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New Years day ride... Mt. Diablo

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New Years day ride... Mt. Diablo

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Old 12-28-05, 04:44 PM
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New Years day ride... Mt. Diablo

My New Years day ride will be up Mt. Diablo in the SF East Bay, near Danville. Hopefully I can get rid of this sinus infection before then or else I might look like this >>

Does anyone else have New Years day rides planned?
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Weather and wife permitting, just a long, flat ride from confluence of Sacramento and American rivers to and around Folsom lake and back. 114 miles, but hardly any hills.

One of these days, after my 13-26 arrives, I will ride out to Napa and back.
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It looks like it'll be a rainy saturday in my neck of the woods...not a chance.



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3.5 mile hill climb on the other side of the Bay from you.
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Originally Posted by trekking_TW
My New Years day ride will be up Mt. Diablo in the SF East Bay, near Danville. Does anyone else have New Years day rides planned?
If you pass a clydsedale on a Giant OCR, say "hello"....that'll be me - if it's not raining.
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TW, I did intervals up to the top of Diablo two Saturdays ago... then it started, the freezing rain. On the way down, my teammate said I turned purple. I sure descended slowly -- shivering so hard you're shaking will do that to you. Got back to my teammate's place and sat on the trainer for another 1.5 hrs. Hope you have nicer weather!

(Some years I go to L.A. to visit my parents and do the Mt. Wilson ride on Jan 1. That's even more climbing -- about 8000m -- with snow on the top. This year we'll be there but only for two days, so no bikes, no riding. Will think about you on New Year's Day!)
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Originally Posted by SteveE
3.5 mile hill climb on the other side of the Bay from you.
Me too. I'm entered in the San Bruno Hill Climb.
They've added $100 for the winner if he goes sub 15.
I think I could manage that with a decent tailwind.
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Originally Posted by SteveE
3.5 mile hill climb on the other side of the Bay from you.
San Bruno? Good luck with the race!

I'm still recovering from a sinus infection that's getting worse. Doc prescribed more med's and a strong aspirin to relieve the head aches. Getting sick really does suck! I still plan to ride but will think twice about it on Sat. morning if not feeling better.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
If you pass a clydsedale on a Giant OCR, say "hello"....that'll be me - if it's not raining.
It's suppose to rain and I haven't gotten over the sinus infection yet. I'll look for you if I make it out there! I'm on the black/silver/blue Trek 5000 and will be sucking serious wind if I make it out.
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San Bruno? Good luck with the race!.
Thanks! Hopefully, I can improve my time (if not my placing) from last year. Weather looks to be about the same.
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Riding the couch (actually chair at work).
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damn rain is going to ruin most of the adventure...

I'll try something stupid this new year
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I was hoping to do Mt. Hamilton on New Year's Day, but the weather isn't cooperating. So I'm heading down to Solvang to do research for our mini-camp in January.

The weather in Solvang doesn't appear to be any better. This is a big wet storm.
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I hope to hit My Hamilton.. However as Terry noted the weather looks iffy.

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