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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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Randonneur Ride Report: Healdsburg-Napa 200k

I love, love, love riding with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club! The RBA, Bob Redmond, is a total sweetheart and runs really well-supported events — so chances are you’ll have a fantastic time!

About 100 of us showed up on this cool, foggy morning at Healdsburg City Hall for the flattish 200k brevet out to Napa and back; as always, it was wonderful to see so many friendly, familiar faces at the start. We set out at 8 o’clock sharp and the pack made quick work of the gentle rollers through wine country. I accidentally separated from my gal pals Ann, Denise and Libby, so I ended up riding with a handful of random folks throughout the day, including Lane, Franklyn, Deb and Steve — and later on, with Ken and Bonnie (her first brevet!) part of the way. After a delicious burrito lunch at the control in Napa (with some afternoon sunshine at long last), we motored back to the finish. Unbeknownst to us, Franklyn took a spill on the Silverado Trail (he ran over an errant PVC pipe) and dropped back, so we regrouped in Calistoga. Then the rest of the group pushed on, and I hung with Franklyn for the final 20+ miles to the finish. We rolled up to the Bear Republic Brewery just under 9 hours — a PR for him!

Thanks to Bob and all of the volunteers for a most fantastic day!


 

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Randonneur Ride Report: 2015 SFR Populaire

The annual winter Populaire is one of my favorite events organized by the San Francisco Randonneurs: there’s always a big turnout with familiar and fresh new faces; it’s a scenic ride through Marin to Pt. Reyes Station (with an opportunity to stop at the Bovine Bakery for delicious treats); then you loop back along Nicasio Reservoir and end at Crissy Field for a gourmet picnic. And this year — since I didn’t ride a Populaire in 2014 — completing this event put me one step closer to obtaining a RUSA Cup. (All that’s left to do is to successfully finish the upcoming Sunshine 1200k in Florida…Then I can also guzzle beer out of it at the cool kids’ table!)

Despite some flats that slowed down our ride (and sadly, took Ann away from our group since she had to go buy a new tire), Denise, Caitlin and Emily (who joined us just before Nicasio) had a lovely day! And we had an rare, unencumbered view of the Golden Gate Bridge (car-free) as it received its new traffic barrier.

As always, it was great seeing all the awesome randos on the road and at the picnic. Thanks to RBA Rob and all of the volunteers who supported us throughout the day — and to Kimber, Sterling and her fine crew for preparing a wonderful post-ride feast!