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Old 03-17-07, 04:12 PM
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Jax2Jax4Joe Ride Reports & Pics!!

Post 'em here.... I'm uploading pics that Paul took today. Will post them shortly.
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Extort, Maddmike, PaulB and Gretzky


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Old 03-17-07, 05:16 PM
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Great pics! I want to read some ride reports. I'm so glad you guys had a great ride and a good day. I'm sorry I missed it (my ride and company was stellar today, but I did BONK - almost - so I'm not even sure I could have finished this ride!). Anyway, love the pics - you boys looks so cute (you too, Mel!) And Tiff, I didn't see you?
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Originally Posted by merider1
And Tiff, I didn't see you?
I didn't ride today, m.e. I'm just the picture poster for this one.
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Old 03-17-07, 06:49 PM
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I can't even begin to say thank you enough to all of you who made it out today! It can't even be put to word's how awesome it was to see everyone show their love, and support in a time of need. This day was just amazing from start, to finish, and it's all because of good people like you!
Matt, it was great to see you again, and to finally get to ride with you! It was also great to meet your wife Melissa! You two can ride! Paul, and Nacy, big props to you two for making it out at 6am, and doing the whole ride with us! Nacy, this kid can climb! He was right next to me on Cannon, and made it look so easy! I hope to see you at at more rides! Paul, I just missed meeting you at Surf City Cyclery a few weeks ago, and it was awesome to finally meet, and ride with you! You mentioned that you may be looking for a club to ride with, and if you decide to make that club OC Velo, we'd love to have you as a member! Sorry about missing you on the last leg. The group took off so fast, that I did not realize that you were not with me. I hope that you finished your century, and can't wait to do my next century with you! BTW, I ended up with just over 110 miles
Phil, I had read so much about your skills on BF, and I was really looking forward to riding with you! With that said, it was awesome to finally get to do so, and you are an amazing rider! BTW, there is a certain OC Velo member who has asked me about you.. She wants to invite you to climb Baldy with the club tomorrow. I'll PM you Oh yeah, funny to see you in Back Bay as I was on my way home. You went by with Mike so fast, that I did not hear what you said. Could you see the pain in my face, and I was running on E?
Voltaire, it's always awesome to see you! I didn't get to ride with you much today, but it was awesome seeing you for sure!
Cole, Maddmike, and Oleanshoebox.. I didn't get a chance to talk with you too much today. In fact, Oleanshoebox, I apologize for not getting the chance to introduce myself. I promise to do a better job next time!!
I hope I did not forget anyone, and again I cannot even begin to say thank you enough! Just an awesome, awesome day!!!
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Hey Greg,

Was Phil's ( I think that was his name...OC Velo guy) bike okay? I was on my way to Newport Coast to do repeats this morning and I saw a couple of cars pulled over and someone taking a bike out of the road (on PCH approaching Jamboree). I turned around to make sure that the person was okay and it was Phil? from your club...he recognized me and remembered my name, I'm so bad with names. Anyhow, his bike had fallen off of his rack and he was hoping it was okay. I was just glad that the scenario wasn't what I had originally thought it was!
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I was yelling at you to catch up with Mr. and Mrs. Pico that were only a short distance ahead...

The ride (and company on the ride) was great and I am sorry that I was not able to hang out with Gretzky more (I followed him up Cannon without knowing who he was (distinctive tattoo's rock!) and was introduced by Paul at the first rest stop.

I was near Paul and Mike for most of the day, drooling over the new bikes, and also hung out with Nacy, Cole, and the usual crowd of Matt, Mel and Volt

Let us hope that Joe does not need our assistance again, but this ride was supplied I would head out tomorrow if necessary. The feast that they served at the Irvine finale was incredible, and then Mike, Volt, Matt, Mel and I headed out for sushi.

The route was wonderfully flat, and allowed a consistent high speed, but the bike paths were horrible for 150 experienced cyclists when there was almost 75 people in the lead peloton! The route slip also needed milege.... but these are just things that Jax can have people help out on if they want to run this type of event again.
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Originally Posted by Brandy
Hey Greg,

Was Phil's ( I think that was his name...OC Velo guy) bike okay?
Hi Brandy!

Yes it was Phil, and his bike is ok. I was one of the first people he ran into when he arrived at the Irvine Jax, and you could tell he was very bummed. At first glance, his saddle was a complete loss, and he was on his way inside to have it checked out. Jax was awesome, put on a new seat post, and saddle, and even trued (sp?) one of his wheel's. Other than that, his brake levers are all that is left that shows any damage. He did the whole ride, and everything worked out ok
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Oh good...I'm glad that it was mostly okay!!
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Shoulda worn sunscreen-ouchy.

A great, flat, fun ride today. I didn't go for the century but this is my most mileage since I was 17 years old so I must say I am pleased.

Woke up at 5:40 and found my cycling garb still a bit damp in the dryer, but ah well, I put it all on anyway and made it out of the house around 6:20. Pulled into the Jax parking lot at 10 after 7 and had plenty of time to get geared up.

The first leg of the ride was the only one with any climbing but I felt good (the hill reps must be paying off) and wasn't the dead lastish one as usual. Got to talking to Cole a bit and admiring his carbon felt (jealous....yes.). The descent was sweet sweet velocity and when we got to Jax Yorba Linda there were delicious treats for all.

Yorba Linda to Fullerton was the part where I pedaled and stuff. It was only 6 miles.

Between Fullerton and Long Beach I started hearing a noise coming from my front wheel. Apparently I had a very loose spoke and at every red light I would finger tighten it as well as I could. At the next red light it would be loose again, however-and I rode with a creeping fear that I would flat or crash at any moment. I tried to stay positive, though-and chatted a little with Paul and Cole. Somehow I ended up on PCH w/Phil and a few others at one point but a lady in the group asked a motorist for directions and we made it to Long Beach Jax okay where the service department trued my wheel for free!

LB to HB was a long leg for me. It was getting to be around noon and this is when I always seem to start bonking. I got dropped by the main group while shoveling in some sport beans and ended up with a small group of two Jax employees and a nice woman whose name escapes me but without whom I might not have found the HB store. There was a car show on main and we walked our bikes through it to the shop where I ate a delicious white chocolate macadamia cookie.

From here the BFers were all going to take an alternate route back to Irvine but I was dropped again and me, Cole, and an older guy whose I name I never got found our way back to the shop with only a little difficulty.

The weather was amazing and the company great. The sunburn sucks but I've only got myself to blame for that.

Happy St Patty's day all! This was a great was to spend a holiday before coming home and getting sloshed. Thanks Cole, Phil, Paul, and especially Gretsky for posting the link. This was a very fun ride-and don't worry about not meeting me-the time will come.

Well...start drinking alla you!
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First and foremost, what a great turnout for a worthy cause. The organizers at Jax did a great job.
My morning started out at 5AM and i was rolling out of my house at 5:30 to meet up with Gretzky and his crew from OC Velo at Jax HB. What a welcoming group of riders. Thanks for letting me hook up with you. I am definitely interested in joining the OC Velo gang. Also met Nacy there. Way to get there on only 3 hrs sleep!!!

So off we went to meet everyone else at the start in Irvine. When we arrived there, we rolled into a madhouse of riders. I knew it was going to be a great day for riding. I met up with Matt, Mel, Voltaire, Phil, Mike, Billy, and Quau(spelling??). I have ridden with all and was excited to do it again.

We all rode together for the first 2 legs and then on the leg from Fullerton to Long Beach I saw Gretzky in a paceline of 8 riders and jumped on his wheel thinking everybody else would join in. As i pased Phil, i guess i forgot to yell out to jump in on my wheel and by that time it was too late. He gave me a little "Thank you message " when we got into Long Beach. The paceline however was great. There were a few rotations and i found myself pulling for a few stretches. We went on for about 8-9 miles at 27-29mph pace until i got dropped. I was up front, pulled out from rotation, lost my cadence, and that is all she wrote. They were gone.

In Long Beach, Phil, Mike, Cole, Nacy and I looked for Mel, Matt, & Voltaire but didn't see them so decided to take off with the peleton of riders. As Phil stated earlier, the bike path was the wrong route to take. 75 riders on a narrow path with riders and people coming in the opposite direction just didn't work. It seemed that i heard or was yelling out "rider left" every 10 seconds. Once we turned south from the river trail on PCH, i figured that is where we would stay into Jax HB., but going into Sunset we took the back road through the homes and I told Phil and Mike that i hope that the group doesn't take the beach path through Bolsa Chica cuz i am going to turn at Warner and get back onto PCH. Sure enough that is what they did so i made the turn figuring a group would join in but when i looked back I found that it was just Phil and I going at it solo. The group met back up with us at the outlet just before Seapoint and we rolled into Jax.

At this point, I was at 85 miles and Gretzky had mentioned that he wasn't going to ride all the way to Irvine and back, so we agreed to ride to Back Bay and turn around from there to get in our century. Nacy was game for that as well. I was chatting with a few people and when i looked around he was gone.

Still no sign of Matt, Mel, and Voltaire. so Nacy, Mike, Phil, and I took off. We made it to Jamboree, parted ways with Phil and Mike, and Nacy and I turned around and headed for home. As we were going back North we passed Mel, Matt, and Voltaire. You guys were still hammering. We got into a paceline with a group of riders from San Pedro on the way back and i was on the wheel of a guy that had a "Sunset Amber Ale" jersey on. All i could think about was getting home to a cold beer. I left Nacy at Goldenwest and headed home to that ice cold beer. The first one went down so nicely, i decided i would have another!!!

Once again, great ride with outstanding company!!!

Here are my vitals:
Total Ride Time: 6hrs 12min
Distance: 104.5 miles
Ave Speed: 16.9
Max Speed: 50


Am I too late for the BF Century a Month?? I will try and make up the first 2 months at some point.
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Here are a few shots from the post-ride dinner. It was a great ride, with predictably outstanding company. And for a great cause!

L to R: Extort, Voltman, Maddmike, Mateo44, Mel44


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Old 03-18-07, 09:23 AM
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I am definitely interested in joining the OC Velo gang.
That is awesome Paul! The club is a class act, full of great people, and you would fit right in! I will PM you info on our upcoming meeting, and how to join

At this point, I was at 85 miles and Gretzky had mentioned that he wasn't going to ride all the way to Irvine and back, so we agreed to ride to Back Bay and turn around from there to get in our century. Nacy was game for that as well. I was chatting with a few people and when i looked around he was gone.
Again, I am very sorry for missing you Paul. Most of the OC Velo guys/girls stopped in HB, but a few went on. After we had talked, everyone rolled out so fast, that I was trying to keep the OC Velo guys in sight. It was then that I look back, and did not see you. Very sorry for that, even more so in the end. The remaining guys from the club dropped off one by one as we passed their house's, and soon I was alone. So you can bet I would have much rather been with you, and Nacy, as it was a long (solo) ride home. Again, sorry for the confusion, and I am looking forward to riding with you again real soon!
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A really fun ride! highlights were-

1. the descent down Canon - although I wasn't quite awake yet.
2. Getting lost with my group on the river trail and making our way through LA to the Long Beach Store
3. the ride around the back bay - a horse flipped out as our group of 15 - 25 riders passed and started bucking. a little scary.
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a horse flipped out as our group of 15 - 25 riders passed and started bucking. a little scary.
I was nervous for the girl on the horse!! But it all worked out, and everyone was ok

BTW, I was on the Madone with the red spokes. Did we meet?
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Oh yeah, I almost forgot.. Did you also see the squirrel (in Back Bay) that ran between the wheel's of 4 riders (riding side by side at speed), and managed to not get hit? That little guy was good!
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Sorry I missed it! Darn work and Southwest air sucks!
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Originally Posted by merider1
Great pics! I want to read some ride reports. I'm so glad you guys had a great ride and a good day. I'm sorry I missed it (my ride and company was stellar today, but I did BONK - almost - so I'm not even sure I could have finished this ride!). Anyway, love the pics - you boys looks so cute (you too, Mel!) And Tiff, I didn't see you?

so how is the collection of funds went? pics are cool and all, but does anyone know how much money was collected to cover that $73,000 hole in insurance?
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I just returned from Jax, and having lunch with Joe. The amount raised was not brought up, but I can look into it.
I do know that the amount was very good, and every bit will help! Thank you one, and all!!
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First off, big thanks to Greg (Gretzky) for posting both the information for this ride and setting up the meeting point for those that wanted to make a century out of this event!

I was out the night before and didn't get too much sleep. I'm normally used to waking up at about 8am every day so it wasn't too much fun waking up at 4:30. It was kind of surreal riding so early in the morning without any light out.

Can't really say much about the ride that wasn't already mentioned as most of the legs were fun but the
sections on the bike trails really seemed to wear me out. The great part about most of it was that I've never ventured outside of PCH or the Santa Ana River Trail so 90% of the areas we covered were all new to me! This was my first group ride so it was great to do so with many of the Bike Forums members!

I spent the time riding more than a few Bike Forums members starting off with PaulB and Gretzky in HB; meeting Voltman, Matt and Mel at the Irvine Jax; meeting Extort during the ride between Irvine and Yorba Linda; and spent a good deal of riding with Cole505 during the Fullerton-Long Beach and Long Beach - Huntington Beach legs.

I was starting to get pretty damn tired after the Long Beach Jax and by the time we got to the HB Jax I was relieved when Greg and Paul suggested we get just enough miles for our Century and head back home rather than going to the Irvine Jax and back. From there on out I just hung to the rear wheel of Extort, PaulB and MadMike riding south on PCH towards Jamboree. I'm amazed that they had so much energy left after covering so many miles. Paul and I split off from Extort and Madmike at Jamboree and started to head back. Big thanks go out to Paul for both giving me a bit of coaching as well as giving me a such a good tow during the final trek back.

In all, it was finally nice to ride with some of the members here and I can't wait for the next group ride.
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Originally Posted by Gretzky
I was nervous for the girl on the horse!! But it all worked out, and everyone was ok

BTW, I was on the Madone with the red spokes. Did we meet?
I recognize you from your picture, but I don't think we met - I was riding a blue and yellow LeMond and wearing an AFP kit. Yep - that squirrel ran right in front of my front wheel - He almost got me!

Regarding the fundraising, I spoke to Jax's owner after the event (Dave, if I remember correctly). He said the event raised around $25,000.

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