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Old 05-03-10, 03:56 PM   #2626
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Was out for a little ride through Los Altos hills and Portola Valley and on my way to coffee ran into this ride. It seems there was a charity ride, 26 miles through Los Altos, Mountain View and Cupertino. It was pretty flat, and you could jump on the loop anywhere. If you got all the stamps in your passport (rode the whole 26 miles) you got some sort of prize. It was full of families, from the little ones on trail-a-bikes to the preschoolers on their first two wheeler to pre-teens happy to hang with mom and dad. I helped a mom who dropped a chain and was left in the dust by the rest of her family. Apparently it was to promote family time and riding. Pretty cool.
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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.
Heh - I've done this ride 3 times in the past. The first time I did it, there was minimal wind and I turned in my fastest century ever - 5:45. The next two times I was brutalized by the wind. Plus, the roads are choppy and there is a lot of road-buzz, especially on the backstretch.

I scratched this one from my list and no longer do it.
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I rode some hills on Sunday morning, Cothrin Ranch, French Creek, and Deer Valley. Not a long ride, but the hills are great. After, I rode 32 miles with my son with 900 feet of climbing, mostly in one hill. He did awesome!
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... 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.
Yeah, that was a swell ride, wasn't it? I never thought I'd say it, but, it actually felt better riding in the crosswinds because there was at least some cooling benefit to them. There was a section with a dead tailwind (Ryer Rd?) that felt like an oven. Great support, good food, I could do without CA 160, but, hey, ya gotta get back somehow.
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Yeah, that was a swell ride, wasn't it? I never thought I'd say it, but, it actually felt better riding in the crosswinds because there was at least some cooling benefit to them. There was a section with a dead tailwind (Ryer Rd?) that felt like an oven. Great support, good food, I could do without CA 160, but, hey, ya gotta get back somehow.
We had tickets to the Sharks gane so had to get back to SJ by 3pm. We were in line for sign up at 6am got an early start, spent minimal time in rest stops and cut 10 miles of the ride before Walnut Grove. Point being........sorry to here I missed the unbearable heat.

We did this ride 3 years ago it was our first organised century ride.My wife had only been riding for a few months, I have been riding a single for 30 plus years. I had done this ride 20 years ago averaged 20mph riding time, figured we were on a tandem this should be a piece of cake. So as not to scare the wife I didn't tell her we were sighned up for the full century until the morning of the ride. She was a trouper and put out a full effort for the entire ride and I was determined to get us thru our first century. At the end of the ride I cramped so bad it took me about 15 minutes to stand up after I got off the bike. Last year I signed up but it rained so we cancelled, this year the wind and heat. I think this is a ride everybody should to at least once, gives you an appreciation for the spring classics.
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I also rode the Grizzly Peak Century on Sunday, my first ride in the East Bay. The north loop was great, beautiful views and nice climbs, except possibly the smelly section around the refinery. I enjoyed the McEwen climb, but was not expecting the steep section on Rheem right before the end of the loop. I had lost my baggie with E-caps earlier, and my quads were ready to cramp after 70 miles of riding. Lesson learned: I need to keep the cue sheet in an empty pocket to avoid losing stuff while taking it out for the turn directions (and there were quite a few turns in this ride).

The lunch was delicious, perhaps the highlight of the day. The tabbouleh was especially good, I probably ate more than I should have. All the rest stops had fresh fruit, homemade banana bread, roasted potatoes, ... The support was excellent.

The north loop was a bit of drag after the long lunch break. I decided to do the 112 mile option. The climb up Redwoods and Skyline was nice, but I did not like the section through the Zoo and MacArthur Blvd. If I did it again, I would stick with the 104 mile option. I had another long rest at the Proctor stop before the final two climbs back to the school. It took over 9 hours, around 7.5 hours rolling time, 9000ft ascent. I was considering the Davis double, but am not so sure as this ride felt quite challenging; could not imagine riding another 90 miles.
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So this weekend i did one of my hardest and scariest rides to date.

I climbed on my trainer and rode for twenty minutes. I even did three four-minute climbing sprints.

It was my first ride since prostate cancer surgery five weeks ago on March 30th. i experienced much less discomfort in the saddle than I had anticipated.

This weekend I'll try to get all the way around the neighborhood. Maybe commute (6 miles one way) next week.

Death Ride... here I come.
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I rode the Wine Country Century http://connect.garmin.com/activity/31898176
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So this weekend i did one of my hardest and scariest rides to date.

I climbed on my trainer and rode for twenty minutes. I even did three four-minute climbing sprints.

It was my first ride since prostate cancer surgery five weeks ago on March 30th. i experienced much less discomfort in the saddle than I had anticipated.

This weekend I'll try to get all the way around the neighborhood. Maybe commute (6 miles one way) next week.

Death Ride... here I come.
Here's to a strong comeback! Congrats.

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So this weekend i did one of my hardest and scariest rides to date.

I climbed on my trainer and rode for twenty minutes. I even did three four-minute climbing sprints.

It was my first ride since prostate cancer surgery five weeks ago on March 30th. i experienced much less discomfort in the saddle than I had anticipated.

This weekend I'll try to get all the way around the neighborhood. Maybe commute (6 miles one way) next week.

Death Ride... here I come.
Glad your recovery is coming along.
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Old 05-09-10, 01:02 PM   #2637
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Bigbossman and I headed out Staurday morning with a group from Dublin Cyclery after a great breakfast a Athen's next door to the shop. Out to Highland Road, throught back roads to the Starbucks on Vasco Road, then out through Old Altamont Pass and hitting 41 mph on a 3% down without trying (serious tailwind), cut over on Midway (with the obligatory "Gimme Shelter/Sympathy for the Devil" references as we passed the Altamont Speedway) and then over (cue the ominous music) the east side of Patterson Pass.

Oh.

My.

God.

I rode over that sucker once before, about 35 years ago, and had sworn not to do it again. Now I remember why. Ever-steeper climbing, culminating in a significant 13% stretch. And that was just getting to the Mother of All False Summits (and that is most decidely not an exageration). There are short pitches of Much Worse between the false top and the real one. And since the serious tailwind had now become a serious headwind . . . well, you do the math.

But there followed a great descent and an easy run to Dickey's, a great and fast barbecue place next to the Vasco Road Starbucks, for a rejuvenating dose of brisket sammich. The downhill and the lunch worked - even though I felt pretty thrashed on the top of Patterson Pass, I had no trouble making 25 or so mile run home. From there, we retraced out steps back to Dublin Cyclery. Well, some of us did - two of our number could not resist the siren call of the Livermore side of Morgan Territory on the way home. (That is another climb I swore not to do again 35 years ago - I stayed with that oath this time).

Many thanks to Chuck, the owner of Dublin Cyclery for putting this together. BBM and I had a blast.
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Bigbossman and I headed out Staurday morning... BBM and I had a blast.
You guys rocked it pretty hard, great job and great report. Cheese and Crackers! I wish I could have come. I put in a full day getting the vegetable garden in.
Some great training for you two for the Mendocino Monster.

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Finally got in a successful ride on New (Old) Plastic Bike yesterday. Rode from my house out to OLH, climbed that (38 minutes, cue Sad Trombone), decided against plummeting down 84 only to have to climb Alpine again, so I cut across Skyline to 9, and descended from there to Saratoga and back home. Ended up being only 10 miles shorter than I'd planned, but 2,000 feet less climbing. Still, 60 miles and 4,000 feet is my longest and tallest ride in... six months? More? I don't know. Long time.

Most bizarre event of the day: Being passed on OLH. On a 10%+ grade. By a guy going at least 15 MPH. In running shoes, khakis, and a polo shirt. On an old beater hardtail mountain bike with knobby tires, clips and straps, in the big ring.

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I had a great ride this morning! My longest since before I found out I had a hernia. My fitness is coming back, but not quite where it was 6 months ago. We went up to Auburn and then into some of the hills to the west. Climbed Shirland Tract, about half of Bald Hill (up to Wise), and Baxter Grade (tasty). Subway in Loomis for lunch. Even got a little wet in the last few miles.

Here's the ride data if anyone wants to look. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/32770964
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Old 05-09-10, 06:35 PM   #2641
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Patterson Pass.

Oh.

My.

God.
Patterson Pass was Special - nay, Magical. I really don't see what the big deal about it is.

Truthfully, it was a pretty stiff climb up at the top, and with a 20+ mph headwind funneling down on us it was kind of like swimming up a waterfall. But still, BFD.

Those of you who have ridden with me know I'm a slow climber. That hasn't changed. But yesterday was about the best I've felt on a bike since, like, forever. I was riding very strong (for me), and still had a lot of snap when we finished at 75 miles. It felt good.

Also, the company could not be beat - Chuck Tyler (owner of Dublin Cyclery) is a hell of a guy to ride with, as are his friends. Rich isn't kidding - we had a blast with these folks.

The "second" summit of Patterson Pass. Look how the grass is flat in the breeze (the light geen swath, in the center), while 80+ year old Chuck attacks:


Looking back east from just below the summit:


Our group for the day:
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Old 05-09-10, 09:22 PM   #2642
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Interesting. I pretty much never ride in the east bay but I managed to run into Chuck last year on the day of the BF Diablo ride. After taking BART over from Fremont I promptly managed to get lost (did I mention I never ride over there?) and somehow came across Dublin Cyclery. None of the guys in the front of the store new how to get me to Mt. Diablo but they sent me in the back where Chuck was in his office. We chatted a bit and he gave me the directions I needed. Good guy
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You guys rocked it pretty hard, great job and great report. . . .
Thanks, LOS. Whether Patterson was worse than Oakville Grade is a toss-up. The wind most certainly did not help.

Oakville is the more consistent of the two - for that Mile o' Pain, it just . . . never . . . lets . . . up. The east side of Patterson is more of a Death Of A Thousand Cuts - a series of ever-steeper pitches. Each stops just about the time you think that falling over and dying is a viable option. But then you have another one to do. And another. And a few more after that. If you do not know about the false summit, cresting it and seeing the real summit (see bigbossman's photo) is enough to convince you to commit seppuku with a rusty multi-tool. It took me at least a two or three minute rest stop at the last flat (flat? hah!) before the last little piece of 19 or 20% nastiness (not a typo) to the very top before I could convince myself to finish it off.

The bad news: I felt like cr@p at the top. The good news: I recovered quickly, and felt pretty good almost all of the rest of the way. And that free ride through Old Altamont with the wind at our backs - priceless.

Next stop: the Lodi Sunrise Century next Saturday. Hey, it's run by a bunch of fellow Rotarians, and this will be my first shot at 100 miles in at least eight years, maybe ten), and it'll build up the ol' confidence for that ridiculous amount of climbing you got us into up north.
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Ooo Patterson Pass. My favorite RR. It tweaks all my masochistic tenancies.

Anyway did a crit in Livermore. I had a cold, but hell I already signed up might as well race. I don't know what it is about NASCAR type crits, but it was like a demolition derby. On a second or third lap, yep thats right, two people managed to crash on a straight. WTF? Anyway ambulance came, but we continued to race. Then the fire truck came. At which point organizers decided to neutralize the race, and after a few laps stopped it all together until vehicles were off the course. They restarted with 6 laps to go. With 3 laps to go there was another crash, on the same elfing straightaway. I used my super duper ninja skills, and just pure dumb luck, to get around it. At which point I didn't want to be anywhere near the main pack. I let more adventurous folks to mix it up for the last lap, I didn't want a fractured wrist at the beginning of the season like few years back.

While riding in circles waiting for race to re-start ran in to JourneyLight. How did you do?
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I was there, but are you thinking of somebody else? BlastRadius, perhaps? I know we all look alike and all. I did the E3 race in the afternoon. No crashes, and one of my teammates won. I liked the course and will do it next year. Wouldn't want to do that course with 100 other 4's though, since the non-technical 4-corner crits seem to be a recipe for carnage in that field. Timpani, Wente, Crash for Cash, etc. Nice job staying upright.
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I think it was BlastRadius. During the circling, he did say he thought he saw you (Umney). Kind of a cool course, funny we had 3 crashes in same spot, when other fields had none or in different locations.

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I have absolutely no business posting in this speed-crazed sub-forum, but since you asked: Saturday ride was 45 miles on the tandem at a blistering 16.2 mph pace (there was some climbing). I'm sure we demolished a few fellow senior citizens on singles. Sunday, I showed up at the LBS on my single for a short, easy ride which turned into a 30 mile ride including one hill: 2700' of climbing in about 8-9 miles followed by the same really bad road on the downhill. I was last up, but kept two guys in sight. You know you're in trouble when one of the group is an attractive, young woman who is a mountain bike racer and has the legs of a power lifter: I made it up in one shot which is all that counts.
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Yeah, that was me. I got caught up in the crash at 3 to go, I used my ninja skills and tried bunny-hopping the guy that went down in front of me but my back wheel hit him and bucked my bike. I luckily got out with scrapes, bruises, and sores. Bike got scraped shifters. I got back on the bike and rode the last 1.5 laps in. It's interesting to see the graph go from 31.5mph to 0 in 5 seconds.
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Yeah, that was me. I got caught up in the crash at 3 to go, I used my ninja skills and tried bunny-hopping the guy that went down in front of me but my back wheel hit him and bucked my bike. I luckily got out with scrapes, bruises, and sores. Bike got scraped shifters. I got back on the bike and rode the last 1.5 laps in. It's interesting to see the graph go from 31.5mph to 0 in 5 seconds.
Doh, sorry to hear that and confusing the nick name. Yeah it's sure interesting to see those kind of changes. Did you see what caused the crash? I assumed it was the usual suspects crossing wheels and over reacting.
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I was there, but are you thinking of somebody else? BlastRadius, perhaps? I know we all look alike and all. I did the E3 race in the afternoon. No crashes, and one of my teammates won. I liked the course and will do it next year. Wouldn't want to do that course with 100 other 4's though, since the non-technical 4-corner crits seem to be a recipe for carnage in that field. Timpani, Wente, Crash for Cash, etc. Nice job staying upright.
Well it was only 92 at the start, I think about 50% finished. lol Well Wente wasn't too bad except for the dot bots, and of course some guys rear wheel taking out my computer. The Timpani I am avoiding like a plague the 4's is like a demolition derby. I did it 3 times and all three times someone was taken away in the ambulance. I was thinking of doing Crash for Cash, but then I put down a bong and came to my senses. lol
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