Friday, March 6, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Local man, 75, set for a ‘fun ride’ at Davis Double Century

Local rider Larry Burdick, 75, will participate in the Saturday's Davis Double Century. Courtesy photo

By Scott Alumbaugh

May is Bike Month, a time that people across the country are encouraged to get out of their cars and ride their bikes.

Davis Bike Club member Larry Burdick doesn’t need any encouragement. At 75 years old, he’s on his bike five days a week, year-round.

But May is special, even for Burdick. He’s out riding even more miles than normal this month, gearing up for the 44th annual Davis Double Century on Saturday.

Why does a 75-year-old want to ride 200 miles in one day?

“It’s a fun ride,” Burdick says with a smile.

Maybe. But it’s not easy. The route takes riders from Davis over the Vaca Hills into Napa County before turning north to the halfway point in Middletown. From there, the route leads to Lower Lake at the southeast end of Clear Lake, over the Colusa Summit on Highway 20, then back to Davis via the scenic Cache Creek Canyon and Capay Valley.

There is about 8,000 feet of climbing in that 200-mile loop, and riders take anywhere from about 10 hours to the cutoff time of 20 hours to ride that distance.

Even so, the Davis Double is often called the perfect “beginner” double century.

“That’s because we treat our riders better than any other double,” says Robin Neuman, director of the DDC. “We have over 300 volunteers, nine rest stops, a lunch stop and SAG (support and gear) vehicles constantly patrolling the course. We also have amateur radio communications support provided by local clubs and individuals so we can keep in contact with our rest stops and sags in areas with poor cell coverage.

“They even fly a plane during the ride that carries radio gear to fill in gaps in voice communications and relay support vehicle locations.”

The Davis Double Century is one of the older doubles in California. And with more than 500 riders, it is the largest. But what does it take to complete a 200-mile ride?

“Determination,” Burdick says. “And it doesn’t hurt to have some training in your legs.”

He should know. Just six weeks ago, Burdick won a monthlong riding event, the Davis Bike Club’s 15th annual March Madness contest. In March Madness, riders track their miles for the entire month. At the end, the total miles are tallied and a corresponding amount of money is used to buy bike helmets for kids.

Burdick won by riding 3,131 miles in March. That’s an average of just over 100 miles per day for 31 days straight.

“He’s amazing!” says Gabrielle Morris, the March Madness chair. “He outrode everybody, even riders half his age, all month long. I guess that’s one of the reasons everybody calls him ‘The Legend.’ ”

This year, the start/finish of the Double Century is at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at Third and B streets.

Riders will be returning to Davis from about 3 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday, but fans who want to get a glimpse of The Legend may want to get there early. Burdick will be the rider wearing No. 75, in honor of his age.

For more information on the ride, visit http://www.davisbikeclub.org/annual_events/organized_rides/davis_double_century.

Details

What: 44th annual Davis Double Century, a 200-mile bike ride through Yolo, Napa and Lake counties

When: Riders start between 4:45 and 5:15 a.m. Saturday and will return to Central Park starting at about 3 p.m. Riders have until 1 a.m. Sunday to pedal the entire course

Where: U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, Third and B streets

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Bay Area developers join Mace proposal

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    Trial ordered in Davis child death case

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    ‘Topping out': Sign a building beam at the Shrem Museum

    By Jeffrey Day | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Life after lawn: Fifty greens for shade

    By Katie F. Hetrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    UCD police warn of sexual battery incident

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: There’s an exception to every rule

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Ukraine declares heavy weapons pullback from front line

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    NASA craft circling Ceres in first visit to dwarf planet

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    CHP car hit with bullet on highway

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Got sun? Indoor herbs can thrive on windowsills

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    How can we know that the products we buy for our homes are safe?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Quick home improvements that raise your resale value

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Spring-clean your kitchen in five easy steps

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Peripheral neuropathy support offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

    Workshop eyes creating peace through creative play

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

     
    Museum brick sales to end this month

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

     
    Cabrillo Club plans membership dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

    Dryers: Homes’ energy guzzlers just got greener

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

    UCD improving farming, food production with fewer pesticides

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: B6 | Gallery

     
    PSAs highlight area nonprofits

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

    Waldorf’s spring tea party doubles as open house

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Register online for Woodland rec classes

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Older adults will discuss conscious aging movement

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7Comments are off for this post

     
    St. John’s shows off cuisine at brunch

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    Seniors serious about fitness

    By Savannah Holmes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Pig out at Pig Day Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Porkers on display at Hattie Weber Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

     
    Some convicts don’t deserve parole hearings

    By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

    Here’s how to make college cheaper

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

     
    Obama’s world is a dangerous place

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Dirty laundry on the company line

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B9

     
    .

    Sports

    DHS girls track and field team reloads for 2015

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD women fall at UCR

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Aggie men clinch Big West crown

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Marsh provides radio images of a ‘magical’ Aggie hoops season

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devil volleyballers cruise in home opener

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Bella Vista slips past DHS softballers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

     
    Rec Report: Looking ahead to spring break

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B5

     
    Wineaux: A local diamond in the rough, revisited

    By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A9

    .

    Arts

    Tables available at Vinyl and Music Fair

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    Steve Kiser’s work on display at Gallery 1855

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Second-rate

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    Learn from experts at ‘Art of Painting’ conference

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    Tom Brousseau to visit ‘Live in the Loam’ on KDRT

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

     
    ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ auditions set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

    Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrate Mandela’s legacy

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Honey, we shrank the SUV — and Europe loves it

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, March 6, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B10