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The Solvang Spring Double starts and finishes in the town of Buellton, which is located a few miles from the Danish village of Solvang. This event is limited to 500 riders. The route is 197.5 miles with 7500' of elevation gain, 5 check points (CP), along with a time limit of 17 hours. The course closes at 10:00 pm. It's touted as being "the fastest, most scenic, most popular and easiest" double among the entire CTC series.
The route takes you through the towns and regions of Solvang, Los Olivos, Sisquoc, Santa Maria, Nipoma, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Los Alamos and back to Buellton. You cross the county lines of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
The ride starts at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel. There is a wave start at 5:00 am for riders that may need more than 15 hours to complete the course. Michael and I are amongst this group. Each person must call out their rider number to Debra, the ride director before exiting the parking lot.
It's a cool 44 degrees outside and I feel like a stuffed sausage with my 5 layers of clothing on. The day's forecast calls for overcast skies with a few scattered showers in the afternoon. We normally choose not to ride in the rain but thought we can handle getting wet here and there; so here we are! We roll out of the parking lot at 5:07 am.
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