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Old 09-08-10, 08:16 PM   #2876
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I found out that there is a bike trail here in town. I've only lived here 8 years and it's on the south side, I live on the north and don't work in the county so I don't explore much. After a great ride on Saturday, I decided to check out the trail on Monday.

Pretty, but too short and way too many people with unleashed dogs on the trail. There were also a lot of rocks and dirt on the trail, which can making riding quite precarious when also navigating the people and dogs.

In short, I hit the deck and ripped the cleat off my right shoe. I'm okay (minor scratches and a few bruises, one of which is seriously nasty), bike is okay, but I needed new cleats and I ripped the heel of my Sidis.

My first crash on the road bike (been riding road for a year).
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Henry, Luke looks fierce and he's adorable in the video. Way to start young!
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I might have over did it this weekend. I am literally limping right now. lol
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Alto Velo B ride on Saturday and the Los Gatos Sunday Social
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Yesterday I rode out to Millerton Lake
Was a great ride, seems popular ride as I saw alot of trash related to bikes along the trip. I think the next time I ride it I'll carry my extra pannier for the trash... Don't need more bad press for bikes in the area.

I now know I need to work on hill climbing lol...
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What a great weekend!

Friday, I drove up to Mammoth to do the High Sierra Century. On the way, I stopped at Tuolumne Meadows for a quick ride to Tioga Pass and back. 17 miles, spectacularly great weather to go with the scenery, and easier than expected.

Saturday, on to the High Sierra Century. Bigbossman, MarkoPolo, Biker395 and a good friend of Biker's headed off from Mammoth, where we stayed, instead of starting at the official start point at an area park. Then, instead of staying on US 395 all the way to 120 as the official route does, we turned off onto the June Lake loop. Simply stunning. All of you owe it to yourselves to ride that road at least once in your lives. The loop added 8 or so miles to the route, and they were so much more than worth it.

Then onto 120 East and the climb to Sage Hen Summit. This is where I lost bunches of time. Sage Hen is one of those decpetive climbs - it never feels or looks as hard as your body says it is (or at least not as hard as my body said it was). Physically, I never really "felt the love" on the ride. I just never could get truly comfortable or dialed in. Not bad, just not in the groove. It was one of those days when, whatever gear I was in, I always wished there was another one between it and the next one up or down. I suspect the elevation had something to do with it. Suffice to say, at this point, I was not at all sure how far I could go.

The descent east off Sage Hen, though, is another ride you must do some day. Easy turns, mostly good pavement (and some glass-smooth), excellent sight lines, almost no traffic . . . oh, and scenery to sell your soul for. Absolutely incredible.

After the lunch stop, the road headed into the teeth of an obnoxious headwind. The elevation change over the next 10 or 15 miles was negligible, but the dead-straight headwind-laced road was punctuated by three significant rollers. Rollers? Make those Medieval torture devices. Whoever thought double-digit degree little climbs combined with double-digit wind was a good idea needs to reconsider.

But something odd happened on that stretch. Bigbossman and I (the other three had gone on ahead, and BBM was babysitting my sorry behind - many thanks, John ), who had been two of the last three people out of the lunch stop - I am not kidding - started reeling people in. It wasn't because I felt any better, and it wasn't because the passees looked like the lame and the halt, and it certainly wasn't because we were tryng to be Lance wannabes or force the pace. No, we put pur heads down and rediscovered that we big guys can power through headwinds better than spindly-legged climbing farts. It also provided some needed motivation.

When the offical course turned right to go over Wildrose Summit, we headed left toward US 6 and Benton. After short climb, down another stunningly wonderful descent. Then south on 6, where the wind is always at your back.

Except today.

The good news was it is almost nonstop flat or gentle downhill all the way to Bishop and the awaiting planted car. The bad news was that wind and the ever-popular alluvial fan climb. If you have read BBM or Biker395 describe their Death Valley adventures, you know what I mean - climbs that don't look at all steep (and really aren't) but go . . . on . . . for . . . ever. Distances in these wide-open parts are very deceptive, as I learned. (This is the same stretch of road the White Mountain Double folks described in that thread. They didn't seem to like it much, either, and they had 100 more miles in than I did.)

We managed to keep up a decent pace (15-17 mph most of the time), but I was done. By Chalfant, about 12 miles or so short of Bishop, "not feeling the love" had morphed into "I've had enough." BBM and I stopped at the local store and had some nice cold drinks. If I had had to, I could have forced my way to Bishop. But since I didn't have to, no amount of coaxing, cajoling, pleading, verbal abuse or threats from BBM was making me move until the Up Ahead Gang brought the car to me (which we had all agreed on as the plan many miles earlier). I did pay BBM back for helping me through all the headwinds by providing some choice tailwinds for his amusement, however. Funny thing, though - he didn't seem to think it was a fair trade.

102 miles, and some of the best people and greatest scenery one could ever ask for.

And yes, John, Vic and Mark, I'm still glad I didn't push on to Bishop.
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Rode up Calavares Rd for the first time this past Sat. We skipped Sierra Rd but headed around the resevoir to some bridge or something for a rest stop after a nice descent. After a few minutes I found out we had to go back UP Calavares and I was pretty much toast. Not only that I ran out of water with about 5 miles left. Not good in the hot sun! But I got back and survived! Being off the bike for 3+ weeks is not good!!

Then yesterday I was in my garage and went to spin my rear wheel but it would stop. Came to find out my rear brake pad had been rubbing the whole ride!!!! So not only did I not have the fitness to ride a bunch of hills, was dehydrated and cooked... my brakes were working against me! Doh!! Lesson learned. Check the brakes when building up a new bike. lol!
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What a great weekend!

Rollers? Make those Medieval torture devices. Whoever thought double-digit degree little climbs combined with double-digit wind was a good idea needs to reconsider.

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But something odd happened on that stretch. Bigbossman and I (the other three had gone on ahead, and BBM was babysitting my sorry behind - many thanks, John ), who had been two of the last three people out of the lunch stop - I am not kidding - started reeling people in. It wasn't because I felt any better, and it wasn't because the passees looked like the lame and the halt, and it certainly wasn't because we were tryng to be Lance wannabes or force the pace. No, we put pur heads down and rediscovered that we big guys can power through headwinds better than spindly-legged climbing farts. It also provided some needed motivation.

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And yes, John, Vic and Mark, I'm still glad I didn't push on to Bishop.
Yea, those are some huge whoop-de-doos, eh? Here is a sample:



That is every bit at steep as it looks. and with a headwind to boot. Yeee-ha.

I was riding with a friend on PCH one day, when a rather large gentleman on a bike went by the other way.

"California time trial champion a few years ago." Says my friend.

I have no doubt I'd have beaten this guy to the top of any extended climb ... and no doubt he would have kicked my arse on the flats. Being big does have its advantages, so I have no doubt you took no prisoners in that wind. You guys were really not that far behind us.

Oh, and next year? We'll start in Bishop and end there. All that means is that we have to start early and climb the Sherwin Grade to start.

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Sage Hen is one of those decpetive climbs
Yes, Sagehen is a good workout, especially if it's hot.


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The descent east off Sage Hen, though, is another ride you must do some day. Easy turns, mostly good pavement (and some glass-smooth), excellent sight lines, almost no traffic . . . oh, and scenery to sell your soul for. Absolutely incredible.
Wait a minute! That's not what I remember at all. OK, the scenery is great but, back in June, the road was atrocious, cracks every ten, twenty yards for miles. Did they redo the pavement just for you guys? NOT FAIR!

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Aren't these fun? Personally I was cooked in that section, I had to take a breather. But being out in the middle of nowhere with none existent traffic I eventually had to get back on the bike.


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down another stunningly wonderful descent.
That's where I made a stunning undo. The descent was too wonderful I forgot to see a sharp turn.
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Old 09-13-10, 05:46 PM   #2885
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Got a chance to use my new CO2 inflater for the first time.

With my usual flair as a rock and pothole magnet, I rode over a rock with the front. Probably only about 1" in diameter, in the middle of a 4' wide bike lane, and I hit it. At first, I thought I was okay, but after 30 seconds the front felt soggy, and as I watched it the front went dead flat. Dang!

The inflater made quick work of inflating the spare tube, but didn't quite get it as hard as the back - maybe 90-100 instead of 110. I went ahead with the ride I'd planned - San Mateo to Woodside, up Kings, South on 35, West on 84 to the bottom of West OLH, up that to 35, down to EAST 84, and home. 55 miles, which is about all I can do these days - I REALLY need to ride more! I did descend gently, in deference to my ever-so-slightly spongy front.

I feel pretty good today, due largely to Advil and a nice walk with the doggies this morning. That eased a lot of the stiffness.
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Not too much more to add to the accounts above, but here's my 2 cents, anyway.

I drove out to Mammoth Lakes this past weekend for my yearly participation in the High Sierra Fall Century. I've done this ride enough times that, while I'm certainly not bored with the scenery, I don't really feel a compelling need to ride the route as prescribed. So, this year we sort of made up our own route using the official route but changing our start and finish. We stashed a car in Bishop about 45 miles south of the ride start, and started our ride about 11 miles north of the ride start (the condo we were staying in at Mammoth). Partway up HWY 395, we summited Deadman and then took our second route deviation through the June Lake Loop.

We rejoined the ride route at the HWY 120/395 junction, followed it all the way to the Benton Hot Springs junction, and then deviated from the route for the 3rd and last time to scoot down HWY 6 to Bishop and the car.

~102 miles on the day, with maybe 4500 or so feet of climbing. A pretty robust headwind combined with a few double digit rollers made for an interesting time, but when it was all said and done it was a wonderful day out in spectacular scenery, with more than passable companionship.

Some assorted pics:

Fishermen on June Lake, with Carson Peak reflected in the water:


The road going around Grant Lake:


Clash of The Titans:


Descending out of June Lake Loop, toward 395 and Mono Lake:


HWY 120, skirting Mono Lake and headed east to cross that far range:


Rolling on fresh blacktop:


Crossing Big Sand Flat, headed toward Sagehen Summit:


Descending Hwy 6 into Chalfant:


Let's not forget the date - flag flying at half-mast in Chalfant in remembrance those murdered on 9/11:


Driving back to the condo apres-ride. Sunset over the Ritter Range:
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Nice photos and report. Wow!
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Old 09-14-10, 01:40 PM   #2888
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Nice photos and report. Wow!

Thank you.

A few more, just for fun:

White Mtn, seen from midway down the Benton Climb:



East side of Mono Lake, looking north towards the Bodie Hills:


Highway 120 eastbound, across Adobe Flats with the White Mtns in the background:
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What great pix! What kind of camera did you use for those?

BTW, that peak is Mt. Montgomery, and the one slightly behind it and to the left is Boundary Peak.
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Great pix Bigbossman! Did you have any problems wiht the altitude? I went hunting one week in Montana at about 7000 ft, and I just had no stamina.
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Great pix Bigbossman! Did you have any problems wiht the altitude? I went hunting one week in Montana at about 7000 ft, and I just had no stamina.
I suffer so much on climbs, I wouldn't know the difference.
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Alto Velo B ride on Saturday and the Los Gatos Sunday Social
I might try these rides in the future. How did they compare in terms of speed and which do you think was easier?
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Im a junior so everything probably seems a little harder. The B ride is a little more forgiving with multiple regroups, though it does tend to climb more. The Los Gatos ride is faster, flatter, and runs more like a race with surges and attacks.

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I did a short ride with minimal climbing... but hey, I got out.





Oh yeah... Chris Horner was there.



He is every bit as nice as everyone says he is. He's also quite a talker.

I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up for even the shortest amount of time, but not only did I stay with the group (average pace was slower than I normally ride, 20.2 km/h), but I actually rode along side him and chatted. He's very animated and excited about everything.

This was the first Clark's Corner Cycling Challenge in Ione. There were only about 20-25 riders there for the short 10 mile ride with Chris.

More photos from the event here (my Flickr account).

Full blog report here.

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Nice pics and report, lb! If there was one guy with RS to ride with, you picked the right one. Articulate and pro cyclist don't often go together.
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Had an absolutely outstanding ride today! Some really tasty, and long climbs, and none of it particularly steep. Went up through Auburn, into the Confluence, and then up to the town of Foresthill for lunch. Then a mostly downhill ride home. Going to have to do this route again, it was just beautiful.

104mi, 6302ft, 15.9 avg. Here's the data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/49739547
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Rode up Northgate Mount Diablo and crashed coming down to Southgate... too much speed on a longer than anticipated switchback. Thankfully, my bike came out unscathed and I just ended up injuring my hand a bit (fingers got caught in the right brifter as I went high side, managed to pop things in while adrenalin was still pumping, but typing hurts). This was my first Mount Diablo run and I can't wait to do it again. My riding partner was going a sensible pace and he looked a bit pale when he caught up... apparently it looked like I went high side into the rock face, thankfully there was a ditch which allowed me to twist and shoulder into the softer dirt right below the rocks. I suppose I didn't help things standing in the ditch laughing my head off. The irony of this was we had been discussing how neither of us took the risks we used to when we were in our twenties and here I was running down an unfamiliar road nearly dragging my pedals in the corners. I guess the stupid is still in me.
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Oh yeah... Chris Horner was there.



He is every bit as nice as everyone says he is. He's also quite a talker.

I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up for even the shortest amount of time, but not only did I stay with the group (average pace was slower than I normally ride, 20.2 km/h), but I actually rode along side him and chatted. He's very animated and excited about everything.

This was the first Clark's Corner Cycling Challenge in Ione. There were only about 20-25 riders there for the short 10 mile ride with Chris.

More photos from the event here (my Flickr account).

Full blog report here.
I wish I could have been there. Most of that ride is my usual training area. I was at Forrest Hill on Sunday
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Had an absolutely outstanding ride today! Some really tasty, and long climbs, and none of it particularly steep. Went up through Auburn, into the Confluence, and then up to the town of Foresthill for lunch. Then a mostly downhill ride home. Going to have to do this route again, it was just beautiful.

104mi, 6302ft, 15.9 avg. Here's the data: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/49739547

I was there (riding with Joel). Great ride, but I'm suprised we did 6300ft. I guess the Knoxville won't be too hard after all.

Can't wait to ride with y'all again.

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I did a painful ride up Diablo. After deciding that a good sweat would blow out the cold that I was suffering from, I decided to summit for the first time this season (off my bike for 4 months! Not good!). Well, the good sweat kicked my backside as it took me TWO HOURS to get to the top, and I didn't even challenge the wall. Yuck. When I got home I was destroyed. I'm hoping this Saturday turns out a whole lot better. I have a century on the 2nd and am way to heavy and my legs are not yet ready. :-(
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