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Old 07-19-10, 09:37 PM   #1
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what: a tour of some punchy los gatos climbs.
when: Saturday, 7/24 , 8:30am
where: Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co (101 West Main Street @ the intersection of University Ave.)

neatly tucked away in and around the los gatos area are some lovely low traffic double digit climbs. painful, demoralizing, but short efforts that reward you with dehydration and a humming bird like heart rate. i do not excel at these types of climbs so naturally want to string several of them together for a day of knee popping fun.

interested? the plan is to spend the first part of the ride right around downtown. after a warm up on docile overlook rd there are three progressively longer climbs one after another. then we head south a bit to collect some more vertical feet on reynolds before stretching the legs on super fun hicks / umunhum. and there's a tiny bump on the way home, hardly worth mentioning... since we'll be around downtown for the first half there will be opportunities to get food and water, or go back to your car and cry. bonus points for rolling up with a standard crank. prizes awarded for greatest water loss either in percentage of body weight or total volume.

40ish miles, 8Kish ft of climbing
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/123799

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Old 07-19-10, 10:29 PM   #2
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A ride that starts across the street from me on a weekend I am free ... awesome! I am definitely in for this one. Saturday would probably be best for me.
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since we'll be around downtown for the first half there will be opportunities to [...] go back to your car and cry.
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Doesn't look like any water once the Hicks and white albino section begins? Supposed to be quite hot this weekend. I should be in.
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alright!

i can usually get by on two water bottles for the last stretch but it is tough on a hot day. loading up on ice before leaving town helps. worst case we go over hicks to silver creek and refill bottles. then double back on the south side of hicks to visit the albinos.

*cough* ygduf?
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Doesn't look like any water once the Hicks and white albino section begins? Supposed to be quite hot this weekend. I should be in.
Meth labs need running water, don't they?
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*cough* ygduf?
I'm down for this, either day is fine. Start by like 8:30 so we're not out in the hottest part. Post route, start location and meet time!
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Damn, I'm out of town. Looks like fun.
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Thinking about jumping-in on this one. Any updates on day and start time?
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Thinking about jumping-in on this one. Any updates on day and start time?
looks like Saturday works for silentben and 8:30 works for Ygduf. so Saturday, 8:30 it is. we can meet up in front of the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co (101 West Main Street @ the intersection of University Ave.)
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looks like Saturday works for silentben and 8:30 works for Ygduf. so Saturday, 8:30 it is. we can meet up in front of the Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co (101 West Main Street @ the intersection of University Ave.)
that's cool. Michael needs to know when to set his alarm so he can txt that he can't make it.
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that's cool. Michael needs to know when to set his alarm so he can txt that he can't make it.
I have a partial hall pass for Sat: I need to be at a party around 5:30 - 6.

Early start time is good for me. In.
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I have a partial hall pass for Sat: I need to be at a party around 5:30 - 6.

Early start time is good for me. In.
carpool?
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Where is the best place to park in the area?
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There's a free public parking lot nearby on Park Ave:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...02497&t=h&z=19
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bonus points for rolling up with a standard crank. prizes awarded for greatest water loss either in percentage of body weight or total volume.
How many points for bringing a tandem and 2 out of shape riders?


We might be in, if you don't mind the slowness...
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I'm bringing the red steel bike. Gonna be a tough day.
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How many points for bringing a tandem and 2 out of shape riders?
the tandem that did the EC? i'm leaning towards negative points. but, we'll end up near icing on the cake and it's probably worth a couple cupcakes.
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I'm too slow to ride with Ygduf and anyone who can stay with him. I think he's doing Old LaHonda in sub-20 now - yikes! That's faster than most competitive road cyclists!
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I'm too slow to ride with Ygduf and anyone who can stay with him. I think he's doing Old LaHonda in sub-20 now - yikes! That's faster than most competitive road cyclists!
it's a ride, not a race. no numbers or fees required.
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Ooooh. That's my strength. 168.6 this morning.
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Ooooh. That's my strength. 168.6 this morning.


7.8lbs

only 4.6% down though.
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word of the day: ouch.
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