Saturday, February 07, 2004

Diablo Junction plus South Gate Kiosk 32 miles

Another cold cold day with wet roads from last night’s rain.

JB and I got to the Gate at 8 not knowing if anyone else was coming so we started off on our own. When we got to the top of the Bump I called Rick on my cell phone and found out that he and Nicole were already started up and were at Moss Landing. We turned around to meet up with them and all started riding together.

Nicole started to fall back but thought she was keeping pretty good time until Peter rode up on her. She knew that the speed would increase dramatically once Peter caught the rest of us and she was right. I took some time at the front keeping the pace high but I knew it was a lost cause because the guys behind me were chatting and not panting. Then I had the brilliant idea of doing catch up intervals; i.e. letting them get about 20 seconds ahead of me and then chasing them down several times. Intervals completed: 0.75.

There was a guy chasing me the last couple miles and it was all I could do to keep my distance but I did it and that was rewarding. He turned out to be a Diablo Cyclist guy with a Team Saeco Cannondale replica bike – DA and all so it was extra rewarding.

Peter, Rick, and I decided to ride down to the South Gate kiosk and back up to the Junction and that was a good adder. On the way back up I threw down the gauntlet by attacking at the easy section and opened up an early gap. Peter caught me within a couple minutes and he had Rick in tow but it was still fun.

Rick, Nicole, and I went for coffee at Mia Café and there was some dude from Colorado who talked our ears off about his meager cycling accomplishments and one crash where his helmet saved his life.

A few weeks ago, JB picked up his new Rivendell Atlantis frame and I took this photo – he’s pretty proud of it but still hasn’t built it up. That's Adam holding the sign, and Mark Abele handing off the frame; JB's in the middle.

I’m riding the Tour de Cure charity ride for the American Diabetes Association. Please visit my sponsorship page and donate $5 – I’d really appreciate it. Thanks. Scott