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Old 12-17-13, 09:40 PM   #26
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Old 12-18-13, 12:38 PM   #27
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... just found out I'm on call that weekend...
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Old 12-18-13, 07:14 PM   #28
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I'm not going to make it. My fitness is way off right now. Have a great time! And I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.
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Old 12-19-13, 01:04 PM   #29
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I'm not going to make it. My fitness is way off right now. Have a great time! And I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas.
You will be missed. Too bad.
Merry Christmas to you too.
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Old 12-22-13, 10:38 AM   #30
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Long Range Forecast for Sunday 12/29: Source: http://www.wunderground.com using zip code 94520 for Concord, CA

Temperature: 64°
Conditions: Clear and Sunny
Wind: Light and Variable
Chance of Rain: 0%

Looking good, looking very good.
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Old 12-22-13, 11:37 AM   #31
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Aaaarrrrgggg. Tricia says we can't cancel our plans, just because we've had them for months and she doesn't want to leave money on the table. No sense if priorities..
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Old 12-24-13, 01:34 PM   #32
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I'm very sorry to say, I haven't been riding and now I have come down with a cold. So, you wont be seeing us on this one. Thanks for the invite and please invite us again.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
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Old 12-24-13, 03:06 PM   #33
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Long Range Forecast for Sunday 12/29: Source: http://www.wunderground.com using zip code 94520 for Concord, CA

Temperature: 64°
Conditions: Clear and Sunny
Wind: Light and Variable
Chance of Rain: 0%

Looking good, looking very good.
I'm conflicted about the long range forecast for the whole state. Love getting long rides in on the weekends without getting wet, but man...we are so ridiculously dry around here. Plus I ski, so there's that too
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Old 12-25-13, 11:22 PM   #34
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I'm very sorry to say, I haven't been riding and now I have come down with a cold. So, you wont be seeing us on this one...
Too bad. You will be missed. I was looking forward to riding with you again. I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 12-26-13, 11:31 AM   #35
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lhbernhardt, a Bike Forums member and accomplished long distance cyclist is coming down from Vancouver, BC
He is bringing his wife, also a serious cyclist, and he asked for some ride ideas on another thread.He is my kind of guy. I proposed Diablo and he came back with "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another? !"
He requested I add in Morgan Territory...so he gets in two climbs he has never done.

>> 66.5 Miles with a best guess, using Strava Route Builder, of 6800 Feet Climbing.<<
Route:http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3817213

>> Wheels Down and Rolling at 9AM on Sunday 12/29 <<
Meet at Concord High School: 4200 Concord Blvd, Concord, CA 94521 (tons of parking)

>> Weather Looks Perfect <<

>> No Drops, we will have re-groups at key points. <<

We can grab a quick lunch in San Ramon, after Morgan T and to refuel before Diablo.
I will bring simple, streamlined route slips for everyone.
The Roll as of 12/26/13:

lhbernhardt
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Her ride buddy Matthew

And a few Maybes.... I Hope you Maybes can make it.
I shortened up the route a bit and revised the climbing down slightly.
Route Link (above) is this revised version of the route.

Hey, Maybes, here is a Bail Out Option: Morgan T & Diablo just to The Junction
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3817291
>> 60 Miles with a best guess, using Strava Route Builder, of 5200 Feet Climbing.<<

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Old 12-26-13, 12:04 PM   #36
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Hopefully everyone had a Merry Christmas.

I really wanted to come up north and meet everyone, but alas it is not happening. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that I was close to doing 4K miles on Strava during 2013, so I decided to push myself to get the final 200 miles before the end of the year. Might have pushed myself too hard, because my left knee started to hurt. Decided to take the rest of the year off (might commute on Monday/Tuesday) and end the year at 39xx miles. Too bad, I actually am free this weekend and my friend in the area is around to host.
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Old 12-27-13, 12:55 AM   #37
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Sorry folks, looks like Sunday isn't going to work for me after all. Have fun and post pics.
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Old 12-27-13, 09:35 AM   #38
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Sorry folks, looks like Sunday isn't going to work for me after all. Have fun and post pics.
You will be missed. I was looking forward to seeing you ahead in the distance.
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Old 12-27-13, 01:28 PM   #39
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lhbernhardt, a Bike Forums member and accomplished long distance cyclist is coming down from Vancouver, BC
He is bringing his wife, also a serious cyclist, and he asked for some ride ideas on another thread.
He is my kind of guy. I proposed Diablo and he came back with "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another? !"

He requested I add in Morgan Territory for 70 miles and 7000 feet so he gets in two climbs he has never done.
Lance, I hope and trust that your guests have been suitably warned about the "Look, it's a _______" (fill in blank with animal or phenomenon of your choice) Cat 6 racing maneuver . . . .

And remember - there are no ocelots in California outside of zoos. I have this on good authority.


Seriously, another bail-out option that I actually considered for about ten seconds before family obligations got in the way (ah, yes, Christmas visits, the gift that keeps on giving) is to turn around at the top of Morgan and retrace your path back to the cars. Just a thought.
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Old 12-27-13, 10:14 PM   #40
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Ok folks, I'm rethinking this. Might make it after all. I'm going to suffer mightily though. I'll likely have 1 or 2 others with me.
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Old 12-27-13, 11:57 PM   #41
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Joel, I really hope you make it. You will do fine, I know you. I see the kind of rides you put up on Strava.
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Old 12-28-13, 12:33 AM   #42
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I'm a BF'er from Portland, visiting Berkeley for two weeks, and I brought my bike with plans to ride Mt Diablo. I had planned to ride it on Sunday, so there is some chance I will run into you guys. Which I would like to do. I like meeting other BF'ers.

Any idea what time, roughly, you might be at the gate? I could try to time my arrival there to try to catch your group.

Will you folks be wearing anything distinctive?

I'll be the lost-looking guy in a yellow KAS Mavic jersey on a dark blue vintage Cannondale road bike, with a Fred-ish light zip-tied to my Fred-ish MTB helmet.
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We will be entering the South Gate Rd/Diablo Scenic Rd. entrance of Mt. Diablo at the midpoint of this ride.
It is at Mile 36 of our ride, the halfway point and just after a Lunch Stop. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3817213
So... wheels down at 9 and at South Gate Rd/Diablo Scenic Rd. at... Noon?

Look for me in a green Mt. Diablo jersey
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Old 12-28-13, 07:54 PM   #44
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Looking forward to it. See you all tomorrow.

Joel - Yep, as Daniel said, you'll do fine. I'm still not fully back from my crash in August (ribs and pelvic fractures), so we can share in our lack of fitness :-).

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I think I will make it. I was able to beat a five year old today up a climb so I am confident I won't get dropped.
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Great! I will keep an eye out for the green jersey :-). Most likely you will see me stopped and gasping somewhere on the climb, pretending to have a mechanical.
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jyl possibly connecting with us on Diablo

For the dozen or so meeting at Concord High School: 4200 Concord Blvd, Concord, CA 94521
I will have plenty of route slips.
Wheels down at 9 a.m. see you there!

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Old 12-28-13, 11:46 PM   #49
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Won't make it. Have a great ride!
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