(7/26/2014) Mt Tam without the Kardashian Sisters Loop, 75 miles (inc 8 mile bonus at the beginning), 5,200' climbing. With Dr. Dave, Cisco Dave, Grasshopper Matt, Christine the 1st, Southern California Kris, Penguin Don, Captain Jack. (I'm Mickey--mixing the 'Rocky' and 'Karate Kid' movies together)
|Climbs and Towns|
Big Rock Westbound
.9 miles, 8%
White's Hill- .7 mile, 187', 5% (steady grade)
Drop Down into Fairfax-2.1 miles, -4% (straight drop down)
First Climb- 3.2 miles, 945 feet, 5% (steady grade)
Drop Down- 4 miles, -4% (downhill rollers)
Reclimb- 2 miles, 919 feet, 8% (with .4 mile 17% section)
Seven Sisters- 3.7 miles, 558 feet of rollers, 2%
100 degrees inland had us thinking about the Coast--where temperatures can be 30 degrees less in Northern California. Actually thinking about a lot of things, none of them good. I was going to ride solo in Marin but Dr. Dave proposed a Marin ride in lieu of the inland Diablo Cyclist club ride. I helped spread the word and we had a nice turnout 1 week before the Mt Tam Double--even without a route finalized. Matt is going to do the Mt. Tam Double, he's never done ANY part of the course, so it was fortuitous timing. Dr. Dave and I are doing the Mt. Shasta Super Century next week, a ride we both never finished.
I didn't sleep well so woke up early, which was more fortuitous timing. My minor problem is that for two years I thought I had arthritis, as my hand under the thumb joint continually hurts. The last few weeks it’s gotten worse so I looked extensively online and found (good news) it’s not arthritis, (bad news) its carpal tunnel, which I had thought only affected the wrist. So I've taken sleeping and working with heavy duty wrist wraps, and a medium duty one when riding. The good news is that most medical articles indicate that wraps might resolve the problem without surgery--but between a partially torn ACL that I have to wrap when cycling, and varicose veins under control with compression calf guards--I look like I'm doing a commercial for ACE Bandage Wraps.
inseparable for 8 years--I've seen a few of the group 2-3x at most in 35 years.
My lame excuse is that I live so far away, but out of the people who stayed in the area almost no one has seen anyone else. A more socially delinquent group may never have existed. So I get one email back that one of our childhood friends was just send home for hospice care--he had less than a week to live. This will be the 3rd person of 12 from our old ball team that is now gone. We wanted to be like the Pittsburg Steelers but not like this.
|Grizzly Mark--tapering on a 120 mile ride|
The route we were doing was the start of the Mt. Tam Double and I'm always psyched for it--but today planned to ride sanely with the group. Matt and Cisco Dave are light years ahead of me now, and when only one of them is with our group they'll do a lot of pulling and help keep our group together. I figured, correctly, that with both of them together they'd push each other all day and constantly be ahead of the pack. When we'd start a segment or regroup I'd give Matt lots of pointers for the Mt. Tam Double, as there are lots of places to paceline between climbs. Case in point was when Matt & Cisco were ahead of the group and a strong rider came along on the flats hammering and I'd jump on their wheel and coast by Matt & Cisco; of course this revved them up and they soon shoot by.
|Diablo Cyclists go down Sir Francis Drake towards Fairfax and Mt. Tam|
|The Dave's talking about the benefit of pink cable housing|
|Christine in a special rainbow world champion jersey|
|La Gazzetta Delo Sport guy checking to see if he should call out when passing other cyclists and what side of the road he should ride on. Everyone regrouping at Alpine Lake.|
|Matt and Cisco Dave start the Mt Tam climb from Alpine Lake.|
|Both parts of the club come together at the top of Fairfax-Bolinas Road.|
|Matt asks Cisco for a section of the cycling newspaper for the downhill. Why is Lance pissed off and pointing at Cisco Dave??|
Big surprise at the top--the other half of our club had been waiting for us in the densely shaded redwood grove. At least that is what they told us--I'm sure they had gone out and back on the Seven Sisters Mt Tam ridgeline. Any thought I had of doing the ridgeline was gone after the 1/2 hr delay at the bike shop, and F it, my hand was hurting on the climb.
Which was nothing compared to my hand HURTING on the twisty downhill on Bolinas-Fairfax Road every time I touched the brake. Many cyclists coming up, luckily no cars. Where are those sudden, unmarked hairpins again? Fog was rolling in on this side of Tam; was glad I took a small headlight with me.
Fog broke when we got down to Highway 1. BIG PLUS--lots of fun rollers on this section among great smelling stands of eucalyptus trees. Example of one such roller (if you can stand the whole way it’s a roller)
Dogtown Fun Roller
.9 miles, 281, 6%
|Big break at Pt Reyes Station---one guy from the hippie fest followed us and thinks he hears the Grateful Dead|
|Don at the Coach Toby Training compound practicing his climbing and descending|
Regroup when we turn off Highway 1 for the run in to Pt Reyes Station but first Jack detoured us into the Pt Reyes Visitors Center, which was great as I just ran out of water. Then we passed the Pt Reyes Station Far West Hippie Fest--sundress city. I wanted to go but wasn't dressed properly. Kris was in an all black kit that collected heat all day, and she definitely wasn't dressed for the Far West Hippie Fest--Christine with her multicolor rainbow jersey would have fit in.
Then into town for the great Vegan Whole-wheat Scone. Numerous people followed my lead and ordered it--I think that they liked it isn't overly sweet and that they could save half for both dinner and tomorrows breakfast. Actually I wish Cisco and Matt had eaten a whole whipped cream cake so I could keep up with them.
|Grasshopper Matt zooming by the Nicasio School---he'll be zooming by it next week close to the finish of the Mt. Tam Double.|
We all all came together before Nicasio, and did a few crit laps so the other half of the club could hook on. Matt and Cisco shot up Lucas Valley Road--a great slight uphill with a tailwind. Dr. Dave and Don dropped back to watch for Jack and Kris. Christine and I tried to slam Lucas Valley--at least ride to the point of exhaustion.
Big Rock Eastbound
.2 miles 595 feet 6%
The Big Rock Eastbound momentum killing roller is a climb I love, and for the month Christine and I were in the top 78% of all Strava riders on this segment. But we were pikers compared to Cisco Dave and Matt who were ahead of 98% of the other Strava riders who had done the same climb in the last month.
Christine and I slow to regroup with the rest of our squad coming off Big Rock, and then a great paceline back to the start. Damn--this ride is always over too quickly.