Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2012 WNR 03

First time up the Mountain in shorts!  Pretty good elapsed time too - tights and a jacket are apparently about a 3-minute handicap.  Really nice weather and lots of cyclists enjoying Diablo.  There was even a nice burbling brook at the Cold Shoulder hairpin.  It'll be too hot pretty soon though.

Saw Jay and Ward at the Junction, Jay's doing the DMD next week - we both had on the same Lion of Flanders socks... I think that's the only kind Jay has in his sock drawer.  They both knew about the cops giving cyclists tickets inside of Diablo Country Club, and knew of at least one person who got stung.  Apparently the squad car hides behind some bushes. It would be cool to set up a Diablo Spy Cam down there and videotape riders to see how scofflawish and hazardous they're really being.  Another story I got third hand was someone got a ticket for not putting her foot down, even though she did a full-stop track stand... any cop that thinks the foot down thing is necessary needs to be schooled.  I suspect the whole thing is elitest exclusionarianism on the part of the 1-percenters who live in there trying to keep out the genpop.  The Danville cops in general though have frequently been accused of being overly strict in their interpretation of cyclist requirements at stop signs downtown.  So always ride safe, but for the next few months or so, ride paranoid as well.

Talked to another guy at the Junction who was planning out his viewing location for the Amgen Tour of California - I said "Hey, that's MY spot."  He said he hoped there wouldn't be too many people up there on race day, and I said I hope the whole Mountain is covered with crazed fans because that means they'll keep coming back and we'll get TV time in USA and Europe.

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