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Giro d'Vino, Lodi (11/1/2009)

I'm signed up to ride 100km over in the Central Valley on Sunday, Nov. 1, in the 2009 Giro d'Vino.

It's a mostly flat route, but weather around there can be very unpredictable, and strong headwinds can make a flat ride very difficult. There's also the risk of early-season fog and drizzle, so a day of decent weather would be a very pleasant surprise indeed. (A 60km route is also available.)

This will be my first organized ride in the Stockton area since the 2005 Delta Century, which started at the exact same location. I'm familiar with most of the route, but it should be nice to see it again after a few years. There's a map running around Bikely that claims to be the 100km route, but it's almost totally flat. The organizers say that the route "includes some rolling hills of the Mokelumne River basin," so I suspect the unofficial map isn't accurate.

Registration is available online and costs $46.09 before the end of this Saturday. That includes the "processing fee" from active.com. If you use that website, be careful because active.com puts in all sorts of annoying upsells and opt-outs, trying to get you to pay on auto-renewal for magazines, subscription services, and memberships that you don't want. It's a sleazy practice, but they've apparently got de facto monopoly power and can do whatever they please. That still doesn't make me happy about it. (End of rant.)

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