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Old 04-27-08, 07:23 PM
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Calaveras/Palomares RIDe Report

Got to the Freemont Bart really early, so I decided to ride back on 84 a ways to see if I’d run into the mid-peninsula brigade. I didn’t, so I returned and was met with the Phillipino contingent. Aka-Super Unleaded had invited a (couple) of friends! What a fun bunch! There was Lo octane, Supey diesel, Quickie Jo Jo ethanol, Tu much gas, and many more! Man we’re they ready to go…
Ronny baby showed up with route sheets and his golden goodness : ). Alex in his skinsuit, Tim (bottlerocket) with fuse lit, Ramon on his stealthy fixie which I remaind ten paces from at all times, Conti in his white (best up and coming) jersey.
And my girl was “IN DA HOUSE” with her fetching little red riding hood jersey, JoBob. She had very pretty vintage lavender bike to boot! Since I was going to spend a lot of time in Freemont today I wore my stunning new Freemont Freewheelers kit. We were off and stopped to wait for Marco and Alan. Alan told us on the phone to go on and they would catch up. S. U.’s Army , Rocket man, and Bostic flew up Palomares. Everyone made Pee Pee before Jo got to the top. I sprinted on foot along side Jobob chasing her with a big tree like the devil up Mt. Ventoux at the Tour de France.
As we sat around for too long I snuck over and casually got on my bike and proceeded to tell everyone I had something very important to say… I announced “ YOU GUYS ALL SUCK, AND THE LAST ONE DOWN IS A SMELLY ROTTEN EGG!!” I took for as fast as I could and all I heard behind me as I began to hurtle down the hill was click, click, click as everyone snapped in, and launched.
Jo got a flat. I went back and annoyed her for a little while as she changed her tire. We then had a very pleasant ride together talking all the way to Sunol. Everyone went ahead. Alan and Marco made a couple of wrong turns and never came back to the ride. I hope they had a good ride anyway. I felt bad they couldn’t ride with us.
We all regrouped in Sunol. After the extended banter the S.U’s decided to split and get home to the remaining day off and enjoy their families.
We had a nice smooth paceline up to Calaveras. I cat and moused with Ramon and Tim all the way up the climb. Remind me to spike Tim and Ramon’s water bottles with some sedatives next time before the kill me on these climbs. Right before the drop down the wall I made the jump with perfect timing to finally get just ahead enough of Tim before he could react and beat him finally. I wish Marco was there but he would of known my jump was coming… Maybe : )…
We sat for a while at the park for awhile and I made fun of Ron and he made fun of me the whole time… We must have been brothers in a past life. We punched into a headwind all the way back as Ron and I discussed plans for next week. The Wine Century is gonna be great can’t wait… Tim and I rode the Train back to Frisco and talked turkey about maybe doing some hill challenges in the future. Place your bets on Tim BTW he’s a natural BottleRocket…
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Old 04-27-08, 08:10 PM
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I wanna know what comment you made before the Palomares descent, the one Ramon/Bostic referred to in his post in the other thread.
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I have a few:







We had a big turnout - this is our whole group wending it's way along Niles Canyon:

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I didn't take a single stinkin' picture.

It was a fun ride, though, if you ignore the last bit. I completely and utterly ran out of energy by the last 10-15 miles, and as such, that hill right after the underpass in Fremont was easily the most brutal climb of the day for me. The whole way through Fremont was absolutely draining. Mission being mostly downhill was a huge relief.

Aside from that, though, I had a great time. I got a new recorded top speed (41MPH), and through a bit of creative getting lost, I managed my first metric century at 65.4 miles.

And I have a wicked cyclist's sunburn. Sweet.
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Originally Posted by alainp View Post
I wanna know what comment you made before the Palomares descent, the one Ramon/Bostic referred to in his post in the other thread.
First of all sorry to hear about your accident. Glad it wasn't too major, although maybe you should feign some neck pain if ya know what I mean. Secondly wish you had been able to ride with us. We had a great time.
Thirdly check back in 30 mins...
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Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
Thirdly check back in 30 mins...
*looks at the clock*

So, uh... 30 minutes from when?
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Originally Posted by x136 View Post
*looks at the clock*

So, uh... 30 minutes from when?
Now! see original post, abbreviated write Cathy's buggin me to do my chores!

Here I come with the fishbones kitties! I'm takin out the trash...bye
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Well, our day didn't turn out quite the way we planned, but we still had fun.

We were the Dumbarton Bridge contingent of the ride. I met up with K5qbl (Mike), at the meeting place, but Marco called to say he missed the train, and was going to drive across the bridge. Mike and I both had our virgin rides across the Dumbarton. Right after we crossed, there's Marco and Ruth at the parking lot getting their tandem ready. Our little paceline took off at a pretty decent pace because we knew we had to make up some time to get to the Fremont Bart Station.

We rode into Fremont at 10:24. Apparently the crowd at the Bart station was restless and had already left. We tried to catch up, but the tandem's brakes needed some adjustment, so we were delayed. We pedaled hard again, thinking we'd catch the group up Palomares. Turned onto Niles Canyon and Marco/Ruth cranked it up, going 25, 26mph. It was fun, but alas, in the adrenaline rush, we missed the turn up Palomares. Being neophytes to the area, we didn't know we were lost until we got to Sunol. We also managed to lose Mike in the process. Long story short, we went back looking for Mike, only to discover that we should have turned up Palomares about 5 miles back.

Oh well, up we go. Palomares was a nice climb, except that Marco's new tandem was not quite dialed in yet, and wouldn't go into the granny gear. I have never heard Marco work that hard on a bike. Usually he's flying up the hills. This time, he was hating it. Grunting and groaning the whole way.

After we flew down Palomares, we called Taxi777 and he says he'll wait for us at Dublin Canyon. Well, we didn't know where we were going, so we asked another biker for directions to Dublin Canyon. "Turn left" he says at the bottom of the hill. Oh well, he got the turn part right. After about 10 miles, we get to Crow Canyon Rd. I called up Pete again. "Did you say you were on Crow Canyon or Dublin Canyon?" After the laughter died down, we resolved that we were not going to meet up this day and that we'd try again another time.

Now Marco, Ruth and I were in the middle of foreign territory and had to find our way home. I suggested that we get a bite to eat and ask the natives for directions. As we head towards the shopping center, whom do we see but Mike riding the other way! How the hell did he end up here???!!! Was he as lost as we were? Turns out he was, and he had decided to catch Bart to Fremont and go home from there. Well, he joined us for lunch.

After some heavy duty consultation with Mike's Garmin 705 and Marco's GPS cell phone, we plotted our way back. Mission Blvd, said the mighty GPS. So Mission Blvd it was. Sheesh! It was worse than riding El Camino. Lots of belching cars, potholed roads, and it was hot! Did about 7 or 8 miles of that, which was about 9 or 10 more than I cared to. Fortunately, Mike's GPS told us to turn off and we went through about 500 left and right turns until we got to Paso Padre. Hooray! Familiar territory.

We bid Marco and Ruth goodbye at the parking lot and went across the Dumbarton again. This time the headwinds were up and it was a considerably harder ride. But we made it back safe and sound and vowed to come again to fight another day. Even though the day was nothing like we planned, we still managed to get a good ride out of it. Most of our day was spent trying to chase the main group down, so we were riding at a good pace. I ended up with 65 miles, got a good climb up Palomares.

Could have been worse, could have been raining .
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Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
Now! see original post
Oh sure, be sneaky like that.

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After some heavy duty consultation with Mike's Garmin 705 and Marco's GPS cell phone, we plotted our way back.
Sounds like technology was the savior of the day. Without the help of Reid's iPhone, we'd probably still be winding around Fremont looking for the damn BART station. As it was, everyone else had already given up on/forgotten about us and left.
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Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
Could have been worse, could have been raining .
This would have been a great ride if you guys had made it.

Alan, lets get the gears going maybe for the 4th of July. The S.U.'s are chomping at the bit to do your ride HMB. And Maybe get Dave/Lisa, Marco/Ruth Tandems...HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT'S !!!! Can you imagine and then add The Zip, Gallag/Red rider, Smooth/Sass....HOLY #@*^!!!!
Got my 35mm ready for that one.
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So will this be a Tandems & Folders ride? A line of tandems with a few folding bikes hanging off the back would be a riot.
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Well I was really toast. I put my post in the other thread, and I zonked out. Woke up around 9 PM, and struggled just to get myself to my desk. I think two days of riding in intense heat just got to my body. I can't really say it's the distance, because I did basically the same thing last weekend, but it was flat. This weekend, 69 and 60, 4000 feet climbing each day, in 90+ degree heat ... it did catch up with me. I feel like eating an entire box of eskimo pie.



















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Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
Despite the (relatively mild) heat and that ******* headwind near the end, it was a really nice day out there.

Nice pictures. Do you think I could get the full-sized version of that one of me off in the distance? I like that one.
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Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
Palomares was a nice climb, except that Marco's new tandem was not quite dialed in yet, and wouldn't go into the granny gear. I have never heard Marco work that hard on a bike. Usually he's flying up the hills. This time, he was hating it. Grunting and groaning the whole way.
Yeah, that was the only part of the ride, I can say was not that enjoyable.... some sick part of me still enjoyed that bit though

I couldn't shift the tandem's front crank into the 30, and didn't feel like stopping, so I touhged it up the last part of the climb in the 42 chain ring

42t ring + 290lb team + 40lb bike = sucks
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Despite the (relatively mild) heat and that ******* headwind near the end, it was a really nice day out there.

Nice pictures. Do you think I could get the full-sized version of that one of me off in the distance? I like that one.
Sure, I'll PM you tomorrow. Time for sleep.
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Cool, thanks. And yeah, I think you're right.

I don't anticipate tomorrow being pleasant.
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Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
42t ring + 290lb team + 40lb bike = sucks
But this is going to make you a lot stronger in your single bike
THe heat really got to us we have to bail from Sunol. I was really baked, not toasted from the heat. Maybe I need more saddle time to get used to the heat.

BTW, thanks Ron for planning the ride.
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But this is going to make you a lot stronger in your single bike
THe heat really got to us we have to bail from Sunol. I was really baked, not toasted from the heat. Maybe I need more saddle time to get used to the heat.

BTW, thanks Ron for planning the ride.
Lots of fun riding with you and the home boys
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Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice............

Nice possum imitation on Calaveras Pete. Lesson learned.

I'm really glad we decided to push on after Sunol, Calaveras road was a great stretch and I'll have to make a point to go out there again one of these days.
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Thanks for the report. Can you put captions on some of the photos so we know who's who? There are new faces I don't know.
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I also forgot to mention thanks to superunleaded's crew for the NASCAR style flat fix on Dublin Canyon rd. Possibly the quickest tube change on record. I felt like Jeff Gordon out there.
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I also forgot to mention thanks to superunleaded's crew for the NASCAR style flat fix on Dublin Canyon rd. Possibly the quickest tube change on record. I felt like Jeff Gordon out there.
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I thing I did notice when I was on this ride ... I wasn't descending like a maniac ... probably due to my recent crash. Hmm .... I guess I'm a little gun shy now. When my wrist heals up, I guess that will pass, and be my old kamikaze descender again ....
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