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Old 04-26-10, 02:16 PM   #2601
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The SRM computer? Oh, man...

I did Wente RR too -- my first time. Ouch. Nice course, though.
Yep. Send it today priority. oy.
How did the race go for you? Were you in the 4s? I don't remember seeing you.
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Old 04-26-10, 02:56 PM   #2602
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Did the Davis to Santa Rosa Breakaway ride put on by specialized http://www.breakawayride.com/stage-2-ride/
A teammate did that. He said it was the hardest day on a bike he's ever had. The north wind must have been a killer from Davis to Berryessa.
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Old 04-26-10, 04:20 PM   #2603
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Did the Chico Wildflower for the first time...OK, it was just the "Mildflower" 65 miler! It was still my longest ride to day, and my first big supported ride experience. Up until yesterday, it was just me an maybe one or two other people on bikes sweating up some climbs. I have to say it was an amazing event, and a TON of fun! Thousands of friendly riders, excellent lunch stop, beautiful scenery, and a hell of a descent. I hit a top speed of 49.5mph, which is another first for me. I'll definitely be riding the full century next year, and also want to do Tour of the Unknown Coast which takes place in early May.

I'm looking for a first century to ride later this summer, but somewhere that isn't 100F! Any suggestions?
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Old 04-26-10, 04:56 PM   #2604
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I'm looking for a first century to ride later this summer, but somewhere that isn't 100F! Any suggestions?
Sequoia! Usually it's foggy.
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Old 04-26-10, 05:20 PM   #2605
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You should, in all fairness, point out that it's 9000 feet of climbing. I wouldn't want that to be my first century. But it is a beautiful ride.!
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Old 04-26-10, 08:55 PM   #2606
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WOW, that looks awesome. I've got a few weeks, I may just do it. That is one crazy climbing century though:

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Old 04-26-10, 10:34 PM   #2607
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My flatlander cycling club from Fresno took a field trip to the Eastbay on Sunday to ride Mt Diablo. It was my first time on the mountain. We started at North Gate HS and rode up to the summit and back, 27ish miles. The weather was great, but it brought out swarms of these annoying gnats at the top (is this normal?). I had read all over the web (especially here) about the route and sufficiently scared myself beforehand. I was really stressing about the last short stretch, but grunted and ground up it ok. The dad of one of our members lives just a block away from the school and put on a nice post ride barbeque for us. It was a really fun day.

I was stopped about halfway up and was admiring the view when a guy stopped and asked if I wanted him to take my picture. Nice.
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Old 04-26-10, 11:49 PM   #2608
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It was my first time on the mountain. The weather was great, but it brought out swarms of these annoying gnats at the top (is this normal?).
Congrats!
Yup, especially on warm days after a rainy period. This weekend was beyond normal though.
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Congrats!
Yup, especially on warm days after a rainy period. This weekend was beyond normal though.
Thanks, Scott! Your blog was a most valuable resource for me in preparing for my maiden voyage up the mountain.

.... and I'm glad to know that it wasn't just me that brought the gnats out

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Old 04-27-10, 09:22 AM   #2610
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I noticed the same thing riding up Mt Hamilton this weekend as well - lots of bugs swarming around me. It's not as though I was climbing so fast they had any problem keeping up with me ...
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Old 04-27-10, 10:04 AM   #2611
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A teammate did that. He said it was the hardest day on a bike he's ever had. The north wind must have been a killer from Davis to Berryessa.
It was a pretty tough day, we tried to stay together in a pack leaving Davis but there were some who wanted to race out of town.
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Old 04-27-10, 10:11 AM   #2612
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I've ridden around Lake Berryessa once, beautiful place. Nice hills too.
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Old 05-03-10, 10:03 AM   #2613
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I don't want to name the top secret ride by name, but here's a hint....


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Old 05-03-10, 11:50 AM   #2614
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Quick spin on Diablo to the junction to work on dialing in the new Roubaix. Rode with RoboChem and MyLilPony.
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Old 05-03-10, 12:06 PM   #2615
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Awesome. How was the weather ? It looks great. I will be going to Diablo this coming weekend actually. 2nd visit wooo, gunna conquer that last few hundred feet this time!
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Diablo weather is grand right now. You might hit some wind, but you never know till you're there.
Enjoy your climb!
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Awesome. Yeah I remember the first time I went there couple weeks back I was freezing my butt off at the top.
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Old 05-03-10, 12:36 PM   #2618
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Awesome. How was the weather ? It looks great. I will be going to Diablo this coming weekend actually. 2nd visit wooo, gunna conquer that last few hundred feet this time!
At the bottom, the weather was absolutely perfect. As soon as I mentioned that, it got real windy, especially at the top. The descent was downright scary.

Oh well, the ride up with Curtis and Tricia was good.
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Old 05-03-10, 01:18 PM   #2619
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Took a shortish ride to test out my new pedals on Foothill Expwy on Sun morning. I was riding NW and I was wondering why I kept seeing so many people jogging in the SE direction with vans shadowing a lot of them or people getting in while others were getting out. Wasn't until I got home that I found out it was part of "The Relay" - the 199-mile team relay from Calistoga to Davenport. I also then discovered one of my buddies was participating in it. Go figure.
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Old 05-03-10, 01:41 PM   #2620
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On Sunday I did a 30 mile loop from my house up and over Windemere Parkway down to Dublin and back. I got to to the far end fast, and got pounded by wind all the way back.
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I did the Delta Century.

Wind was fierce, gusting up to 40 at times. 50 miles outbound into it was no fun at all. Got to the 60 mile bail out point and put my head down and kept on turning. I missed a turn somewhere and cut out 10 miles, fine by me. Coming back was another story, hitting 28 on the flats with minimal effort. I have yet to do a full 100 mile ride (82-86-89) and thought this flat ride would be easy. Beautiful ride though, lots of stretches on lonely delta roads, not a soul in sight. Views of Diablo and the Sierras.


In regards to the Sequoia Century - Redwood Gulch is nasty, will do that or the Sierra Century (100k versions.) Next 100 mile attempt (failure is not an option on this one) is the Crater Lake Century.
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Old 05-03-10, 02:38 PM   #2622
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Quick spin on Diablo to the junction to work on dialing in the new Roubaix. Rode with RoboChem and MyLilPony.
Curtis, it looks like it was a beautiful day. How is the new bike ?
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Curtis, it looks like it was a beautiful day. How is the new bike ?
The new bike is GREAT. Here's my blog post with photos.
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Old 05-03-10, 03:16 PM   #2624
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MTB ride this weekend! Couldn't resist the warm weather, tacky trails, and the lure of Bidwell Park's South Rim Trail.

About a mile in, trail after this point gets pretty technical:


Past the hard part, aka Tennis Ball Hill.




Just past the Bloody Pin cutoff trail from Guardians Trail. Just one final climb and then some fun downhill to Ten Mile House Road (Green Gate Rd.):


Looking back east towards Chico:
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We (wife and I on the tandem) did the Delta Century on Sunday. Figuring the Delta century would be flat we rode Empire grade and Swanton loop on Staurday (55miles 4200 feet). To say we were totaly flogged by the end of Sunday is not doing the misery justice winds howled all day. Unless the wind was coming from directly behind the effort to keep the bike upright seemd to negate the benefit of any tail wind. How windy was it............I started to talk to another rider after getting the post ride meal which included a salad, while I was talking to him the salad blew off my plate, had to hold onto water bottles while eating so that would not blow away. Had to be the worst winds I have ever ridden in. I would recomend this ride to anyone, support is great, traffic is minimal and it was the wind that made Eddy the monster he was

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