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Old 06-21-10, 03:40 PM   #2726
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Guess what they had? That's right - and it was the best damned thing I ever ate.
His lunch also provided great incentive to make sure I was climbing the hills IN FRONT of him and not behind.

It really was a great ride. San Antonio Valley is another world from Silicon Valley just on the other side of the mountain. Thousands of acres of ranch-land that was home to a lot more scrub, lizards, snakes and cattle than human inhabitants. I'm pretty sure we rode over 40 miles with literally less than a handful of vehicles passing us. It was well worth the trip, but like BBM, the ride stretched the outer limits of how far and high I want and need to go in a single day.
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... It was well worth the trip, but like BBM, the ride stretched the outer limits of how far and high I want and need to go in a single day.


There is nothing wrong with your bicycle. Do not attempt to adjust the shifters. We are controlling the gears. If we wish to make them easier, we will make them lower. If we wish to make it harder, we will crank them up to 53x11. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the miles; make them flutter. We can change your focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next 16 hours, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your bicycle. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to the outer limits. The Double Century!
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Old 06-21-10, 04:31 PM   #2728
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His lunch also provided great incentive to make sure I was climbing the hills IN FRONT of him and not behind. .


Hey I know it's early, but do y'all plan on doing the High Sierra Fall Century this year?
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Old 06-21-10, 05:21 PM   #2729
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Hey I know it's early, but do y'all plan on doing the High Sierra Fall Century this year?
If only we had a place to stay.
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Lol ... I think that can be arranged.
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Hot Italian (white and black kit). I was on the gray Cervelo off the back.
I think I have a few shots of you!

Sunday morning I hit the ARBT with a friend. He rode from Auburn and still kicked my butt on the 30 miles we did on the bike trail. Nice to have a friend along for the ride though!
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Old 06-21-10, 09:53 PM   #2732
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I think I have a few shots of you!

Sunday morning I hit the ARBT with a friend. He rode from Auburn and still kicked my butt on the 30 miles we did on the bike trail. Nice to have a friend along for the ride though!
Hey, I saw your shots of the P12 race. They look amazing. Can't wait until you post up the Cat 3 race!
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Old 06-27-10, 12:58 PM   #2733
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Went for a little ride yesterday with Rich (on his new De Rosa) and a few other folks. Nothing too big or epic, about 65 miles and 2800 or so feet of climbing (most of it in one spot). Good thing, too - all week it had been cold and windy, and Saturday summer decided to arrive. I kind of got bushwhacked by the sudden transition to heat on the latter half of the ride, and limped home to my nice shady double-wide hammock for some R&R.

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Is that the "before" or "after" shot of lunch?
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Old 06-27-10, 04:43 PM   #2735
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Is that the "before" or "after" shot of lunch?
"during"
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Old 06-27-10, 09:59 PM   #2736
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I can't believe I rode the whole thing ...!

The TNT Death Ride team traditionally has one long last kick-azz training ride two weeks before the actual event.

Ours was yesterday.

We started in Kentfield, headed to Fairfax, then up BoFax past Alpine Dam and Ridgecrest to the summit of Tam. Then we headed east down Panoramic Highway to Highway 1, then north on Hiway 1 towards Stinson but turned off just before that to head up Mt Tam again ('cuz once ain't enough ) via the northern end of Panoramic. This time we only went as far as the junction of Pan Toll and Ridgecrest, then headed back on Ridgecrest and descended the west side of BoFax (a bumpy descent, that!) . From there we headed up 1 to Marshall, climbed the Marshall Wall, headed down to Pt. Reyes/Petaluma Rd to Nicasio to SFD, into Fairfax and back to Kentfield.



It worked out to about 109 miles and 10,000-something feet of climbing.

Goes without saying, but I'm thrilled to bits that I could do it. I wasn't fast by any stretch of the imagination, but hey I finished before sundown.

Am I ready for the Death Ride? Eh. I might not make the time cutoff for the fifth pass (hope I can make the earlier cut-offs!), but to be honest completing all five passes isn't the do-all and end-all for me. I'm really happy with what I've managed to accomplish, and the Death Ride will be great fun however I finish up.
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Old 06-27-10, 11:34 PM   #2737
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Old 06-27-10, 11:41 PM   #2738
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Did Grand Tour Highland on Saturday. Several things made this interesting .. woke up late, and therfore late start .... overshot several turns, adding 5 more miles (and did a real double, and not this silly 197 mile non-sense), and lost my cell phone in the potty house. Other than that, persevered for my 5th double century. Got in a time of 15:57 ... and that's an official time. At least I broke the 16 hour barrier. I'm really happy about that!

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Old 06-28-10, 08:38 AM   #2739
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Saturday did the misery-fest 94 mile 10,450' day with S-Ben T-Chris and Ahmose through the Santa Cruz mountains. It was nice to ride on new roads in that area since I normally stick to just a few for whatever loop is on the route.

Sunday I took the 22lb Steel Allez out for fun in the sun. The Garmin Edge 500 read 98.8 at the top of the steep exposed section of Page Mill. Skyline was nice as there was a slight breeze on all the downhills. The heat returned though by Sky Londa and the climb up and over to King's Mountain was painful with the King's descent even worse. That unpleasant feeling of hot air being blown in your face. Going over Sandhill the temp read 100.4. I think I drank at least 6 24oz bottles. Heat training for Markleeville however so it needed to be done.
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Old 06-28-10, 09:57 AM   #2740
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Nothing Saturday. Sunday I rode out to Rancho Cordova and back from my house near down town. Got in about 35 miles, ran out of water on the way back and the water fountains at Discovery Park were in use by homeless people having a shower in them. Luckily it was only about 3 miles home from there so I toughed it out and rehydrated with a nice beer back at the house.
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Old 06-28-10, 10:31 AM   #2741
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103 hard, hilly miles on Saturday.

12 miles on the folding bike on Sunday. Got a sandwich at Whole Foods, carrot cake and a cookie from Icing on the Cake. Iced coffee from Los Gatos Coffee roasting company. Also picked up some produce at the farmers market. It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was in the mid 90s out which explained why I was sweating so much despite soft pedaling the whole way. Later in the evening I took the little bike out again and made a Chipotle run for burrito, chips, and guac. Picked up a six pack of Blue Moon on the way home I think it's fair to say that whatever weight I may have lost on Saturday I gained back on Sunday.
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Saturday: 102.5 miles/11,408ft ride in the Santa Cruz mountains with silentben, ygduf and Bostic. Very scenic route with a lot of shade and minimal traffic.
Garmin 705 was acting up all day and got confused at the intersection between Empire Grade and Felton-Empire.
Ended up continuing with the route on my own with a brief stop at Felton for a water refill.
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Old 07-04-10, 05:24 PM   #2744
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We rode from Bear Valley to Markleeville and back, my power was very down due to 8 days off the bike, eating out of control and an active sinus infection but, made it none the less.

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Old 07-04-10, 06:40 PM   #2745
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First decent ride for a while, though only a modest 36 miles. Climbed Page mill, returned via Moody Rd, along Foothill, Sandhill & Portola back to home. Despite having done less climbing than I'd like to this year, I still managed a personal best for the ascent of Page Mill Rd. Oh yes, and it was quite warm (especially for this Limey) thank goodness for that water stop near the top of the hill!
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Friday: 42 miles, Cantelow, Winters loop, through the orchards to Stevenson Bridge Rd. and through corn and sunflower fields, then home.

Sat.: 47 miles, same route with a couple changes, fast & windy. Rode with some of my teammates and the pace was brisk.

Today: 35 miles, shop ride on the tandem. We pulled some of the new riders into the wind and hammered with the tailwind.

The riding lately has been so much fun. I love summer.
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Old 07-04-10, 07:39 PM   #2747
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Davis 4th of July Crit, it was fun.
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I did the 50 mile route of the Livestrong Challenge today. Longest and toughest ride I've ever done. Couldn't have asked for better weather though.
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Pittsburg to Dublin bart via Iron horse Trail. Kinda of boring the last 5-8 miles
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Old 07-12-10, 12:22 AM   #2750
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Bikingshearer and I made a run to the coast on Saturday. Started at Pagemill-Arastradero park-n-ride, up Old LaHonda and down the westside to 84. Stopped at the funky general store in San Gregorio for snacks and lots of laughs at all the kitsch that fills the shelves and walls. Made our way up the long climb along Tunitas Creek - riding under redwoods has to be one of the greatest things about cycling in Norcal.

Towards the top we met a guy on a beautiful red Della Santa. He and Rich swapped stories about Roland Della Santa the master frame builder. It was one of the prettiest bikes I've ever seen.

With the hard work done, we headed down Skyline, made a short stop at Skylonda for drinks and then home via 84 and Portola Valley. A great day, nearly perfect weather and 52 miles of two-wheeled fun.
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