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    August 30 tour of Santa Cruz mountains

    Alan (SesameCrunch) suggested a reprise of my prior failed ride. Anybody else care to join us?

    Sunday August 30 looks like the day, here's the proposed route (after failing at getting bikely to work and struggling with mapmyride):

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/CA...24995760222793

    Pescadero - Alpine -35 - 9 - 236 - Jamison Creek - Empire Grade - Pine Flat - Bonnie Doon - 1 - Swanton - 1 - Gazos Creek - Cloverdale - Pescadero

    85 miles, a bit under 7000' climbing, the flat part at the end will of course be facing headwinds heading north.

    I'm open to suggestions for modifying the route, as drawn it starts and ends at my house but of course people could start in Pescadero or meet up on Skyline.

    It will be a moderate pace - too much climbing to be newbie friendly, but I'm not up for Marco-style hammering.

    Maybe stop for a late lunch in Davenport?

    Approximate schedule:
    Before 9 AM - arrive at Paula's house
    9 AM leave Loma Mar
    10:30 AM at Alpine/35
    11:00 AM at 35/9

    DEFINITELY IN:
    msincredible
    SesameCrunch
    x136
    silentben (joining at Saratoga Gap/4 corners)
    uspspro (joining at 35/Alpine)
    mtnwalker
    JourneyLightly (joining at Saratoga Gap/4 corners)
    UmneyDurak
    BlastRadius

    ON THE FENCE:
    mellum76
    jonathanb715
    qpliu (joining someplace between Loma Mar and Skyline, leaving at Pine Flat)
    dl33 (joining at 35/Alpine)
    Last edited by msincredible; 08-30-09 at 10:14 AM.
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    Looks good to me. It'll be good to ride with you guys again.

    EDIT: Oops, looks like the Berkeley Hills Death Ride is the day before. Let's see if I have the legs to do both days...
    Last edited by mellum76; 08-11-09 at 11:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellum76 View Post
    Looks good to me. It'll be good to ride with you guys again.
    Great! It's been quite a while.
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    I guess I'm in, since I suggested it...

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    Sounds good to me!

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    Ah, man ... why does work always get in the way? I'm on call that day And I really wanted to ride this.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Sounds good to me!
    Finally!!!


    (keeping fingers crossed)...

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    That's a great route! One of my kids has a soccer tournament that weekend, and if they win through they'll be playing on Sunday, so probably not but I might be a last minute participant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Finally!!!


    (keeping fingers crossed)...
    What's that s'posed to mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    What's that s'posed to mean?
    This is our third try at doing a hilly coastal ride, as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    This is our third try at doing a hilly coastal ride, as I recall.
    At least at the same time. I think we've all done it solo with varying levels of failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Ah, man ... why does work always get in the way? I'm on call that day And I really wanted to ride this.
    Sorry Ron, we'll miss you.

    I've updated the first post with the participant list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Sorry Ron, we'll miss you.
    Looks like a ride that I would love ... I'll be with you guys in spirit
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    The elevation profile is making my knees cry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mellum76 View Post
    Looks good to me. It'll be good to ride with you guys again.

    EDIT: Oops, looks like the Berkeley Hills Death Ride is the day before. Let's see if I have the legs to do both days...
    C'mon Michael. I will ride with you to the start from San Mateo.

    We can go down Alameda/Junipero to Page Mill, Climb Page Mill and descend Alpine before the start

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post

    It will be a moderate pace - too much climbing to be newbie friendly, but I'm not up for Marco-style hammering.

    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    C'mon Michael. I will ride with you to the start from San Mateo.

    We can go down Alameda/Junipero to Page Mill, Climb Page Mill and descend Alpine before the start
    Yeah, Michael. Join us. It'll be a mellow ride. No gladiating allowed....

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    I think Ruth has clinicals that day, but I might be in

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    I think Ruth has clinicals that day, but I might be in
    Cool, please do at least two Page Mill repeats as a warm up.
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    where & when fro the start?

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    I'm tentatively in. Its a dirty job but someone has to accompany Alex at the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwalker View Post
    I'm tentatively in. Its a dirty job but someone has to accompany Alex at the rear.
    Hope you can make it!

    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    where & when fro the start?
    My start will be at my house, which is at the base of Haskins Hill (west side). I will PM address and directions to people who need it. There is plenty of room for car parking. Note that there is only about 1 minute of warm-up before the climbing starts.

    We can also set a time to meet people at the Skyline / Alpine / Page Mill junction if anyone wants to do that.

    I can be flexible on start time, but don't want to make it too late if it is hot out, as Jamison Creek is fairly exposed. I'd suggest no later than 9 AM, earlier is ok too. What do you guys think?

    If anyone is interested, I can pick up some food for a little BBQ at my place after the ride.
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    I think you're crazy to plan a route with known headwinds but regardless I'm probably in for this one. I'd ride from my house and join at the Saratoga gap. Any decisions on a start time yet? I'd prefer on the earlier side.

    Hopefully the Lockheed fire is contained by then and there's not too much smoke

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentben View Post
    I think you're crazy to plan a route with known headwinds but regardless I'm probably in for this one. I'd ride from my house and join at the Saratoga gap. Any decisions on a start time yet? I'd prefer on the earlier side.
    Hehe, at least I admit I'm crazy.

    Glad you can join us! Nobody else has given me any input on start times yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by silentben View Post
    Hopefully the Lockheed fire is contained by then and there's not too much smoke
    If I have time between my two business trips I will try to scout the route by moto sometime next weekend.
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    Who's crazier, the crazy person or the people who willingly follow the crazy person?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Hehe, at least I admit I'm crazy.

    Glad you can join us! Nobody else has given me any input on start times yet.
    Paula:

    Is there a case to be made for doing the route in the counter-clockwise direction?

    As for start time, your suggestion of 9am sounds good to me.

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