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    Quote Originally Posted by joker8baller View Post
    !!! ^- I want to do that ride, cept from Davis, to my house in Alamo...
    There's a reason we go west to east, and take the train back.

    Wind.

    Davis to Alamo would be a pretty grueling ride with the wind up.
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    Hahha, true that. We'll see, a friend of mine wants to do Mountain View to Davis, then I have a group that is willing to do do Davis to San Jose... Just gotta space some recovery days in, and I think it's a go!

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    My road back to mediocrity continued yesterday - nice short, but steep ride in the EB Hills with (at various points) ROJA, Robocheme and Brentley. Took on El Toyonal/Lomas Cantadas, Hiller and Claremont before some fun/fast sprints on Pinehurst through Canyon (false flat downhill) and back up Moraga Way from Moraga (false flat uphill).

    Nice to see that my HR seems to be coming back to normal ranges, and maxed out ~189 on Lomas this week, rather than the excrutiating 199bpm experience I had a couple of weeks ago. 30miles, 3650ft - starting to feel some more power in my legs now.
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    I'm about to leave for a 45 mile recovery ride to Woodside.

    But yesterday, I joined PenVelo's weekly Saturday ride. I had a fantastic time, I got to meet BlastRadius and I met up coincidently with someone else I knew, as well as the manager of my LBS. I thought I would be alone but I'm glad there were people I kinda knew, and I met some new people as well.

    Anyways it went well, I didn't get dropped. Well I ALMOST got dropped when the road started descending a bit on Arastadero(sp?) because i couldn't keep up with my 52/14, but I managed to catch up once the road went flat.

    I was able to finish with the lead group and then I rode back home. I woke up at 5:50am and left my house 6:50am (on bike). I got there 30 minutes before they started and when I arrived back home I had 71.71 miles. I wasn't expecting such a number because the loop is about 30-35 miles but i forgot I had to ride 15-20 miles back home so it seemed reasonable.

    But anyways, I can't wait to ride with them again, It sharpens skills I need for criteriums.
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    Rode 40 miles around The Sutter Buttes with Lanceyoungstrong: 9yrs old, 100 degrees and 40 Miles. The kid is a stud.

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    Looks like big fun.

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    Saturday, I teamed up with a few friends and did one of my favorite rides. What we do is meet up at the Martinez, CA AMTRAK station, ride ~85 miles though the Sacramento Delta to Old Town Sacramento, have lunch, and then take the train back to the cars. It is a scenic, pleasant, easy, and enjoyable ride, with added benefit of going with the wind all the way and a nice comfortable train ride back.

    Along the way, we followed the Sacramento River, stopped in small delta towns for refreshment, and enjoyed a wonderful day out and about.

    A few pics:

    The only really ugly part of the ride - getting over the Antioch Bridge. The view is nice enough, but the crosswind at the top is a real eye-opener (note the flags at the toll house), and the traffic at-speed just off your left shoulder is a bit disconcerting:




    First delta stop - the town of Isleton. The Riverbank Cafe is the place to eat:


    Paceline with a tailwind, on the way to Walnut Grove:


    Bridging the gap. I jump off one group to catch the next:


    Great local bar in the historic Chinese town of Locke - "Al The Wop's":


    Coming into the capitol city of California - Sacramento. The palace of thieves, liars, and duplicitous rat-bastards looks resplendent in the California sun:


    Cruising through historic Old Town Sacramento:


    My steed of the day, the Ciocc:


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    Wow, BBM. That looks way too fun. One of these days I'm getting an all-day hall pass to do one of these adventures.
    Isleton and Locke are towns I haven't visited since I was a kid and never on a bike.

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    Damn, BBM ... that looks great!

    When did you get that CIOCC? Sweet bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    Damn, BBM ... that looks great!

    When did you get that CIOCC? Sweet bike!
    I got the frame set about 2-1/2 years ago, and it hung in my garage until about 6 months ago when I decided to build it up as a compact double to see what all the fuss is about.

    It's ok, but a lot more shifting necessary up front than with my standard triple equipped bikes. I'm not sold on the compact double philosophy yet. But the bike is nice, what with the mid-80's paint job and all. And then there's the chrome. Mmmmmmmmmm........

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    That ride looks like too much fun to miss. One or the other of us has got to move. :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    That ride looks like too much fun to miss. One or the other of us has got to move. :-(
    Well..... I ain't moving back to The Pit, that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    The only really ugly part of the ride - getting over the Antioch Bridge.
    Never seen it done and hope I never do.. You have some huevos there son!

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    Hey, I don't live in The Pit!

    And The Pit's not so bad ... it's still got this pit:

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    Up near Amelia Island and out on the Baldwin trail:






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    Quote Originally Posted by crimsonblood View Post
    Never seen it done and hope I never do.. You have some huevos there son!
    I've done it twice. It's not as bad as you think.
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    Only 33 miles, but threw in 2 nice hills. Castle Crest & Highland, each has a few spots over 20%. Steep enough to be spooky on the way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7bmwm3gtr View Post
    I'm about to leave for a 45 mile recovery ride to Woodside.

    But yesterday, I joined PenVelo's weekly Saturday ride. I had a fantastic time, I got to meet BlastRadius and I met up coincidently with someone else I knew, as well as the manager of my LBS. I thought I would be alone but I'm glad there were people I kinda knew, and I met some new people as well.

    Anyways it went well, I didn't get dropped. Well I ALMOST got dropped when the road started descending a bit on Arastadero(sp?) because i couldn't keep up with my 52/14, but I managed to catch up once the road went flat.

    I was able to finish with the lead group and then I rode back home. I woke up at 5:50am and left my house 6:50am (on bike). I got there 30 minutes before they started and when I arrived back home I had 71.71 miles. I wasn't expecting such a number because the loop is about 30-35 miles but i forgot I had to ride 15-20 miles back home so it seemed reasonable.

    But anyways, I can't wait to ride with them again, It sharpens skills I need for criteriums.
    nice!

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    Just a little jaunt yesterday, doing the Santa Cruz Mtn Challenge with fellow BF member MarkoPolo. We opted for the metric century, which totaled up to ~62 miles and 6750 or so feet of climbing. The ride was very scenic, the locals were a bit surly, and the climbing involved left me a little worse for wear and tear.

    I'm no stranger to rides with significant climbs, but Jamison Creek Road was a real back-breaker for me. By the time I flopped off my bike at the top, I had used up everything I had brought to the dance that day. From then on, it was grind along and pray for a descent.

    Along the way I did manage to recover enough to build up some endurance, and a refreshing stop at DJ's convenience store in Santa Cruz helped to seal the deal and get me home. Even so - this was a difficult ride for me to finish, and I'd sooner do repeats on Oakville Grade in Napa before going up Jamison again.

    Top of first climb - morning fog giving way to sunshine:


    A day at the beach:


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    44 miles through orchards, tomato and sunflower fields in more practically perfect weather. The entire ride felt effortless, as though moving the bike required nothing more strenuous than thinking about pedaling. I love rides like that.
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    Tricia (MyLilPony) and I are visiting Mariel and Keith on our way to Crater Lake. They live in the lovely town of Blue Lake near Arcada. We managed to sneak in thirty miles this morning, and we are so glad we did. We rode through redwoods, through fog, and through country lanes covered by the tree canopies. We reode over Mad River, worthwhile for the name alone.

    Keith picked our route, and together we managed to build a circular route in Google maps using the bike feature and MyMaps points. It generally worked, though we're still puzzled over one odd turn it suggested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    Just a little jaunt yesterday, doing the Santa Cruz Mtn Challenge with fellow BF member MarkoPolo. We opted for the metric century, which totaled up to ~62 miles and 6750 or so feet of climbing. The ride was very scenic, the locals were a bit surly, and the climbing involved left me a little worse for wear and tear.

    I'm no stranger to rides with significant climbs, but Jamison Creek Road was a real back-breaker for me. By the time I flopped off my bike at the top, I had used up everything I had brought to the dance that day. From then on, it was grind along and pray for a descent.

    Along the way I did manage to recover enough to build up some endurance, and a refreshing stop at DJ's convenience store in Santa Cruz helped to seal the deal and get me home. Even so - this was a difficult ride for me to finish, and I'd sooner do repeats on Oakville Grade in Napa before going up Jamison again.

    Top of first climb - morning fog giving way to sunshine:


    A day at the beach:


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    Good job and +1 on the sentiments about Jamison Creek. Hill workouts are good, but when they get to the point
    where you're at threshold heartrate, in the lowest gear, and crawling at 4mph it's just not productive.
    A long steady climb (like Hamilton or Diablo) would be a much better workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
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    I love the way that has come out as a vertical wall! What are the stats on Jamison Creek? I've heard plenty of folks complain about that one before.

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    Nvrmind, just found it in the 2008 edition of tbe LowKey series.

    Nice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    I love the way that has come out as a vertical wall! What are the stats on Jamison Creek? I've heard plenty of folks complain about that one before.

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