I started out a bit early to make sure I could get parking at the school. Stupid me forgot to bring the gore jacket so I had to pull a Belichick and wore a magenta sweatshirt over the base layer. With no pockets I shoved everything into a messenger bag and slung that over the shoulders. The weather sites didn't show anything nasty but I still brought extra items in case it was too cold at the summit (it wasn't). I used White road as a warm up for Quimby. Having the 34-26 and 34-29 combo proved a lot more useful up the nasty last section of switch backs and that final straight away. Chugging away at 4 mph but at least this time I could ride without zig zagging. A quick descent to 130 and it was on to the rest of the ride. I rode with a group of four riders for a bit including one gentleman in a Landshark jersey I knew would zoom by later. I tried to hang with another group of three riders but they were much stronger at keeping a high cadence. One of my goals for 2008 is to not tank out so quickly on hills at 70 and higher rpms. I didn't spend too much time at the summit and on the way back smiled and waved at everyone climbing up. This was my first Jan 1 ride and I have never seen so many cyclists going up the mountain. Back at Quimby and 130 I decided to climb the back side which is nowhere near as bad. I descended it once again and took 130 back to the school. The weather was certainly a lot nicer for this ride than the last trip up to the summit.
I'm jealous ... I so wanted to do this, and get my ass off this couch ... but being on-call meant being 20 minutes from a internet reachable PC ... which meant no riding for me. Oh well. Next time ... that's the only reason why you didn't see me advertising a BF ride up Mt. Hamilton on New Year's Day ... I would have.