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Old 05-13-07, 02:53 PM   #251
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Saturday: early-morning climb up Hwy 9, down Page Mill with a stop in Palo Alto for a medical test that it turns out they would not administer (long, boring story). Back home via Foothill. About 50 miles and 3200' of climbing.

Sunday: up to Los Altos to roll with the AV 'A' ride. Hung on as best I could, which ended up being around the bottom third of Old La Honda. Despite getting dropped like a warm turd, I still ended up with my best time up OLH so far this season. Still about 1.5 minutes shy of my PR but I'll get there. The ride was heading on to Pescadero but I had to get back home for Mother's Day festivities, so I continued south on Skyline and returned via Hwy 9. Another 50 miles and 3600' of climb.


Hermes: how did you guys like the B ride?
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This weekend, I'm on-call, so the riding wasn't much.

Saturday: Sneaked out mid-day, to do a quick loop from Santa Clara to Los Altos and back. Then, in the evening, quick loop around Mt. Eden

Sunday: Sneaked out again, just after lunch, meeting up with Jobob, Lee, tprevost (and kids), Ellen, her roommate. It was great meeting y'all (finally). Didn't really ride together, but at least we got to get together, and yammer a while. Had to head back, just in case a call came in (living by the be available at a networked PC within 20 minutes). Luckily I didn't get a call.
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Old 05-13-07, 04:29 PM   #253
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28 miles today, with a run up to mile marker 3 on Mix Canyon. Last time I tried it in the rain, This time I started too late and hit it in the baking sun. Next time I'll get an early start. Then I saw a couple climbing up on a tandem. That's tough!
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Yesterday, we started in SF, went across the Golden Gate, up the Marin Headlands (very nice, my first time up there) and rode around Marin a while, then climbed Mt. Tam before going back across the bridge. We ended up doing more than 90 miles, and a couple of people w/ altimeters said we did 9,000 feet of climbing. Nice, long, windy ride - there were a few times where headwinds got kind of annoying.

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Old 05-13-07, 06:01 PM   #255
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According to SteveE, it was the fastest ride to date. I do not remember if that was for this particular route or all routes.
Fastest that I recall for this particular ride. The Polhemus Loop Ride is as fast or faster. Someone on the ride told me they had 18.1mph for the 48 miles. I had 17.9mph for 61 miles door-to-door.

Hermes & Cranky Stoker did great. It's tough trying to match your speed on a tandem with a bunch of singles. You're usually faster on the flats and downhills but slower on the climbs. We haven't tackled Kings Mountain on the tandem yet, although we've done Old La Honda a few times.

Today, my wife wanted to go for a ride and also have a picnic. We rode - wife and one daughter on their singles, and my other daughter and me on the tandem - up through Portola Valley to Woodside. Got sandwiches and drinks at Roberts Market and biked over to Huddert Park where we had our picnic. Rode home the flat way.
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Old 05-13-07, 06:24 PM   #256
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Hermes: how did you guys like the B ride?
The B ride was fun but very fast. According to SteveE, it was the fastest ride to date. I do not remember if that was for this particular route or all routes.

Since we have 3 TTs coming up starting May 26th and we are riding the tandem, we decided to ride it figuring we would get a good workout. It was okay but...it is difficult to manage the accordian aspects and acceleration of pack on the tandem. We went to the front a couple of times but most of the time, we were in the back with others when the main bunch accelerated away. During the climb up Kings the stoker needed a biostop . We soloed up Kings riding at LT for the whole climb. Got a late start after the regroup at Canada/92 (not sure why but a number of little things) and did not see anyone when we arrived at the Market. However, they were on the side where I did not see them . We went on thinking they were ahead. The group caught us going up Sand Hill and we were back with the pack to Peets.

To sum it up, great ride and group, pace was fast but taking the tandem was like taking a knife to a gun fight. The next time we will be on road bikes.
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So I had three hour zone 2 planned for Sunday and some hill intervals for Saturdays. I was still getting over the cold and on Friday I had titanium rod inserted in to my lower jaw in preparation for replacement tooth. So I figured I do zone2 on Saturday. Plus I discovered my rear training wheel was wobbly. Took of the cassete, and took it to the LBS, it's a long my training ride, to get trued. Was too lazy to put 12/27 on my rear racing wheel (it runs 11/23). Didn't really feel like doing high intesity anything. It went well. By the time I got back I was pretty tired.Two and half weeks of drinking and chasing women around Europe probably had something to do with that.
Today I did some "fun" hill intervals, after putting 12/27 on it in the morning, on Kings Mountain. Three on/off 10 minute hill intervals pretty much killed my legs. Even worse then last time I did them. Again the whole drinking thing. Finished it off with three 10 minute z2/z3 (well zone2). My legs were pretty much done. One fun note. After one turn around I was passed by some guy on descent. I was still picking up speed. He ended up going not all that fast so I passed him. I think to him it looked like he passed some slow descender who then got pissy and passed him. Descending Kings Mountain is tons of fun. Pavement is good, and not a lot of cars. Only bummer is a lot of blind turns. Which present a problem because some idiots in cars like to pass cyclists on a blind turn.
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Yesterday I did an ACTC club ride starting from Sunol, so I rode out to the start. The wind was blowing unusually strong at 9 am and it was a tailwind for most of the ride eastbound out along the AC Trail and Niles Canyon Rd., so the 15 mile flat-ish ride took me about 45 minutes, whee. I knew there'd be payback though The group headed out from Sunol back into the headwind and up Palomares. Luckily Palomares Rd. was fairly well protected from the wind, altho it was windy and freezing at the top waiting for the others, so a few of us kept going. We had another nice tailwind heading east on Dubin Canyon Road, and the wind on Foothill Rd. back into Sunol wasn't too bad. Most of us met up in Sunol for lunch and an impromptu birthday celebration for the ride leader. My husband Lee was able to get out & drive out to meet us for lunch. As we were heading out of the cafe after lunch, I looked at the flag across the street sticking straight out in the wind, in the exact direction opposite to where I was heading, so I bummed a ride home from Lee. About 45 miles.

Today Lee & I went across the Dumbarton, through Menlo Park & Atherton up to Woodside. We then took Whiskey Hill to Sand Hill & Portola Rd., then I turned right and went up Alpine Road & turned back (I was feeling really good during this ride, best I've felt since before the head cold that set me back a few weeks, yay). Lee opted out of the climb & headed down Alpine directly. We met up at the Chain Reaction on Foothill in Los Altos a bit after 1, just in time to see Tracy walking into the Carvell with her boys. Mmmm, soft serve. We chatted for a bit while enjoying our ice cream, and soon spingineer showed up in his CSC jersey - I knew it was him the moment I spotted him We chatted some more, during which time a couple of Trac's & my friends from the TE list showed up. Lee and I headed for home (accompanied for a mile or 2 by spingineer), along Casto St. in Mtn View and thru Shorline Park. By then the bay wind had really whipped up! I was still feeling really good, but Lee's allergies were starting to wear him down, so I was able to pull him most of the way home. Since he used to have to pull me all the time, I'm glad to be able to return the favor once in a while ! It was about 68 miles.

I'm really jazzed with how good I felt today, my crazy Solvang Autumn Double idea is seeming a little less crazy

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The Solvang Autumn Double is still awhile away, so there's plenty of time to train for that. It's not that crazy. Just do a century a weekend till then ...
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Old 05-13-07, 09:43 PM   #260
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According to SteveE, it was the fastest ride to date.
Apparently it was fast enough for him to achieve time travel! He quotes your message before it appears?
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Old 05-13-07, 10:03 PM   #261
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Apparently it was fast enough for him to achieve time travel! He quotes your message before it appears?
SteveE is pretty fast...he may have exceeded the speed of light or found a worm hole in space - Serrota technology. In reality, I started writing a post and somehow posted it partially complete. SteveE responded. I saw the partial post and deleted it. That is why he led my final post. Technology.
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SteveE is fast ... like the others in the Alto Velo B ride. Maybe after I complete my Triple Crown (after Grand Tour), I'll try riding with them again ... at least now I feel better about my climbing ... I still won't be able to climb as fast as them.
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Got out Saturday morning for a quick ride on the tandem and the first time on a bike in three weeks. Did a quick 25 miler out and back, fairly flat and averaged 20 mph. Got up this morning for a nice hill climbing ride with cfblue. We were headed to Montecello dam and were to meet cf at the camp ground below. Got about 20 miles into the ride and our friend told us the back wheel was wobbling. Got off and sure enough there was broken dxxn spoke. CF met us and gave us a ride back home. What a nice guy and we just met him in person. Took the wheel in to the LBS. Hope to get it back soon cause we have the Montecello Century on Sunday. Anyone out there coming out to Vacaville to ride?
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We are racing the Dunlap TT June 3rd in Winters, CA in the tandem division. http://dbcraceteam.org/Events-results/2007/dunlap.html It is a 34.3 K course that is flat with good roads.
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Good luck to you guys. I should be back from Europe by then so maybe we can come out and cheer you on. That is pretty flat country. The only drawback would be if the wind picks up. It can blow wicked bad through there.
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Good luck to you guys. I should be back from Europe by then so maybe we can come out and cheer you on. That is pretty flat country. The only drawback would be if the wind picks up. It can blow wicked bad through there.
It would be great if you come to watch, but you and RR should join us...the entry fee is cheap and you each can buy a one day license at the event. You century riders cannot be afraid of a little 34.3 K fast paced ride on flat terrain?? Seriously, TTs are fun on the tandem, perfectly safe and you do not need to worry about any special equipment. Your bike is fine and it is typical to what we see at other races. There is not exotic stuff in the tandem group. You can set your own goals. It will add an entirely new dimension to your riding and training.
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I rode up Page Mill to Highway 35 for the first time yesterday. Before that I would stop at Moody and head back down. I think it's time to put on the 12-27 cassette and not the 12-23. There were a few points up the latter part of the hill where I had to pull over and grab a quick breather in the shade. Another cyclist helped keep me motivated to make it to the top, thanks! I didn't put on enough sunscreen so the arms got a bit red from the sun. I'm slowly upping the miles (41 yesterday, most so far) as I try to get in better cycling form after a several year layoff.
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Did a family ride on Sunday from Campbell to Willow Glen. Beautiful day with lots of bikes out on the town! (Not all of these reports have to be hammer-fests, right?)
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My only ride this weekend was a couple of times around the block with my 3 year old son. I ride the fixed gear so that I can ride at his pace.
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It would be great if you come to watch, but you and RR should join us...the entry fee is cheap and you each can buy a one day license at the event. You century riders cannot be afraid of a little 34.3 K fast paced ride on flat terrain?? Seriously, TTs are fun on the tandem, perfectly safe and you do not need to worry about any special equipment. Your bike is fine and it is typical to what we see at other races. There is not exotic stuff in the tandem group. You can set your own goals. It will add an entirely new dimension to your riding and training.
Okay, you convinced us. We will do it.
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I rode the Tour of the Unknown Coast with my Dad and Uncle on Saturday, which, for me, was a brutal 100 miles with 9,800 feet of climbing. The ride was mostly made difficult because the ride is rear-loaded, with most of the climbing in the last 25 miles, and by a nasty head and crosswind that hit us at the beginning of that stretch and followed us all the way into Ferndale. I liked the ride though, and would sign-up again.

Sunday I did a quick loop from Ukiah to Hopland on Old River Road, mostly to stretch out the kinks.
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A friend did the Tour of the Unknown Coast 100 mi route, and yes, it sounded tough! Well done.
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I rode the Central Coast Double on Saturday. It was a great ride, with almost perfect riding conditions except for a stretch in the Salinas Valley with a severe headwind. Nacimiento Road is probably one of the most scenic climbs in California. Plus, I did it without cramps, nausea or the strong desire to quit cycling forever that often hits in the middle of a double century...
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I rode the Central Coast Double on Saturday. It was a great ride, with almost perfect riding conditions except for a stretch in the Salinas Valley with a severe headwind. Nacimiento Road is probably one of the most scenic climbs in California. Plus, I did it without cramps, nausea or the strong desire to quit cycling forever that often hits in the middle of a double century...
I hear there were freezing winds at the last rest stop. Small 100-ish turnout. What was your time?
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I hear there were freezing winds at the last rest stop. Small 100-ish turnout. What was your time?
Yeah, there was a very stiff north wind in Salinas Valley. On the 5-10 miles heading north toward the Bradley stop it was very tough going. That was the low point though. I finished in just about exactly 15 hours, more or less in the middle of the group, I guess.
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