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    Gladiator Ride Report North Bay 11/15/08

    Journey to the "Wailing Wall"






    Our warrior princess was safely ushered to the battlefront by the NorCal Gladiator league and returned with honor and commendations to her palace in the Kingdom of San Mateo. Ruth was "Ruthless" against her opponent, the infamous "Marshall Wall" Led by the lieutenants Marcus, Ramon and general Taxirius. The contingent of newly acquired gladiators escorted my the Night and Nobleman Sir Ron escorted the band of hearty soldiers to the edge of the "Dark Lands" where they promptly were discharged back to their fiefdoms. Unfortunately succumbing to a witches spell en route and becoming frighteningly lost!






    That was some of the best riding I've ever experienced in my life. I started the day with just the thought that I would love to spend just a whole day on my bike. My wish would be granted and more!

    I enjoyed meeting some of the newcomers along with the brand newcomers; Justin and Pete.
    Chris and Micheal showed up again and I met a NorCal lurker riding with an Eastbay contingent, so not able to ride with us today.



    The weather was just unbelievable and clear skies beyond the imagination! We got kind of a late start which would come back to haunt us later. I took the Trek today and with all the work I had done on it this week, I felt as though I was pedaling effortlessly. I had put together a new drink concoction that seemed to work really, really well. No bonk at all.



    Water-bottle filled 1/2 with water, 1 lg Tablespoon of Rice Protein. The rest topped off with chocolate Soy and pure coffee. In between those I would have a bottle with 1 nuunz tablet. It was like I was 10 years younger...Even was really randy with the ladies today : )



    Justin was a hoot, much like his pesonna that comes across on the forum. I was nice to meet him and ride with him. He decided to do Corte Madera grade twice! I saw him coming back down for more while I was ascending with the late group.

    I met Pete (not me; another Pete, Justins friend) at "Velo Rouge Cafe". I was in kind of a flirty mood with some woman there, so he got a taste of how Obnoxious I can be right away!



    Ramon was kicking my butt up the climbs as usual, but I need the work out...It's starting to pay off! I had some of the best cruising with the Tamdem. I some points I would feel almost like I was on a triple tandem, which was a lot of fun and almost an effortless cadence. We stopped and ate lunch at the cheese factory. I could have ended the day there but we really needed to get Ruth to the wall. At that point I had one of the best cruises behind a tandem I'd ever had!

    Marco and Ruth did a great job up the wall and were rewarded with a pretty magnificant view! The descent was fast and scary! I hit 47mph! Marco & Ruth topped at 52!!!! Tomales bay was a great run with a stop in Pt. Reyes for coffee and pastries...

    This was the only time during the ride that I started feeling a little rough...It was getting a little cold along the water and I wasn't really that prepared for it. We rode through Samual P. Taylor Park and darkness was closing in on us pretty quick, but it was really peaceful, relaxing and I was feeling good. I like this time, when my mind starts to wander and I feel at peace.

    The long stretch back on Sir Francis Drake was a bit arduous, but we ended up stopping at the Fairfax bike shop so Ramon could get some toe covers. It was now completely dark and we headed back through Ross which was a little cold and I was wishing I had brought my arm warmers. My bike was feeling great and I think I was getting a second wind at this point.

    We got ahead of Marco and Ruth going up Corte Madera grade and It was pretty scary. Neither Ramon nor I had brought lights! I had left them with my arm warmers thinking I wouldn't need them! DOH! On the way down I kept behind someone and was able to follow the road by the light of their tailights, a bit sketchy, but it work. Another guy had slowly stayed behind Ramon and knew that he didn't have lights so he guided him down. I thought that was pretty cool. I said to the guy "thanks, we hadn't expected to run out of light!"

    We stopped at a gas station and got a little food. Ramon was feeling a little bonky and waited for M&R Tandem.

    Riding along the bike path was the best part believe it or not. That's when I caught the "wave." That perfect time we all ride a bike for, when everything comes into sync. The time when that elusive word we are finally able to use comes upon " H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S." We were riding off of M&R's head light and my mind started to float peacefully back to when I was a kid...I remember being in the back seat of the family car and looking out the front window at the light hitting the trees and everyone was happy and talking...the feeling of perpetual movement. I wasn't tired and I just disconnected from my body and let it do it's thing. I felt as if I could just close my eyes and sleep right then...I think I started saying KOO KOO stuff to those guys, but that's ok cause they love me and they're are use to it and I love them...They make me happy like back when I was a kid in that car...What a beautiful day I had today, I'm so glad to be alive!
    This was the only time during the ride that I started feeling a little rough...It was getting a little cold along the water and I wasn't really that prepared for it. We rode through Samual P. Taylor Park and darkness was closing in on us pretty quick, but it was really peaceful, relaxing and I was feeling good. I like this time, when my mind starts to wander and I feel at peace.

    The long stretch back on Sir Francis Drake was a bit arduous, but we ended up stopping at the Fairfax bike shop so Ramon could get some toe covers. It was now completely dark and we headed back through Ross which was a little cold and I was wishing I had brought my arm warmers. My bike was feeling great and I think I was getting a second wind at this point.

    We got ahead of Marco and Ruth going up Corte Madera grade and It was pretty scary. Neither Ramon nor I had brought lights! I had left them with my arm warmers thinking I wouldn't need them! DOH! On the way down I kept behind someone and was able to follow the road by the light of their tailights, a bit sketchy, but it work. Another guy had slowly stayed behind Ramon and knew that he didn't have lights so he guided him down. I thought that was pretty cool. I said to the guy "thanks, we hadn't expected to run out of light!"

    We stopped at a gas station and got a little food. Ramon was feeling a little bonky and waited for M&R Tandem.

    Riding along the bike path was the best part believe it or not. That's when I caught the "wave." That perfect time we all ride a bike for, when everything comes into sync. The time when that elusive word we are finally able to use comes upon " H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S." We were riding off of M&R's head light and my mind started to float peacefully back to when I was a kid...I remember being in the back seat of the family car and looking out the front window at the light hitting the trees and everyone was happy and talking...the feeling of perpetual movement. I wasn't tired and I just disconnected from my body and let it do it's thing. I felt as if I could just close my eyes and sleep right then...I think I started saying KOO KOO stuff to those guys, but that's ok cause they love me and they're are use to it and I love them...They make me happy like back when I was a kid in that car...What a beautiful day I had today, I'm so glad to be alive!

    [IMG]http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa292/taxi777/MarcoRuth******.jpg[/IMG]

    We had to go back on the oppisite side of the bridge cause it was after dark and I think Ramon's carbs kicked in so he started to time trial like a friggin maniac! He cracks me up sometimes.
    Well we made it back safely and I was really proud of Ruth, she has done so much amazing stuff in the short time I've known her, so I decided this would be the Ruth ride. I hope we can get some more Cheetahs out here riding with us...

    I got home to a menu of home cooked "Lemon chicken, Gnocci and Eggplat Parmesan...Pretty damn good end to a day on my bike.
    We had to go back on the oppisite side of the bridge cause it was after dark and I think Ramon's carbs kicked in so he started to time trial like a friggin maniac! He cracks me up sometimes.
    Well we made it back safely and I was really proud of Ruth, she has done so much amazing stuff in the short time I've known her, so I decided this would be the Ruth ride. I hope we can get some more Cheetahs out here riding with us...

    I got home to a menu of home cooked "Lemon chicken, Gnocci and Eggplat Parmesan...Pretty damn good end to a day on my bike.

    6:50 riding time
    47.1 Max spd
    15.6 Avg
    106.72 miles
    got home at about 7:30pm...Dark!



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    I had trouble sleeping, so I'm up and the smell of "Blood Sport" is in the air! As the Gods nervously await the mighty gladiators to slaughter the climbs and deliver their sacrifices at their alter!

    General Taxius Humongous Erectus

    to be continued...
    Last edited by taxi777; 11-16-08 at 08:33 AM.

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    Junior Gladiators 3rd Class Rojinian Fidelis and Petronius Mundi report back victorious from the Baby Challenge. We had a great time and made it back in time! Thanks for leading the great ride and we hope to go to battle with you all again.

    EDIT: Here is our Motionbased info: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7154050

    Summary:
    51.5 Miles
    ~2000 ft of climbing (MB says 3152, but that's way high)
    14.2 mph average speed
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    I just got back. Michael (mellum76), Chris (Ygduf), and your truly, went along with the ultimate gladiators all the way up to the cheese factory. After that, they went ahead and attacked marshall wall, while the three of us headed on back. Michael and Chris was gullable enough to trust me to lead them all the way back to the cars at Sports Basement.

    Ya know, Pete leads this Magical Mystery Tour through Mill Valley, and parts beyond, before climbing up Sir Francis Drake Blvd. There was no way I was going to remember every turn to head back, so I tried to lead us back by going back straight on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. However, I started to enter an area that I wasn't familiar with. I saw the freeway in the distance, and this fear struck in my eyes ... we're lost.

    We ended up buying a map at Long's Drugs, and found our way back. But hey, I'm not from the area, so I didn't know the area. The important thing is I got us back to our cars.

    By the time we got back, it was a little after 5 PM, and little light left. The three of us were thinking, Pete, Ramon, Marco and Ruth are going to be out there in the dark.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Some pics

    Postcard Pic:


    Pete awaiting the Gladiators


    Can't remember his name, but he was waiting for his friends at the same place we were meeting.


    Chris (Ygduf) and Justin(Roja)


    Peter (no not Taxi777)




    Chris (Ygduf) riding on the bike path in Sausalito


    Here we are waiting for Ramon, and Marco and Ruth. Pete talking to Marco in the background


    Rest stop at Nicasio


    I just couldn't resist ... I had to take this picture, in Nicasio
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Overlooking San Geronimo golf course from Nicasio Valley Road


    Michael (mellum76) cresting at Nicasio Valley Road


    We're lost ... where did we miss the turn????


    Sunset on north side of Golden Gate Bridge


    Everyone was taking pictures of the sunset from the Golden Gate bridge ... including us


    As I was driving home, I saw this ... I had to stop and take a picture
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Got back a bit ago. Just finished eating, putting the bike away, etc/

    We got back in darkness, luckily I brought my lights.

    Ended up with 95 miles

    Ruth & I hit 54 mph coming down from the wall

    Great ride.
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    Here's my elevation profile:
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo...2b1bEpPRWtXyzA

    I won't destroy this thread with a massive picture of my mangled toe, but it's there if you're curious!

    I am also home, thanks to Michael. I hit the hot tub for 30 minutes and ate some delicious bean & ox tail stew over rice.

    I feel totally set for Montebello tomorrow.

    The 72 miles this week felt much easier than last week. Maybe it's progress or maybe it's lack of hypothermia in the rain.

    Great ride everyone. It was a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Here's my elevation profile:

    How many feet is that? I can't count it up with my current blood sugar level.

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    70.55 miles, 4021 feet climbing
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Here's a Cheetah wanna be!





    Magical mystery tour!




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    What time did you guys finish, get back to Sports Basement?
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Looked fun. Thanks for posting the pics and putting a face to a name.

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    Excellent ride, good scenery (Pete...you captured the local wildlife beautifully) and more miles on my bike. Thanks everyone, I look forward to doing it again next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    We had to go back on the oppisite side of the bridge cause it was after dark and I think Ramon's carbs kicked in so he started to time trial like a friggin maniac!
    A little white rabbit in the form of a Golden Gate Bridge maintenance buggy was making a break for it and I had to catch him. Yelling at the top of my lungs at the remaining tourists on the bridge to make way I upshifted and pounded the pedals to catch the fleeing prey. I did manage to reel it in by the second tower only to be rewarded with horrible exhaust fumes from the vehicle. I don't think it would pass smog.

    Following Pete down the hill from the top of Marshall wall I hit 48.8 according to the bike computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post

    Marco and Ruth did a great job up the wall and were rewarded with a pretty magnificant view! The descent was fast and scary! I hit 47mph! Marco & Ruth topped at 52!!!! Tomales bay was a great run with a stop in Pt. Reyes for coffee and pastries...
    Yeah, the wall wasn't so bad at all.

    PS - We hit 54 mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Yeah, the wall wasn't so bad at all.

    PS - We hit 54 mph
    I only allow a 7mph difference of speed from riders in the same group so figures had to be manipulated...

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    We're so jealous!! This ride would definitely have been beyond our ability as we haven't ridden in a while, plus being sick and all. Hope to see you guys soon!!

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    Epic ride! Glad to hear you guys made it home safely! It was great to meet a bunch of you and I look forward to the Mt. Hamilton ride on 12/6!

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    I'm in it to finish it.

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