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Old 05-10-08, 03:56 PM   #1001
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I went on a club ride from Vacaville to the top of Monticello Dam, then back down for a Winters Loop, with a stop at Steady Eddy's for coffee in Winters. Beat the heat today, thankfully.
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Did the Saturday River Ride. 49 miles. Avg. spd. 22mph, max. spd. 35.1mph. It was pretty brisk today. Spent a fair time at the front. Probably too much since I didn't have any gas for either sprint.
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Today I rode down to Portola Valley to meet a friend for hiking.

Took the Birdy on Old County - San Carlos - Alameda - Edgewood - Canada - Woodside - Whiskey Hill - Portola to the trail head. Ran into Michael on the way (good to see you! )

Then folded it and put it in her trunk and did a 7.5 mile, 1400' hike.

Last week I rode the Birdy around some of the Philly suburbs, including commuting to our office there from my hotel. My coworkers had a blast trying around the carpeted hallways in the office.
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Tour of the Unknown Coast...since it's our only "backyard" century waaay up here in Humboldt Co. Ride was incredible...best route I could dream up for any century anywhere - old growth redwoods, classic climbs, decent roads for where they are, no traffic to speak of, excellent friendly support, happy cows, insanely fun and fast descents!!!

Got a late start 40-45 minutes after the gun, and then went through three tubes in the first 45 miles (I didn't, my friend did), so we were WAY behind pulling into lunch - which was still open with plenty of food. Made that a pretty quick stop so as to not get cold for the infamous last 25-30 miles of climbing. Left my friend (& only riding partner) cramped up @ Petrolia to get sagged. From here (mile 70) I dramatically picked up the pace, riding alone and set my sights on catching up with the pack. After about 5 more miles, I had riders on the horizon, and by mile 80 was dropping riders like the Beastie Boys dropped science, and Gallileo dropped an orange. I was leap-frogging a SAG vehicle for the last 20 miles and finished near the middle of the pack - after being among the last to roll into lunch.

All in all, after hearing all the hype and warning that TUC is the self-proclaimed toughest century in Cali, featuring nearly 10,000' of climbing - I was expecting to be crushed at the end, but found the ride to be surprisingly easy. Yeah, there's lots of climbing at the end, but this didn't touch the level of the Panther Gap climb at the mid-way point...you just gotta save some for the end - lot's of fast-looking riders apparently neglected to do this and were SAGged. I actually did a couple laps around town at the end so my odometer would break 100...in fact, I was more ready to get off the bike after Wildflower a couple weeks ago than I was yesterday for TUC - go figure!

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Old 05-11-08, 12:36 PM   #1005
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I rode a nice little 37 mile loop out of Fairfax to Pt Reyes Station and back around Nicasio Reservior. A nice day to ride, minimal wind, and just to switch it up a bit we rode vintage bikes - I choose my 1970's Swiss Mondia.





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101 miles on The Rolling Hills Challenge @ Columbus Texas http://www.columbuslionsclub.org/lio...llenge2008.htm
Wind 8 to 18 mph, Temps 72* to 90*
Rode the first 42 miles non stop. Two other pits stops later.
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Old 05-11-08, 02:09 PM   #1007
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101 miles on The Rolling Hills Challenge @ Columbus Texas http://www.columbuslionsclub.org/lio...llenge2008.htm
Wind 8 to 18 mph, Temps 72* to 90*
Rode the first 42 miles non stop. Two other pits stops later.
Nice ride, but did you mean to post this in Northern California??
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Old 05-11-08, 02:10 PM   #1008
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Saw this guy on the Marincello Trail while doing a mixed terrain ride on Saturday. Not quite as spectacular as Pete's "gladiators" kit, but almost:

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Old 05-11-08, 03:15 PM   #1009
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On Saturday, my friend and I rode out of Livermore thru Sunol, and over to Welch Creek. Started the clock as soon as we went over the cattle guard right after you turn onto the road. Made it up that stupid hill in 34.01 minutes! Came back down and because of my friends time constraints, headed back. All in all, not a bad 40 miles.

Today was up at Lake Natomas, where one of my kids was participating in the Jr Rowing Championships. I road around the lake, then down to Sac State and back.

Wish we had an American River Bike Trail where I live.

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Old 05-11-08, 05:07 PM   #1010
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Yesterday I was thrown to the lions....Today I was one with the lioness...

Briones was Beautiful today, The three Bears were a little windy though.
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64 miles backwards Mt. Tam ride. Took that steep road Molino up, fun stuff. Had my hot dog this time at the summit and kicked back in sun for a bit. Road the seven sisters down and right at Bolinas Fairfax. First time going down that road to the dam, you can really pick up some speed. No wonder I hate riding up it.
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Forgot to add the pic from the summit. And I had my celebratory hot dog from the stationary roach coach since it was open today.

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Old 05-11-08, 06:19 PM   #1013
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Just another beautiful California day on Mt. Diablo.
We had to hurry home for big 'ol wine tasting fundraiser. Life is tough.ad to hurry home for wine tasting.
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Old 05-11-08, 06:50 PM   #1014
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Me? Completed my first 1/2 century - Pacifica to Woodside.

Some highlights...






Beautiful day, beautiful ride.
Forgot the sunscreen, though
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2 more top tens

9th at the EMC crit (but i pulled a team-mate to a podium)
7th at the Berkeley Hills Road race (way to heavy for these hilly races LoL) diet to follow

good weekend overall - one more weekend of racing then I get to do a touring ride from SF to Monterey yaaaa!
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Congrats on your showings, BAW! That's impressive!

I had to pull out of the Berkeley race due to mechanical issues, but we had a really great ride on the tandem in our backyard, the weather was excellent -- less wind than Berkeley -- a very satisfying way to round out a weekend.
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I rode a nice little 37 mile loop out of Fairfax to Pt Reyes Station and back around Nicasio Reservior. A nice day to ride, minimal wind, and just to switch it up a bit we rode vintage bikes - I choose my 1970's Swiss Mondia.

Hey, who is that guy in the San Francisco Wheelmen Jersey? I have the exact same jersey.

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Old 05-11-08, 08:36 PM   #1018
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Tour of the Unknown Coast...since it's our only "backyard" century waaay up here in Humboldt Co. Ride was incredible...best route I could dream up for any century anywhere - old growth redwoods, classic climbs, decent roads for where they are, no traffic to speak of, excellent friendly support, happy cows, insanely fun and fast descents!!!

Got a late start 40-45 minutes after the gun, and then went through three tubes in the first 45 miles (I didn't, my friend did), so we were WAY behind pulling into lunch - which was still open with plenty of food. Made that a pretty quick stop so as to not get cold for the infamous last 25-30 miles of climbing. Left my friend (& only riding partner) cramped up @ Petrolia to get sagged. From here (mile 70) I dramatically picked up the pace, riding alone and set my sights on catching up with the pack. After about 5 more miles, I had riders on the horizon, and by mile 80 was dropping riders like the Beastie Boys dropped science, and Gallileo dropped an orange. I was leap-frogging a SAG vehicle for the last 20 miles and finished near the middle of the pack - after being among the last to roll into lunch.

All in all, after hearing all the hype and warning that TUC is the self-proclaimed toughest century in Cali, featuring nearly 10,000' of climbing - I was expecting to be crushed at the end, but found the ride to be surprisingly easy. Yeah, there's lots of climbing at the end, but this didn't touch the level of the Panther Gap climb at the mid-way point...you just gotta save some for the end - lot's of fast-looking riders apparently neglected to do this and were SAGged. I actually did a couple laps around town at the end so my odometer would break 100...in fact, I was more ready to get off the bike after Wildflower a couple weeks ago than I was yesterday for TUC - go figure!
I was there also - it is a great ride! We left right after the main pack at 7, rolled along nice and easily. There were 8 of us, plus 4 more that are a lot faster and left later ( a couple of my friends weren't feeling up to the ride - one has a nasty cold, and the other took a fall back in March is just now back on her bike, but rode with us to the 50 mile route turnaround point, and then just went back with the 50 milers). After that, Rick and I picked up the pace a bit - at least until Panther Gap. I'm still not a fast climber, so I just geared down and worked my way up. It's a fairly long climb, and goes up a couple of thousand feet. A friend told me that it was like going up to the junction on Mt. D., but it seemed a bit longer and steeper than that to me. The rest of our group went at a more moderate pace, but still made good time and everyone did all the climbs.

There was a bit of a headwind along the ocean, but not too bad - certainly not like the horror stories from other years. We took a nice long break at the stop right at the base of the wall. It's intimidating to look up at that thing! However, we only saw a couple of people get off their bikes and walk, so we saddled up. It's steep - but not as bad as it looks. They claim 18%, and that seems about right - I don't think it was really steeper than, say, the top of Mt. Diablo, or the steepest part of Tunitas Creek. However, it is long for such a steep climb. I got in my easiest gear (30 - 27 gets me up pretty much anything even if I'm tired!) and worked my way up. After the right turn and maybe another quarter mile it starts to flatten out - Rick (who is a pretty strong climber) was waiting for me there. We rolled on - from that point it stair steps up - noticeably easier.

After a nasty little descent - the steepest of the day and with really bad roads - you get to do the Endless Hill. For me this was the hardest climb of the day - harder than Panther Gap, and much much longer than the Wall. the lower part is pretty steep, with inspirational slogans spray painted on the road (Go Grace!, Don't Puke!). After that it really does seem to go on forever. I was a little surprised at how much altitude is gained on that climb - we went from basically sea-level to about 2,000 feet. The top part is not as steep, so it ends up being a 8 - 9 mile climb. It's the kind of climb that wears on you mentally as much as anything. There was a guy on a beautiful classic Bridgestone, painted brown and cream, that was going just about my pace. So I just sat about 20 yards behind him and let him pace me up the hill.

I liked the ride a lot. The roads are nasty - think Morgan Territory for about 70 of the 100 miles. But I knew that going in, and it really didn't bother me. Some folks yelled at me to slow down on the descents, but they were crawling down, trying to avoid each pothole but not picking a good line. I found that if you looked ahead there was almost always a line through each corner that let you avoid the worst of the holes. Kind of like the difference between someone who is a good mogul skier vs. someone who is not.

If you like gourmet food at your SAG stops, this ride may not be for you. For me, it was fine. They had HEED and Perpetuem, a good variety of sandwiches, minestrone and the usual variety of snacks, bananas, bagels, peanut butter - it was exactly what I needed.

A great ride and I'll probably do it again next year (although I may look for a bike that can take larger tires for next year!).

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Old 05-11-08, 08:49 PM   #1019
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OK, thanks, offhand the name doesn't ring a bell, but then I don't remember what I did yesterday . It shocked me to see that jersey, it goes back a long ways. I was a member of the San Francisco Wheelmen back in the good old days, circa 1970's. I'll watch that classic forum.

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Old 05-11-08, 09:28 PM   #1021
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San Mateo to Woodside, up Kings, down 35 to 84 to Portola, out to Alpine and back to San Mateo. 56 miles, but with the climb and the headwind, it felt more like 70.
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Today I went up Old La Honda, made a few wrong turns and ended up at the base of Old La Honda again. So I figured what the hell, I'll do it again. So I did. I figured out the stopwatch on my computer by the second time, and got a figure of about 36 minutes (from the turn off of Portola to the top). I'm sure that puts me in the "mall walker" speed category.

The descent down Skyline and 84 is worth it, though.

Here's a quick panorama (comprised of about 13 images) I shot at the top the first time. The way the fog was rolling along was really pretty, but doesn't translate to film--err, jpeg, very well.

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Got a quick ride in on Saturday morning and got to run into Paula rocking the folder. I was still having problems with the new bike and the indexing. Sooo...

Today got to go out with the wife for mother's day and her sister and boyfriend. They're fixie nuts so had to devise a flat-ish route. I thought going up sandhill to caŮada would be simple, but man, every little hill is a grind (for them). We bailed at the college there right at farm hill road, and I felt pretty bad about the descent going back toward Alameda de las Pulgas. I forgot it's not nice to descend steep hills as well. Took out the Bike Friday and had a much better time today since I wasn't limited to 4 gears. I can set a limit screw, but I must have to work on my barrel adjusting skills





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I liked the ride a lot. The roads are nasty - think Morgan Territory for about 70 of the 100 miles. But I knew that going in, and it really didn't bother me. Some folks yelled at me to slow down on the descents, but they were crawling down, trying to avoid each pothole but not picking a good line. I found that if you looked ahead there was almost always a line through each corner that let you avoid the worst of the holes. Kind of like the difference between someone who is a good mogul skier vs. someone who is not.
Yeah, the road is not the best but for 100 miles in Humboldt, it's about as good as is gets (i.e, mostly paved!). Like you said, you just gotta look way ahead and pick your line, and trust that your bike will follow (it will). Living up here has made my climbing and descending ten thousand times better since our roads are riddled with decreasing radius switchbacks, potholes, and gravel - I too think I scared a few flatlanders while raging down (and up, for that matter) the hairpins. Some folks don't realize that their scared death grip on the bars is detrimental to their control....gotta loosen up and let 'er rip! (Though I do need a little wheel truing for not being so picky...)
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Yeah, the road is not the best but for 100 miles in Humboldt, it's about as good as is gets (i.e, mostly paved!). Like you said, you just gotta look way ahead and pick your line, and trust that your bike will follow (it will). Living up here has made my climbing and descending ten thousand times better since our roads are riddled with decreasing radius switchbacks, potholes, and gravel - I too think I scared a few flatlanders while raging down (and up, for that matter) the hairpins. Some folks don't realize that their scared death grip on the bars is detrimental to their control....gotta loosen up and let 'er rip! (Though I do need a little wheel truing for not being so picky...)
LOL - I had a couple yelling at me to slow down or else I'd crash coming off of the Endless Hill. I wasn't flying - I was doing about 20 mph, just picking a line and going with it. They were crawling along, probably going slower than the speed they'd climbed at! They were so focused on the road 6 inches in front of their wheels that they were actually hitting a lot of nasty stuff despite their white-knuckled grip on the bars.

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