Blog (Tag: diablo)

2011 Mt. Diablo Challenge


This was a serious hill climb. Only 14 seconds away from an under one hour shirt. I hope some of my buddies join me next year in the race. I bet we could send all of us under an hour if we worked together.
By John Behring

Lafayette Rim Trail Run and Partial Diablo Bike Ride

Ran the Lafayette reservoir RIM trail with a few friends today (approx. 7 miles). I only did the upper RIM because I wanted to get back in time to go on a nice bike ride. After the run was done, went with Sylvain to pick up his bike then off to my house to pick up my bike. We started from Danville and headed towards Walnut Creek then Pleasant Hill. At this point Sylvain split off and went home.  I went home as well but instead of going back the way we came on Danville Blvd, I went on Bancroft Rd. in Walnut Creek to the North Gate Mt. Diablo entrance for an “as the crow fly’s” quick way home. Nothing was quick about it, I bonked only a couple miles in due to being really hungry. I bummed a Powerbar of a nice gent on the Mt. and then slowly made my way to the ranger station. Once I was at the ranger station it was pretty much all downhill from there to my Dad’s house where I went to drop off my bike.   
By John Behring

Eagles at Mount Diablo

Ran from my house today to Rock city, climbed the highest rock I could find and watched the eagles flying for about 30 minutes. The weather today was mild (in the 50's) but breezy.  Round trip was about 8 miles.

.

.

.
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

.





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

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

Mt. Diablo Ride Today

Nice ride today with my buddies Nick and Dave. Started the ride out at Nick's Dad's house. We prepped out our Bikes for the ride. I finally purchased some new tires to replace my worn down starter set. The new tires are the Continental GP4000's.




At first I thought these tires road rough but it was just because of the "new" tire nubs that you need to wear down on the fresh tire before it starts to ride smooth. So far I feel the GP4000s are  a very durable tire. After our bikes were all set we took off from Nick's Dad's house and we were on our way.



We made our way over to the Southgate entrance of Mt. Diablo in no time, we then proceeded to mash the mountain up to the 2nd ranger station where we refilled our water. My time from Athenian school to North Gate-South Gate Ranger station was 34:55. A few minutes off my pervious time of 38:53. The weather was good though, I must say since I was battling some nasty winds the pervious time. After we refilled water at the ranger station we then proceeded to the top it was all pretty much no-issues till we got to the lower parking lot of Summit. We then proceeded up the challenging narrow grade of a road to the summit top parking lot. Having no granny gear makes this somewhat of a challenge for me but I still made it. After we chilled at the top for a few and checked out the view we then proceeded down the Mt. at a steady clip of 25 to 30 mph. We made our way to the ranger station and then headed down the Northgate side all the way to the North Gate park entrance where we then turned around and proceeded back up the Mt. I was on somewhat of a time crunch this day so I made the trek at this point up the Northgate side to the NorthGate-SouthGate ranger station and from there headed down Southgate back to Nicks Dad's house. Nick and Dave on the other hand went all the way back up the Mt. for a second summit look! What can I say, they are savages. After this whole endeavor, elevation gain was over 7000ft with over 4000 calories burned and 40 pretty solid trip miles. Not bad, a?  

By John Behring

Partial Mt. Diablo Ride Today

I did a Mt. Diablo ride on my bike today, started around 9:45am. It took me 38:53 to get from the Athenian soccer field to the North Gate/South Gate junction. Time wise, I think this is eh, it was a little cold and a little windy, plus I went solo. I have to start somewhere I guess. It was still nice to get out of the house though.

Jb
By John Behring