It’s just three more months until I earn my first R-12 award! Although I knew I was going to be in for some pain and suffering riding Sarah’s “Marin Sonoma Ramble” 200k permanent on my road bike with standard gearing — as it’s 125 miles with over 9000ft. of climbing — the figure-eight loop would take me to some uncharted territory (and I’m always thrilled by the prospect of traveling to new areas.) Patrick and The Bearded One joined me and as they’d be going at my pace, they took the opportunity to enjoy beers at each control — so it was a pleasant booze cruise in the sunshine for them! Read More
As I’ve been steadily logging hundreds of miles each month since December, I’ve been feeling a bit burned out from all of my randonneuring adventures and only averaged about 450 miles per month in July and August. This weekend was no exception, and I wasn’t in the mood for another epic 200k.
My quest for the R-12 award continues its steady march forward, and a permanent owned by our dear RBA, Rob Hawks, was next on the agenda. It’s a 131.7-mile route with approximately 6000 ft. of climbing and takes a circuitous route from El Cerrito in the East Bay northward to Davis.