Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Short note about Sunday
(Insert Taco Handle) and (Insert Taco Handle) joined me, Cap’n and Xterric for a classic S. County+ Starks grade loop.
Out Cedar Ravine, Bucks Bar, Old E-16/Happy Valley Cut-off, Pleasant Valley to Sly Park to Cold Creek, 5 spot, starks, through the neighborhoods avoiding much of sly park to Ridge Way and then bomb down PE and Carson.
(Insert Taco Handle) and (Insert Taco Handle) are legit and hung in real well. Xterric had to bail at the Pleasant Valley Holiday Mkt and Cap’t had to bail at the bottom of 5 Spot, but (Insert Taco Handle), (Insert Taco Handle)and I enjoyed great climb up starks.
Notably for me was (Insert Taco Handle) enthusiasm for the Camino and Dave’s Christmas Tree Farm sprints. No sooner had I explained to him the cycling culture around sprints and he was lining up try to take a flyer. We also enjoyed more lively discussions of the demonstration rail and trail for the El Dorado Museum proposal. I look forward to much more on that topic which Cap'n's and (Insert Taco Handle) inputs.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The back channel ride was an adventure for all. Whilst at the Knott lot, just after running into a running anniversary pair looking smashing in their attire, collective "not it's" were issued leaving Cap'n in charge as temporary ride leader. Being the Cap'n wanna be I am, I embraced the challenge and took the group including, B, NoCar, NoHandle, Xteric, C-Man, and Rock God on a back channel adventure. It is notable here that B cycled his way to the Knot lot on a single speed crosser via Starkes Grade, spot on mate. As I was not really sure where we were going we headed out toward the qualifier then took the left towards B is for barf but didn't end up there. We found some new trails aptly named 'back channel trails' and after a bit of confusing looping around hitting private roads and passing gates whilst hearing barking dogs and yelling but no gun fire we dropped back down to our usual Qualifier fire road. The peleton seemed happy to have enjoyed the small adventure. More adventure was in order. Once at Park creek we railed that like roadies to , regrouped and dropped that to...US 50. Eyebrows were hardly raised as FT3 riders are always game for ridiculousness. We crossed 50 and entered the XP trail at Pacific House and dropped that to the Brockliss Bridge site. We enjoyed the high water, in accordance with Cap'n's orders no one fell in, and we marveled at what a future bridge crossing might be like there. B took photos and provided some rough cost estimates and XTeric was volunteered to head up an effort to have PG&E pay for it.
The climb out was good and followed by some historic sepia tone photos at the old bar in Pacific House. After a bit of indecision that included crossing US 50 two more times we took the Pacific House frontage road to the old cattle undercrossing of US 50 and rode that to Fresh Pond (yes, that is four US 50 crossings, a first for FT3). At Fresh Pond we took the road back up to Park Creek while discussing riding along the canal. By this time we had climbed at least 6,000 feet and rode over 30 miles. We took Park Creek to Wedding March which was decended at top speed. No really, at top speed. Fastest ever according to Rock God who flew by me when I was really, really trying to stay out front. Another wonder of FT3...when you think you are going fast RG, Bambi or someone else will always be there to pass you. We collected ourselves and enjoyed some mosquito bites while B fixed a flat on the SSCX near the start of Rock Garden 1A. Then we dropped 1A, again at top speed. Indeed, FT3 is enjoyed the tacky trails and the fact that we could feel our toes. We rode back along the lake and most of us took the back channel route up and over the road/to qualifier in reverse to drop back in near the gates.
Commentary below by C-Man
The Knott was packed with Knottheads. Given our later-than-usual arrival, we had thought the fire would be open and the tacos would fly out of the bar. Not so. The crowd lingered, and we languished at our table, ready to club some Frenchies or Aliens and steal their tacos. While we gnawed at our fingers in anticipation, the conversation veered between the inane and the inspired. A technical discussion of Project Mgmt ensued, with differing opinions on certifications, educational requirements, and a few off-handed comments ending in "B.S.". Again, there was agreement we should start bringing supplemental taco offerings; sour cream, fresh chilis, guacamole, etc. Someone suggested we could lug in our own fixings and prep tacos FT3 style. Although a novel concept, I think the proprietors might take offense.
Eventually, the tacos started trickling in, and they were solid. I believe B reminded us that late arrivals get the fattiest meat (from the bottom of the fryer). Sauce selection was weak, but, never fear, C-man provided stand-ins of varying flavor and quality. Blair's Death Sauce was considered a player, the Mongoose wreaked havoc on all who dared, and the rest were tried/combined in some fashion. As we devoured our well-deserved calories, the commentary fell off the radar. Some of the endearing qualities of FT3 are the diversity, color, and tenor of topics discussed. Last night did not disappoint. I will never look at Booker the same way again ;)
Thanks to Cappy for solid leadership on the ride, and to the rest of the crew for an enlightening taco portion.
I have not yet gotten a ride report, but I didn't want to be accused of sleeping on the job again so I thought I would start the thread and then add to it.
Here is what I know, the day was flippin perfect for riding or any outside activity. Trails were solid and seem to be holding up very well through the early part of summer. Cap'n, Councilman, RG, NoCar, and Xteric carpooled up to meet NoHandle, coming from the PV direction, and B, doing the first ever ride up to ride commute. There was a quick exchange with me in the parking lot as my anniversary run concluded, and then the riders were off. There were a lot of other cyclist out on the trail last night, and for the first time this season the camping grounds appeared to be filling up. Outside of this, I will need some details...
I will be joining NoCar tomorrow for the new addition of Thursday's Epic Cross Roll as we roll the RR tracks to Folsom.
Sunday Father's Day Massacre? Its been awhile since this ride went off, but I am around on Sunday for a ride if anyone is interested? I know many folks will be down at the music festival for some or all of the weekend, but a good cleansing ride may be a good call on Sunday.
World Cup News:
Yes I know this is a biking blog, however, I occasionally pollute the text with some running, so why not add some futball news when appropriate. Low scoring yet hard fought games seem to be the norm for the tournament. A big upset this morning as Switzerland pulled one/nill upset on Spain. However, the most pressing news story to watch is that of the bright orange miniskirts of the Dutch fans! Apparently some arrest have been made and the scandal heating up...and as reported on ESPN: "Yes, Robbie, people will be very interested to hear that full story when it does come out. Anything involving 30 Dutch women in orange minidresses tends to get attention." Stay tuned!
Until we ride,
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I am out, as it is my anniversary and I am electing to spend it with my wife, sorry guys.
Mosquito 5:45...Exit 54?
Sorry again, I will not fail on my blogging duties ever again, or at least not this week.
Until We Ride
Monday, June 14, 2010
Until we ride,
Saturday, June 12, 2010
B is an animal. I traded bikes w/him, giving up my 24 speed carbon machine for his stealth SSCX. I was pretty excited about the big & light wheels until we hit the first hill.
All I can say is B jumped off my bike as soon as he heard me unclip and offer the trade back. I have no idea how he hammers that big gear up-hill.
The pace was about the hardest pace I’ve seen in a very long time at FT3 and ride leader Xterric clearly did not get the memo that this is the offseason, at least for me.
Loop: We took the hiccup trail to that funcky steep, rocky drop down to where we crossed the spillway and climbed up to the road (I renamed the climb as “spillway”), then Flemming to Palin’s plunge, as we climbed out of the “plunge” Xterric named that steep ass climb out to “Peter’s Pike” I believe but then I’m never good with names.
We then road the lake loop counter-clockwise but did two nice horse trail sections. All of them were hammered hard. I think Xterric cleared all but one technical section up hill – he was on fire.
We finished up w/another steep road climb up to Rock Garden 1-A and on back to the Knot.
Conditions were sick. The limited time I had on the SSCX was screaming fast on the decents. Those little tires hooked up in the oh so good dirt. But not only was the gear too big for me but also, the breaks are so shitty on that bike and I am so weak that I could not hold onto it for long in the drops, my forearms still hurt. B is an animal.
We finished off with a dock side beer. Yea, standing waist deep, cooling off our cannons why we had a few of what remained from the PreBRs. Funny how the one unemployed guy keeps buying the PreBRs. I’ll get the next set, maybe they’ll be cold too, at least to start.
Addition Via NoCar:
The only thing that I will add, which Nohandle was too polite to mention, is that i had three Lars-style unintended dismounts as I tried to keep from falling off the back of the group. Then I went on to commit another graceless move and asked Mother Rye for a glass of water. You'd have thought I asked for a free round of tacos her reaction was so thick with derision and mockery.
One last comment by B:
All I will add is that even though we are uncertain of the exact route, it involved 28 miles and 6K' of climbing.
Well done men, 28 miles and 6K+ of climbing is a legit Tuesday roll! Spot on, spot on. Even though he wasn't present, Cap'n still found room to contribute as well. In fact, he found the way for me to get back up into the group and quickly. And so with this clip, I am signing off until Tomorrow morning, when I hope to be back on a bike and going fast!
Our Lady of the Skinning Tire Sunday Services begin at 7:30 and meet on the hallowed ground where Starbucks and Mr. Pickles go to die that is now the Bagel Shop!
Until we ride,
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tacos were enjoyed outside for the first time this year. No Aces were in the mix, so a round was had on the house! The fire was nice but produced no heat, and hey, haven't used this line in awhile, "no frenchies were around the fire"...actually I don't even know what that means.
Sunday meeting at the bagel shop at 7:30. Rumors of some new riders emerged mid lake...we will see!
Until We Ride,
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
NoCar put on a proper birthday event for his wife last night. A solid BBQ, good refreshments, the rear tire skid pad for the kiddos, and a legit cross course for the big kids made for a memorable event. As for the 1st ever Cross TT or CTT for short, here is how it panned out:
RG: 3:55 (Required hydration was not consumed = 10min penalty)
Bambi (in flip flops): 4:09
Birthday Girl: 4:24
LOtB: 4:29 (Kilts are not desired riding equipment)
Cappy's Kin: 7:53 (posting the only solo effort by a youngster, solid work)
Mosquito 5:45...Exit 54?
Until we ride: