After last weeks great adventure, the ride on the schedule was a letdown. It was a metric over one significant hill to Castro Valley--then back on Redwood thru Morgan. The Moraga return is my least favorite, right in surburbia full of cars.
Meanwhile some Diablo Cyclist grumbling the way the Club split up last week. I wasn't around on Sunday's rides to hear the grumbling, and some points may be valid. As the Club gets older maybe we should scale back on the route difficulty. But for anyone taking umbrage at the hammering at the front, I'd remind folks that when I first joined the Club every ride was an fn time trial, with folklore built around one rider who retired before I joined but supposedly used to drop everyone on every ride.
Cisco Dave proposed some alternative routes during the week--each more grueling than the next. I agree with him that for training for DMD its good to suffer, as one part of the ride may not go well and you may as well be ready for it. But I'm not training for DMD so a torture fest wasn't appealing.
Big surprise, CA Mike came out to the start. He'd ride the first @15 flat miles with us until we started the Crow Canyon Climb. Only trouble with him is that Mike is a misguided A's fan--Christine and I had lots of fun pointing out ALL the people with SF Giants hats we passed. CA Mike's retort--seeing one overweight person wearing the popular SF Giants bike jersey would negate the big lead in baseball caps we had.
|CA Mike and Ward down Danville Blvd (PC)|
Ride was kinda uneventful. Nice and warm out. Mike turned off at the start of the Norris Canyon Climb which Rebecca and I then hammered up. Rebecca just getting over a cold so I can keep up with her. Crow Canyon was an fn highway--though not nearly as bad as Marsh Creek Road (in the F sector) that a large group is planning to ride the day before the Amgen Tour of CA. When we regrouped in Castro Valley the Cisco Dave group was running late and needed to take off--and we had some new riders that we needed to wait for.
|Rebecca about to hit the Alameda County line (PC)|
|Brain needs some vanity mirror LED lights around his dual mirrors (PC)|
We had about 50 miles in and Christine, Rebecca, Ward and I formed the bonus mile group. We rode up Canyon to Skyline high above Oakland. When going up to Skyline we saw the Cisco Dave group going down. Very clear on Skyline with the beautiful views of the flatlands below and San Francisco in the distance. On Skyline I particularly don't like the South-North direction as its fast with the road rough and well chewed up--the road seems in better shape when you are climbing slowly over the bumps than flying downhill over them. Christine and Rebecca left Ward and I in the dust when they saw Fabio Cancellara riding down the road without a shirt and gave chase.
|Rebecca and Christine chasing Fabio Cancellara (PC)|
|Watch that hand Fabio (PC)|
|Our group photo on top of Skyline, Oakland below us. SF in distance behind Ward and I. A good camera would detail the Golden Gate Bridge behind Christine and Rebecca (Smoking Chicks)|
|Christine and Rebecca looking resplendent in their Diablo Cyclist jerseys. (PC)|
|Christine finishing up da Pig climb from the steep direction (PC)|
|Ward checking out the Wildflowers on Mt Diablo --no doubt more here than we'll see on the Chico Wildflower ride (PC)|
|Ward on Mt Diablo (PC)|
|An excited Amgen Tour fan in the shadows of Mt Diablo (PC)|
|Mt Diablo prepares for the pro cycling race over it--I'll be riding my bicycle far far away from the maddening crowd that day. (PC)|