Caught up with Blog Reader Chris on the way to the Gate, we discussed the Diablo Challenge while we rode. Then Rick and I waited at the Gate but left without JB. Rick's computer said it was 50°F when we started, that's good for two Belgian Hardman Points.
Wildlife Encounter: Jack Rabbit near the farm and a tarantula near the Lower Ranch.
We passed up a few people but the Mountain was pretty quiet compared to last month. Then with 3 miles to go we saw JB about a half mile below but he never caught up.
At the Junction JB rolled in and said he had to go right back down so Rick and I decided to do the Tire Poppers.
Dudley Driveby: Coming down from Summit Road at 9:15.
SGR was a little more populated but still not too many riders. When we turned around at the Tire Poppers though there were about six riders in pairs but we all split up pretty fast.
One couple passed us though and Rick took off with them and I stopped to take this snapshot:
Wildlife Encounter: Another tarantula.
Rick said he dusted his companions at the helicopter pad. On the way down I told him we should switch and he should sprint after my leadout... it was all I could do to maintain 32 mph to the dips and then he hammered up both of them but was pretty rubbery afterwards... that was fun and then we went to Starbucks.