Last day to get 100 miles in before Mt. Tam Double, though that has gone down the toilet. (more on this another time) First part of the ride was big Diablo Cyclist pelaton to Sunol--the final run in to Sunol has only two minor intersections for miles and ends on a short/ tri leveled climb that I never do well. Fast moving down Danville Blvd--a sign of things to come, a guy unsteady on tri bars was miffed that Johana was in front of him and he'd wiggle into the pace line and then half wheel her. I started to move up but by the time I got to the scene of the idiocy, Ward was already suggesting that he might ride elsewhere.
Towards Sunol a few good cyclists got into our group--one guy (as Ward says "and he was old") took a huge pull and kept the speed high--other guys doing no work. I told our great climber Joe that I'd lead him out on the climb to string out the "sit-er-in-ers" but I wound up at the front of the paceline two riders before I wanted to be in the front--far short of the Sunol climb. I figured I'd just keep the speed high so no one would jump up ahead--no one did but I was winded by the time we hit the base of the climb (which Domo Diablo Farm Frites Joe won!)Part of the Diablo Cyclist pelaton thinking about bonus miles to Calaveras. Comeon people--the Cinderella is 208 days away.
Sunol train station and last rest stop (usually viewed when sky a little darker) on Devil Mountain Double
(above) Closeup of Sunol Mayor Statue with Ward crashing out FAR to the back on the porch of the general store, while Jack looking around to see where he parked his bike. (below) View from the porch--I'm hiding behind the Mayor (ward-o-photo)
End-o-Palomares climb and resting at the top--Jack in backgrounds (Ward-o-photo)