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Old 01-09-09, 12:58 PM
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Trolling for rides...

After being pounded with a horrible cold that took everything out of me. Very little saddle time and still I'm a bit under the weather since New Years, I've decided that I'm not up for a Gladiator ride, too much straight up climbing, I'm feeling a little to lame for that.

I was thinking of crashing a GPC ride with Justin (Roja) (moderate 100k) but I'm not a member of the club and He might have to work, so I might just stand around in the Orinda Bart Parking lot in my NorCal finery and wait to follow who ever has an adventure ride that's not too taxing. If you're interested look for the strange looking guy in white and blue standing around looking a bit vexed and confused. I'm game for 50 or 60 mile moderate ride with lunch, coffee stop a must. I'll be there at 9:am

I haven't ridden in the east bay for a while (except for Diablo). The weather will be nice...I know a fantastic sandwich shop in downtown Crockett that (Lance Oldstrong) took us one time a while back.

Anybody up for it?
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Old 01-09-09, 01:08 PM
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Will try to make it. Another option would be to start a little earlier at Rockridge BART, ride over the hill to Orinda BART, do the Three Bears, and ride (or BART) home. That makes for a nice workout in a fairly short period of time. Something like this: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3771665

I've also always wanted to ride from my house (Oakland) all the way to the top of Diablo (BART home). But that might be too much climbing.

And Pete's tired and sick is about equal to Justin's fit and healthy!
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Old 01-09-09, 01:31 PM
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Where'd you get that picture of me! Cool!
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Old 01-09-09, 01:40 PM
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Will try to make it. Another option would be to start a little earlier at Rockridge BART, ride over the hill to Orinda BART, do the Three Bears, and ride (or BART) home. That makes for a nice workout in a fairly short period of time. Something like this: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3771665

I've also always wanted to ride from my house (Oakland) all the way to the top of Diablo (BART home). But that might be too much climbing.

And Pete's tired and sick is about equal to Justin's fit and healthy!
It might be kind of cool to meet GPC...hope I don't annoy them too much...It will make for a new photo blog...I have too many pictures of Ron and people are starting to wonder about us...




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Old 01-09-09, 01:51 PM
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I was wondering why he always has that little grin in your photos. Now I know why!!!!
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Old 01-09-09, 01:53 PM
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Such a cute couple though
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Hhmmmmm. I've been all "will he/won't he" with Justin this week about a ride tomorrow morning - I have relatives in town, and also acquired a nice cold of my own this week which has sucked, but a laid back ride with you guys would be cool....I'm 50/50 if I'll swing my leg over the saddle tomorrow, but keep me posted.
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JEALOUS!!!

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Peter and anyone else, here are some options from Team Alameda for you to consider...

Medium (30-60 miles):

John Horton... A 10 City tour featuring the Arlington
Up Park Blvd- across Montclair, down Broadway to Chabot - through Berkeley – climb Arlington
Descend through Richmond, climb to Sikh Temple – San Pablo Road to Orinda Bart - 34 miles
Bring money for BART & coffee Option to return via Pinehurst for 56 m. 3/B/36 or 56


Long (50-100 miles):

Mark Pryor... leading a Dee Ride: 67 miles at 3,140 feet. Categorized Climbs: Fairmont, Dublin Canyon, Palomares (from the Niles side). Route: Fairmont, Dublin Canyon, paceline practice on Foothill to Sunol, then down Niles Canyon to Palomares and return via Seven Hills Dr. and Lake Chabot Road. More ambitious climbers can return over Redwood should the feeling strike. What's the coding again? 3/D/67+

Unless otherwise stated, all rides meet at Kaiser steps, near Central and Park, Alameda, 8 AM on Saturdays, and 9 AM on Sundays. Riders should be prepared to depart at these times.

TEAM ALAMEDA ride ratings, in this order = HILLINESS / PACE / MILEAGE

Hilliness Group / Grades Description / Example

1: 0-2 % Essentially flat/ All Alameda, Marina rides
2: 2-6 % A Few Low Hills/ Montclair Peets, Domingo Peets rides
3: 6-8 % Moderately Hilly/ Tunnel, Skyline, Redwood, Butters Canyon
4: 6-12 % Very Hilly / Three Bears, Pinehurst, Snake Rd., Claremont
5: 12+ % Extremely Hilly / Marin, Vollmer, Hiller, Thorndale, Ascot, Donald Dr.

Pace Group / Average Miles per Hour, Ride Description (varies, depends on leader)

A: 8 -10 Easy Pace, frequent stops, good for new riders
B: 10-12 Steady Pace, fewer stops, for experienced riders
C: 12-14 Steady faster pace, most century riders are this pace
D: 14-16 Fast pace, for strong experienced riders, maybe one stop

BART to Fruitvale and then ride into Alameda...

my apologies if this looks like an ad...it's just laziness on my part. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V wahlah!
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What a troll ...

Sunday ... Montebello. You've always said you want to do Montebello ... well you can do that and Redwood Gulch ... now you gotta call that fun ... Besides, you gotta start getting in your double century mileage.
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What a troll ...

Sunday ... Montebello. You've always said you want to do Montebello ... well you can do that and Redwood Gulch ... now you gotta call that fun ... Besides, you gotta start getting in your double century mileage.
you've been called out!
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you've been called out!
Thanks for the info...

Now I know how a hot chick feels! I'm just a piece o meat!!!!
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Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
Thanks for the info...

Now I know how a hot chick feels! I'm just a piece o meat!!!!
...and we don't care where you go after you leave....just as long as you leave.... but you are hot baby and we'll call ya later...k?
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..I know a fantastic sandwich shop in downtown Crockett that (Lance Oldstrong) took us one time a while back.
Mmm... good! Verona Deli

My wife and I just rode 36 miles - Concord - Crockett - Back to Concord on Wednesday.
I took the day off because the weather man said it would be nice. I hate that guy sometimes.
45 degrees and blowing fog all day.

Verona Deli in Crockett saved us with fabulous minestrone and hot Italian beef subs.

I am ride challenged this weekend with various obligations but, soon very soon...
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OK, due to a conflict, I am now planning to ride EARLY. Will be leaving my house at 6:30 a.m., riding up to Inspiration Point and down Wildcat, doing the Three Bears (hoping for a record time for the KOM thread!), and then riding back up Wildcat and home. Need to be home by 10:30 a.m. and I figure this ride can be done in under 4 hours if I don't stop much. Let me know if you want to join.
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6:30 a.m



Ow!
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6:30 a.m



Ow!
Seriously! The only times I will be riding that early will be on doubly centuries or the like.
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It sucks having a mid-morning commitment. My only choice is to ride early or wait and ride in the afternoon, which I don't like. Would rather start early and finish early. It will be cold and painful, though! Can't wait for my P7 light, which should help. For now, I am relying on a dinky blinky light. Hopefully the dawn will be relatively bright by the time I make it to the ridge a little after 7:00.
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Post of the day!

And Picture of the YEAR for Ursulay Buffay!!!
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It sucks having a mid-morning commitment. My only choice is to ride early or wait and ride in the afternoon, which I don't like. Would rather start early and finish early. It will be cold and painful, though!
It might be cold but at least you know it should only get warmer as you ride!
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I've ridden with GPC a couple of times and am on their mailing list. Tomorrow is the second Sat ride so you'll find an option for any pace. They are really friendly and plenty on non-GPC folks around.

As to a 6:30 start - I love dawn patrol most of the time, but man the descent down wildcat is freezing this time of year.
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OK - can't make tomorrow morning .

It'd be cool to try a GPC one weekend
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Seriously! The only times I will be riding that early will be on doubly centuries or the like.
The only times I'm leaving the house that early are...

Oh, right, every time I want to ride with you guys.
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