sunny_morning by What Photos Look Like, on Flickr
An easy morning scoot to Sausalito from SF on my SOMA minivelo -- was scouting office locations in SF but thought what the heck the bridge is right over there somewhere in the fog
Originally Posted by bjorke
I made up for last weekend's pathetic performance on the last half of the Diablo climb yesterday. I climbed North Gate Road to the ranger station, descended South Gate Road to the bottom, then climbed to the summit. I felt pretty good until the last four miles, when I didn't feel as strong. It was still better than last week's bonk though.
Bike Ride Profile | Mt. Diablo N Gate to ranger station, S Gate to summit near Walnut Creek | Times and Records | Strava
Mt. Diablo N Gate to ranger station, S Gate to summit by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details
View from the ranger station
Views from the summit
Here's video of the climb. I especially enjoyed the bird sounds and the spectacular views on the way up.
1:09-1:32 staring longingly at Mt. Diablo Summit Trail singletrack as I'm climbing (it's been too long since I went on a mtb ride!)
5:45-5:49 descending female cyclist singing
10:58-11:08 crowd of hikers cheers me on and mentions the GoPro
11:59-12:27 last part of Summit Wall steep climb
12:45-13:00 views from both sides of summit parking lot
Mt. Diablo South Gate climb 3-23-13 - YouTube
Two loops of the Winters RR course (Winters/Cantelow/Pleasant Valley/Putah Creek) with some teammates. Frickin' Cantelow!
Somebody must have fired off a memo that bike season officially started because today was about three times as busy as the last few months of weekends. I did Kings Mountain and Old La Honda East climbs and there were more people on them than I've seen since September. And everybody seemed happy as clams to be riding. There were half a dozen sitting at the top of KMR/Tunitas and about a dozen at the tom of OLH.
I've started doing rides that I've dubbed "Holy Sh*t" climbs. Several weeks ago, it was Sierra Road, followed by Welch Creek. This past Saturday, it was Bohlman/On Orbit, followed by Hicks. I can still feel fatigue in my legs two days after. Stats were so so .... 61 miles, 5700 feet climbing, but then again, there was about 1.5 miles of 15-20% grades, and some at 25%.
Yesterday was a very wet Kings/OLH/Tunitas run for me. But I saw deer, chickens, cows, and even a few cyclists. Photos and write up : http://theredlanternrides.wordpress....nd-deer-oh-my/
Or, just the strava, if you're interested :
I did the Los Vaqueros Dam Time Trial yesterday. Turnout was disappointing given the new pavement and more challenging course. All your NorCal folks need to make an effort to attend next year. It was well run, low key, and family friendly. Plus, the entry fee was only $10 and with that, I got a shirt, water bottle, cow bell, and snacks at the finish. :thumb:
It was short (only 3.4 miles), but that doesn't really matter when you have 40 people showing up all going at maximum effort. ;)
I finished 14th overall. The race was last held in 2010 where I finished an embarrassing 44th of 45. I had only been riding my road bike for about 3 months at that point.
I've never even heard of that event. It would have been fun, and short enough that my wife and I could have taken turns watching the kids while the other rode the course.
I think there were only about ten of us that first year... pretty much everybody medalled in one category or another.
Originally Posted by bobonker
Pic of me and my 2 older boys at the finish line. Little guy (11 months old) was with Mom at the finish line (to take this pic). Race director sent me out 1st so that I'd have enough time to finish, get back, and ride behind them.
You all definitely need to come out next year! The cap is 85 riders, so we've got room.
20 miles squeezed in today on a busy weekend. Inspired by Paris Roubaix, which I got up early to watch live, I had to get out.
A rouleur inspired loop in Clayton. Thought of an acronym for Spartacus while I was riding...
Nice setup they had - timing system and everything. That first year they had two guys with walkie-talkies and wristwatches.
Originally Posted by bobonker
My 2008 blog post about it:
For once, I got two good rides in over a weekend. Saturday, from Sunol out Calaveras to the the top of the Wall/Plunge with MarkoPolo. Bigbossman would have come along, but he decided he would rather spend his weekend shooting at turkeys than riding with turkeys. A goodly number of poppies and lupines and other wildflowers. Not quite 30 miles.
Sunday. from Walnut Creek to Danville to Highland and around the Collier Canyon/Carneal/Manning/Highland loop, then retracing steps back to WC with friend Carl and his friend Ken. As an added bonus, DiabloScott gave a cheery "hello" from his car as we were just about finished. 44 miles. Great weekend.
I wanted to this this, but it was the same day as Party Pardee. Heck, also the Cinderella Classic my wife wanted to do. I'm thinking next year. At least hoping.
Originally Posted by bobonker
Party Pardee ride, with MyLilPony. We skipped the time trial AND she skipped the Cinderella Classic.
Don't make me copy paste my report and photos...
Rode from Auburn to Colfax last Saturday with my riding partner Matthew. We climbed the steep Iowa Hill Road, which is 1.8 miles long, 12.3% average grade, and 1,151' of climbing according to Strava. I've seen variations of that data from other sites. The Auburn Century site says: "This is an arduous and relentless 1.75 - mile ascent, where the grade averages 13.5% and reaches 20% near the finish." They have a time trial on that road during the century.
I got a PR on that climb and the climb back out of the canyon to Colfax. That climb is 2.9 miles long, 7% average grade, with 1,081' of climbing. It's not nearly as hard as the steep side, but it's still a good workout.
Matthew wanted me to make a video with footage from both of our helmet-mounted GoPro cameras. I showed us climbing similar parts of the steep side of Iowa Hill Road, including the start, scenic points, landmarks such as mile markers and the famous switchback, and the finish.
You can see how much I suck compared to Matthew :o He was almost 10 minutes faster than me.
The Amstel Gold today was 156 miles with 13,000 feet and 31 named climbs.
A climb came about every 7 minutes at the speeds the pros ride.
I was inspired to imitate.
They rode The Amstel Gold, I rode the Amstel Light.
Out and back from Martinez: Pig Farm Hill, The 3 Bears, turn around at San Pablo Dam Rd and go back over the 3 Bears and Pig Farm Hill.
30 miles w/3171 feet and 8 named climbs.The Amstel (very) Light. :)
Nothing as impressive as LOS but lots of smiles per mile with teammates & friends with whom I hadn't ridden since January.
This 30 Days of Biking challenge has inspired me to get out more, to appreciate even a mile around my neighborhood, and I'm having a blast.
Thanks for the laugh! That ride deserved a cool one back home.
Originally Posted by Lanceoldstrong
Took a solo ride out Carmel Valley Road and then up to the top of Robinson Canyon Road - about a 7 mile climb through a narrow wooded canyon at the bottom and then opening up to some nice vistas. The higher I went, the steeper it got.
Unfortunately, Rancho San Carlos, the road that would make the ride loop back down to CV Road, is private and gated, so it's an up and then back down route. Total of 32.5 miles, with a ferocious headwind back into Carmel. I recovered with Belgian Beer, American baseball (nice comeback Giants) and the Masters on DVR.
California wildflowers were, well... growing wild!
Vista looking over the Santa Lucia Range
Gratuitous Kirk photo
I did the grueling Corkscrew Wall climb on Sunday. It's 4.1 miles long, 9.2% average grade, with 2,033' of elevation gain. There's lots of grades in the teens, with a max of 18%. To get to that climb you descend for 10 miles on Mosquito Ridge Road, which means 10 more miles of climbing to get back. The first 1 1/2 miles are a bit steep, but after that it's a pretty consistent 4-7%.
Bike Ride Profile | -Corkscrew Wall ride with Matthew near Foresthill | Times and Records | Strava
Foresthill-Corkscrew Wall ride with Matthew by freighttraininguphill at Garmin Connect - Details
My riding partner wanted me to make another combined footage video of our climbs up the Corkscrew Wall, so once again you get to see how we compare. This time he was 20 minutes faster than me, due to the longer distance.
Corkscrew Wall climb (combined footage from me & Matthew) - YouTube
Here's a couple screenshots from Matthew's camera of me climbing. The first one is on Mosquito Ridge Road. This is a short climb in the middle of the descent. I was wearing my 70 oz Camelbak because this ride is rather remote, with no place to refill water bottles. I had two large bottles of Perpetuem, but I ended up doing the entire ride on less than one bottle. Why is that you ask? Probably because my dumb ass got drunk on Saturday night (a rarity for me!). I was pretty well hydrated from the Powerade I drank on Saturday night to replenish my electrolytes (advice given to me by a rider who indulges often ;)). Also, alcohol is a diuretic. I took several restroom breaks before the ride, and one more before the final climb up Mosquito Ridge Road.
In spite of the alcohol, I got a PR on the 10-mile Mosquito Ridge Road climb. I was 7 minutes faster than last time. Strava says I was over two minutes slower on the Corkscrew Wall, but my riding partner timed me at 59 minutes (my "best effort" is exactly 1 hour).
This is early in the climb up the Corkscrew Wall. I attempted to stay in the middle chainring on this 15% section, but I soon shifted down when my cadence slowed too much.
A climb up Mosquito Ridge Road wouldn't be complete without the traditional group of speeding motorcycles. Here's footage from my camera and Matthew's. He was at least 20 minutes ahead of me.
speeding motorcycles on Mosquito Ridge Road 4-14-13 - YouTube
Not epic, just a perfect day where we managed to sneak in a ride on Calavaras Road when really we were supposed to go straight to a social event in Cupertino.
Poppies on Calavaras Rd by ccorlew, on Flickr
Tricia at calavaras Road by ccorlew, on Flickr
Great pics as always Curtis, but I'm curious how you took the second one - did it involve scrambling up a mud bank in cleats and nudging past a few head of cattle?
Not been a good week on the bike - with some failed intervals at the start of the week then an absence of riding due to work. Hauled myself up to Livermore to pre-ride a few laps of the Wente road race course yesterday afternoon. Phew - my Garmin showed 94-95F on North Flynn. Good heat training I guess, but I definitely felt a little more beaten up by the heat than I'm used to. Gorgeous scenery as always; I don't think I'll be paying much attention to that next Saturday though.