Permanently 2015

Posted on October 12th, 2014 in Blogroll,Photos,Routes by lane2train

100KSince 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.

With Patrick at GGB

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.

IMG_19238. 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.

10. February 13 – I created this route for my home to home 100K which I’ll probably ride a few times this year. I uploaded my ride to Strava and a few photos to Picasa.

20150215_17362711. 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.

12. February 21 – For the umpteenth time I led a group of ACTC folks from Los Altos up to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. As usual I took photos and captured the ride on my GPS.

13. February 22 – For the second time I ever I led this short ACTC South Bay Loop and this time more than one person showed up! My photos are here and my GPS results are at Strava.

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.

17. March 15 – My 100K reservoir loop from home. Took a few photos and uploaded my GPS results to Strava. I got to know Dwight of Dutchman D’s a little better and even friended him on Facebook.

IMG_242718. 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 bthe boysy 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.

24. April 30 – The riding on Day 3 in Mallorca was pretty tough with a big climb up to Lluc Monastery but the descent was a blast. Photos on Picasa and results on Strava.


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

44. August 16 –  Tour of Napa Valley put on by the Eagle Cycling Club

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 2014 Update

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 in Blogroll,Photos by lane2train

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 bfor uploadus 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 WednesTeam Spotted Assday 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 becauseThe Crew 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 Goup Shotand 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 preparno hoodooe 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.

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.


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



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


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


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


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


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



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


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.


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.


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

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! .

Day 2 – Bay in Two Days – Oct 4, 2009

Posted on October 6th, 2009 in Century Rides,Photos by lane2train

Bay GPS RouteRuss and Sheila, outstanding members of the Almaden Cycle Touring Club, lead a 2-day ride around the San Francisco Bay at least once every year.  Since I was riding Levi’s Gran Fondo on day 1, I met them in Novato to ride with them and 25 other club members down to San Jose on Sunday, day 2.  The group of us had dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel and I had my favorite pre-ride meal again: spaghetti & meatballs.

After another restless night at the luxurious EconoLodge of Novato, we had a great breakfast thanks to Russ.  The night before he bought various cereals, milk, bread, yogurt, breakfast pastries, and other tasty goodies.  Joanne, the queen of rider support, said to meet at 6:15 in her room so my roomate, Ben, and I were there at 6:13.  I’m sure she appreciated the promptness.

Following breakfast we hit the road at 7:15 to see some beautiful California scenery while we churned out 100 miles back home in the South Bay.  The ride was casual which was good for me after the 100 miles the day before.  Joanne did a great job supporting the ride and swapping off with other riders driving her fully stocked truck so she could put in some miles on her bike, too.

As usual, Russ and Sheila ensured that everyone had a fun ride and made it home safely.  There were mechanical problems here and there with loose lights and flat tires but all were resolved quickly so we could keep working our way south. 

By the time we made it to mile 80, my legs were feeling the 180 miles and we were hitting the toughest part of the ride: the 10-mile climb up Calaveras.  Russ and Sheila kept me company as I suffered through every stroke of my pedals.  I was so glad to see the top of that climb.  My knees were both hurting more than normal for some reason.  Ouch.

At about mile 95 I parted ways with the remaining crew as they headed back to Russ’s and Sheila’s house for sundaes and their cars.  I gingerly pedaled the remaining 10 miles home and was glad to finally make it back.

A few photos from the ride here. .