Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 SMR 26

Little windy at the lower elevations.  PG&E had some helicopter operation going on with road blocks and everything.

No sign of any fires though.

Zoom in for helicopter shot.

Wildlife Encounter:  deer at the vineyards.

At the Junction I met Alan - with the Mount Diablo Cyclists advocacy group - they're the folks who got the "don't pass around blind turns" signs up.  He says there's an auto-bike collision on the Mountain every two weeks.  Now he's trying to get no passing zones and double yellow lines at the appropriate spots and he had a petition that I signed.  Pretty much everyone else there signed it too.  Alan seemed to have a very good understanding of how to actually get this done so I am optimistic and may get personally involved as well.

They don't appear to have a web page but there is a Facebook page where people post videos of close calls and stupid drivers, etc.

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 Wind died out above Junction and it was very nice riding.

This is the "one mile to go" stump....
just below Devil's Elbow

DUDES!!!!  This is one way UP!!!

Gotta get home to watch the Alpe d'Huez Stage

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 WNR 15

Went hard for a less mediocre time.

Wildlife Encounter:  Jackrabbit

Wind... that's my excuse.

I figure about 9 more Wednesday Night Rides left in 2015 - barring injury.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

2015 SMR 25

On Diablo it was 70 degrees, on top of that a nice breeze.  Made the riding quite splendid and too quickly ended; I'll take more days just like this one please.

At the Summit I watched a rider do THREE repeats of the Wall - she started up just before me and got to the Upper Lot before I did and then while I was up there I saw her come up a second time and some guy shouted out to her "Once is not enough???" and she responded "Nope, and I'm doing one more"  She looked more like an outdoor fitness junkie than a classic cyclist, but wow.  Then she said riding up three times made her appreciate how easy it is to only do it once.

What's wrong with this photo?
Rider's face hidden to spare him the
 embarassment of being shamed on my blog.

And just for fun, from Wednesday's ride... because this was amazing...

Passed By Metcalf from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 WNR 13

Three guys from work decided to do the Summit again tonight, and left early - so I did a solo ride to Junction at the normal time.  

You wouldn't BELIEVE how fast this guy was going when he 
passed me.  OH - I just figured out from Strava that this is 
Kevin Metcalf. He did 31m to Junction and 55m to Summit, 
and he is 19th fastest all time on the NG to Junction segment.

Wildlife Encounter:  jackrabbit

My plan for tonight's ride was to go at a moderately easy pace, and then try to beat Adam's time on the 200m sprint to Junction segment.  I really wanted this and really didn't know how well I'd do, but I didn't think Adam was really making this an objective when he did it so maybe I had a chance... missed it by ONE SECOND... OK well two seconds if I want to make sure I bubble up to the top of the standings.  Not sure when I'll try this again, but I'm pretty sure I have two seconds in me.
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 SMR 24

Eight at The Gate

Wildlife Encounter:  turkeys at Rancho Arroyo

Death Ride is today... I lack the requisite awesomeness even to attempt it.

Somewhere on NGR we smelled smoke and got concerned about a fire but the smell went away.

We didn't see Dudley or Sergeant Slow - joked that they must be doing the Death Ride.... turns out they were both on Summit Road.

JB went down SGR for some misguided nostalgic reason, I went up to Summit because I'm Diablo Scott.

Had to be home to meet my contractor by 11 so didn't stay long at the Upper Lot, did a couple laps and went down.

Drafting a cement mixer.... good times.

Think they'll ever fix this section?

Fog in the central valley

Maintenance on Mary Bowerman Trail

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

2015 WNR 12

Big group from work today.  We all rode hard from the start.

Matt pulled the train until the elastic snapped somewhere around the ZigZag

Actually kind of cold tonight...nice.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

2015 SMR 23

Cast of Regulars:  Sergeant Slow, Kasters, Keith, and Tuck

No JB... not sure why but he did have baseball tickets for this afternoon.

I was expecting a lot of cars with picnic folks since it's the Fourth of July, but it was actually pretty quiet.

In the news... this unfortunate event happened last night:

DANVILLE -- A tree fell on Mount Diablo State Park campers Friday night, injuring two people, according to news reports.
 The tree toppled over at the Live Oak Campground around 10:40 p.m. Friday, according to KGO. One camper was taken by ambulance to a hospital and another was airlifted, KGO reported. The extent of the unidentified campers' injuries wasn't confirmed by noon Saturday.
Two campsites remained closed, but the campground is open, said Bruce Erickson, who was working the South Gate kiosk Saturday.

At Juniper I called it quits because my legs felt like bags of sand.

This guy passed me on the way up AND the way down.

New Gear Registry:  Gloves

These old Specialized gloves were pretty nice... just the right amount of padding in the right places.  Unfortunately the padding now is all smushed and shifted to the wrong places.  Also... I'm not sure if that's salt or snot across the knuckles there... but I don't think my knuckles perspire that much.

New gloves are Pearl Izumi - with an innovative velcro strap that's kind of in the wrong place but you don't notice after you get them on. Apparently, black is the new blue because the only pair of blue gloves at the shop were for children... literally 95% or more of the gloves were black.  I'll get used to it.  My hands still get numb though.

No sense trying to disguise the snot wiping strip.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

2015 WNR 11

I was ready for serious hot, but it was only about 90°F.

New guy Hari from work came with us for his virgin Diablo ride... it was a tough ride for him but he made it.

Wildlife Encounter:  deer at The Bump, turkeys at Son of Chainbuster

Saw Ranger Carl at Chainbuster and congratulated him on his recently announced retirement... looks like he bought himself a new bike as a reward.

This guy was stopped at the side of the road.
Then when I passed him he used me as his
draft vehicle for the next couple miles, and
then came around me at the Ranger House.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 SMR 22

Saw a roadside memorial on my way to The Mountain - near the fire house on Walnut... I figured somebody got hit in the crossing there where the trail is.

After a couple of really hot days - today was perfect.

Wildlife Encounter - BIG flock of turkeys at Diablo Ranch

Brought a banana instead of a Clif Bar to eat at Junction... it was perfect.

We gave this guy a hard time for having a squeaky chain.

My hands were going numb and feeling kind of bruised...I think it's time for a new pair of gloves... hardly any padding left and the stink doesn't come out in the wash anymore.

At Summit, I met Nancy - she was wearing her new Terrible Two jersey and I congratulated her on the awesomeness of finishing that ride last week.  From now on I'm going to refer to her as Terrible Two Nancy.

On the way home, I stopped at the memorial and found out that it was actually for a dog named Gino.  He had gone missing from his home in the neighborhood a few days earlier and was found dumped in the canal with his legs bound like some kind of mafia hit.  There were a few people there who knew the story and filled me in.  Anyway, the memorial also included signs asking for help finding Gino's killer, but no number to call or web page to visit.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marin Museum of Bicycling

Diablo Wife and Diablo Daughter took me here for Father's Day.  It's in Fairfax, which is a town with a huge cycling presence... all kinds of bikes everywhere.

Met Joe Breeze and his wife who were running the place (for the day at least) and they actually seemed to enjoy answering all my questions and telling stories.

The first part of the tour is the exhibit on the early evolution of bicycle design - they had a hobby horse, a penny-farthing, a shaft-drive bike, and a few other really interesting antiques showcasing the changes in materials, drive trains, and geometries.

The second part was the exhibit on the evolution of the mountain bike from the early pioneers including Mr. Breeze himself, to a modern double-sprung 29er with disc brakes.

Also on display was Vincenzo Nibali's bike from the 2014 Tour de France - the one he rode on the last day into Paris.  It was a striking contrast to the wrought iron contraption from 1820 that was only a few feet away.

The "Mountain Bike Hall of Fame" exhibit was mostly just posters and a trophy... interesting history but not much to look at.

There was also a library that had the kind of books you could browse for hours - like a Schwinn maintenance manual from the 50s.

The souveneir shop had T-shirts, water bottles, and books.  Picked up a water bottle and a book called Goggles and Dust with a hundred photos of pre-1940's Euro races... the kind where guys have tires wrapped around their shoulders and stuff.

Joe said that they're mostly counting on "word of mouth" advertising for the museum - I may have slightly over-stated the influence my blog has on the cycling public but he was eager to accept my offer to promote the attraction.  So if you go visit - tell them "Diablo Scott sent me".