52 Centuries in 2013

Posted on November 15th, 2012 in Century Rides,Photos,Routes by lane2train

In 2010 I set a goal for myself of a century-a-week but could only do 46 due to a leg injury in November that year.  This year I succeeded in my “century-a-week” goal.  I was able to complete 52 by October 26th, the day after my 60th birthday.  No more centuries in 2013, I’m stopping at 52.

The rides were mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area where I led or joined Almaden Cycle Touring Club rides and participated in organized centuries as well as brevets with the San Francisco Randonneurs.  I was able to get in several centuries on my trips to Singapore, Penang, Northern Ireland, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Georgia.World Map of Centuries

These are the centuries I completed in 2013.  This video is a brief explanation of my plan for 2013 which I succeeded in executing.

January

1. January 1 – Santa Cruz to Monterey, a ride I led for the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC), a ride I lead 4 or 5 times a year.  Photos from this ride at this link.  This is the first ride I’ve ever uploaded to Strava.

2. January 12 – 100 miles in Singapore with ANZA Cycling. I was able to complete this century on the 12th but didn’t connect with the ANZA Cycling folks.  Photos and GPS output from my first century in Singapore, 2nd for the year.  Strava results are here.

3. January 19 – 100 miles in Penang using the G-Group route twice.  I completed this century uploaded to Strava but with only once around then an out and back through tough traffic.  Photos from this ride with my Malaysia friends are at this link.

4. January 21 – An ACTC ride led by Leo Hartung if jet lag is kind to me.  Jet lag was nice and I added miles to make it a Crankin’ for Caffeine on Steroids-photos.  I’ve uploaded this ride to Strava here.

5. January 26 – Pt Reyes Lighthouse 200K.I completed this fun ride with some good friends and posted my photos at my Picasa albums.  Strava results from this ride are at this link.

January Centuries Video Summary on Youtube

 

February

6. February 2 – Santa Rosa Novato/Caz 200k Brevet. Had a great ride with some of my cycling buddies, some of whom are featured in this album.  I was a lot faster this time according to Strava.

7. February 10 – ACTC Ride – 100M, a 40-mile ride I led for the club.  Kirsten and I left from my house at 6:40, rode 30 miles then met up with a bunch of riders at Avid Coffee in San Jose.  We then rode 20 miles down to Morgan Hill and back 20 miles.  Then Cindi, Kirsten, and rode the remaining 30 miles for my 7th century of the year. These are my Strava results and the photos I took on this beautiful day are at this link.

8. February 16 – A ride similar to our old Tierra Bella Century. I was joined by 13 club members for this ride and took lots of photos as usual.  Afterward I uploaded my GPS data to Strava.

9. February 17 – The Two Rock/Valley Ford 200K brevet put on by the San Francisco Randonneurs which I recorded on my GPS and uploaded to Strava.  My photos are on Picasa.

10. February 23 – ACTC ride to be led by Jon Kaplan from San Jose to Hollister and back.  I had planned to do the Santa Rosa Randonneurs’ Hubba 200K Brevet but I rode with Jon Kaplan’s crew from my house.  My photos are at this link and I uploaded my Strava results.

February Centuries Video Summary on Youtube


March

11. March 2 – Santa Cruz to Monterey with ACTC.  I was the leader. My Strava results are here and my photos have been uploaded to Picas at this link.

12. March 16 – A century in OKC plotted by my son Chief CS Parker  and the weather was great.  I borrowed his Trek and he drove the route leapfrogging me up to each turn.  My photos from the ride are at this link and Strava results are here.

13. March 30th – Due to weather and my work schedule I could only get in one more ride on my trip after Oklahoma.  The ride was an easy one on the Silver Comet Trail. My Strava results are uploaded here.  As usual I took some photos which I’ve uploaded to Picasa.

March Centuries Video Summary on Youtube


April

14. April 6 – I lead one of my favorite rides for ACTC, The Legion of Honor ride from Los Altos to San Francisco and back.  Got some great photos of the six club members who joined me and I uploaded the ride to Strava.

15. April 12 – Decided it was best to knock out an easy century on the Silver Comet Trail since I was so sore from the PT at the McChrystal training the previous two days.  My brother was a great guy as usual and accompanied me on this ride.  Photos are here and Strava output here.

16. Apri 21 – Primavera Century.  This is the first time I’ve ridden this one but I should have done several by now.  It should become an annual ride for me.  Photos from this one are at this link.  The Strava results.

17. April 28 – ACTC ride I lead from San Jose to Morgan Hill.  The ride is only 40 miles long but I added 30 before and 30 after as I’ve done before to come up with this route.  My photos from the ride are at this link.  Strava results are here.

April Centuries Video Summary on Youtube

May

18. May 5 – Completed a Singapore Century but I was jet-lagged.  I did this route but in reverse direction. I took a few photos and uploaded them here at Picasa but it rained too much to take many photos.  My Strava results are here.

19. May 18 – Rode my second Penang century.  The route I took was created by my buddy KC Loong.  It was a double loop that I rode counter-clockwise with KC from my hotel back to the hotel.  Then I rode alone on the same route but clockwise.  My Strava results are at this link and my photos are here.  I also made a video with my GoPro.  The first lap was fast and easy, the second lap was brutal in the heat.

20. May 25 – 100 miles with my club ACTC.  I rode 35 miles then met up with Ahmed Masood and his gang of 40 riders on their “Rollin’ Hills Century”.  I rode 40 miles with them then heading across the valley back home.  Photos from the ride and my Strava results.  I also uploaded a video riding through downtown San Jose.

21. May 27 – Memorial Day ride with ACTC. I rode 38 miles before meeting up with Mike Stein’s “Crankin’ for Caffeine” ride with 50 other club members. I rode about 30 miles with them then finished the last 30+ with Gary Barnett who nearly killed me as I chased him north to Campbell then east to San Jose.  As usual, I took a lot of photos and uploaded my results to Strava.  I’m exactly on track for 52 but I hope to put some in the bank this summer.

May Centuries Video Summary on Youtube

June

22. June 1 – This was a solo ride from home along this route down to Gilroy and back over some familiar roads.  The photos I took are at this link and these are my Strava results.  I also made a Coyote Creek Video.

23. June 8 – I was able to raise $300.00 to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease on the Pedal 4 Parkinson’s bike ride in the Denver area,  Their longest ride was 50-miler which I added miles to complete my first Colorado century.  As usual I took a lot of photos.

24. June 9 – A solo ride from Longmont west, south, east, north, and west back to Longmont along this route.  Thanks to Deb Banks for helping me make this route more scenic, safer, and on better roads.  My photos are here and Strava results here. I also took a video descending the back side of Allens Lake and Lefthand Canyon.

25. June 15 – My second Century in OKC was Miles for Smiles, a 56-mile ride I added 44 miles to complete my second Oklahoma century.  Thunderstorms with lots of rain hit after the M4S ride so I took fewer photos than usual.  I uploaded my Strava results here.

26. June 22 – The Tour de Cure in Oklahoma with Team Seagate, still accepting donations to help find a cure for diabetes.  The photos I took turned out great but the Strava results not so much, I’m sloooow.

27. June 30 – Russian River 200k with 63 other members of the San Francisco Randonneurs.  My GPS results indicate I’m not getting any faster and my photos indicate that I should be pedaling more and shooting less.

June Centuries Video Summary on Youtube

 

July

28. July 4 – A century with the club from the pancake breakfast with Stan Lim and his crew.  I added miles to Stan’s route to get these GPS results and I took a few photos.

29. July 6 – Rode from home to join Donny Axtel’s ACTC Polhemus Loop 50-miler.  As usual I took some photos and uploaded my GPS results to Strava.

30. July 7 – My usual recovery century from San Jose to Morgan Hill. Photos of most of the 18 riders who joined me are at this link and my GPS results are on Strava.

31. July 13 – Point-to-point 200K San Francisco to Cloverdale.  This was a fun ride with about 50 randonneurs.  My photos are at this link and my Strava results are posted, too.

32. July 14 – Point-to-point 200K Cloverdale to San Francisco.  Another great ride and I think I got a photo of every rider this time and posted them at Picasa.  Also uploaded my results to Strava.

33. July 20 – Santa Cruz to Monterey with ACTC.  I’m the leader and lead I did.  My photos are uploaded as are my Strava results.

34. July 21 – ACTC ride I led.  40-miler that I added miles to get a century.  My photos are uploaded to Picasa and GPS results to Strava.

35. July 27 – Ice Cream Social Century, a ride I led for ACTC from San Jose to Morgan Hill to the ice cream social then back.  I took these photos and these are my Strava results.

July Centuries Video Summary on Youtube

August

36. August 3 – I completed the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge for the seventh time.  A took fewer photos than usual and captured my GPS results at Strava.  I need more cowbell.

37. August 4 – An easy ride up to Dublin for Becky Berka’s birthday celebration.  My photos are here at Picasa and I uploaded my Strava results.

38. August 10 – Los Gatos to Half Moon Bay, a ride I lead once or twice a year.  This time only three people showed up but we had a great ride.  I uploaded photos to Picasa and the GPS results are at this link.  I made a short video descending some of the hills (Skyline, Alpine, and Kings Mountain).

39. August 16 – ACTC Reservoirs from San Jose to Morgan Hill with miles added for a century.  Kirsten McDaniel came to my house to join me for the ride. We did 29 miles before joining up with Leo and his ACTC crew at the Almaden Lake Reservoir.  After the club ride, Kirsten and I rode a few more miles to get to 100.  My photos are here and my GPS results are at this link.

40. August 18 – Tour of Napa Valley I usually ride every year.  My photos are at this Picasa link and my Strava results are here.  I rode this one with Ken Emerson, Steve Saeedi, Chris Frothinger, and Cheryl Becker.  Fun day on the bike.

41. August 25 – Legion of Honor I lead two or three times a year.  Moved to Sunday due to my brother and his wife visiting the Bay Area.  A great group of riders showed up for this one and it was a beautiful day, even with the fog in San Francisco.  My photos are at this link and my I’ve uploaded my Strava results here.

42. August 31 – Coastal Climbs led by Jon Kaplan was a fun ride over some nice roads.  You see by looking at my photo album on Picasa and I also uploaded my Strava results.

September

43. September 1 – Labor Eve Century.  Los Gatos to Big Basin plus miles.  As usual, I took photos and captured the ride results on Strava.  I suffered quite a bit on this one because both my feet were hurting from the pressure from my cleats.  I’ve ordered new shoes that should solve the problem.

44. September 7 – ACTC Ride to Santa Cruz with Jon Kaplan and crew.  Steve Saeedi came down to San Jose for work and joined me for this century. I wish I could keep up with him.  My photos are at this Picasa link and I uploaded my GPS results.  Here’s a video of Steve, Andre, and I descending Old Santa Cruz Road in Los Gatos.

45. September 14 – A ride in Georgia on the Silver Comet Trail with my brother Todd and his friend Dan.  As always I uploaded photos to Picasa and GPS results to Strava.  The most interesting thing about this ride is that Todd broke his leg and recounted the gory details here.

46. September 17 – Another Silver Comet Trail from Smyrna to Alabama and back.  It’ll look something like this.  It turned out to be a series of out and backs from Rambo Nursery and looked like this on Strava and my photos are here.

47. September 28 – I was able to knock out my first Northern Ireland century and nearly get knocked out by the fast boys from the Foyle Cycling Club.  Up until now my overall average speed for the first 46 centuries was around 14 miles an hour with the fastest being 17.4MPH a couple of weeks ago. On this one I averaged 18.5MPH on the first 80 miles then dialed it back to end up with 18.1 for the 100 miler.  My buddy Ciaran Hampson loaned me his blue Trek for about the fifth time.  He and I rode about 14 miles into Donegal and back to the start with the club.  We rode about 66 with them at break neck speeds ending up with a these Strava results, and these photos.

October

48. October 11 – I joined the weekly ACTC TGIF coffee run adding miles before and after to get these Strava resultsMy photos are uploaded to Picasa, too.

49. October 12 – Day 1, Bay in Two Days led by Russ & Sheila Stevens.  A great ride where I captured these photos and these GPS results uploaded to Strava.

50. October 13 – Day 2, Bay in Two Days led by Russ & Sheila Stevens. I completely screwed up by leaving my camera’s storage card in my computer.  On Day 1 my camera screen went out. Second camera this year to do that. Since I couldn’t see the screen I didn’t see it complaining about no storage. I took at least 100 shots. First ride in 5 years with no photos. Jeez. And those were great shots I’m sure.  This is a link to the two photos I took and these are my Strava results.

51. October 20 – I lead a 40-mile ACTC ride from San Jose to Morgan Hill and back with miles before and after to get to 100.  I took a few photos before my camera got wet.  Check out my Strava results.

52. October 26 – I invited nearly 100 people to join me for the century and a BBQ at Santa Teresa Park and over 90 accepted.  We had 13 no shows, 1 no shoes (way to go Andrea), 4 people rode less than 60 miles, 20 people rode 60 or so miles, 7 people rode between 70 and 90 miles, and a whopping 44 people rode 100+ miles.  Clyde Butt rode 132 miles so he gets the ultra award for the day.

Photos from this fun day are at this Picasa link and my Strava results are where they need to be.

Tim Lange (Mr iPad Mini) gets the award for most willing to put up with me since he rode on 14 of my 52 centuries this year.  Sylvie Maxwell, Kristin Rozier, Tina Forsman, Manuel Gautho, Barry Schwartz, and Rick Sinclair were next with eight centuries with me. Finally, the folks who rode seven centuries with me were Clyde Butt, Dennis Crovella, Kirsten McDaniel, and Jason Pierce.  It’s great to ride long distances with friends!

No more centuries this year

Canada Loop

Posted on November 15th, 2012 in Century Rides,Routes by lane2train

This ride starts in south San Jose and heads further south to climb Roop Rd and Gilroy Hot Springs then fly down Canada Road before heading back to San Jose.  The turn-by-turn route sheet is at this link based on this RideWithGPS route where you can download a GPX or TCX file for your GPS.  The next time I lead this ride will be Sunday, October 11th, rolling at 9:00AM.  We start at the location of the former Quiznos at 5978 Silver Creek Valley Rd in San Jose just east of Highway 101 at the Blossom Hill Rd exit.

Redmond/Meridian to Santa Cruz & Back

Posted on August 29th, 2011 in Century Rides,Routes by lane2train

This is an age-old ACTC route from the Almaden Coffee Roasting Company to Santa Cruz via Los Gatos and back through Scotts Valley. Jon Kaplan is leading this 100 miler on September 3rd, 2011.

This is a link to the RideWithGPS route

This is a link to the Excel Route Sheet

This is a link to the GPX file

If you need a TCX file let me know (lane_parker@yahoo.com)

Los Gatos to Half Moon Bay Route

Posted on August 21st, 2011 in Century Rides,Routes by lane2train

One of my favorite things to doGPS Route is ride up to Half Moon Bay for lunch at San Benito House.  The homemade bread is mouth watering.  I’m leading this ride again Saturday, September 6, 2014.  We roll at 7:30 AM.

Photos from the last couple of times I led a ride to Half Moon Bay are here, here, and here the route we’re following (below) is slightly different from the one in the pictures.

This is a link to the RideWithGPS route

This is a link to the Excel Route Sheet

The route starts at the Los Gatos Park N Ride on Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd between University and N Santa Cruz Avenues then up Hwy 9 to Skyline.  We travel up Skyline to Alpine and down a great descent to Pescadero then over to Stage and north.  There are several places to get water along the way in Pescadero and San Gregorio.  We continue north up to Tunitas Creek and inland through the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve then to the coast for lunch at San Benito House.  The trip back to Los Gatos takes us up Tunitas Creek and down Kings Mountain through Woodside, Redwood City, Los Altos, and others back to Hwy 9 and the Park N Ride.

San Jose to Hollister with the Club (116 miles)

Posted on March 13th, 2011 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

This was my first long ride since November, too much time away.  This was an ACTC ride led by my good buddy Jon Kaplan.  After the first few miles I realized I wasn’t going to be able to hold the pace with the folks out front so stayed in the back and did my best to keep up with Sheila and Tina who were having a leisurely ride with lots of chit and chat.

Even at their casual pace I was struggling after about mile 40 but I trudged on.  One of my other good friends (Kryia Adams) dropped back to shepherd me for awhile and that was great for me but a slow go for him.

It was great to see the level of the Morgan Hill reservoirs up so high.  We’ve had lots of rain in the Bay Area lately so the creeks & streams are flowing well and the reservoirs are brimming which is rare.

At mile 50 Guy, Kryia, Sheila, Tina, and I stopped at the Dunneville Market for a re-fill on fluids and a bite to eat.  While we were there David and Christin rolled up and then Jon, Michael, and Nick came by.  The others had stopped a few miles back for a nature break and we passed them.  After a short stop the group of us took off for Hollister and the climb up Lone Tree.

At the start of the climb I let everyone take off ahead of me since I still had 60 miles to get back home and didn’t think I had the legs to keep up with them and still make it back home.  About three miles from the top I decided that was enough and headed back home.  I should have ridden to the top but just didn’t have the motivation.

On the way back I shoveled down a burrito at the Country Market then trudged back home.  It was miserable heading north to San Jose in the afternoon, as usual.  The winds were typically strong so the ride home alone was a struggle but I was glad to make it back and actually felt strong the last 20 miles.

My photos from the ride are here and my GPS results are here. .

46 Centuries in a year

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

My 52 centuries a year quest was stopped by an injury to my left leg so I was only able to complete 46 centuries this year.   Hopefully, I’ll be back on the bike soon.

On nearly all my rides I capture the route on my GPS (currently an Edge 705) and I take pictures of the participants and a few scenery shots.  Most of the albums are at my Picasa albums page but some are in the Almaden Cycle Touring club gallery on SmugMug.

Below is a brief summary of each of my 2010 centuries with the most recent ride at the top:

#46 on 14-Nov – Part of the Hollister Permanent with Ken Emerson.  Photos of this 119-mile ride at this link.

#45 on 30-Oct – Old Tierra Bella – 105 miles led by yours truly.  Photos at this link.

# 44 on 23-Oct – Skyline Ramble 200K – 125 miles with my good buddy, Ken Emerson.  This is the 11th month in a row where Ken is riding a randonneuring event toward his R-12 Award.  I’m happy I was able to accompany him on part of his journey.  And this only represents about 25% of his riding for the year.  This ride started in Santa Cruz went to Freedom up to Los Gatos through Corralitos then up to Skylonda for lunch followed by a screaming descent down Hwy 84 to San Gregorio.  From there it rained all the way back south to Santa Cruz as we rode through Pescadero and Davenport.  There weren’t many other cyclists out there but we did run into Andrea Symons as she was heading north just outside Pescadero on the Pizza Century.  I only took a few photos due to all the rain.

# 43 on 16-Oct – Reverse Mt Hamilton – 123 miles led by yours truly with photos here This was one of the toughest of the year with 10,500 feet of climbing.  On top of that I’ve gotten into a bad habit of not doing a lot on my bike between the centuries so conditioning is not where it should be.  By the time I got to the back side of Mt Hamilton I was gassed but had to trudge my way to the top.  Paul Metz had been with me for the prior 30 miles but I told him not to wait on me since my legs were feelin’ it.  I was really happy to make it to the Lick Observatory at the top to take some photos and grab a candy bar and a coke. 

Solvang Century 2010

Posted on March 14th, 2010 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

After a great Solvang Century in 2008 I thought I could make an even better go of it.  In 2008 I completed the ride in 6 hours, 30 minutes; 5:50 in the saddle.  A combination of less power in my legs this year and strong headwinds it took me over 7 hours total time and 6:18 in the saddle.  Shows I need to rev up the training rides as much as I have the distance rides.

Millie and I drove to Lompoc Friday afternoon for a night’s stay in the Day’s Inn.  The hotels in Solvang were nearly fully booked several months ago with the only rooms being much more expensive than they were worth.  After arriving in Lompoc I drove the 20 miles to Solvang to pick up my registration packet.  The crowds were huge with at least 3000 of the 4000 people arriving at about the same time.  However, it was very smooth and fast.  I spent a few minutes checking out all the booths of the cycle stores, health food vendors, and a variety of other interesting cycle-related businesses. 

SFR Russian River 300K Brevet

Posted on March 3rd, 2010 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

After I failed to complete the Devil Mountain Double back in 2007 I decided that super long rides were not for me.  So, the 300K (188 miles) seemed out of the question but I’ve been doing so well this year with distances up to 150 miles that I felt like the 300K would be tough but doable.  And there’s something different about the brevets, at least for me.  There seems to be so much comradarie among the riders than on other organized rides.  In the past, I would start getting frustrated after about mile 120 and mad at myself after about mile 150 for signing up for such a distance.  Saturday, I never felt that way.  It was a great day.

Now for the 300K.  My good buddy Ken Emerson picked me up at 4:20 and it was off to the Golden Gate Bridge for a pep talk from Rob Hawks followed by 188 miles in the saddle.  Sometimes I wonder what the hell I’m doing on a bicycle at 6AM.  It had been raining most of the night but by the time we rolled we just had wet roads and, as usual, I forgot something important: this time it was my fenders.  I’m sure the people following me like Russ & Sheila Stevens weren’t too happy about that.  Sorry. 

SFR Two Rock Valley Ford 200K Brevet

Posted on February 7th, 2010 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

This was almost a no-go for me since it had been raining all night and most of the drive up to the Golden Gate Bridge.  (I hate riding in the rain).  The rain subsided just long enough for the 83 riders to register.  And then it rained for the next few hours, all the way up to Petaluma.  We were soaked by the time we arrived at the first check point on the road.  I hate that!

Back to the beginning…as usual I didn’t sleep well the night before a big ride and the sleep was disturbed by rain pounding on our house.  I couldn’t stop imagining myself soaking wet on the bike.  Time finally came for me to drive over  to Ken’s house so we could load the bikes into his big white van…at 5AM!!  We parked at Crissy Field at 6:15 in time for registration at 6:45 and launch at 7:00.

While waiting for launch, Ken checked out Barley’s fancy little fixie.  I can’t believe he can ride something like that and keep up with people on real bikes.  Barley is the man.

Rob Hawks gave his usual inspiring speech and imploring us yet again not to do anything stupid.  I did some stupid things during the ride but I don’t think anyone noticed, thankfully.  After the invocation, we were off to points north just as the rain picked up again. 

SFR Pt Reyes Lighthouse 200K Brevet

Posted on January 25th, 2010 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

After completing three 100+ mile rides over the past three week-ends I felt ready to tackle the first brevet of the 2010 season.  I’ve ridden on the roads north of the Golden Gate Bridge a few times and was a little concerned about Highway 1 with its narrow shoulders but I felt safe all day although a few drivers did come a bit close during the course of the ride.

The day started too early with an alarming sound from my Blackberry at 4:15.  And then an even more alarming sound, rain pounding on the house.  I hate riding in the rain and my bike seems to hate it more than I do.  But, I was committed and my buddy Clyde would be riding with me so I couldn’t bail out.

It rained most of the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge but it stopped shortly before we arrived.  Thankfully.  Clyde and I unloaded our bikes then rode the short trip up to the start point at the Joseph Strauss Statue.  That guy designed the bridge!  It was great to see some good friends from my ride club (ACTC), other riders I’ve seen before, and others who are just crazy enough to ride 126 miles in January.  After some speechifying by Rob Hawks we headed out across the Golden Gate Bridge on time at 7AM, still a bit dark.

Check out my photos but Brian Chun took even more and better snaps as usual.

My goal was to feel good all day so I started at a much slower pace I normally do and it paid off.  My first mistake of the day was losing track of Clyde.  I thought he was behind me so I slowed even more as many of the 119 riders passed me.  Fortunately, he stopped to make a few adjustments about five miles from the start so we were able to stick together most of the way out to the first check point at Pt Reyes Lighthouse where Bobbe cheerfully greeted us and I was able to have a quick chat with Steve and Ken before they took off toward the Marshall Store for check point 2.

After the brief respite at the lighthouse I took off ahead of Clyde to see if I could catch up to Ken and Steve.  On the way to Marshall I passed the tandemaniacs (Russ & Sheila and Dave & Deb) for the second time and by then they were probably an hour ahead of me and they were taking it easy, oh well.

I wasn’t able to catch up to Ken & Steve on the road but they were still chowing down when I pulled in for my favorite ride meal: clam chowder and it was great!  Ken and Steve waited around for me but when Clyde arrived I decided to ride back with him.  As they left the store I could hear them muttering about “waiting on the bum” and wishing they had taken off with Jason who had already rolled out on his fixie.

Clyde and I stuck together most of the way back to the Bridge, the temperature warmed up a bit, there were a few sprinkles but most of the climbing was done so it was a nice ride back to the start.  I was climbing strong so attacked most of the hills and Clyde who usually outclimbs me took it easy to reduce the knee pain he was having.  We rolled in a few minutes apart and we both felt good with more miles in our legs but glad to be off the bikes.

I’m really looking forward to the next 200K on February 6th.  Brevets are fun, especially the short ones.  The San Francisco Randonneurs are great folks and Rob Hawks is The Man! .