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Old 03-02-08, 10:09 PM   #1
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SesameCrunch's 3/2 70 mile hammerfest

Since no one has started the report thread yet, I feel compelled to start it.

It was a calm morning as we arrived in HMB, as Lisa and I took a little detour and got some breakfast at HMB Coffee and Cafe (isn't that sweetly reduntant? ). Calm, that is, until we saw these two guys GETTIN' IT ON!!







I think Pete might have some insight into what that was all about.

It was Ramon, Pete, Marco, Alan, Lisa and myself. Everyone else partied too hard the night before and decided to sleep in. As soon as we got ready to go, the wind picked up quickly to about 15 mph from the NW. Perfect, but not enough to get the humble tandem over these humps on Hwy 1 to catch the group. It was a fast ride south and I was quickly into my yellow zone (heart rate), and I knew this was going to be a long day.
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After turning East into the hills, we hammered some more and arrived @ Pescadero, where Marco was tempted to jump this little fence many times, until he finally got the courage to do it. We were eating in this patio area next to the grocery store and the only way to get into it was to go through the store. I think he walked it 3 times before he finally decided to go for it.





A few more miles of climbing and we were back on Hwy 1 where we were treated to a very nice visit to Alan's beautiful house and his collection of bikes. Great stuff!

And to top it all off, at dinner in San Mateo, we met Mr North Beach pizza himself, Bob! Founder of the first store in the North Beach District in SF, he was hanging out there and we got a little history lesson from him, as the business is now run by his son. He founded the chain some 22 years ago.



I think Pete has some better pictures and probably a better report.

Thanks for the ride guys. It was a learning experience for us, and we really saw Marco's true abilities today. This guy is phenomenal!!
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Great report and pictures, thanks for sharing!
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PART 1
Prologue: 3/208
Location: Main St. Half Moon Bay
Cast of characters:
Dave/Lisa

Alan

Marco

Ramone

Pete

Star of the day: Lisa, seen here watching Tyra on her tiny handle bar mounted TV


Perfect day! I arrived slightly sleepy. I called Alan. He said be there in ten minutes. I needed coffee. I drove to Monterey diner and was met by a pretty girl by the back door smoking, “Nice day for riding a bike “ she says. I say hey beautiful and head for front door. She says “ Oh sir we’re filming, can you go through the back door? Apparently they are an Indy production company doing an updated version of “The Birds” ! I started to go through but looked to crazy and said I’ll come back later. Ended up going to a biker hang out for Mocha and a muffin. David showed up with Lisa in the back seat. I thought maybe they had an argument but soon realized that they had put the tandem length wise from front to back. Pretty ingenious. I liked Lisa right from the start. She was a little firecracker! We got into it right away and started joking each other out. Wow! I’ve met my match! Very quick of wit and handled herself marvelously against my inappropriate behavior and smartass diatribe. Marco arrived a little bit late and with a pinched nerve. I gave him the Irish Heimlich maneuver but didn’t help much but everyone got a good laugh. Ramone showed up and I couldn’t believe it after yesterdays ride, a late gig last night, and a severe paddling from a Roller Derby girl! He’ll explain that to you all in private ; 0.…
Off we went down Hwy 1 with and intense tailwind. Right from the start I knew this would be one to remember. Dave and Lisa we’re like a well oiled and, fine tuned machine. I can say they’re a perfect match on that tandem. Daves rapid fire shifting, they’re incredible highly synched cadence. Lisa is a power house in a small package. Dave is a skilled and confident captain. They we’re a sight to behold! I think smoke was coming off Alan and Marco’s tires. They we’re tearing it up. Ramone and I have been riding a lot together and I feel really comfortable with his riding style. He’s somewhat the low key stealth all round rider that I enjoy riding in the paceline with. He really challenges me in the climbs to boot. I stayed busy taking photos. There was so much to see and shoot. We had some amazing descents, up to 45 mph on slight downhills, woo hoo! We stopped for some picture opportunities and nature breaks, also some fun banter with Lisa and her quick comeback lines. Our Tandem crew was fresh and ready to go. We made it to the point of heading inland. Alan really had a great ride planned. We went down an amazing road that seemed like it was out of a Hansel and Gretal fable. A bit of climbing and suddenly a horrible incidident occurred that horrified everyone!! As Alan Zigged and I Zagged Alan let loose with a snot rocket that the almighty Lucifer in hell would have vomited over! Guess who caught that massive spew directly in the face?? Thank god I was wearing my Irish National Cycling kit all green. I felt like a leprechaun that had “kissed Ye old Blarney Stone”
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This was one of my most enjoyable rides in a long time. The sun was brilliant, the company was great, the route was enjoyable and diverse. We rode along the ocean, into forests, along babbling brooks, into the redwoods, and along quiet farmroads. Really fun. Great group of riders - we pushed each other hard on the bikes, and still had lots of laughs.

The wind was about 15mph at the start, but didn't take long to get to about 25. All good, though, since it was behind us. What a great feeling to ride at 25, 27 mph and barely feel any headwind. We truly zipped down the coast and covered the 25 miles to Gazos Creek in 1.5 hours. It was a blast!!!

Then we headed in along Cloverdale and slowed down the pace to enjoy the scenery back there. At one point, I felt a need to empty my runny nose. I looked back and didn't see anyone there, so I let loose. Right at the exact moment - "Bullseye" Pete pulls out right behind me and caught it right between his eyes !!! Boy, did I feel bad, but it was pretty d@mn funny! I was laughing so hard I forgot to tell him about my highly infectious TB condition. Oh well, I'll try to remember next time I see him .

We got to Pescadero, and the sun was just brilliant. We sat in the side yard of the deli/grocery and had a nice lunch, laughed at lot at the silly things that Pete is so good at coming up with. I had to recommend the bear claws from Arcangeli's bakery, so Marco jumped the fence and got some for us. Yummmm.

We spent the rest of the ride pushing each other hard. It was a compatible group pace-wise and it was a lot of fun. It was pretty windy on Hwy84 heading back to the ocean, and we had a great paceline slicing through the wind. Like I said, it was really exhilarating! By the time we rolled into San Gregorio, my legs were starting to grumble.

I took the group up Tunitas and turned off on Lobitos Creek. That's my favorite ride in all the coastside. Bucolic country farms, nice views and not a single car. It was great.

Finally, we had to get back onto Hwy1 and face the full brunt of the wind again. Pete, Marco and I formed a great paceline and zipped headfirst into the wind. With the same headwind yesterday, I could only muster 10-12mph by myself. Today, with the 3 person paceline, we were going around 20 mph. What a rush!

A great day overall. I'll be dreaming about this one tonight!

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A splendid day for cycling along the coast. I knew it would be tough waking up on four hours sleep after a gig with the band but I did not want to skip this ride. We were off on a great pace down HW1 with the wind on our backs. The perfect cadence of David and Lisa as well as the sound or small objects hitting the disc brake on the rear wheel of their tandem was almost hypnotic. I eased up on the downhill speed some as the wind was picking up and shaking the bike more than I would have liked.

Alan planned a great route and I really enjoyed the quiet car free roads and climbs on them. This was all new to me and it was nice to finally ride some of the roads I have heard about for so long. The sandwich and bearclaw really hit the spot. Is that picture Marco or Fido returning with the food??

On the way back it was a challenging pace with the headwinds. I actually was happy with myself on my turn to pull on the way to San Gregorio. The weather only got to me during one sustained climb where the arm warmers and gloves felt like a sauna. I did get some sun on the nose however, not enough sunscreen.

Yo Taxi.. You're not supposed to get a pic of me smiling. It's gonna ruin my rep as the brutal straight faced metal drummer that I am..

Thanks again Alan for suggesting the route and also to David, Lisa, Marco & Pete for the company. I always look forward to these group rides to share my love of cycling with others and to hopefully improve my abilities on the bike by being surrounded by those that will push me.
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And to top it all off, at dinner in San Mateo, we met Mr North Beach pizza himself, Bob! Founder of the first store in the North Beach District in SF, he was hanging out there and we got a little history lesson from him, as the business is now run by his son. He founded the chain some 22 years ago.
Man! Ruth and I almost went to North Beach tonight too!

We walked in, saw it was too busy (now we know why), so we went to Amichis instead.

Damn.

Oh yeah Nice ride! Great route, great pace/dynamics, great company (as always). Can't wait to do it again.
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Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing. I'm still not sure why Marco was hopping the fence though.
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Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing. I'm still not sure why Marco was hopping the fence though.
He was being chased by a Raccoon in Heat!...Now you can ask him to explain
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Ramone showed up and I couldn’t believe it after yesterdays ride, a late gig last night, and a severe paddling from a Roller Derby girl!
The gig was a fund raiser for the Silicon Valley Roller Derby Girls They had some unique ways of raising money. Click this at own risk.
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I guess fence climbing was the theme of the weekend!
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Thanks for the report and pics. Nice ride folks
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Wish I could have ridden with you all, you know to drive the pace. But I have been training pretty seriously lately. I did my own wind ride, solo. Oh the pain! Sure does help get ya stronger though. My speed climbing hwy 9 improved by 1.5 mph over a 2 week period.
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That sounds to have been a nice ride. It should be put on the BF calendar again.
Alan, do you have a bamboo bike now? I read that Calfee is supply racing bikes made out of bamboo to the Organic Athlete team this year.
Seeing how Marco is jumping fences it seems that Pete is as good a chiropractor as he is a cyclist.
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That's a really weak excuse to have missed our ride BigSean We missed ya! Hope to see you next time.
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He was being chased by a Raccoon in Heat!
Those darn 'coons ... makin such a fuss, I couldn't eat my lunch in peace!
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Well I usually ride with the team on Saturdays, and sundays are touch and go with the war department.
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That's a great way to put it!!! I'll need to borrow that expression some time!
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That sounds to have been a nice ride. It should be put on the BF calendar again.
Alan, do you have a bamboo bike now? I read that Calfee is supply racing bikes made out of bamboo to the Organic Athlete team this year.
Seeing how Marco is jumping fences it seems that Pete is as good a chiropractor as he is a cyclist.
George: I'll be glad to host this again. It really was a wonderful route.

No, no bamboo bikes for me - unless they make them into a folding bike .
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Yo Taxi.. You're not supposed to get a pic of me smiling. It's gonna ruin my rep as the brutal straight faced metal drummer that I am..
Hey, this picture may be bad for your tough guy image, but it's a great picture of you.

You should save it for your eHarmony site or sumthin' like that .
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Hey, this picture may be bad for your tough guy image, but it's a great picture of you.

You should save it for your eHarmony site or sumthin' like that .
You know how many shots of Mr. Stoic I had to take to get that shot. It's as rare as me without a wisecrack for a whole ride.!
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You know how many shots of Mr. Stoic I had to take to get that shot. It's as rare as me without a wisecrack for a whole ride.!
Yo! Let's see those pictures, dude! You almost gave your life taking some of them. I'm dying to see them!
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I know!! Where are all the pics anyway???
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