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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.

It starts off near Fruitvale BART; it’s an open-ish control, as you can choose between any number of establishments in the transit center, but the beignet joint aptly named “Powderface” is highly recommended. Then you cruise along Embarcadero, pass by downtown Oakland and head north to Berkeley, where you hit an info control on the Cal campus. After climbing up Euclid up to Grizzly Peak (which is now freshly paved, yay!), you bomb down Wildcat. From that point on, it’s the usual mix of streets and bike paths to get to Walnut Creek. On the return, you climb up Pinehurst and Redwood, along with Seven Trails and Lake Chabot Roads, before hitting the Alameda Country Bike Trail #5. We’d never ridden this scenic path that runs along San Leandro Bay and takes you through the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park. And then you’re back in Fruitvale! (The other highlight of the day was winning the city limits sign sprints contest with TBO; what I lack in speed I make up for in smart tactical strategy…)


 

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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. 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!)


 

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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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Randonneur Ride Report: Winters 200k

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There were a ton of cycling events happening this weekend — Levi’s Gran Fondo, cyclocross races, Furnace Creek 508 just to name a few — but the place to be, in my humble opinion, was the Winters 200k. This 125-mile ride starts on our side of the bay in Hercules, loops counter-clockwise to Winters (where we stop for a lovely picnic lunch), climbs up Route 128 past Lake Berryessa, then heads back south.
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