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Randonneur Ride Report: 2015 SFR Flèche

Well, I seem to have a spotty track record with randonneuring team events; as of today it’s now 2 (success) for 3 (fail). Yesterday, I DNF’ed in Geyerserville as I started to come down with some sort of plague during the ride. I took it control by control, but after tons of headwind and increasingly chilly air — I felt more run down and congested with each mile. I managed to finish 131 miles before bagging it in Healdsburg, where TBO picked me up.
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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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Randonneur Ride Report: SLO Waves to Wine 400k

This year, as I chose the brevets I needed to qualify for this year’s Paris-Brest-Paris, I mixed up my itinerary again and considered events outside of San Francisco and Davis. Fortunately, the San Luis Obispo Randonneurs, a new club led by the human dynamo Vickie Backman, was offering a full ACP series this year. I hadn’t ridden much in the “Middle Kingdom” and was looking forward to a new set of adventures south of the Bay Area.
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Carquinez Regional Park – Part Deux

This is the final ride in our exploration of parks near Crockett and Martinez (you can see the other two journeys here and here.) TBO and I always inadvertently use the steepest access points to the ridge — so there was definitely some hike-and-bike action today — but it’s worth it to see the breathtaking views of the green hillsides, Mt. Diablo and the Carquinez Strait. Then we took an easy post-ride jaunt along the new George Miller bike path, which TBO hadn’t ridden yet (he missed its former incarnation when the pavement was painted with graffiti and cracked and worn from the weather.)
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