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Windmill Century
Just wanted to mention what a wonderful day we had riding the Windmill Century. This was my first time attending the event (I did the full Century), and I do plan on making it a regular on my yearly schedule from now on. The registration staff was fast and efficient, the course well planned and marked, and the food/aid stations were wonderfully well stocked. The after-ride meal and atmosphere was a great way to end the day. It was a great ride. The details in the brochure are given below for this year's Windmill. Windmill Century 100, 64, 40 mi. bicycle ride, Sat. July 17, features a cool coastal cruise through vineyards, scenic canyons, and rangelands with moderately challenging hills. See the twin windmills the ride is famous for, usually returning with a tailwind. $35 for a numbered bib, decorative patch, strong SAG all the way, delicious all-you-can-eat Santa Maria Style top sirloin or chicken BBQ dinner, rest stops, lunch, route markings & maps. Registration 6:30-8:30am. T-shirt $15. Go to Windmill website http://www.bbcnet.com/tailwinds/WindMill/windmill.htm. Contact Tailwinds Bicycle Club, a nonprofit, whose proceeds go to bikes & gear for children who need them. 805-922-4864, PO Box 48, Santa Maria CA 93456, e-mail: santamariatailwinds@hotmail.com The Windmill start and finish is Los Alamos County Park surrounded by mountains. The Windmill century and metric routes go over Alisos Canyon, past the famous twin windmills, the rides namesake, to the Santa Maria Valley, stopping for lunch at Pioneer Park. The Metric route then follows Hwy. 135 on its return to Los Alamos. The Century route leaves Pioneer Park, tours West Santa Maria Valley and heads for Casmalia hills for a 1-mile 6% climb, a 3-mile descent, then a refreshing rest stop. On returning to Santa Maria Valley, the century rejoins the metric route. Usually both rides head back with a moderate tailwind. While any weather conditions may occur,temperatures average 73 Degrees F. Checkin 6:30-8:30 am.

Reporter: Rob Berry, Elk Corporation

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