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Old 11-29-08, 07:15 PM   #1
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Mt. Diablo Post Turkey Ride Report and Pics

This is a placeholder, so that Pete doesn't have a cow ...

Anyhow, it was a fantabulous ride, and great turnout. Special thanks to AlainP for being the token local, and leading the route (better than I could). And thanks to benriding, for leading us through the special route from Walnut Creek back to Danville.

I got to show off my new Chipotle-Slipstream kit ... I think I know why it was being sold at huge discounts ... saw a small slit in the jersey inside the pocket. Oh well.

AlainP led a nice easy going pace leading out, then after 2 miles of spinning, the hammer went down. Up went the pace ... I think it was because Pete was dying to get to Starbucks.

We got to Starbucks, and later on, we met up with cccorlew, beaker, overthere among others. From there we headed the charge up Diablo. My camera inadvertently fell out of my jersey, so after retrieving it, I found myself in a familiar place, at the back. I checked out the camera, and all is functional. It didn't suffer the spectacular crashes that Pete's cameras had.

By the time we go near the Ranger's Station, the wind started picking up ... well, howling is more like it. It was starting to affect my climbing. As I reflect on it, it may have been a bit psychological, but whatever, I made it to the top!

An added bonus was at the last steep pitch of the climb, I could hear the guys who were already at the top, cheering, yelling, encouraging me up the top. I had no idea what they said, but it was a good adrenline charge. All I knew was I put my head down, grit with every pedal stroke, and exert every little joule of energy stored left in my system, and push it up to the top.

Dang it was windy at the top. I saw LanceOldstrong talking to his wife on the phone, but I'm not sure how she could hear. The wind was howling really strong.

The challenge now was descending. I think I held back about 25% as I didn't want to get blown off the mountain.

Some of the group went straight back down South gate, while the rest of us continued down North gate.

I saw Curtis's post in the other thread ... I hope Overthere made it back okay. Hopefully, she will post on here, just to know everything is okay.

Pics coming ...
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I was thinking the same thing as I saw the other thread.

I really enjoyed meeting some new folks (for me) and reconnecting with some increasingly familiar faces. Although I was only in for Starbucks and the climb, it was great to ride with you all. It was great to catchup with Jim, Diana, Curtis, Alain as well as Colin - awesome SL2, sir. Very nice to finally meet Marco and Ruth as well.

Funny how the group part of a group ride doesn't quite seem to apply to climbs like this -- I spent most of the climb in my own little zone of concentration. That wind was pretty impressive today. I did enjoy trying to welcome folks to the summit with Pete and co. Talking of Pete, I hope you didn't hurt your hand after you got it stuck on that nice young lady's saddle...

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Here are some photos I shot. I didn't do much as I was eithr sucking air or trying not to be blown over.

I missed pizza because I couldn't remember what the name was. What was it? Also, if you have a photo of me i could use it for my blog. Thanks.

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Well I got to check-off Mt. Diablo off my list of climbs...a virgin no more. Special thanks to Daniel and Curtis for making the climb enjoyable. Oh, and a special mention to Ron who was my rabbit for the day...he helped me get past "the Wall"...does anybody have a picture of that?

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Great ride today everyone! Lot of new guys showing up on a regular basis. Young'ins taking the torch. It was a little chilly at the start, but warmed up as the day went on.

Ron grew antennas on the ride by the way


Donnie the new guy


Ride leader



The Big Race - Dan vs. Curtis


the summit of diablo


The two don's decide on Pizza


Silent Ben with the quiet smile


chris in a red theme


Primo's Pizza, Danville


Jim taking us through the crazy twists and turns in W.C.
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Ah, filling up at Starbucks before the climb




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My camera fell out of my pocket as I was climbing Blackhawk. Just to prove it still works, I took this.


Approaching South Gate


Daniel beats Curtis to the top


Daniel recovers at the top


Jim (Benriding, at the top of Mt. Diablo)


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Lunchtime!!!! PIZZA!!!!!


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the Paceline


Ron gettin crazy...I mean he's already there!


Michael over the top!


Marco Ruth first time over the top!


I'm rubbing off on Marco...


Jim..Ballet in the the parking lot



After the big race


In the beginning
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Who won? I remember it more like this:

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Daniel beats Curtis to the top
Sweet, uphill dragrace!

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Nice one, Mr. Fabian.

Pete, did you take a multiple-speed bike this time, or should we expect another "Swearin' Up The Wall" video?
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I had a great time today. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out based on how I felt waking up but after popping cold/flu meds, downing a couple vitamin c's, and chugging an airborne, I headed out the house en route to the BART station. The ride down was calm and pleasant with the bright and warming sun shining down and very light traffic. It's always nice feeling like you're the only one on the road.

Upon reaching the station, I run into Ben (silentben), who had made his way over the Dumbarton Bridge to the Union City BART to get here. Out of the corner of my eye a see a lurking Pete (Taxi777) attempting to spring up upon us. Then I see more warm familiar faces... Dan (LanceOldStrong), Jim (Benridin), Donald (dl33), Ron (spingineer). The rest of the group was soon present and, soon after the group photos, we were off to the coffee shop.

The ride to the first regroup was moderately paced. Led by Marco (uspspro) and Ruth, the lead pack increased the pace immediately followed by Taxi, Benridin, crsturdivant, spingineer, chrisoco, ... basically, everybody but me. I found myself really laboring just trying to match their pace so I backed off not wanting to blow myself up too early. I got to meet Michael (mellum76?) and we a nice conversation on the way to the coffee shop. When we were crossing Camino Tassajara, I see Curtis (cccorlew), Richard (beaker), and Diana (overthere) at the opposite corner of the intersection, so I shouted out to them that they overshot the coffee shop. I'm glad they heard me and realized I wasn't some crazy guy on a bike who likes to yell out their names.

After the coffee break, we head to the base of the mountain to begin the ascent. The usual gladiators/cheetah quickly pulled away into the distance and I find myself riding solo for a short while until silentben pulls up beside me. We had a nice casual ride up to the junction but I soon lost him as I failed to keep up. About a mile from the summit I could hear some rather loud voices and cheers coming up above me. I soon discovered the source as I was reaching the top of the wall where Pete and others were cheering the rest of us on. That was a nice feeling. But after reaching the flat section of the upper parking lot, I was greeted with strong gusts of wind that made it hard to ride straight and in some locations, difficult to stand.

We soon leave the summit upon the rest of the group's arrival with a brief regroup at the junction and parted ways with the South Gate Rd. bound folks, but only after Taxi's declaration of our suckiness which, by now, is the BF SOP of restarting. The howling wind was tossing me left and right and based on some of the erratic lines other cyclists were taking, I wasn't the only one. Watching the tandem team slice through the wind and carve through the turns was really a site to see. Of course, it wasn't a long lasting site as they soon disappeared beyond site.

We soon regroup at the North Gate kiosk and benridin shows us a new path through the Walnut Creek area which takes us behind the John Muir Medical Center, on bike trails, and through residential neighborhoods. Thanks for showing us the way. Unfortunately, we lost part of the group at some stop lights so Taxi and Benridin guide them back and soon were back on track to Primo's Pizza in Danville for some much needed nourishment. Pete made an excellent choice of Pizza with the "Godfather" and, like magic, the two X-Large pizzas were no more. With pizza and root beer/coke stuffed stomachs we were back on the road for the final stretch.

It was during this last stretch that I soon discovered that WHEELSUCKING RULES! For about 6-8 miles, I tucked in behind Marco and Ruth's wheel. When they said that the wind was really strong, we quickly replied with a "We wouldn't know!!!" Thank you guys for the strong pull at the end.

And thanks everyone for showing up and for making it a great ride.

Anyway, here are some pics I took... with the rest here.


Taxi777 (Pete), LanceOldStrong (Dan), and Spingineer (Ron)


uspspro (Marco) and Ruth prepping


dl33 (Donald)


overthere (Diana), spingineer (Ron) with a mischievous grin, crsturdivant (Colin), cccorlew (Curtis)


Mellum76 (Michael) cresting the wall


Spingineer summitting


Lanceoldstrong and cccorlew duking it out to the summit


silentben (Ben) and Mellum76 (Michael) at the summit parking lot


beaker (Richard) at the summit


At Primo's awaiting our pizzas

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You were movin so fast their are ripples in the asphalt!!!
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Dan, did you have some "extra terrestrial assistance" in your race?
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I had so much fun today with you all. Thanks everyone of you that came today. I am so lucky to have a great bunch of people to ride with.

I promise you Peninsula folks I will get out your way soon. Thank you for supporting these East Bay rides.

Special thanks to everyone who cheered me and Curtis up the wall during the "Great Race"

The first time I climbed Mt. Diablo (ever) was this spring. I walked up the wall.

This summer, on a Bike Forums ride I pedaled all the way up for the first time.

Today I raced up the wall. I still can't believe it. I could never have done it without you all.

Not the least of which is Curtis who threw down the gauntlet.
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I was a great ride.

Ruth & I rode a steady pace. We managed to leave it in the 42 ring (middle ring) and up all the way until maybe 1/2 way between the junction and the summit. At this point we were bombarded with headwinds, and the first shift into the small ring was required.

The wind really took it out of me, so our sprint up the wall was a tough grind of the pedals to the summit.

We made it up in just over 1:17, which is pretty good for the first time up for either of us, and of course being on the tandem.

The descent was awesome. The wind was pretty nuts, but the tandem has the weight and wheelbase to maintain good stability. We were flying down that thing!

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I had so much fun today with you all. Thanks everyone of you that came today. I am so lucky to have a great bunch of people to ride with.

Special thanks to everyone who cheered me and Curtis up the wall during the "Great Race"

The first time I climbed Mt. Diablo (ever) was this spring. I walked up the wall.

This summer, on a Bike Forums ride I pedaled all the way up for the first time.

Today I raced up the wall. I still can't believe it. I could never have done it without you all.

Not the least of which is Curtis who threw down the gauntlet.

Dan, that was the defining moment of the day! As for you and your accomplisments my friend, your just living proof of "What you put you mind too..."
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Nice one, Mr. Fabian.
LOL. The ole Natty Fab. That's an OLD BF reference.

Looked like a fabulous turnout. I have 30 more days to make it up Mt. D before the end of 2008.
I'm thinking of heading up on Dec 19th, my b-day.
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Looks like fun! I'm sorry I had to miss it. I had to make do with a short ride out here in the fog :-(

Thanks for the writeup and pictures.
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LOL. The ole Natty Fab. That's an OLD BF reference.

Looked like a fabulous turnout. I have 30 more days to make it up Mt. D before the end of 2008.
I'm thinking of heading up on Dec 19th, my b-day.
Hey am I invited? I'll buy you Pizza...?
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Yeah! I'll pitch in for Henry's birthday!!!!
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This was the climactic moment of the day - it was spontaneous and really fun, and I can't believe Curtis and Daniel had it in them to sprint up the wall. Just great.
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alainp was kind enough to send me a RAW file (pretty cool, RAW from such a small camera) that I futzed with. Thanks alainp!!
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Absolutely! I couldn't agree more Chris - I was just grinding my way up the wall having fought my way up through the wind. To stand at the top and watch these guys really put the hammer down was absolutely fantastic, both of you guys put on an awesome display, very impressive.

I was struck by how many folks managed a burst of speed up there - Michael and Ron to name two others. Now I know what I need to try to do next time...

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I'm glad you could use it (and especially relieved that such a large file made it through). Very nice work with the post processing! (Gaussian blur, saturation adjustment, then partially erased around the riders?)
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Good eye.
Mostly smart layers, with the riders toned differently and masked. Lots of shadow recovery on the riders, a bit of blur on the foliage. But no erasing. Pretty much tried to make it look like I remembered it instead of what the pixels are.
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