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    did my familiar mt. diablo to the junction ride. the first four miles of south gate road always surprises me with a couple of unanticipated and unwelcome () corners before the kiosk/water fountain.

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    Death Valley Spring Double Century
    197 Mile Course with 10,066 feet of climbing
    Moving Time 13:10:07
    Elapsed Time 14:36:03
    Max Speed 39.5mph
    Avg Speed 15.0mph

    In Escendo Est Verum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    Death Valley Spring Double Century
    197 Mile Course with 10,066 feet of climbing
    Moving Time 13:10:07
    Elapsed Time 14:36:03
    Max Speed 39.5mph
    Avg Speed 15.0mph
    Congrats, that's fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    Death Valley Spring Double Century
    197 Mile Course with 10,066 feet of climbing....
    Nice jersey too! Well done.
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    Very well done, LOS! (ah and I remember him way back when ... )

    Leebob and I went on a very leisurely meander of the ARBT on Saturday, 68 miles with a nice lunch and a few stops to enjoy the scenery. What a glorious day out. That evening we had a fun dinner with a few bikeforums noteables, and on Sunday we went to the NAHBS. Great weekend.

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    What a fun weekend! NAHBS kick-off party at Hot Italian on Thursday night, NAHBS on Friday and Saturday (got in for free both days because I volunteered doing bike parking for SABA), the NAHBS Artbike bike parade Saturday afternoon, and a mtb ride yesterday.

    This time I rode another popular local trail for the first time, the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail (FDLT). I thought it was supposed to be a 23 mile ride, but it ended up being less than 12 miles. It's only 23 miles if you include some of the other trails in the area. Near the end of the ride I ended up riding some parts of the trail twice when I entered it from the trailhead I parked at. That brought the amount of climbing from 1,500' to almost 2,000'. Still not as much as I'd like, but it'll do. I'll make up for it on the next climbing ride.

    When I arrived at the trailhead the parking area was full and there were three other vehicles waiting to park, so I drove down the road a bit and parked at another trailhead. So far, I have had to ride on the road to get to every mtb ride I've ever done due to parking shortages, which is kind of cool as it adds to the climbing.

    Foresthill Divide Loop Trail by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details

    Here's the ride video. Still no bobcat sightings (damn!). As with all my videos, this one is 100% natural sound. This means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on climbs, so be forewarned!

    Foresthill Divide MTB ride 3-4-12 - YouTube


    The first good view from the trail.

    view from Foresthill Divide Loop Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    After crossing Foresthill Road. This is the trailhead across from Drivers Flat Road.

    FDLT Drivers Flat trailhead by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    Trail signs with mountain lion warning sign.

    FDLT trail signs with mountain lion warning sign by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    Trail signs put up by the Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC)

    FDLT trail signs by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    Return trip view

    view from Foresthill Divide Loop Trail 2 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    Trailhead I parked at

    Brushy Mnt-Fuel Break trailhead by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong View Post
    Death Valley Spring Double Century
    197 Mile Course with 10,066 feet of climbing
    Avg Speed 15.0mph
    Crap, I can barely manage 15 MPH on my 12 mile commute to work! Nicely done young man. You are a stud.
    It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear....

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    @Freighttraininguphill

    Did you ride the "steep dropoff" part of the trail? I am in Yuba City on Monday and hope to escape early for a ride. I had that Auburn trail in mind. Bullards Bar seems a bit out of reach, more Northern. I guess Salmon Falls is around there as well.
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    If you're talking about that hard right turn with the extremely technical steep drop, nope. I rounded a corner and was confronted with that section, which I wasn't prepared for. After my crash on the "super gnarly" section of Salmon Falls last month, I'm less inclined to want to take chances on extremely technical descents, especially since I always ride solo and I don't want time off the bike due to injuries.

    I would love to try climbing that section, since the chances of a crash aren't nearly as high.

    Salmon Falls is in El Dorado County, which is the next county south of Placer County, where the Auburn trails are. A short drive away from the Auburn trails.

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    Down Calaveras to Sierra rd. and back. Dang, that hill is steep. Had the pleasure of riding with LanceOldstrong and cccorlew. We had fun and laughs.Curtis was flying up the end of Sierra so I won't mention his difficulty with "the wall" ha ha
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    Yesterday I did my second club ride with The Hammerin' Wheels. This one went from Rancho Cordova to Folsom and back. The one climb of the day was Iron Point Road, AKA "Costco Hill" as it's known by local cyclists.

    On the way up Iron Point, I was passed by a woman who had said earlier that this was her first climb. It was her first road bike climb. She does mtb rides, which are excellent strength training for road climbs.

    Near the end of the ride I ended up in front of everyone somehow, even though I was just going my normal fun speed. I'm going to continue to do these intermediate rides until I'm strong enough to keep up with the hammerheads on the faster rides (if that ever happens, that is).

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/157202316

    As always this video is 100% natural sound, which means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on the one climb in the video, so be forewarned!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvuTvW2CibQ

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    Guided tour of Sierra Road by Lance OldStrong with Midland.
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    weather has restricted my riding this week. haven't done much mileage, but will try to get up S. gate tomorrow to junction on my new CF SS. i may be making this a weekly ritual. i'm also experimenting with dropping one of my BP medications that i think is slowing me down. (it must weight at LEAST 2gms!)

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    The 3 Bears yesterday and some--surprisingly cold and very cloudy--felt good to get out! (43 miles).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
    weather has restricted my riding this week. haven't done much mileage, but will try to get up S. gate tomorrow to junction on my new CF SS. i may be making this a weekly ritual. i'm also experimenting with dropping one of my BP medications that i think is slowing me down. (it must weight at LEAST 2gms!)
    done!

    massive tailwind up S. Gate made it a pretty enjoyable ride to the junction. i saw a few cyclists that had descended from the top, stop and exhibit symptoms that lead me to believe the descent was way, way, way too cold.

    BTW, (i know this belongs in the old people's forum) I now know that the Toprol XL is a strong performance inhibitor. without it for two days now and i feel like I'm fifty again !
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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
    Yesterday I did my second club ride with The Hammerin' Wheels. This one went from Rancho Cordova to Folsom and back. The one climb of the day was Iron Point Road, AKA "Costco Hill" as it's known by local cyclists.

    On the way up Iron Point, I was passed by a woman who had said earlier that this was her first climb. It was her first road bike climb. She does mtb rides, which are excellent strength training for road climbs.

    Near the end of the ride I ended up in front of everyone somehow, even though I was just going my normal fun speed. I'm going to continue to do these intermediate rides until I'm strong enough to keep up with the hammerheads on the faster rides (if that ever happens, that is).

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/157202316

    As always this video is 100% natural sound, which means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on the one climb in the video, so be forewarned!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvuTvW2CibQ
    Nice job! I have a love/hate relationship with Costco Hill.
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    I raced Land Park twice on Saturday and then Bariani today. I'm wiped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I raced Land Park twice on Saturday and then Bariani today. I'm wiped.
    Kudos. Bariani was enough for me. Windy as hell in the afternoon, dropped after lap 1 then made the most of a solid training opportunity.

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    Survived the Solvang Double this past weekend. What made it really difficult was the wind on the 2nd half of the route. It felt like 30-35 mph winds ... whatever it was, it was really tough, and glad I was not one who DNF'd.

    198 miles, 7425 ft climbing
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    Solvang Double. Yikes.
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    Sounds like you enjoyed a nice ocean breeze. Kudos for finishing!

    I thought about you guys as I was charting a SF-LA route for some family members who visited us from France last week. When I saw the forecast I wondered if it was wise sending them along highway 1 on Sunday. I finally said they had to drive it... they skimped and opted for the quick trip on 5.
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    Okay, here's my Solvang Double blog ... http://spingineer.blogspot.com/2012/...and-windy.html ... I'd still do it in a heartbeat. The cameraderie is great. Like a big reunion party, seeing my old double rider friends (and nuts).
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    Another MTB ride on Salmon Falls trail to the top of Flagstaff Hill and back. Some riders refer to it as Flagstaff Mountain. It's almost a 2 mile climb with plenty of steep, somewhat technical sections.

    The last time I climbed this hill was 20 years ago. My, how things have changed for the worse since then! :-( What was once a 360 degree view at the top is now gone. You can see part of Folsom Lake to the west, and part of the Sierras to the east. That's it. To top it off, there is a bunch of illegal dumping up there now.

    There is an abandoned car at the top that you used to be able to ride past. Now the vegetation has crowded it in and you need to go to the right to get to the clearing.

    On the bright side, some of the junk made good noise when dropped and kicked around, as you can see and hear in my ride video. :-D I can just picture a group of riders doing some percussion on this stuff, kind of like the recycle bin drummers known as "The Petting Zoo" that I see at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee every year. :-D

    I saw some riders in the parking area before and after the ride, but only one rider on the trail.

    Salmon Falls, Flagstaff Hill by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details

    Here's the video. As with all my ride videos, this one is 100% natural sound. That means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on the climbs, as well as some NSFW language when I reach the top and notice that my beloved 360 degree view is gone and there is junk dumped everywhere.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSkC4_3xdQs


    Bottom of Flagstaff Hill, which starts out as singletrack.

    Flagstaff Hill singletrack (bottom of climb) by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    A little further up..

    Flagstaff Hill singletrack 2 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    The singletrack soon changes to rough doubletrack.

    Flagstaff Hill doubletrack by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    This gate has seen better days. ;p

    old gate on Flagstaff Hill by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    What a transformation! :-(

    illegal dumping and view of Folsom Lake at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    The other side looks a bit better. :-)

    view from top of Flagstaff Hill by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    Abandoned car

    abandoned car at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    Engine in the above car

    engine in abandoned car at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    The best noisemaker out of all the junk at the top of the hill! :-D

    old medicine cabinet at top of Flagstaff Hill 4-8-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

    More pics here.

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    I decided to ride a road I haven't been on since the first time I rode it in October 2010. This is Rattlesnake Bar Road between Pilot Hill and Folsom Lake. It is a nice lightly-traveled road with a ton of climbing.

    When I got to Pilot Hill and was about to park, I got stung by a honeybee. It flew in my truck and hitched a ride in my lap. I never noticed it until I put my left hand in my lap and got stung in the pinky. The bee was on my shirt. Since the stinger stayed in the bee, I couldn't swat it away with my hand. I had to walk over to a bush and use one of the small branches to gently nudge the bee off me. It stayed on the branch after I walked away.

    As always, the healing effects of exercise worked their magic, and the pain was gone within minutes of throwing a leg over my bike.

    When I got to Folsom Lake I explored the roads at the campground, which added some climbing and miles: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/168639182

    Here's the video. As with all my videos, this is 100% natural sound. That means plenty of female cyclist suffer sounds on the climbs, so be forewarned!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQfZW8mod0E


    Here's some pics I took on the way back from Folsom Lake.

    Top of first big climb heading towards Folsom Lake


    Top of second (and most difficult) big climb heading towards Folsom Lake


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    Went for the 1st time cut-off of the DMD with LanceOldstrong.Mt. Diablo, Morgan Territory, Altamont, Patterson Pass then 3 mi. down Mines rd. We made the time limit, weather was perfect & fun was had.
    ride, enjoy, repeat

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