|Thx to Dr Dave and Cisco Dave for the happy athlete photos|
(Oct 6, 2012) Solano Ramble-Lake Berryessa Century, 111 miles, 17.5 mph, 7,000' climbing w/ Ward, Toby, Rebecca, Jack and began ride with Diablo Cyclists
|WI elevation trace of the ride-I added blue blob that is supposed to represent Lake Berryessa.|
This is the Diablo Cyclists' feel good extended ride. Usually, once our MPH is around 16 mph someone proposes adding some killer climbs until our MPH falls like home prices. This ride has a long but relatively easy climb-Cardiac, lots of rollers, and its a speedway back to the start. We had a good group that worked together well (or raced to the county lines) so speed was kept up all day.
|Damn--I though Jack put down that this was a water gun ride--but its too damn cold at the start (CB)|
|Where is the giant helmet to cover the giant brain at the Solano Health Faire? (PC)|
|Did Dr Dave, Ward and Toby really lawnmower "Occupy My Butt" into a nearby hillside two days before this ride? (WI)|
Our ride starts at Solano Community College where they were holding a health faire. A few people wondered if I was there for the run (funny how I was asked and not Toby or Rebecca, our elite runners.) Then a car stopped to give me a map for the 35 mile bike ride. It was nice and sunny but I was cold--luckily Christine and Rebecca (no vests) shamed me into leaving behind my knee warmers.
|Ward on Cantelow climbing loop (PC)|
|Christine on Cantelow Road (PC)|
|I'm coming up with Christine on another "hit me roller" on the Cantelow Loop (WI)|
When we got to the bottom of Cantelow a group from the Davis Bike Club gathered, and they started up the road at the same time we did and a few of their members got intertwined in our paceline--all good as they were steady. One member of their group told his folks to drop off our line--which they all did except one guy riding a bamboo bike. Our high speed line toward Lake Solano was suddenly cut short when Ward got stung by a bee. Ward usually has a crap reaction to insect stings so Toby slowed the line down and I went to the back to keep my eye on Ward.
|Peacock inspecting Don's fixed gear at Lake Solano park (PC)|
|Christine and Rebecca discussing the outlet store bargains (PC)|
|Toby and Stephen trying to remember where the county lines are after we leave Lake Solano (PC)|
On the Cardiac climb we saw Kitty doing a short brevet, so we rode a little with her and reminisced when I hurt my ankle and were climbing Knoxville Road together years ago, and I almost barfed after she told me what she hoped to eat at lunch. When we got going Toby-Rebecca and June were up the road and Ward-Stephen and I paced each other up the climb. On the long downhill I was behind the pack, as usual, and had a nice view of a PARK RANGER in a pick up truck passing Stephen/ Ward on a tight curve--1/4 in the opposing traffic lane. About 10 seconds later a car in the opposite direction appeared--had he been 10 seconds quicker and there would have been a major collision.
|On Cardiac Climb we see clubmate Kitty slumming and doing a real short brevet--Kitty was first female to participate in RAAM--cycling race across America--back in the early 1980's (PC)|
|Turnoff to Lake Berryessa-Spanish Flat (WI)|
|Rollers to Spanish Flat (PC)|
|(top sign) With no bathrooms around our group will be making lots of stops in the next few miles--glad we don't need gas (bottom sign) Nice crime watch sign (PC)|
|Rebecca on Lower Knoxville Road (WI)|
|Toby on Lower Knoxville Road (WI)|
|I'm climbing away from Lake Berryessa (WI)|
|Toby on Lower Knoxville Road (WI)|
|Ward either watching a movie or taking photo of Rebecca that appears first in this group of photos (PC)|
|Toby, Rebecca, Ward leave Lake Berryessa (PC)|
|Jack looking for Rice Krispie Treats (WI)|
|Toby Rebecca and me enjoying the break at Pope Valley(WI)|
|Jack on Lower Chiles Valley Road--Dr Dave's favorite recumbent road (PC)|
|Toby making his Lance-McKayla face on Lower Chiles Valley Road (PC)|
|Ward hoping the car coming up is a Prius and not a black pickup with an Oakland Raiders decal (PC)|
|Diablo Cyclist bonus mile peloton thru Sage Canyon & Wooden Valley (WI)|
Suddenly back at the college. Realized weather has been nearly perfect--never hot or cold, sunny and not windy. Very good group both on the regular ride and then the bonus portion. Another great ride.