A Big Thanks to CCSD

Team Red is gearing up for the Tour in six weeks.

We had a great ride of the 55 mile course last weekend with Cycling Camp San Diego providing the support. Rob and Jo gave us some great coaching about climbing, descending and riding in wet conditions as we had a bit of the wet stuff to start our ride.

We rode the first 30 miles and stopped for a rest and nutrition break. Again we were given coaching on nutrition before, during and after the ride and we all learned about maltodextrin. You can too; CLICK

After that the route takes you on a roller coaster of some challenging climbs before delivering you to the Coast Highway. In Carlsbad just before the camp grounds Jo had set up another nutrition station with water, nuts, cliff bars and lots of other things to choose from.

It was a quick run back to MiraCosta to end a great morning in the saddle.

Next Up will be another supported ride by CCSD, this time we will be tackling the old 70 mile route, which generally consists of the last 70 miles of the Century Route. MAP

The date is not firm yet but will probably be either the 16th or 17th of April. Once again this will not be a ride geared for someone who has never tried this distance. This ride will focus on getting the century riders some miles and course familiarity prior to the day of event.

Unfortunately, Rob and Jo will have to be leading a ride in Europe so they will not be supporting us, instead they will be putting us in the very capable hands of some of their staff of coaches, ride leaders and SAG support.

Please RSVP to me at TeamRedSanDiegoTdC@gmail.com so we can plan support for the correct number of riders. This ride will be primarily for Red Riders and Team Red but if our numbers are low we will allow others to join; this will be determined about April 10th.

If you rode with us on the 55 mile ride please drop Rob and Jo a thank you at rpanzera@gmail.com or jo@ccsd.com they love to hear from happy riders. If you haven’t already, check out what they do at http://www.cyclingcampsandiego.com/

Once again, we had a great ride and CCSD treated us very well. Thanks Rob, Thanks Jo have a good trip, see you soon.

Co-Captain Ben Wojcik


CCSD 55 mi TdC Route

3-19-11 – 30 Mile Route Training Ride

This Saturday, 3-19-11 we will again ride the 30 mile route. This time the ride is open to all registered riders not just Team Red and Red Riders. Although I’d like to see as many of you out there as possible.

Once again we’ll meet at MiraCosta between 8:30am and 9:00am. If you come early and get antsy about leaving just give your equipment another check and take some deep cleansing breaths, nine o’clock will come.

Here is my data from last weeks ride, I expect this week to be about the same.  Data


Co-Captain Ben Wojcik



30 Mile TdC route with Team Red

We met at MiraCosta College in Cardiff and rode the 30 mile route for the Tour de Cure today. The riders were all members of Team Red or Red Riders.The weather was fantastic and the ride was smooth.

Here is my ride data. As you can see we had a good steady pace for most of the ride. Everyone did really well on the ride, considering some of the riders have been riding nothing but the sofa since the holidays.

I’ll post some pictures, so check out the Flickr stream. Click

Next up; March 27th, also from MiraCoasta College, we;ll be riding the 55 mile route with the support of CCSD. We’ll meet at 8:00am for this one so CCSD can brief us on the rules of the road, get waivers signed and do equipment checks. Remember this ride is for members of Team Red and Red Riders only. If you are interested in becoming a member of Team Red send me a message and I’ll tell you how to go about it.. sdvelosocial@gmail.com (You don’t want to be a Red Rider if you can help it, that is why I ride)


Co-Captain Ben Wojcik




Great Day for a Train Ride

Well, we did it, we even got Markus to the train station at 7:15am. Once again the Surfliner was on time and very easy to board. The conductor pointed out two cars with bike racks which made it slightly easier than las time when we just put them in an empty baggage car. Fantastic ocean views on the trip north, we discussed the exercises the Marines were doing and got to see parts of the coastline the train passes that you don’t get to see from a car.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous, clear blue sky, bright warm sun and just a little breeze. I’m not going to go into lyrical detail about the sublime weather and streets of smooth glass free bliss. You get the point, yes you should have been with us. We mad a stop at Revo Cycles Espresso & Bicycles to refill our bottles and get a pick up from some good espresso.Nice place next time you’re in Dana Point check it out.

The breeze picked up a little more when we got to San Clemente but it was tail wind and we sailed through the state park in a double line with Markus and Bobby pulling the entire way at about 24 to 25 mph with little effort. I sat in and was practically whisked along with no expenditure of energy. I know for some of you that is not a really fast pace but we were just out for a good long ride not measuring ourselves against each other or anyone else.

We made it through Camp Pendleton with one flat tire. @bikecrave Jeff Bean flatted just before we got to Edson Range recruit area. @distractionmgmt and I went back but he needed little assistance and was soon back on the road dropping us and chasing the others who had gapped us. Now I know how Jan Ulrich felt when he did the ‘honorable thing’ and waited for Lance he crashed only to be dropped as soon as Lance caught back on.

Into the Oceanside Harbor for water and snacks and then straight down the coast to Java Depot for coffee and conversation. Some of the guys Bobby, Glen and Markus decided to pick it up and measure off from Encinitas to Solana Beach but that is not unusual at the end of a long ride. We all gathered for coffee except Jeff Rowe who had pealed off in La Costa to head for home since he was the only one to have ridden his bike to the train station in the morning.

Once again this crew of riders had provided me and each other with another terrific day in the saddle on another seemingly flawless southern California day. Check out my photos here and Markus has many photos of his So Cal rides and some video here and here.

Join us next time, and please invite an old slow climber to keep me company in the Lanterne Rouge position.


Co-Captain Ben Wojcik