Saturday was the Davis Double, my fifth for the year. I had done the Central Coast Double the Saturday before and it had been very hard on me. I didnít know how I was going to do since I usually do doubles 3 weeks apart. I started at 4am with some friends from NorCal, Dan, Curtis and George. As we left town for the open country it was a comfortable pace in the dark. Soon the pace picked up and I was part of the reason it picked up. I was visiting in the front with Dan and we just kept picking up the pace, I think without even knowing it. It seemed like a matter of minutes and we were at the first RS. I dropped some gear and off we went.
We hit the first climb of the day up the dam and on to Cardiac Hill. At first my legs didnít feel like they were going to co-operate with the climb, but soon I felt good and the hill did seem that bad. I pulled into the second RS ahead of everyone much to my surprise. The rest of the group showed up, Curtis for only 2 seconds and off he went, and we rewatered and had some food.
Next up was Pope Valley and RS 3. On the first small hill I dropped my chain and lost contact with Dan and I donít know what happened to George, he was behind me and should have catch me. I finally caught Dan just before the RS and at the RS we waited for George but he never showed.
The cruise to Middletown was a beautiful ride with some nice climbs and a small lake we went around. The RS at Middletown was a busy stop and had someone making blended mochas, never seen that before. Knowing that the climb up Cobb Mountain was next, I took a few extra minutes to catch my breath and have some eats.
Now it was finally on to Cobb Mountain. I never have done Cobb from this side, Iíve ridden it from the other direction when doing the Knoxville Double. When I looked at the profile of the climb I noticed it was about 5 miles with a lot of sections at 13 %. Cobb lived up to its name or profile and was just a long pull. There was a RS stop at a school almost at the top and it was a welcomed sight. After the stop we finished the climb and did a quick decent into lunch at Lower Lake.
The lunch stop had a great variety of food and drinks and I sampled a few of them. There were a lot of other riders I knew and I visited with some of them. We took a few extra minutes to sit in the shade on the lawn and relax before we left.
It was now on the last big climb of the day, Resurrection. There were a lot of rides on the hill and the RS was busy. We stopped got some water and head out for the ride back to Davis. Don asked if he could ride with so the 3 of us left. When we turn on Hwy 16 Don couldnít go any farther, he was sick. In few minutes a SAG came by, took care of Don and Dan and I headed down the canyon to the next RS. We were making time but I was getting tired so we had to slow down a little to be able to get to the RS. Once at the RS we stayed a little so I could recoup a little for the last push back to Davis.
When we left we hooked up with some other riders and the paceline was on. It seemed like a matter of minutes and we were at our last RS. I picked up some stuff I had left there in the morning and we headed to the finish. We passed up the last RS and in no time we were in Davis. Dan made a call to his wife and what greeting when we turned into the finish. His wife and kids were there with cowbells greeting us. Curtis and MylittlePony were there also. What a way to finish a ride! I had dinner at the finish with Dan and his family, thanks Dan for all your support during the ride. I went into the Davis Double wondering how I was going to do, I made it and I didnít feel that bad. In fact I felt better at the finish than I did after doing the CCD the week before.
My finishing stats:
Overall time: 16:00
Bike time: 13:15
Congratulations Dan, Curtis and a friend of mine, Julie, on your Triple Crown!
Rick I didn't get to ride with you at Davis, but you were looking very good at the finish.