Training Ride & Kick-Off Party

Most of you will know all ready I am on the volunteer committee for the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure in San Diego. The actual event is May 7th 2011 and this year is the 20th anniversary. I do many things in my capacity as a volunteer but one of my primary objectives is to increase awareness for the event and increase ridership resulting in more money raised to find a cure and defeat diabetes. My personal connection is through family members living with Type II diabetes and my own pre-diabetic diagnosis last year.

If you are interested in following my efforts on behalf of the Tour de Cure you may follow me on Facebook asSanDiegoTdC, on my Tour de Cure Team Site or on twitter as @SanDiegoTdC.

As for this weeks event SDVeloSocial (me) will be riding in the Tour de Cure training ride prior to the Kick-off Party starting and ending at Phil’s BBQ on Sport’s Arena Blvd. The ride will be 25 miles and no one will be left behind. After the ride it will be time to party with free Phil’s eats, a live broadcast by 102.1 KPRI, and lots of great give-aways.

Registration will be reduced, and if you do not have a family or corporate team already you can join Team Red and reap all the benefits. Once again the Team Red site is here. Click

If you plan on attending please RSVP to the event is FREE but we need to have a rough estimate of attendees in order to provide enough food for everyone.

Don’t forget to RSVP

SDVeloSocial Half-Century Recap

It’s in the books,  good ride,  great friends and the weather couldn’t have been better. I was  in much better shape last September when we did two laps of this for the SDVeloSocial Century. I was cooked when we got back to Ryan Bros Coffee and called my wife for the broom wagon because I couldn’t face another mile of 5-7% climbing to get my heavy butt home.

Today’s ride was the largest of the SDVeloSocial rides so far. We had eight strong riders and me. @troymalone picked a good one for his maiden voyage, I hope he has recovered. @bobbygriffith made his second ride today and said he wishes he had found our group six months ago, thanks for the good words Bobby.The usual suspects made up the rest of the group @aviattorr, @bikecrave, @fittecheric, @gman92069, @rideescapade and our euro friend @cyclefilm.  Don’t forget to checkout his site to see what you missed today, everyone got a copy of EYES WIDE OPEN – The Making-of Cyclepassion 2011

So we met at Ryan Bros Coffee in San Marcos for a 9am roll out. We met another like-minded rider, OK, he’s a triathlete but we didn’t hold that against him. He rides with a group called the Carbon Militia in north county San Diego. We will join for a ride soon, I hope they make it to the Tour de Cure kick-off party.

Once everyone was assembled we rolled. If you have never ridden over N Twin Oaks to Gopher Canyon you should. Starts with a mellow climb with a twisty descent before it turns up steeply, the first +15% section of the day. At the top they waited for me and then we dropped down the steep side. If you are up for a challenge ride up this side +20% in two sections, blessedly short sections.

On to Circle R via Gopher Canyon, I hate this section of road, poor shoulder, narrow road and speeding traffic. Circle R went well, Glen rode it with me and we caught the others at the top, OK they waited for us. The weather was terrific, hard climbing without dripping sweat and clear sky made for terrific vistas on the way to Couser Canyon. Yes it’s still steep and yes I came up last where the guys were once again waiting for me.

We met a cyclist hater at the crest, at first we thought he was jesting when he told us we were all idiots. I thought he meant we were dumb to suffering up that climb but he made it clear when he said we shouldn’t be on that road at all because it was narrow and had no shoulder. Well some dander got up and told him to give it a rest, that we have an equal right to the road… He countered by wishing the roads would return to gravel because that would keep us off of them.  We finally left and tried not to let his ignorance dampen our spirits.

Glen once again helped me up Rice canyon, thanks buddy for keeping my hand off of the rip cord. At the Rainbow Oaks Market we re-hydrated and talked a little more about the hater. Then we started home. Down old 395, a very fast descent followed by a fast pace-line all the way to 76. Why we do that I’m not sure because the climb up to Lilac is probably harder than all the other climbs even though it is not the steepest. It just keeps going and going at about a steady 8%. At the top I met up with the group and onward we rolled, on another rapid descent.

At this point I was just in survival mode knowing I still had to climb from the Welk Resort to Deer Springs Road. I wasn’t the only one, Eric was having another bout of cramps and Troy was on the spiral down to bonktown. He and I were well behind the group when we reached Gopher Canyon. I did my best to pull him along the flat but his cadence was dropping.  He managed to get to Deer Springs Road, I’m not certain how, I’ve been to bonktown and it is not pretty. You certainly showed your determination today Troy, good show.

We did the usual high-speed pace line down Deer Springs Road back to Ryan Bros Coffee. OK, they dropped me at Buena Creek and I gave it my best alone as Eric had already gone solo because of his cramping. They managed about 25mph 27mph when Jeff was doing the pulling. I did catch them right at the end because they got caught at some lights.

Today was a terrific day of riding. Sorry I went long tonight, let me know if I need to write these up differently, I probably won’t change but you may feel better getting it off your chest.

Check the Flickr! link on the right for some pictures. Check Bobby’s blog for his impressions of the ride.

My Data

Bobby’s Data

Markus’ Data

Todd’s Data

Summer Riding in January

Wow, if you live in San Diego you had a wonderful summer day today.

We hit the road around 9:30 and changed our route from heading into the inland hills to going coastal. Eric Bowen@fittecheric, and I were joined by first time SDVeloSocial rider Bobby Griffith, @bobbygriffith. Get to know this guy, he is one of the most interesting guys I have had the chance to meet in some time. He is a former local who has been in Texas, but hasn’t gone to the dark side, so don’t hold that against him. I’m not going to tell you about the things I found most interesting about him, you’ll have to ride with him yourself.

We started at Ryan Bros Coffee in San Marcos, SD Velo Social coffee HQ. Like I said, it was already warm and we made a great decision to head to the coast. Palomar Airport Rd to El Camino Real and then headed west on Canon. Here I played a little trick on them by turning up  Hemingway Dr. This is a little route that Glen Mako@Rideescapade, showed me, if you haven’t had the pleasure of climbing this give it a try. Bobby did it on a 23T, I don’t know how. After checking out the view from the top we dropped back down to the lagoon and then headed up the hill and on toward the coast.

This is where our decision to go coastal instead of inland paid off because when we crossed under I5 the temperature dropped 10 to 15 degrees.  We clipped up the coast to Cafe Elysa for coffee and talk. We met some cyclists there who called themselves Turtles, can not find any info on them but gave them myTour de Cure card and invited them to the Kick Off Party at Phil’s BBQ on Jan. 29th.

Carlsbad bluffs. 

After that we set off for home by riding south on the PCH to La Costa Ave.  where Eric took the pull and we flew inland taking another cyclist with us. After that it was no rest for me. Up hill on El Camino Real to Poinsettia, to Melrose where we turned south up that climb and then across Rancho Santa Fe and into San Elijo Hills. The coup de grace was of course climbing through the village and over the hill back into San Marcos. Bobby proved he is of the same character as all of those riding with SD Velo Social by riding the hills at his own pace and then waiting for me to arrive with the Lanterne Rouge.

All in all I had a great ride, good company, fantastic weather and a challenging route to keep me humble.

My Data: Click

Bobby’s Data: Click

Join us next Saturday Jan 22nd for the SD Velo Half-Century

San Diego Velo Social Half-Century

In two weeks, Saturday Jan 22nd, put on your climbing cassette and join us for one lap of the SDVeloSocial Century route. This is the one that almost bonked the entire group on the second lap.

It is not all that difficult but the heat set in on us in September and made the second ascent up Rice Canyon pretty tough.

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SDVeloSocial rides are self-support. Riders must carry spare tubes, tire repair kit, air pump plus critical water and nutritional bar. HELMETS ARE MANDATORY. SD Velo Social has no liability all riders participate at their own risk.

Palomar Mountain New Year’s Day 1-1-11

Ok, I somehow held on and finished the climb. I enjoyed the holidays far too much to take on Palomar on New Year’s Day but will probably be doing it again in a month or so.

Todd, @gman92069 was kind enough to ride at my snail’s pace and keep me going forward. Thank you my good friend I may have taken another thirty minutes without you. Thank you.

Glen, @rideescapade, and Jeff, @bikecrave, and Joel, @joelprice, were out of sight by the time I had gone 2.5 miles from the casino parking lot. Thank goodness we were on a social pace or I wouldn’t have held on for a single mile. What can I say about three guys who sat at Mother’s and waited for me and then acted as though I was only just a little behind. I did see the breakfast dishes my friends and Mother’s isn’t exactly fast food. Thank you for waiting and making me feel like I belong in your peloton. You are very gracious and I can not thank you enough for all the times you have waited and eased the pace to keep me with the group. Thank you!

Joel, Jeff and I headed out to the observatory while Glen and Todd headed back down south grade for home. That almost turned out to be the best decision of their lives. We were forced to turn back from the mission to the observatory because of icy roads. Skinny tires do surprisingly poorly on black ice. As we picked our way back up to Mother’s, crossing from side to side to avoid the ice, we decided to stop for some snow pictures. When we were just about to get moving a pickup truck, coming up the hill toward us, lost traction and began fish tailing. It careened across the road about three times before stopping 50 feet down hill facing us. Two girls in the truck looked frozen in shock. We joked about how bad it could have been, wiped off the mountain because of some fool driving too fast for conditions.

We came through unharmed but reminded how fragile we are compared to the other road users.

Anyway, I’ve posted some pictures on the right just click to go to the flickr photo.

My ride data is here. Click

Join us for the next San Diego Velo Social ride. We will be having some good ones coming up, riders visiting from the east coast, mid-west and europe in the next couple of months.