Author Jenny Oh Hatfield

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Randonneur Ride Report: 2014 San Francisco Randonneurs Dart

As TBO is not too keen on riding distances longer than 200k, I was thrilled when he volunteered to design a populaire-length route and co-lead a team for this year’s SFR Dart. He recruited two non-RUSA friends — Jonathan and his girlfriend Keli — and I invited my rando pal Jorge, who was on my team last year and has ridden 3/4 of the 2014 SFR series (but had to skip the 600k due to knee problems.) Our plan as Team “The Bearded One Express” was to start at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, retrace much of the Lucas Valley Populaire route, but then continue north towards Novato instead of west. Then we’d take Sears Point Road, aka Route 37, across the northernmost part of the bay to Vallejo. After stopping at our 6-hour control in Crockett, we’d then shoot down towards the finish at Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley.
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Big Canyon Rest Stop

2014 Davis Double Century

The 45th Annual Davis Double Century is the first double on the California Triple Crown series that I’ve now completed and the second big club-supported ride I’ve ridden in thus far. (The Grizzly Peak Century from several years ago was my maiden voyage in the realm of rides over 100 miles.) Endurance riding is still a new discipline for me as I began randonneuring last year, and I’m only now tackling events on the CTC calendar. I think most folks begin riding doubles before moving up to the longer distances, so I’m taking a backwards approach by finishing them the other way around!
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"The Wall"

Ride-On: Tour of the Unknown Coast Century

Billed as “California’s Toughest Century”, May corralled a big group of us Ride-On folks to ride her favorite annual 100-mile route: The Tour of the Unknown Coast. It’s a spectacular course with a little bit of everything that Northern California has to offer: the towering redwood groves within the Avenue of the Giants; a 6.8-mile climb up Panther Gap Ridge; the lush rolling green hills of Mattole Valley; a long stretch of headwinds along the Pacific Ocean; the infamous climb up “The Wall” that leads to “the Endless Hills”; then a descent down Wildcat back into Ferndale.
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Lake Solano

Randonneur Ride Report: Lake Sonoma 400k

My ongoing quest to finish the Davis Bike Club’s brevet series continued this weekend by riding their Lake Sonoma 400k. Denise said she was game to go for her first 400k ride — and fresh off of her first 360k ride with our team flèche event from two weeks ago — so I was stoked to be riding with one of my favorite cycling gal pals. And we weren’t the only SF Randonneur folks in attendance: Andrea, Deb B., Clyde, Francisco, John G., J.T., Kaley, Kitty, Lisa, Max, Metin, Phil, Stephen, Tom, Yogy (I’m sure I’m forgetting some folks — say hey in the comments, please!) — plus our Davis friends Drew, Matthew and Julie were there also.
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