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Old 12-30-07, 02:54 PM   #1
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mount hamilton 1/1/2008?

Anybody here riding up Mt Hamilton on New Years Day? I have heard this is something of a tradition but I don't know any details.
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Old 12-30-07, 03:08 PM   #2
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If I weren't on-call, I definitely would do this ... oh well, maybe next year.
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I would do it, if it weren't for the early start.

I will still be tired from the night before.
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I'm in but I'm going to get started early and go up via Quimby.
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Old 12-30-07, 08:35 PM   #5
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I'm in but I'm going to get started early and go up via Quimby.
You just like to punish yourself, don't you?
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Chain Reaction starts as a group, but I think there's a more organized start from a point somewhere west of there by a larger organization.

http://www.chainreaction.com/mthamilton.htm
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Nope - doing the San Bruno Hill Climb. Happy New Year!
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I'll be up late tonight as a designated driver, so doubt I'll be getting up early for anything. Have fun!
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We have friends with young children, so our ride's local. Meet at Orchard School in Vacaville at 10 -- route TBD. Pace will be <20 and >15, she predicted optimistically.
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Meh. Got enough of Hamilton on Thanksgiving Day. I'm off to the mud...
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We have friends with young children, so our ride's local. Meet at Orchard School in Vacaville at 10 -- route TBD. Pace will be <20 and >15, she predicted optimistically.
Yep.
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All right, well I'm gonna be there at 0930 with BF jersey on. Haven't taken the Della Santa up any serious climbs yet so this should be a nice shake-out and a good way to start off the year.

Happy New Year, everybody!
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-01-08, 08:14 PM   #15
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I think I saw you descending 130 Bostic, I recognized your ponytail as you receded into the distance.

Man it was a nice day out there, I met some great people and had an awesome ride. My times were 2:11 up and :52 down.

Here's a the view from the top.

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