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Afternoon Bicycle Ride

Went on a good 40 mile ride today with my buddies Matt and Katie. I feel the ride went well, a little windy but sharing slipstream with two other riders was very helpful and carried us through-out the whole ride.

Roads Traveled On:

Camino Tassajara
Diablo Road
Green Valley Road
Livonia (maybe a few others in between here)
Stewart (maybe a few others in between here)
South Main
Alamo Valley Blvd
Danville Valley Blvd
San Ramon Valley Blvd
Amador Valley Blvd
Dougherty Road
Bollinger Canyon Road
Doughty Road
Crow Canyon

Towns Taveleved Through In Ride Order:

Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville


By John Behring

Benica Bridge Bike Ride

This was a solid ride, average moving speed was over 15 mph.

Stats:

Bike Ride Profile from Strava


By John Behring

Rainy Night Ride

Afternoon to night ride with Nick. This ride was crazy, it started off like one of those Disney Theme Park rides. You know... all happy and sunshine, then it turned Villan with buckets of rain coming down plus we both lost our back blinky lights. So we headed over to Livermore Cyclery in Dublin to pick up a couple more of them. The guy at the desk said, “Wow, you guys are riding in this?” We gave a simple friendly reply, “Well, Yes.”  Temperature was good (50’s) given the circumstances. But by the time we got back, we were completely filthy. I have never had so much dirt kicked up on me or my road bicycle before this night. All and all, still a good ride, I mean, where else can you ride in mid December outside besides Cali?
By John Behring

Featherpedals Ride


Today I rode with the Featherpedals in Danville, CA. They are a very organized and fun group. They have a SAG and a sweep, so there is a lot of support. The riders are very courteous and although competitive (good) not pushy at all. I have dropped in on a couple other groups in the area which offer good rides as well but some of the others take themselves too seriously. The Featherpedals offer a nice experience for both novice and more experienced riders alike. They offer two types of rides, the Classic and Challenge routes. I opted for the challenge route because, as you know (if you read my blog) that I like Mt. Diablo. The route started off from Draggers market, in Danville, Ca and then took a right out the parking lot on to Blackhawk road towards Mt. Diablo. Today, the weather conditions where not bad overall. The morning temperature was good (50 to 55 degrees) with visibility not so good on the Mountain. It was nice to be above the cloud line and get some sun at the Ranger Junction though. On the trip down the mountain there was so much moisture in the air (but not in rain form), that my arms were literally soaked with water. Lots of wet spots on the road, so on the way down max speed was tapped out at 25mph. I don't like wet spots, (especially on the turns) there have been far too many occasions were I have fish tailed or oversteared and almost slid right of the road. It seems to happen to me exclusively in bad weather (fog, rain, ice) or bad road conditions. After we were off the mountain and back on the classic route of the ride, ride conditions improved dramatically.
 
There was a gentleman named Peter (seemed to me to be a very experienced rider) that I followed for a good portion of the ride. He took some nice action pictures while we were riding, he  even caught a picture of a coyote. I wish I could do that,  I do not have the coordination to take action shots like that (while on a moving BIKE),  Kudos and thanks to Peter for the pictures!

The rest of a ride seemed much easier compared to the Mt. portion but  was very nice, Danville-San Ramon Valley Blvd has been in recent years a well paved road with a nice long fast stretch. It is easy to average 18-20mph, especially within a group on that road.
 
This was a great ride, offering a lot of different terrain, inclines, declines and flats (gotta love the east bay) . Many of the Featherpedalist have lunch together after the group event. The only hard thing about eating a nice lunch after a ride is if you rode to the meeting point at the start. Riding a bike home after on a full stomach uphill is... lets just say it's meh. It sounds like they may even have more fun after the ride than during. I’ll have to meet up with them after for a bite in the future, maybe I'll drive my car to the meeting spot instead.

By John Behring

Thanksgiving Diablo Ride

Had a nice chill Thanksgiving ride today. Weather was good on the south side at about 50 degrees ferinheight and the sun out. It was literally 'chill' on north side of Diablo with about a 15 degree drop and no sun. At the top of the Mountain it was so clear out you could see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge, remarkable.
By John Behring

Mount Diablo Challenge

This was a hard but great ride and a first for me to do this race challenge. What a great rush of adrenaline, it was fun going up the mountain with a whole ton of other cycle enthusiast. I mean everyone was awesome. Just completing this task of 3200 feet of elevation gain deserves a pat on the back.

Here's a quick summary of events. I started at about 9 o'clock or so. Wave 5, the last wave. I hate the beginning part of the road, which is such a mess (pot holes, cracks, and loose gravel on the road). The homeowners need to get together and fix their road, it is truly quite awful. Once you get to the main state park road (after the gate), the road is at least x100 better. The grade is pretty light for the first 3 miles or so to the pay ranger station, I think I passed about 125 people here. The second section is pretty flat except for a few curves after rock city. Then you have some nice climbs near barbeque terrace up to the junction (passed another 75 to hundred people here in this section). The switch backs leading up to the junction can be a pain. After the junction the grit begins and you have pretty generous climbs to the top (passed another 50 or so people in this section). Once you get to the lower summit parking lot you hang a slight left to continue up the opposite side of the road to the finish line where you want to barf. The end.


The Stats:

Time to ranger station/junction: 33 minutes 25 seconds
Finish time: 1 hour 5 minutes 40 seconds
Male division place: 274
Wave: 5
Contestants past: 200+
Water weight lost: 7 lbs
Wave riders seen while riding: 5, 4, 3 & 2

Link to place stats: Active Results
Link to pictures: Photos

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By John Behring

Tahoe Sierra Century Ride 2010 Scenic Bike Tour of Tahoe, Truckee and Donner Areas

This was a great ride. I did about 80 miles of the 100 mile tour after doing the first leg of the Tahoe triple the day before. When I have more time, I will try and get back to writing about this. It really requires some sit down writing time to really go over all the amazing details about this adventure.
By John Behring

Mt. Diablo Double Whammy

Today, I rode up Mt. Diablo with my buddies Nick and Dave. It was a good ride with very cool views. The route consisted of going up the south gate Mt. Diablo entrance to the ranger station headquarters (where southgate and northgate road connect) then we proceeded to Summit. We then headed back down the mountain at high speeds, Nick leading the way..all the way to the Northgate entrance.  We then proceeded back up the mountain to summit. After we were back at the top, we checked the view again (amazing) and then headed back down the road to the  Southgate exit of the park.

Side note: The mountain was cold and wet until we got above the cloud level around Juniper.  Once we got past Juniper we could feel the warm sunshine, it was a wonderful feeling.  Also, I personally think the southgate road is a much easier climb than the northgate road  to the top. The northgate road does not give you any breaks! It feels like a never ending constant uphill battle. Photos to follow..
By John Behring

70 Mile Ride Today


Went on what ended up being a fast 70 mile bike ride today, it was pretty legit. Average speed was 17.9 mph. Went with my buddy Nick and we hit Sonics at the halfway point in Tracey. For a drink at Sonics I had Berry Mt. Dew with blended ice, it was amazing after riding about 35 miles. Then we road back to our starting point in San Ramon. The only hard part on this ride was going back up the Altamont Pass Road, that is some windy $h1#!!!! It was border line Mt. Diablo hard. Anyhow we made it out of the Altamont Pass and then the rest of the ride tasted like candy.

Here is a map of the ride (courtesy of Nick) loaded up on garmin.com.


By John Behring

Century

First century ride today! It was grand. Total mileage was actually about 110. The ride went from San Ramon to Dublin, Pleasanton, Sunol, back to Pleasanton, then Livermore, Vasco Rd, Altamont Pass Road, Grant Line, Mt. House, Tracey (with a stop at Sonics), Brentwood, Marsh Creek Rd, Diablo Foothills, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville and finally back to San Ramon again. The trip circumvented Mt. Diablo and took about 8 and 1/2 hours. Average speed was about 15.5mph. You know your ride is going to be long when you live in the East Bay and after a little treking you bike pass the California Aqueduct. The Aqueduct just has that feeling of 'rural area' to me.. All and all a great ride minus Byron Highway where the speed limit is 55 and everyone is driving 70. There was even one person who yelled out 'get a car!' to us...  


  Check out a map of our Century ride here.


By John Behring