Well organized, fantastic volunteers, friendly pro riders, excellent traffic control, beautiful coastal scenery and a nice variety of food at well placed stops. Proceeds go to local charities.
while the organizers of the race had no way of controlling the nasty headwind that plagued us for the last 50 miles, they could definitely have thrown some carbs into the snack mix. the fruit was delicious, but you can only eat so much fiber in 100 miles...what happened to the lunch sandwiches from previous years? and bagels at the start? i feel a bit shafted. (all the bread was gone from the peanut butter "lunch" stop by the time i got there.) that being said, the volunteers were GREAT - super positive and supportive - and the riders seemed to be having fun. and now my *** is sore. thanks, SLO GranFondo!
Not as good as last year. The water stations had less food. The price was too much for what you got. No t-shirt, no timing chip, no finishers medal. The route around the military base was not well marked and you had no idea where you were going. If I hadn't done it the year before, I would have gotten completely lost.
Needs improvement. First of all, never got the e-mail mentioning that registration was at Art's Cyclery so a few of us had to scramble to find it. Also, signs on the 100-mile course were not clearly marked. Some of us got lost in the last 10 miles. Finally, food and drinks closed too early in the afternoon.
Agree with other reviewers that food was really sparse and left me wishing I had carried my own. Got lost because course wasn't marked well around Cuesta or military base. Ride involved lots of cars. Missed water stop at 75 mile point (not sure where it was) but really appreciated the lady at 95 mile point who ran the best stop (bike hanger instead of side of the road for bikes). Nice people who volunteered. Wish the course involved less cars, but should be better marked at the end and have better fuel at the stops.
This ride was pretty well-organized -- I loved the mass start and police escort on the way out of town in the morning! I agree that some of the course markings could have been better, particularly towards the end when turning towards Quintana Road after coming off Highway 1, and through the military base -- if I hadn't been with a couple of SLO locals, I would have gotten lost. The volunteers were fabulous - really enthusiastic, especially towards the end.
I didn't have any issues with the food, but I do wish they could have kept the expo at the finish open past 3:00 pm. Most of the riders were doing the century course, and expecting everyone to be able to finish in less than 7.5 hours isn't necessarily reasonable, especially in cold, wet and windy conditions. I rode quite quickly (by my standards, at least), with my fastest century time ever, but still rolled in just a few minutes before 3:00 pm -- just in time to watch everything shut down.
Still, all in all a great ride!
I have done a bunch of centuries and volunteered at several. This was not a very good event.
First, the volunteers were wonderful and I thank them. However the rest stops were poorly stocked and some were even out of water! Boring fare for a 100 mile ride.
The course was missmarked (unmarked) around Cuesta College and a group of riders, myself included, had to wander around until we found our way out of the base/campus. Part of the problem is that the directions on the map/GPS link from the event website were wrong. (Last year's course maybe?)
Finally, and this is inexcusable in my book, is that there is an expectation that at the end of a century you will have a chance to celebrate with your fellow riders and enjoy a hard day's work. I am a middle of the pack rider and when I rolled into the finish everything was being packed up. Other than the guys in uniform there appeared to be no one from the ride organization around and there certainly wasn't any celebration. If the event was geared for the short distance riders that should have been made clear at the outset and we wouldn't have expected anything at the end of the ride.
Some of the riders I rolled in with said the event was MUCH better last year so maybe this is a fluke but I seriously doubt I'll ride this event again or recommend it to my club.
I have ridden this event every year and was really disappointed by this years event. No timing chips and no food at the end of the ride. This was a century not a GranFondo. Great route and fantastic scenery, however the event has really lost a lot from the previous years.
While I have no other century rides to compare this to since this was the first century I've done, I was not impressed. Pretty much repeating what everyone else has stated: (1) route was not well-marked at some points, (2) water stops did not have a great selection of food and one even ran out of water, (3) I finished after 3pm (thanks headwind!) and aside from the cheers from the awesome volunteers there was nothing for me at the end (no food/water). However, I will say that there was great scenery and great volunteers to help us along. I would not do this ride again.
This was my first century and I rode with a 15 year veteran of the sport who said this was the best century ride he has ever done. I am new into the sport within the past few months and completed the 100 mile ride in under 6 hours, which was my goal. A few concerns and it seems to be the norm from the reviews above: 1. Did anyone know of the newly and poorly paved highway road that absolute tore me and my bike to pieces? 2. The 75 mile rest stop was looking great as I had been completely out of water since mile 65 fighting the headwind. The young kid at the corner asked if I was a century rider and I said yes, he stated to continue forward and there will be snacks ahead. There was no stop ahead and it was actually 200 feet behind him. I had to stop at the am/pm to refill water. 3. The course was incorrectly marked at Quintana Road pointing right instead of straight across from the bike path as well as not marked at Georgia Avenue and a resident said "all the riders went left" or I would have been beyond lost. 4. Lastly, when I finished, I asked a volunteer if there was any water around and she stated "no, only for sale now" which seemed odd that not even a cooler was available. Overall - great snacks, I thought, and goodies at all stops, course was marked well except for the turns mentioned above, and I had a blast riding with such a great group and had a very successful trip! See you next year!
My husband and I were amazed at how poorly marked the route was, there were quite a few places where we had no idea where to go, in the end we had fun and so much of it was done really well but that caused us quite a bit of anxiety during the race as there were many times we could not see anyone to follow and the markings just weren't there
Heard from one of the event folks that the timing chip company went bankrupt on the Friday before the ride and that the police had been called away from two intersections in Morro Bay. The route did need more arrows and there appears to be some logistics issues that need to be resolved going forward.
Not as great a ride as I had been hoping for, both in terms of organization and route. Done a bunch of centuries ... finished around 1:30 and felt pretty good. Didn't mind the headwind but the debris along most of the route was bothersome ... saw a lot more flats than I normally do. That stretch up to Hearst Castle, the newly paved bit that has yet to be smoothed over, practically stripped my tires. And yeah, the food selection left a lot to be desired. A friend got a flat early on and was hoping to access a floor pump at the stop after the first climb but they didn't have one. I thought that was pretty thoughtless. That each stop have one should be sort of a given. Still, volunteers were friendly and traffic controls were helpful. Only wrong turn was at Cuesta College ... someone did say look out for the speed bumps and when I saw those I figured I must be going the right way. Friends and I skipped the food at the finish ... we figured if you have to pay, you might as well eat somewhere else. And the great thing about centuries is that it's the one time you've got license to eat anything. I downed a basket of onion rings, a briskett sandwhich and a pitcher of beer. Man, it was good. Though I don't think I'd do the ride again, I never regret rides and always savor the memories. Plus, great charity.
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