Saturday, September 27, 2008
Lots of riders on the Mountain today. Most of them were less serious than the ones training for the Death Ride. I suspect a lot of them are Challenge riders who just wanted to know what they were in for rather than trying to beat their PB by 10 seconds.
So Rick caught and passed me near Chainbuster and then we regrouped at Junction and then JB showed up too, but turned back down. Rick and I decided to do Juniper.
If the weather is this nice next week the Challenge riders will have a great experience.
Looks like SGR is open for good. I'm not sure if they're completely done but the road closure signs have been taken away.
Left my water bottle at the Junction and didn't notice until I got to Juniper - I have never done that before. Still there when I got back.
Peet's iced latte FTW!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Finally got my new cassette and chain on - man it was nice to not be skipping gears the whole way up.
I'd really like to get two more vehicle drivers for the backpacks and jackets, it's a fun time and a good experience and the riders really appreciate it. If you have a truck or other vehicle that can hold a decent amount of cargo, SIGN UP! You'll be among the first to get there and the last to leave - it's awesome. See my post from last year's event HERE
If you can help in some other way like check in or clean up - please do so. It's for a good cause and they're all a nice bunch of folks over at Save Mount Diablo. Also, volunteers get to help themselves to all the same schwagg as the Challenge riders.
Please e-mail Kim Bratton the associate firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at (925) 947-3535 she'll give you an assignment and all the information you need.
She'll want your contact info and an offer of what you can do to help. Tell her Diablo Scott sent you!
Thank you in advance and see you there!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I got a bit of a head start to take a video clip.
Cool and foggy today, like cold humidity. No wildlife, no Dudley, no sunshine.
Rick did a 36 something. I went home for a family function and Rick continued up.
Watch for the video... I'm playing with some special effects.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Ride data from Rick's computer... 50+ MPH coming down South Park... yeeeeeehaw!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Met JB on Doncaster... didn't think anyone else was coming so we rolled.
Went hard until the bottom of the Bump, then faded.
I could have pushed it more in the midgame but didn't.
Hardly anyone at the Junction, we didn't stay long.
Found Jeff coming up at Upper Ranch so we both turned around and rode him back to Junction.
SGR is still closed on weekdays.
Wildlife Encounter: Two tarantulas. (photographed the same one twice though).
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Wildlife Encounter: Two tarantulas and two snakes
My chain skips worse on every ride... I gotta get a new cassette; have you seen how pricey they've gotten?
We were all together near Chainbuster and I was happy to hang on until Junction and then I outsprinted JB but it about killed me.
Down to the Tire Poppers and back up. I was still tired and soon off the back. Getting really warm by now.
There was a helicopter flying over the Mountain like it was looking for something, and then an ambulance came up South Gate Road (while we were descending) with the sirens on so somebody must have gotten hurt. Didn't see anything though, maybe it was a hiker or MTBer off the road. Might have been up Summit Road I guess but we never saw the ambulance again.
New pavement on SGR is really nice. It's a little odd without striping though. Also, there were a couple places where it was damaged already. JB joked it was because of the earthquake Friday night (tiny).
Rick wanted the sprint at the Dips so I took it a little bit easy after Moss Landing and then brought it up to just a little over 35 before I pulled over and he launched - good one.ColdBuster Jamba, throat freeze, home to paint stuff, the end.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
JB and I started off kind of fast. Didn't see any Diablo Cyclists there. We passed a couple guys and I was pushing it hard until the bottom of the Bump. Then he caught and passed me.
Started to get a stomach ache so turned down the volume a little after that and JB probably beat me by 6 or 7 minutes.
Then at the Junction - there was Moss! He just bought a really nice new road bike and apparently is enthusiastic about riding again (it's been at least 10 years since he was a regular) ... we'll see if the commitment continues but it was good to see him again.
Bugs were bad at Junction so I turned around.