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    Nothing Saturday. I thought about a short road ride but had a lot of personal stuff to take care of before today. Sunday we hit the connector trail and forest hill divide loop up in Auburn. Trails were soooooooooooo awesome. Massive grip from the rains Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    9 years old...Hamilton? Wow!
    Thanks, Pete!

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    That's awesome - I'll bet that Dad had a blast too.
    He sure did! But it was done strictly for the kid's sake .

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    Did this route, solo, on Sunday:

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...yer-Camp-Trail

    My first real trip climbing hills with regularity and I was quite pleased with how well I was able to grind it out.

    I changed it up a bit at the end and blasted down Crystal Springs Rd on my way home...fun!

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    This past weekend, I hooked up with a couple of BF members and a few other folks to ride in the Tour De Scottsdale, a 70 mile road race to benefit some local conservancy efforts. This was officially a road race as we were numbered, timed, and ranked - but really it was a fundraiser, and anyone with the entry fee was welcome to ride. What made it cool to me were several things:

    1) I got to meet OFG in person, and touch his De Rosa
    2) It was my first "official" road race
    3) Every intersection was traffic-controlled by local PD's, and bikes had the right-of-way on the course
    4) It took place in AZ, so I got to ride in the Sonoran Desert for the very first time

    I should state at the outset that I am not a racer, and had no hope of placing anywhere in the top half of the field. Those of you that have ridden with me know I would be doing well just to finish. Since I would be riding on a borrowed bike in unfamiliar environs, that was pretty much my goal - that, and not to be Dead-Ass Last. I'm proud to stand before you today and report that I achieved both these goals, and had a great time, besides. According to the Official Results, I finished 799th overall out of a field of 919, and 135 out of 153 for my age group. For those that care, it works out to a total time of 4:57:30 and an average speed of 15mph for the duration of the ride. I did have an average speed of 16.8mph at the halfway point, but started to fade as I neared the finish.

    I met a bunch of great folks, got treated like royalty, and was made to feel welcomed by complete strangers from the get-go. Grand company, grand accomodations, and fantastic riding conditions.

    A few pics:

    In the chute, getting ready for the start:


    Rollers:


    Rolling through, underneath the desert skies:


    Drafting a random Tandem - these ladies were great, and cheerfully dragged me along for over 10 miles:


    Miller Time - me and the crew:
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    Man that's a nice change of scenery! Great placement in the race there I might add...Looks like I have some competition in the "Over The Hill" division!

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    Very cool BBM. Did you drive down or fly? Who were the other BFers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    Very cool BBM. Did you drive down or fly? Who were the other BFers?
    Toomanybikes and Old Fat Guy. Both snowbirds - one from MI and one from Canada. The other two are from the Boston Area and are members of other forums. One has a pretty nice crib, and we squatted in fine style.
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

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    Hey BBM - Congrats on your placement in the race/ride. You did NorCal proud!
    It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear....

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    I meant to say that, too -- well done and congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slabby View Post
    rode with a whole bunch of other filipino dudes for the first annual siclista classic. freemont to calaveras by way of niles canyon. gorgeous area. still fighting a cold and skipped the sierra road option. ... well organized and supported ride... met fellow BFer Knotty. ... superunleaded - where you at?
    I was supposed to start the Sierra Road KOM but I had a family emergency I missed the whole event. Thank you for coming though and also to knotty. Any other BF'ers who went to the SC1?

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    Calaveras Road.




    It was good training for Foxy's next week (windy).
    And I made my first video - PLEASE check it out!

    http://vimeo.com/1948211

    Gracias.
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    Excellent job, bigbossman!

    Today, another DBC'er and I braved the winds and took Amtrak to Fairfield, and rode back on part of the course to mark the roads for next weeks' Foxy Fall Century. Booo for the wind, but I got to try my 'new' wheelset, a pair of Velomax Circuits.

    From Winters, I called a girlfriend to pick us up! I had enough of fighting the winds, and I was getting grumpy. So, 46 miles.

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    Jen and I deposited the kid at a friend's house and headed out to cruise around on the Coyote Creek trail. We were pressed for time but managed to get in a 18 mile out-and-back that was entirely on the MUP. I can see why it doesn't get a lot of use in the summertime, I'd imagine it's blasting hot out there if its at all warm in the Valley, but today it was just perfect.

    Highlight of the trip was seeing a bobcat cross the trail about 20 yards in front of us, just moseying across towards the creek.
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    Winters loop to go over Cantelow on the steady climb side. It was WINDY. A good hunk of the way back was straight into the wind.
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    31 miles on on the MTB on Mt. Diablo: Walnut Creek -> Some Secret Stuff -> Wall Point -> Curry -> Oyster Point -> Curry ->Some More Secret Stuff -> Home.

    Over 5500' of elevation gain. I'm beat.

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    Did my first organized century today. The Cheese and Wine in Riverbank, outside of Modesto. Sorry, no pics as my camera got ripped off recently.

    Since it was my first I canít really compare it to others for you. Seemed well run though. All the volunteers seemed very helpful and happy to be there. The food was pretty basic but got the job done. Roads were well marked and we ended up not using the cue sheet most of the day. One minor gripe is that we were told there was about 3300 feet of climbing, but my buddy ended up with about 5000 feet on his Garmin. Still, it was nice to ride so long without any significant climb. And luckily we didnít have any major problems because we only saw one SAG wagon all day.

    Scenery wise the highlights were Marshes flat Rd. (minus the nine cattleguards) and the area around Chinese camp. Both in the Sierra foothills. It was great to get out the old routine roads and ride in new areas.

    The only hiccup was at the end of the ride when we flew by the start/stop point and didnít even notice. While the ride was advertised as 110 miles, the cue sheet actually had the real finish at 106. As we made the final turn we thought we had about four miles left so we put our heads down and time trialed it to what we thought was the finish. Boom................two miles later my buddy gets our first flat of the day. A nail that goes through the tire and through both sides of the tube. As Iím killing time while heís fixing it, I noticed the lack of riders going by so I took out the sheet and discovered the mistake. Best flat timing ever. If I hadnít checked we probably would have made it to Modesto before noticing anything. So anyway, we ended up with a true 110.

    My friend was on a recumbent so I got absolutely no draft advantage from him. But I got to witness how those things can fly downhill and are pretty sleek in a headwind. We yo-yoíed all day up and down the hills.

    Oh.............and the weather was perfect. Sunny with almost no wind

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    55 miles up both sides of Mt. Rose. High was 34 degrees, coldest ride ever. I brought all my warm stuff in a backpack and would stop as needed to put on more layers. Went through several warmers and still was freezing. A few pics later.

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    Rode from redwood city to page mill in palo alto and climbed it all the way up to russian ridge. Went through russion ridge all the way till the end of the ridge trail and onto skyline blvd. Went from skyline to crazy pete's road all the way to alpine and took alpine all the way down to sandhill and then back to redwood city.

    All in all a great ride, 50 miles, 4000 ft of climb. Freezing cold today with bone chilling wind at the top of russian ridge.

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    I wasn't feeling the bicycle today so my other bike and I took a day trip up into the woods.
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    Rode with my BFF straight north into the wind, 11.73 miles at 10.1 mph avg. Winds were minimum 15 mph with gusts to, oh, I dunno, enough to push you sideways. Such torture.

    After a mocha and a tasty baked goodie, we rode 11.73 miles at 30.1 mph. Sa-weet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BottleRocket View Post
    Did my first organized century today. The Cheese and Wine in Riverbank, outside of Modesto. Sorry, no pics as my camera got ripped off recently.



    Scenery wise the highlights were Marshes flat Rd. (minus the nine cattleguards) and the area around Chinese camp. Both in the Sierra foothills. It was great to get out the old routine roads and ride in new areas.



    My friend was on a recumbent so I got absolutely no draft advantage from him. But I got to witness how those things can fly downhill and are pretty sleek in a headwind. We yo-yoíed all day up and down the hills.

    Oh.............and the weather was perfect. Sunny with almost no wind
    Looks like everyone was getting into out of the ordinary rides this weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Looks like everyone was getting into out of the ordinary rides this weekend!
    Well, all I did was ride my folder to go looking for lunch. But at least I got a few miles in.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    A brisk morning ride starting in Folsom. We headed north towards Loomis then west into Penryn. From there we rolled north into Virginiatown, and climbed Wise Rd up Baxter Grade, then descended into Auburn. We completed the loop with another descent, down Indian Hill Rd into Newcastle, then zig-zagged our way back to Folsom. Some zigs put the wind at our back, the zags put it in our face. Just shy of 60 miles and about 3800 ft of climbing.

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    I just rode around my house today. I was hoping to go mountain biking but it didn't work out so I put in some wind miles around the airport.
    cleanspokes

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    Here are my cell phone pics from today's chill fest. I had to stop a few times on both sides to add clothing as it got colder and colder near the top. Even with a Pearl Izumi Balaclava and a face mask from REI my nose was cold. I'm not fond of wearing a backpack but it was the only way to bring everything along and I did end up using it all.





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