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. It traversed through the usual roads in Marin (Mill Valley through Fairfax) then headed east to Petaluma. Then we made our way north towards Sebastopol on a route that was new for both of us, but we weren’t able to enjoy the novelty of the journey for very long. Intense heat and headwinds kicked in that plagued us for over 60 miles until we reached Cloverdale, slowing down our pace and making me feel terribly cranky. Still, we were able to pick some fresh blackberries and apples along the way and temporarily escaped the tougher conditions along the lovely West County and Rodota Bike Trails. By the time we reached CA-128, the sun was setting and we were able to enjoy the beauty of the final climbs along Mountain House Road at dusk. The next day, we decided to DNS the return brevet and took a flatter way back to Sausalito. (I was ready to hitch a ride back to our car via bus in Cloverdale as I was thoroughly done with the heat and headwinds, but as that would have taken far longer — we ended up riding the entire additional 120 miles as planned!)
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.
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.
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.
With the Davis 600k on the horizon, I didn’t want to ride too many miles the weekend before. (I’m not one of those randos that can do back-to-back 600k’s yet…and might never be!) So I chose two populaire-length permanents — one hilly and one flat — just to keep my fitness up.