Orange County New Year's Day Ride - Description:
The Orange County New Year's Day Ride is an annual critical mass event that attracts hundreds of cyclists. Many riders start at the Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, just off Pacific Coast Highway. The ride then follows PCH all the way to Dana Point, picking up new riders along the way while dropping some riders due to the fast pace (up to 35 mph on the flat sections).
After a regroup and refuel, the ride heads inland, following San Juan Creek bike path, before hitting some hills in Mission Viejo. After another regroup and refuel, Trabuco Road and Irvine Boulevard continue on to Tustin. San Diego Creek Channel bike path and Back Bay Drive eventually lead back to PCH again, from where the route heads north to the starting point.
Orange County New Year's Day Ride - Personal Notes:
It is exciting riding in the draft of a few hundred fellow riders, at a pace set by some professionals and cat. 1/2 racers in the front. We occasionally stopped for a red light, which I welcomed because it allowed me to catch some breath. I only saw one crash involving two riders, less than what I had heard about. - Courtesy of tourofcalifornia.org
I won't be doing the whole thing. Me and a friend from OC Velo plan to jump on in Huntington Beach where Goldenwest Street hits PCH. Our first priority is to immediately get into the middle of the pack. Because if the pace does reach 35 MPH on the flats (which is most of PCH) and we are trying to hold on at the back, we will get dropped real fast.
I'll be happy if I can hang on until Corona Del Mar (about 15 miles), thrilled if I can hang on until Laguna Beach (about 20 miles) and ecstatic if I can hang on until Dana Point (about 35 miles). From Dana Point, the "official" ride turns inland. My guess is that we'll find a "B" group (assuming said group hasn't already found us on the run-in to DP) and head home back up PCH.
Does anyone else have any athletically inclined New Years Day plans?