Oakland hills ride with Team Alameda
Saturday was a great day for most of us, though one of our team members had 4 flats. Not sure of the total number of riders but I'd guess ~30 left from the usual meeting place and headed across the Park Street bridge, along the Embarcadero towards Jack London Square, up Oak to Grand Ave, to Pleasant Valley Road then right on Broadway and an immediate left onto College and another right onto Claremont. We regrouped at a small park on Claremont then split into three or four groups; a long fast, long, medium, and some with time constraints opted for the short version. The stronger riders took the Euclid route up the hills, I went with the Spruce contengent which is a little easier. There was a really strong gusty wind blowing which at some points added to the challenge of the hills, and the cross winds made for some occasional excitement. At the top of Spruce we went right on Grizzley Peak. I got seperated from my group, thinking we would meet up at the bottom of the hill at Fish Ranch Road, but I never saw them again. I did run into Jim later on Skyline on the side of the road changing his third flat. He discovered the cause the of the trouble was the milar rim tape had failed around one of the spoke holes. I gave him one of my spent sticky Gu wrappers to use as a temporary measure until he got to the bike shop in Montclair. So I continued on down to Joaquin Miller made a left and another left onto Redwood Road headed out to Castro Valley. The drop down Redwood provided nice shelter from the gusty winds in the highlands. At the intersection of Redwood and Pinehurst I ran into the long fast group who had taken Canyon and Moraga Roads. We talked for a couple of minutes and headed our seperate ways. The south bound direction on Redwood has a fair amount of climbing but lots of downhill cruzing. I took Lake Chabot Road, Estudillo, Davis then Doolittle back to Alameda. I'm still a bit of a novice at hill climbing and Saturday was my longest ride I wanted to ride a number of miles near to or greater than the years of the birthday I would celebrate on Sunday it was close.
I liked the ride so much I did it all again on Monday except for the Redwood Road part. I couldn't get anyone to go with me so I did it by myself, the weather was much nicer on Monday.