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Randonneur Pre-Ride Report: 3CR 1000k – Drop Bags

As an Interactive Producer for KQED Science, much of my work-related responsibilities involves research: interviewing scientists; reading tons of articles; staying up-to-date on current news in search of compelling story ideas. And I think I’ve naturally gravitated towards my chosen profession as I truly enjoy conducting research — especially for the documentary / journalistic nature of my job. So it’s no surprise this has carried over into my personal life, so when I embark on a new endeavor, or try out a new product — I tend to do a lot of research before committing to it.

So in the course of preparing for 3CR, I’ve combed through many riders’ blogs and read countless ride reports; scanned cycling forum posts; and chatted with many seasoned randos to soak in their wisdom of how to get ready for this randonnée.

I actually slowly started packing a month ahead of time in order to assemble all of the necessities for my drop bags (I didn’t want to forget anything and started a pile in my closet that gradually grew over the passing weeks.) After doing all of the above research and then some — I packed two bags following the rules set by the organizers (only a few items aren’t pictured that I’m still in the process of rounding up, as noted):

(From the 3CR website – Drop Bag Service:
Included in the price of the entry is transportation of riders’ drop bags from the start to King City and the finish in San Luis Obispo. Drop bags cannot weigh more than 20 pounds; any bags that are heavier will not be accepted. Your bags will be weighed before they are accepted for loading. Three bags are allowed per rider.

No bike cases, spare bikes or wheels will be transported for riders from the start to the finish.

All bags must have a sturdy, large nametag or name directly inked on the bag so that the last name of the owner is easily recognized from a distance. (Riders should also put another nametag inside the bag in case the regular nametag gets torn off during transportation.) Be sure to pack light and don’t bring any breakable glass containers with fluids inside. Any unclaimed bags after the event is completed will be returned to the owner at their expense.

Though we don’t envision any problems with bag drop security, the organizers cannot be responsible for any loss or theft of drop bags or their contents; please don’t bring anything that cannot be replaced, such as your treasured LEL or GRR finisher’s jersey.

Drop Bag #1: King City
This backpack has less stuff as I really just need the basics here: fresh clothes, toiletries, electronics and some bike stuff. (And some food, which I’ll cover in a future post.)

-Small Alite Designs backpack
-(2) Flight 001 ID tags
-Fresh kit: Giro Peloton cap; bandanna; Sheila Moon jersey; Craft baselayer; bra; Assos H Fl.Lady_s5 shorts; Sock Guy wool socks; storage/laundry bag
-Toiletries: sunblock; Beljum Butter chamois cream; toothbrush; toothpaste; lotion; shampoo; ear plugs
-iPhone and lights chargers; bike tube


Drop Bag #2: San Luis Obispo
As I’ll be accessing this bag twice (once en route and at the finish), I needed to pack gear for both my ride and my journey home.

-Large Alite Designs backpack
-(2) Flight 001 ID tags
-Fresh kit: Giro Peloton cap; bandanna; Ride-On jersey; short sleeve Sheila Moon jersey and shorts; Craft baselayer; bra; Sock Guy wool socks; storage/laundry bag (and clothes for trip home, not pictured)
-Toiletries: sunblock; Chamois Butt’r; toothbrush; toothpaste; lotion; shampoo; ear plugs
-iPhone, lights and camera chargers; bike tubes; lube; rag; leg roller; spare tire (not pictured)

Day Two Clothes

Day Two Stuff

I also gathered up some extra stuff I’ll be putting in my handlebar bag (and I’m still getting a quick link and will have a chain tool handy.)

-Extra water bottle
-Extra tube
-Tums / Pepto Bismol tablets
-iPod / headphones
-Ziploc bag (not pictured)

Extra Stuff

*See my previous post on my gear list for 3CR here.*


Randonneur Ride Report: Run to Rivendell

I didn’t take a lot of photos on today’s permanent, a 68-mile ride that stops at Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek, because it was tooooooooo damn hot. (It was 95 degrees when we rolled up to the bike shop just before 1PM. I seem to possess a knack for choosing the most sweltering day of the week to do rides.) When the thermometer goes above 85 degrees, I turn into a cranky, whiny, sweaty, salt-encrusted mess. So I was just happy to be slowly turning the pedals, much less documenting our journey, but I still was able to enjoy this fun route.
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Randonneur Ride Report: Ukiah Double 200k Weekend

My training continued this weekend for the upcoming 3CR 1000k — it’s just a few weeks away, eek! TBO was game to attempt his longest set of consecutive rides to date (in terms of total mileage) and tackled my friend Franklyn’s 205k permanent from Sausalito to Ukiah with me. Read More


Randonneur Ride Report: San Francisco to Cloverdale 200k

Every summer, the San Francisco Randonneurs organize a super fun double brevet weekend that begins in San Francisco and heads north out to Cloverdale (riders have their choice of either a 300k or 200k route). After kicking back and relaxing over a catered dinner at the host hotel and tucking away several hours of sleep, folks stretch their tired legs and return to the city the following day on another 200k route. Last year I had done the Cloverdale to SF segment, so I thought I’d ride the other direction this time around and volunteer at the finish.
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The Start: Surfing Museum in Santa Cruz

Randonneur Ride Report: Santa Cruz Randonneurs Marina 300k

Last year, when I began riding “inappropriately long distances” as my friend Jason would say, I focused on completing the entire San Francisco Randonneurs‘ series. This year I wanted to mix things up, and my second year has been a veritable “Brevet Buffet”: I sampled rides from most of other the clubs in the Bay Area (with the exception of Fresno, which just launched their series this spring). In January, I rode an early Healdsburg to Napa 200k with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club; finished most of the Davis Bike Club’s brevet series (but had to skip out on their March 200k as I was out sick — I plan to make it up later in the year); and now, I just wrapped up my inaugural ride with the Santa Cruz Randonneurs run by Lois Springsteen and Bill Bryant.
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