I attempted to go on a group ride in my favorite climbing area near Auburn, CA. The ride leader used the classic cyclist talk about being out of shape due to not riding for 3 weeks and eating too much homemade English toffee. I actually believed it, only to watch him ride away from many of us, followed by everyone else riding away from me. This happened within the first few miles, when I wasn't warmed up yet.
Bike Ride Profile | Auburn hills near Loomis | Times and Records | Strava
Loomis, Auburn hills by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details
Video of me getting dropped.
Getting dropped on a group ride 12-15-12 - YouTube
After that I decided to do my own route with climbs of Chili Hill and Bald Hill Roads. I got PRs on both climbs, so I'm happy.
Chili Hill, Bald Hill climbs 12-15-12 - YouTube
On the way back to my truck (with frozen toes in spite of neoprene toe warmers), I spotted a place called Trailhead Coffee & Cycling Lounge, so I decided to check it out and get something to eat. I had never been there, but the name sounded vaguely familiar.
There is also a bike shop there.
When I left, my toes were warm but my hands, which had been toasty warm thanks to full-fingered gloves, were cold from putting those sweaty gloves back on. When I got back to my truck I turned the heater on full blast to thaw out. It took a while, as the temperatures that day were in the low 40s.
At the Hammerin' Wheels picnic few months ago, I met Matthew, the rider who was hit by a car from behind and critically injured
almost two years ago. He said he enjoyed my videos, and he used his GoPro on his helmet to record a few of his own rides.
I helped him make his first two videos, and I've ridden with him several times. He has traumatic brain injury from the accident, but he is still a very strong cyclist. We've been riding singlespeeds around town (his is a 48x17 fixed gear, mine is 42x17 singlespeed). I took him to yesterday's ride, and as usual he flew right up Chili Hill and Baxter Grade. We both rode geared bikes for this ride, of course.
I made a video for him of his climbs up those two hills.
Hammerin' Wheels rider climbing Chili Hill & Baxter Grade 12-15-12 - YouTube
If the weather cooperates, we hope to do another singlespeed ride from Sacramento to the Fair Oaks hills
, as we both believe this is great training, and we love our singlespeeds around town. He said he might take his up in the Auburn hills. I won't do that unless I get really
Here's Matthew's beautiful Colnago after we drove through the rain that we thankfully avoided during our rides. I couldn't take my eyes off it.
When the other riders showed up after their longer group ride, I told the ride leader about Trailhead. He told me they were a sponsor of the Ride4Matt
. I will definitely be back there again. Any business that is cycling friendly is OK in my book.