October 18th 2014 was the 5th annual Santa Barbara Century.
It was a beautiful morning with perfect weather as 945 riders from 17 States, Canada and Great Britain headed out along the coast of Santa Barbara to tackle the foothills of Santa Barbara and Montecito before heading up the long climb of Gibraltar to the highest ridge top in Santa Barbara County.
This was my 5th time riding this century. The team competition began the second year of the event in 2011. That year I put together a strong team and we were able to win the team handicapped race up the timed climb of Gibraltar. We returned in 2012 with a different team and won again, but the time margins became smaller. In 2013 we returned and were beat by a local Santa Barbara team by a very small margin finishing second. This year our team looked strong. There were a total of 133 riders on 12 teams competing this year. The teams were stronger and had more depth than previous years. We had 10 riders on our team and the top 5 handicapped times were used to compute our average adjusted time.