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2015 Davis Dart

I’ve been wearing a big ol’ pair of lazy pants since PBP, and so all of my weekend rides have been shorter than 65 miles (and mostly on dirt.) But since I do love these randonneur team events (they’re my favorite type of brevet!), I was thrilled to join Team Delta Dawdlers for a mellow 200k jaunt from Alameda to Davis. Plus our team was entirely comprised of anciens / anciennes, so what better way to spend a lovely, summer-like Saturday than reminiscing about that special event with fellow finishers!

Other highlights of the day include: beautiful sunshine all day; tasty breakfast at Lucky Louie’s at Pt. Richmond; introduced to a new route to Antioch that bypasses the traffic of San Pablo Avenue; outdoor lunch at the venerable Hazel’s Drive-In, which has been around since 1947; saying hello to Jon B. on the Antioch Bridge; a much-needed ice cream stop in Walnut Grove; two goat herd sightings and multiple bridge crossings in the Delta; having my towering teammate Steve serve as the perfect windshield from the strong crosswinds; BBQ dinner in Clarksburg while the local high school had a weightlifting fundraiser out front; crossing paths again with Jesse, Theresa and Todd (we’d spotted them in Walnut Grove as well); fun after party at Sudwerk Brewery, where I got to hang out with all of the other teams and drank two Pink Lady cocktails to celebrate! (Plus TBO picked me up as well so I had a speedy ride home.) Thanks to Keith for leading Robbins, Steve, myself and Kris — it was her very first Dart and she had a blast. (And she made me get in front of the camera once in a while.) I think Robbins won the city limits sprints for the day, although I was stoked to have earned my first uphill win (I believe Kris will be angling for them in the future as well, so watch out.) We laughed, we rode, we drank beers — a winning formula for a great day on the bike!

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Feather River Canyon

Randonneur Ride Report: Antelope Lake Davis 600k

I had set three goals going into the Davis Bike Club’s Antelope Lake 600k: 1) finish out the series (sadly, I missed the 200k due to illness but completed the 300k and 400k; 2) help Denise complete her first 600k and earn “Super Randonneuse” status; 3) qualify for the 2014 California Central Coast Randonnée.
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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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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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Putah Creek

Randonneur Ride Report: Cobb Mtn. 300k

The Davis Bike Club’s 300k was my inaugural ride with this group — and my longest ride for this year’s training season to date. I’d been riding a ton of 200k brevets and permanents in preparation for the longer events looming before me on the calendar. With all of those miles in my legs, I felt ready to tackle this 186-mile out-and-back ride which starts in Davis and heads northwest to Cobb Mountain, the turnaround point.
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