This past weekend marked the first cross race in northern California, and my first wake up call of the year. I know cross season has rolled around when I’m seeing the sunrise as I cycle to meet @itsdanno to drive to the race. The drive to Folsom’s Cyclebration was a long one and the weather was hot (at least by SF standards), but the getting that first race under the belt was worth it.
A lot of cyclists think the headlands are closed. Not true – you just can’t use the road. Be creative.
Departing from a trailhead at the saddle of Hawk Hill, there’s all sorts of trails for mountain/cross riding. Since ‘cross season is only a few months away, better start getting in shape now. The trails that run through the Headlands (and beyond) connect a series of valleys. For us that means lots of climbing and descending. With @itsdanno as my guide, we headed across the bridge to do some damage off-road.
At my friend Alex’s going away party last weekend, too far into the night, we decided that one last ride together needed to happen. Originally, this was going to be a morning ride of Mt Tam, but evolved into a ride from Stanford where he formerly worked. Without much thought (or knowledge of the rides throughout the peninsula), I agreed to his proposed loop including Page Mill and Tunitas Creek. With the simple description “it will kill us. i promise”, how could I say no? Read the rest of this entry »
Things are busy. Good things are happening, but those things happen to be non-bike and non-beer related. So the blog is further behind that usual (when it comes to deceptive speed, I am noticing that can imply amazingly fast OR amazingly slow).
I promise there will be a CX Santa Rosa finale recap (i.e. kiddie dollar grab and beer hand-up tutorial), wheel building madness (how many wheels will I rebuild and can I crush a front wheel meant for touring on my cross bike?), a how-to on how I assembled my almost professional looking chain link + old tube seat protector, and definitely an (unimpressive) plot of my cycling miles this year and my polo field track times to date. Also, more parenthesis!