San Bruno Mountain Climb cancelled

Not having good luck with the weather this fall, with 70% chance of showers, plus hail and thunderstorms tomorrow morning, I am canceling the ride, but hopefully we can reschedule it soon!

Chasing Legends

Thanks to the heads up from Roger Sayer, he had seen a poster up for this being shown at the Castro, so I checked my schedule, arranged for a place to stay for the night and put it on the DSSF calendar. Sophie, Roger, Doug D and myself met up, Doug O caught up with Jaime and Roy (!). I thoroughly enjoyed it, the scenery, the interviews, and a bit of history thrown in, with a few laughs.

Chasing Legends Synopsis

Every so often a film will grab hold and entertain its audience in a way that leaves them begging for more. Known for their ability to produce such award-winning work, the rag-tag crew known as Gripped Films once again lives up to their name. Independently funded, filmed and produced with as much grit, passion and determination as their subjects, Gripped Films presents Chasing Legends, a feature length documentary following the HTC-Columbia Team through the 2009 Tour De France.
All of cycling is desperate for heroes they can believe in, Gripped Films gives them Team HTC-Columbia like they have never seen, through an intense and personal glimpse inside the most winning professional cycling team as told by the riders, current and past heroes. Included in the film will be commentary from Eddy Merckx, Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Jens Voigt, Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Mark Cavendish and many others.

Chasing Legends highlights the greatest heroes in professional cycling with a dramatic show of teamwork and panache from Team HTC-Columbia through the 2009 Tour de France. The film takes viewers on an absolutely epic ride into the race action. Using a multitude of high tech, high def cameras mounted on bikes, motorcycles, helicopters and team cars, Gripped Films will also include historical race footage, artistic travelogue of the European countryside and villages with narration from the voice of cycling for the USA, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.

Morgan Territories and Palomares, or not…

Not… for me on the bike anyway. Maybe I was doomed because I did part of this in the spring as an ALC training ride. For whatever reason, I forgot my shoes for this ride. Worse? I was maybe 10 miles from the home when I wondered if I had everything. I quickly dismissed it, I have such a routine now. I grab my shoes, helmet, pump, glasses, gloves all in one pass off of the storage in the garage. The second pass, I grab the floor pump and handlebar bag, then load my bike on the back of the car. Like clockwork. If I had only stopped and checked the back of the car…

11 riders from Concord BART, less me

I provided SAG and photography for the day, though!

Full photo gallery here!

Mt. Hamilton on the Fall, or not

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Up at 6am, I checked the weather forecast, hoping that the radar image would show the rain still heading in a south to north east direction as it was when I went to bed shortly after 9 last night.

Hmm, nope now it’s moving in a more west to east with a slight north track to it. Still too dark to see the Ham cam. The forecasts varied between 10-50% chance of rain or shower for San Jose for most of the day.

Two riders had already cancelled, both for non-weather related reasons. So at 6:30 I sent a cancellation email to the other riders.

At about 9am, I checked the Ham Cams, foggy or misty at the top without a doubt, so hopefully it was a good call.

Perhaps a Mt. Hamiton in the Spring ride for 2011!

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Fresno in the Fall

A couple of years ago, I joined Chris Thomas in Fresno for an ALC Central Valley ride, and I enjoyed it so much, that I thought I would ask Chris if we could do another one? So he put together the route, a modified version of the Climb To Kaiser’s Millerton Metric. Chris and I were joined by an ALC8 rider Doug, who met me at Casa de Fruta to carpool, which worked out great for both of us.

We started with a nice flat warm-up through Old Town Clovis on some very clean bike lanes. Heading into the foothills on Watts Valley Road our first climb was Wildcat Canyon, with a wonderful descent afterwards, This was followed by the second but longer climb up Burrough Valley, with great views of the Sierras on both climbs.

Chris at the turn to Wildcat Canyon

We stopped for lunch at Humphrey Station and then it was pretty much a gentle downhill all the way back to Clovis, except for Crybaby Hill; fortunately it did not make any of us cry. Now maybe on the return if I were doing the Climb to Kaiser, but I don’t think that will be happening any time soon.

We had one other RSVP but he had to back out due to a scheduling conflict, a new ALC rider, who did meet us at the end to chat us up about the ride and all. Thanks again Chris for putting together a great ride. We should do this again in the spring!

You can see the complete photo gallery here.