team-wide message asking for a volunteer.
It works well. You have one person as the author. They just have the file they make converted. After that, the author can allow people to view or edit. If they just view it an email address is needed to give permission. If they have permission to edit, it will tell the last person to edit and date/time. I use it a lot. You can give people a 5 day window to view, then delete them. There are other ways but this would be work in progress, ever changing as time passes.
It might work if only one or two people did the updates. I trust everyone that has permission to edit.
It'd be a pretty cool reference for folks. Not that I would mind, personally, but a shared doc such as this...would everyone have access to each other's e-mail address if they had access to the doc? Haven't fiddled enough with Google docs to know how it would work.
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We could make a Doc on Google drive/documents and share it. Everyone with permission could enter rides in there area as the events are posted for the next year.
It's web based so no need to have files on your PC. Just have your email shared. I use it for business and it works great. You can limit to view or edit. Even a link to the site.
I could have tabs that sort by State, Month, you name it. You can start with an Excel or Numbers file and just have Google convert it. We must have a thread to creating this? Tech savy peeps it's your chance to dance.
Could even call it "Bill's to do list ". If I ever retire I'll want this list too.
For a multi-day ride, it's hard to beat the Allegheny Passage (Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD) or the C&O Canal (Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC). Both are great, but I love the C&O Canal ride best. It's easy to plan your own trip--the websites have a ton of information.
And hopefully next year, we'll have a century ride in the State College, PA, area (central PA), which is a beautiful area for biking.
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Years ago I did an MS 150 and was really impressed. It raised money for Multiple Sclerosis and was also a lot of fun. It was 150 miles over 2 days though riders had the option of extending the 2nd day ride to a century. There was plenty of volunteers and they were great. Even the food was great. They had a truck so you didn't have to carry your camping gear though I'll admit that I stayed at a motel because my middle age body doesn't respond as well to sleeping on the ground as it used to. I also signed up for a ride for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society through Team In Training. As it turns out I didn't actually ride it though. Due to health problems my wife couldn't train or ride so she decided to drive the sag wagon. I was going to ride alone then I figured out that since my wife is a nurse and I"m a former bicycle mechanic that we would be quite a team so we both did sag. I figured that since volunteers made so many of the rides I've done over the years a success that this would be a way to pay it forward. Our team had so few problems that they told us to help anyone who needed assistance instead of just out team.
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Every year I make an honest attempt at riding a 100-miler or a multi-day tour that takes me out of the beautiful state of Texas. Last year was RAGBRAI and this year Tour de Tucson. So my good buddies, give us all suggestions for 2013. I would prefer a ride that is in June, July, or September. I religiously do the "Hotter "n Hell 100" in August. Thanks.
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