November’s Race Showcase
This month, several highly-awaited races and events promise rewards to all who partcipate. And while there are many worthy candidates for consideration, here’s our vote:
Solvang Prelude 2012
With rides ranging from 33 miles, 50 miles, and a 63-mile metric century, the 23rd Annual Solvang Prelude provides a great primer for cyclists planning on pedaling the Solvang Century in March. All Prelude participants begin and end at Riverview Park in Buellton and are treated to a festival of live music, cycling vendors and food. Proceeds go to SCOR Cardiac Cyclists supporting specialized coronary outpatient rehabilitation.
Santa Barbara International Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
It’s time once again for the town’s most tenacious runners to pound the pavement for 26.2 miles from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta to La Playa Stadium downtown. Whether you’re fleet of feet or slow and steady, get ready to enjoy a global field of participants and the cheers of family and friends as you make it through your milestone. And there’s a half-marathon as well for those who’d rather deal with that distance.
UCSB Cowpie Classic Mountain Bike Race
If your single-minded when it comes to single-track trail riding, then this could be the weekend for you. Set at Chamberlin Ranch in Santa Ynez, the event features USA Cycling collegiate and non-collegiate divisions in four forms of racing, including dual slalom, and downhill. In other words, some of the best in the west will be on hand to crank hard.
Tour de Cure
Join the American Diabetes Association in their fight to end the disease and bring support to those who suffer from it. With three bike courses to choose from—9-mile, 37-mile, and 66-mile distances—there’s a route regardless of experience or ability. And all the action begins and ends at Leadbetter Beach. The cost to ride is $25 and $200 in fundraising—small price to pay as you help pave the way in defeating diabetes.
Thanksgiving 4 Miler
This pre-turkey tradition is a favorite of those wanting to earn many returns to the dessert table later. Starting at Magnolia Shopping Center in Goleta, the even and easy terrain will encourage you to try and beat your best. The only thing faster might just be a large flight-resistant bird trying to keep from being cooked. A registration fee of $25 includes t-shirt.