Great support, way above average food at the stops, roads mostly good to excellent. Since this was the inagural ride there weren't too many riders.
I'm sure that will change next year when word gets out!
The routes were very will planned, they were challenging enough for skill riders. The food was very good, however water ran out on the first stop. Other then that the other rest stops were great! I am glad that 60 mile ride was challenging.
First, let me say I had a wonderful time.
The ride had good and bad aspects. First the bad. Initially, it was advertised as an easy beach ride of 36 miles. That's when I signed up. Two days before the event, the oops email came. It's 40 miles and 1400 feet elevation. I would not have signed up under those conditions. The ride was hard, but I did it! The route is along partly along Hwy 101, with lots of weekend traffic. The route was not well marked. We almost missed the turnaround point, and would have continued to ride north, but for the hawk eyes of another rider! The ride was lots of hills, and from my perspective, it felt like it was all uphill. The last 8 miles was almost all uphill, not a pleasant experience, and I wound up walking most of it. But, I'm not a strong rider. Seasoned riders had no trouble.
Now for the good news! It was a beautiful ride. I felt like I really accomplished something by just finishing! The food at the midpoint and end of the ride were amazing! At half point, delicious quiche, pastries, good coffee, even the water was flavored with cucumber. First rate! At the end of the ride, there was a Thai lunch, also delicious with wonderful lemonade. The staff couldn't have been nicer. They cheered everyone who arrived, regardless of how late. This was a small event, and there was a real camaraderie among the riders.
Great event. I did the long course and it was terrific - hilly and tough, but great. REst stops very good with good food. Personally, I don't think we need AS MANY as they had, but maybe some need to rest that often. I'd rather have a technical tshirt or biker jersey than this many stops. End of race- need more - music, events, MASSAGE tent, etc. It was a very low key ending to a great event . . ..nothing much to do while waiting for others to finish. An announcer would be nice too. I realize this is a "fun" ride vs. race though.
Great views. I actually expected more people. The first rest stop was awsome. Good food, loved the music, and a massage too. For this particular event, I was surprised that they served Tai food at the finish line. I believe a taco man would have been much more appropriate. Just sayin.... It is my first big organized event. But, it seemed the ending was anticlimatic. It would have been nice if a band could have been playing, massages after the ride would have been nice too (even if it was at a discounted rate), and more vendors would have been a nice option. Someone could be snapping photos of people crossing the finish line and offering a copy of the picture to be sent to their e-mail at a minimal cost or no cost. Oh, and did I say tacos :). A lot of hills for the part that was considered an easy ride too. Hope you don't mind the comments. It is just my first event and my humble input.
I loved the event. It was challenging, fun and the course was for the most part well marked. In the future what I'd rather see is one or even 2 LESS rest stops, or less wonderful food at all the rest stops and the funds go towards either lowering the entry price or towards a cool t-shirt at the end.
While the food was amazing I found it hard to eat knowing that I had 30 miles left to go... not used to eating in the middle of the ride. The course, support and people were all awesome!
The ride was beautiful! I did the long route. The SAG stops were wonderful, you almost didn't want to leave them! The turn around point was not marked and we would have missed if it wasn't for another rider coming the other direction. Other than that point every turn was very well marked. The food at the SAG stop was absolutely wonderful, however the food at the end was not good at all. Overall, it was a wonderful experience that I will do again next year!
It was a great event! Congratulations on the catering and support! The 62 mile ride was well marked and well supported. The food was delicious and everyone was very nice!
This event was a lot of fun- the Metric century route not only included scenic Highway 101, but then even cut inland through beautiful places like Elfin Forest. Except for the coastal part, the ride had few cars on the road and provided excellent scenery.
The rest areas were thoughtful and the volunteers kind. Some of the amazing food at the rest areas included spinach quich, croissant sandwich with pesto, goat cheese and tomato, raspberry shortbread cookies, salted chips- and all were just when you needed them. Even live music and massage offered at one of them!
I definitely enjoyed myself and will definitely look forward to doing it all again next year. Oh- and order a jersey- they were amazing. I was disappointed I did not get one. And since they are not available at race packet pick-up or even race day- if you don't order one to be delivered directly to you, you won't get one.
I agree with those who've said that maybe one less stop and a t-shirt, or jersey, or even a medal that had a little more bling to it. I was able to register as one of three senoritas, so it was an affordable race, but if I'd paid full price, I'd have been a bit disappointed.
That being said, the rest stops were lovely. I thought the courses were marked pretty well, and the route was challenging, and of course, beautiful. The road through Leucadia is a mess, but that's not your fault. It's always like that. The tire-changing van-guy was adorable.
Overall, I'd do the ride again, but again, Watch the prices. For example, the 66 mile route of the San Diego Century is $76 right now, and there have been discounts for bike clubs and groups bringing the cost down even further. $125 seemed a bit high.
Event was very pricey for what it was. Should have had a beer garden and some good food at end. Was very ant-climactic I did not even know where finish line was. Was very challenging especially last hills at the end. Should offer t-shirt or better medal and open it up to all guys.
I'm a runner and enjoy many running events. I started up cycling a year ago. This is my fourth cycling event and didn't want to miss the inaugural Seniorita event here in San Diego, with that said, the ride was very nice, beautiful, scenic and definitely challenging. I was very disappointed because it was pricey, most cycling events range from $35.00 - $95.00 and the registration includes a goodie bag and a t-shirt. The rest stop @ Magee Park was nice and thanks for the food that was provided. For next years event you really should think about including a t-shirt with the registration. Thank goodness we received a small token for participating, a medal! Yahoo!
Thanks to the Rico Suave who helped guide me up the first hill, sorry, I didn't get his name nor his cycle bib number. Kudos to him, he encouraged me to stay strong!
I thought the ride was very pretty and challenging. The short route was probably a bit too challenging for many novice riders. The Finish was uneventful....a camera/picture taker would have been nice. A patch, decal or T-shirt available for purchase would have been nice too (particularly because it was the first Senorita Ride). More info booths would have been a plus, especially for upcoming rides (discounts offered).
The course well marked and the cafe stops were fabulous. The owners of the cafes did a superb job with the food and set-up. It was unfortunate that at mile 19 there was so much going on....I still had 42 miles to ride before wanting to enjoy the music, yoga mats, etc. At each stop there needed to be a place to "hang" our bikes.....it was odd to be laying our bikes down on the grass or watching them blow over in the wind at the other rest stops. The end was very uneventful. Having a few chairs and one person ringing a bell wanted me to go back to rest stop #2. The food at the truck was not edible...we actually threw it away and went to a restaurant nearby to have a beer and food.
Overall, the ride was fun, the course a challenging and the stops over stocked with food. If this ride gets bigger, it will need to revamping as to where the activities are placed...at the end!