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2015 L’Eroica California (Day 1)

I was in vintage bicycle heaven at the first annual L’Eroica California this past weekend in Paso Robles. Ever since I first heard of this event several years ago, I’ve been entranced by the romantic notion of paying homage to the past through this cycling celebration. It’s like the Renaissance Faire for bike nerds, with folks smartly dressed in outfits that match their pre-1987, period correct bicycles. Hopefully it’s a preview of what’s to come when I finally make the journey to its original predecessor in Italy!
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2015 L’Eroica California (Day 2)

The inaugural L’Eroica California kicked off this weekend and was an amazing experience. Jason and I chose the medium route (69 miles with over 5300 ft. of climbing), as we have some big randonneuring rides coming up and wanted to save some energy in our legs. Plus my easiest gear on my Pinarello is 42-26, so I was pretty trashed by the end and felt like I had done leg presses all day!
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Diablo + Del Valle + Mines Road

Phew, it was a jam-packed weekend of fun! First, a big posse of us (Frankie, Jason, Kat, Paul, TBO, Wilson and myself) rode from Lafayette up Diablo; then TBO & I headed to Del Valle for an awesome camping trip organized by fellow rando Brad; then Ann, Denise and Jason met me on Sunday morning at the intersection of Mines and Del Valle for an out-and-back to The Junction for a 58-mile ride. Good times!
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Ride-On: Mixed Terrain Ride to Pelican Inn

‘Twas a spectacular day to ride the trails in Marin; with several days’ rain making the dirt nice and tacky, it was a perfect opportunity to ride to The Pelican Inn for lunch. Bridget, Daniel, Jason, John, Neil, TBO and myself met up at Mojo (where we saw Arena!), then took Bobcat to Marincello to Coastal. We bumped into our friend Justin (and dfL Todd) at the pub, and he tagged along for the ride back via Dias Ridge and Miwok (although a few of us skipped that part and dropped down to Mill Valley on the 1.) Good times!
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