I know the “49-Mile Scenic Drive” was created to showcase San Francisco’s attractions by car — but I’ve always wanted to ride the entire route by bike.
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.
With the Davis 600k on the horizon, I didn’t want to ride too many miles the weekend before. So I chose two populaire-length permanents — one hilly and one flat — just to keep my fitness up.
The randonneuring team events have not going well for me in the past; I DNF’ed both my Flèche and Dart last year. So after deciding I wasn’t quite ready to tackle DMD this month, I scrambled to find a team at the last minute.
I’m ramping up the miles for the California Central Coast Randonnée 1200k I’ll be riding in August, so I’m trying to squeeze in as many 200k brevets and permanents as I can in one month.