On June 6th at 7AM I’ll meet up with Karin Weller, Barry Schwartz, Robert Sexton, and Ken Emerson at the Starbucks in Fremont near the BART station to ride the San Francisco Randonneurs’ Dart. Our team name is Bridge Darters since we’ll be crossing three bridges on our way to Berkeley: Dumbarton, Golden Gate, and Carquinez.
After Brian Chun showed me this route I’ve made a few changes taking some of the brutal climbs out of the route. The next time I’m leading this one is Saturday, September 17th rolling at 9:00AM. We’ll start from the Pioneer Hotel in Woodside at 2925 Woodside Rd in Woodside.
This is a great ride with a long stretch on the Sawyer Camp Recreation Trail and great views from the California Legion of Honor including the Golden Gate Bridge.
Since I’ll turn 62 on October 25th, I’m gonna ride 62 metric centuries this year. Some of them will be RUSA-sanctioned 100Ks and longer, some ACTC rides I’ll lead and join, a few solo rides, and rides in Asia, Northern Ireland, and Majorca. Each ride needs to be 65 miles or longer to qualify as a 100K metric century. I start January 1st.
My goal is to finish all 62 by the end of October, inviting my friends to join me for number 62 on my birthday, Sunday, October 25th.
1. January 1 – Santa Cruz to Monterey, a ride I lead for the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) 4 or 5 times a year. Completed this one with six club members including Kristin Rozier who’s leaving the Bay Area to be a Professor at the University of Cincinnati. Scott Brown who rode with me for the first time, and some of the usual suspects: John Wallace, Kevin Walters, Jon Kaplan, and Tim Lange. Photos are at this Picasa link and here are my Strava results. SLOW!!!
2. January 3 – Shoreline 100K with Western Wheelers. This was my first ride with this club I joined several years ago. Finally got around to it and I plan to ride more with them on their long distance training rides. 126 riders showed up and the group I rolled with was about 30 strong. My photos are at this link and I’ve uploaded my Strava results.
3. January 4 – South Bay Loop with ACTC. First time I’ve led this short ride from Quiznos to Quiznos. Only Cindi Staiger showed up for this ride but I did take some pictures and uploaded my results to Strava.
4. January 10 – Pt Reyes Populaire with the San Francisco Randonneurs. We had a great turnout of 132 riders including many of my friends. We started and ended at the Golden Gate Bridge which was closed to auto traffic while they added movable barriers for traffic management. I uploaded my photos to Picasa and my GPS results to Strava.
5. January 17 – The Healdsburg 200K with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club Randonneurs. 104 riders participated in this fun, fast ride. Brian Feinberg, Robert Sexton, and I drove up to Healdsburg the night before then launched at 8AM. Some of the riders like Robert finished in six hours. Brian and I needed eight hours to finish it. I uploaded my photos and GPS results.
6. January 24 – Old Tierra Bella Century with ACTC. Covers a lot of the roads of the long past ACTC Tierra Bella route. Great turnout with 11 riders. My photos are here and GPS results here at Strava.
7. January 25 – Ride leader lunch at Sonoma Chicken Coop at Almaden Expressway & McAbee Road. I joined Minh Nguyen’s ride from Prospect High School. I took a few photos and uploaded my results to Strava.
8. January 31 – The Novato-Cazadero 200K with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club Randonneurs was a ton o’ fun. About 60 randonneurs launched from the Rowland Park N Ride at 8AM and the super fast guys got back just after 2PM: just over six hours. It took me 9 hrs 10 minutes to finish! As usual I uploaded my photos to Picasa and my GPS Results to Strava.
9. February 8 – First trainer 100K. This was not a fun ride but had to keep the pace up. I posted my Strava results.
11. February 15 – Gonzalez 200K with the Santa Cruz Randonneurs. Clyde Butt, Scott Brown, and I drove down to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum and Lighthouse for a 7AM departure for a ride 64 miles down to Gonzalez. Scott and I rode together all day and decided we’d prefer a detour through Elkhorn Slough rather than take the Highway 1 route. It added about eight miles to the ride but was well worth the trouble. We rode a little harder than I usually do but it was good to get such a workout. My Strava results are posted as are my photos at Picasa.
14. February 28 – My goal was to lead the Los Gatos to Big Basin ride but it was a rainy day so we headed north to Woodside via Foothill, Sand Hill, Whiskey Hill, and Canada. Then came back to Los Gatos via Alameda de las Pulgas and Foothill. My Strava results are uploaded as are the photos from that very strange weather day.
15. March 1 – This is the first time I’ve led this Woodside to Half Moon Bay 100K and it was a lot of fun. It was a big turnout with 19 ACTC club members. Photos are at Picasa and GPS results at Strava.
16. March 14 – I left Singapore a day early so skipped a ride there. After a good night’s sleep which is rare after a trip to Asia, I joined the ACTC Giro d’Bici ride led by Ahmed Masood. Photos and GPS results are uploaded.
18. March 21 – Santa Cruz to Monterey, a ride I lead for the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) 4 or 5 times a year. Had a good turnout with 14 club members, including Dr Purple herself. And Super Peggy met us in Monterey to ride up to Soquel to see her beau. My Strava results and photos are online.
As usual we split into four groups: the speedsters like Manuel, Guy, and Robert being chased by Steve, Bryan, Jaap, and Tony & Amy on the tandem. Then yours truly with Clyde and Kristin slightly ahead of Lori, Henri, and Lori’s friends on a tandem.
19. March 29 – Canada Loop with ACTC. Covers a lot of the roads of the long past ACTC Tierra Bella route. Ten club members showed up for this, all at different levels of riding skill and strength. I was able to take photos of all of them and upload my GPS results.
20. April 4 – The week before ACTC’s annual Tierra Bella rides, the volunteers of the ride check out the routes. Several of us met at Gavilan College for a 7AM launch to follow the 100K route which fits perfectly with my goal this year. It was a lot colder at the start than we expected but it warmed up after awhile. Most of the Tierra Bella rest stops were staffed by members with water, cookies, and fruit. Normally I only stop once on a 100K but since the rest stops were opened, we ended up stopping four times. Since I was with some faster guys who slowed down for me we averaged 16MPH, a little faster than I’ve been going lately. It wasn’t too stressful. Photos at this link and GPS results are up at Strava.
21. April 11 – Reservoir loop after volunteering at Tierra Bella in the morning. GPS results but no photos.
22. April 28 – Day 1 in Mallorca with the Foyle crew. I tried to go out with the fast folks but they crushed me within five miles of the start. So I just rode around the area to get in 100K. GPS results at Strava and photos at Picasa as usual.
23. April 29 – On Day 2 I rode with the second fastest group and I still had a hard time keeping up but I pushed it. I ended up with a slightly slower average speed but I wasn’t alone out there. GPS results and photos.
25. May 9 – A 100K with Samy Hilali
26. May 12 – Ride to somewhere on the Tour of California San Jose route. 65M.
27. May 16 – ACTC Legion of Honor
28. May 17 – Reservoir loop all by my lonesome
29. May 23 – Santa Cruz to Monterey with the usual suspects.
30. May 30 – Longmont to Boulder loop with Steve Saeedi
31. May 31 – Boulder to Carter Lake and back with Steve Saeedi. I’m half way!!!
32. June 6 – SFR Dart with Robert Sexton,
33. June 13 – ACTC Giro di Bici
34. June 20 – ACTC with Stan Lim
35. June 27 – Trainer Metric Century
36. July 3 -Solo ride from work to home after feeding the Finance folks
37. July 4 – ACTC Pancake Breakfast to the office to get my car
38. July 5 – South Bay Loop with Jamey Slaton
39. July 11 – SF to Cloverdale 200K
40. July 12 – Cloverdale to SF 200K
41. July 25 – ACTC Ride for Ahmed Masood
42. July 26 – Wharf to Wharf followed by 100K ride back home
43. August 1 – ACTC Ice Cream Social
45. August 22 – ACTC Santa Cruz to Monterey and back
46. August 29 – Old La Honda with Samy and Sheila
September 4 – South Bay Loop
September 5 – On the trainer
September 6 – ACTC Canada Loop
September 7 – ACTC South Bay Loop
September 12 – ACTC Giro d’ Bici
September 13 – Reservoir Loop
September 18th thru 21st supporting the TasNedian Devil at the Silver State 508.
September 26 – ACTC Impromptu Ride
September 27 – South Bay Loop
Rides in California. Maybe Southern California.
October 25 – South Bay 100K and BBQ
May was a milestone month for my cycling. I started the month in Northern Ireland, my 10th week of travel for the year. While there I came down with chest and ear infections which took several days to overcome with help from antibiotics. BTW, the UK has it right when it comes to medical coverage. The only thing I told the people at Urgent Care reception was my name then I told the doctor how I was feeling. I tried to ride once but after 5 miles in the drizzling rain with my Foyle Cycling Club buddies Brendan McMenamin and James McCafferty, I had to get back to the hotel. Not a great start to the month.
I did have the pleasure of seeing Stage 1 and 2 of the Giro d’Italia while I was in Northern Ireland. I joined 40+ members of the Foyle Cycling Club on a bus ride Friday the 9th over to Belfast to see the Time Trial then I spent the night in Belfast to see the start and end of the 218K Stage 2. The first time I’ve been anywhere near one of the European big races. Marcel Kittel took the stage with a super sprint at the end. This is a photo I took of the racers blazing down the last 200 meters toward the finish line in front of the Belfast Hall of Justice.
The following Wednesday I rode to the top of Mt Diablo with Ken Emerson and Steve Saeedi to see the finish of Stage 3 of the Tour of California. I was lucky enough to get VIP passes for the three of us allowing us to be up close and personal with the finishers of the stage. It was another first for me having never been so near the finish line of a professional bike race.
A week after arriving home from Northern Ireland I rode the Davis Double with Team Spotted Ass (Ken Emerson and Steve Saeedi) and Sharona Steed. I was surprised at how good I felt the first 120 miles but then hot foot started to become a problem. It really is frustrating to push the pedals up a hill when my feet are burning and aching. Since then I’ve gotten some great advice that is really helping. But back to Davis: at some point I must have eaten something that didn’t agree with me because I started to hiccup which has never happened to me on a ride. The hiccups were so violent at times it was hurting my chest and I was cursing each time so much that Sharona decided to ride on up ahead. Finally at the Fire Station at mile 191 I decided I was going to tough it out and eat one of their famous grilled cheese sandwiches which came back up in the parking lot about 10 minutes later. I didn’t feel much better and didn’t feel like getting back on my bike so I asked Sharona’s very significant other (Robert) to SAG me back so I got a big fat DNF for my trouble.
That problem with Davis caused me to re-think my Hoodoo 500 aspirations. Not just the stomach issues but the feet. I gave it another week and led a very tough ride from Los Gatos to Half Moon Bay where hot foot cut it short from the planned 108 miles to 90 and 9000 feet of climbing. The next day I led a 108-mile ride from Santa Cruz to Monterey and actually felt pretty good all day with only minor foot irritation but it’s mostly rollers and only 4000 feet of climbing.
However, with the Davis debacle and knowing it would be awhile before I could climb like I need to in order to prepare for Hoodoo I made the decision to withdraw and take it easier on my feet. My last ride of May was actually on June 1st in the form of the Sequoia Metric Century but I’ll count it as May for this update. I did the 70-mile route and set 24 PRs in the process, mostly on climbs thanks to some great advice from friends which greatly reduced my foot pain.
Next up is the two-day Santa Rosa to Pope Valley and back, June 7th and 8th. I’m riding the 200K Saturday to Pope Valley but I may take a short cut back to Santa Rosa Sunday.
On October 26th I’m leading a ride from the Pueblo Day Use Area in Santa Teresa County Park. We roll at 8:30AM and there will be a BBQ at the Pueblo Day Use Area starting at around 3:30PM. We’ll be serving chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, all the typical condiments, a variety of salads, and desserts. There will be plenty of water, sodas, and a few beers.
We’ll follow this RideWithGPS route and this Excel route sheet. There will be bailout points where two right turns and two left turns will get you back to the park if for some reason you can’t do the full route and make it to the BBQ in time. For a more formalized short route I’ve created a 60-mile RideWithGPS route with this 60-mile route sheet.
Dan Connelly created a 60-mile southern route on RideWithGPS that Cara Coburn will be riding. You might want to join her if you’re doing the shorter version. This is a link to the south side 60-mile route sheet.
I’ve created an Evite for people to sign up so I can get a count for the BBQ. If you didn’t receive the Evite please go to this link to sign up or send a note to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add your name to the list.
Directions to the Pueblo Day Use Area: from 101 in south San Jose take the Bernal Rd exit. Head west on Bernal for 2.8 miles then turn left on Drive to County Girls Ranch Rd and follow it for .3 miles to the ride start.
This RideWithGPS route will take us from the Jack in the Box at Santa Teresa and Cottle south to Morgan Hill then north on the Coyote Creek Trail and over to the Guadalupe River Trail to the Ice Cream social at Leigh and Hamilton in San Jose then back to Jack in the Box via Meridian, Coleman, & Santa Teresa.
You can print this turn-by-turn route sheet ahead of time but I’ll have some with me at the ride start.
So far, the only organized running event I plan to run this year is Wharf to Wharf in July which I hope to run in under 50 minutes. To do that I need to be in better running shape so I’m starting a series of running challenges.
The first challenge is 30x30x60 – 30 runs of 30 minutes or more over 60 days. January 1st to March 2nd.
The second challenge is ??
In high school I ran the mile and the 2-mile and kept running/jogging for the next 25 years until my boss Bob Sanekoff at Dataquest had hip replacement surgery. Bob was a life-longer marathon runner who obviously wore out his hip with all the running. That’s when I decided to run less and bike more but I still enjoy running and decided this year to get back into better running shape. Wharf to Wharf here I come.
The Winter Solstice ride was originally a Double (aka 200 miler) first conceived and ridden by the Bikeaholics in 1997 and has come and gone over the years. For the past few years most of the riders have been doing the abbreviated 110 mile version but there still are maniacal 200 milers in our midst. The next incarnation of this event is being led by yours truly on Saturday December 19, 2015
There’s a $10.00 fee requested to pay for lunch at Pinnacles (mile 100 for the 200M route and mile 55 for the 110M route) & SAG and $5.00 for the 70-milers for SAG. Register online here:
The tried and true 200M RideWithGPS route is at this link and the Excel route sheet is at this link. There is also a GPSIES version of the 200M route. The 200 milers launch at 5:00AM from 3965 Olga Drive, San Jose. Please let me know if you’re riding the 200M: email@example.com
The 110M RideWithGPS route which is in the middle of the 200M route is at this link and the Excel route sheet is at this link. There is also a GPSIES version of the 110M route. We’re rolling at 7:30AM from Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. The park is supposed to open at 6:00 but last year they didn’t open it until around 7:30. I’ll be there at around 7:00.
The 70M RideWithGPS route for the folks who just don’t have the time or inclination to ride so far is at this link and the Excel route sheet is at this link. There is also a GPSIES version of the 70M route. 70 milers also start at 7:30AM from Christmas Hill Park.
There’s minimal support along the way, including a water and snack stop at Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy, and at Pinnacles turnaround point. We request $10 for lunch, SAG, and ACTC insurance (i.e., join the club). For the $10 fee, see the register link above. The weather should be great for this one.