Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year's Day Ride Options from Burt!

Burt just emailed. He missed you on the 24th and 26th. He thinks you should come out on New Year's Day…

Sure, there are many choices for a bicycle ride on New Year's Day, but do they include a climb up Sandia and up the infamous Los Gatos and across the Cleveland National Forest? Of course not. Think of this annual ride as a test of mettle, or rite of passage for the new year. The weather forecast looks like spring;

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ride on Tues 12/24 and Thurs 12/26 in North County

You never know how good Karma pays off. Today we received an invite for all irresponsibles to join Burt and his crew of North County hardmen (and women) for some holiday rides next week. This is to

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dec 28 Extended Great Western Route

DESCRIPTION: On Saturday, December 28, 2013, the planned ride is the Extended Great Western Loop; about 73 miles with about 7,300 vertical feet of climbing, mostly on the front end; in East County. However, since every ride we do is 'extended' we will now refer to this ride as the irresponsible Great

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dec 31 The Last Century You'll Ever Do… this year!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:00am

DESCRIPTION: On Tuesday, December 31, 2011, a number of riders are planning to end the year with a relatively flat century, launching from Carmel Valley Road in Del Mar at 8:00 A.M. and proceeding north up the coast through Camp Pendleton and on to Dana Point and back. We will likely stop in Oceanside and San Clemente for refueling on the way up the coast and will likely stop in Oceanside on the return trip as well. The ride will be 100 miles with approximately 2,500 vertical feet of climbing. The plan is to be back in Del Mar around 3:00 P.M. Because the ride is an out-and-back course, riders can easily shorten the ride to meet their time and distance preferences. If you plan to join us for the ride, BE SURE TO BRING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE in order to pass through the Camp Pendleton gates.  NOTE: The ride will begin on Carmel Valley Road about 0.20 miles east of PCH. There is plenty of free on–road parking on both sides of Carmel Valley Road. I hope you can join us for an epic year-end century.

In years past, we have stopped for lunch at the turn around near Dana Point. Bring lunch money or plan to mooch off someone. 

ROUTE: Up the coast, then back. 100 miles, flat. Sorry, no gps file for this one.

Jan 4 We Visit Ben At The Desert Tower

WHEN: Saturday, January 4, 2014, our first ride of the new year!

DESCRIPTION: A number of us are meeting in the motel parking lot in Pine Valley on Saturday, January 4, to ride to the Desert Tower (and check in with Ben) via Buckman Springs/SR94, departing Pine Valley at 8:00 A.M. The route will begin heading east on Old Highway 80 to Buckman Springs Road. We'll go right onto Buckman Springs Road and then left onto State Route 94 to Boulevard, where we'll stop at the Boulevard Y Store (intersection of SR94 and OH80) for a quick refueling. Then we will continue east on OH80 through Jacumba and on to the Desert Tower for a quick stop and visit with Ben Schultz, the owner of the Tower. We will then return by backtracking to Boulevard where we'll stop at the other Boulevard Store (on our right as we go through Boulevard). Then we will either: (Option 1) continue on OH80 up to the Golden Acorn Casino and turn left on OH80 continuing back to the motel parking lot in Pine Valley or (Option 2) veer left off of OH80 onto HWY 94 in Boulevard and then right onto La Posta Road and then follow La Posta Road to OH80, turning left on to OH80 and following it back to the motel parking lot in Pine Valley. 

The ride is about 78 miles with about 6,000 vertical feet of climbing assuming return via Option 1. The route is very scenic. The pace will be moderate. Bring your camera, the UFO universe seems to be growing. Some of you may choose to shorten this ride to about 50 miles by turning left at the Boulevard Y Store on the way out and return straight back via OH80. You, of course, can create any shorter distance by merely going out and back. Return via Option 2 will add about 6 miles and 500 vertical feet of climbing, resulting in a ride of about 84 miles with about 6,500 vertical feet of climbing. I hope to see you in Pine Valley for a 8:00 A.M. launch.

WEATHER: The weather will be most likely very chilly at the start in Pine Valley and the subsequent drop in elevation as we head downhill before a proper warm up. This route keeps us from climbing into the ice/snow on Mt. Laguna, but get's us away from city traffic. Please check the weather before you go, and bring more clothes than you think you need. Forecast


Thursday, December 19, 2013

12/21 Extended Original Alpine Challenge Route 12/21 8am from Alpine Elementary

The planned ride is the Extended Original Alpine Challenge course (72 miles with about 6,800 vertical feet of climbing). It will depart from Alpine Elementary School in Alpine at 8:00 A.M. The ride is a

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Waffle Wednesday: Holiday Edition Dec 18 7:30a

It's that time again. There's a whiff of waffle in the air. The spring classics are just around the corner, and thoughts of San Diego's own hardest cycling event are percolating like the moldy toe warmers you have stuffed in a pocket of a long forgotten jersey from the 80's. Ok, maybe not front of mind, but for some, this ride is BIG and for them, we ride. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7:30am.

We ride from Peet's Coffee in Solana Beach on Lomas Santa Fe at 7:30am and proceed on a nice warmup up the coast to the bike path along the 76. There we encounter our first dirt, near the drive-in theater. We also cross a small amount of water, and then proceed down the bike path. We cut over at Douglas and hit the high speed dirt and gravel portion of the hell of North County. We get back on River Road and head to Valle Del Sol for a climb and another minor dirt section. We proceed through southern fallbrook to Rice Canyon for a well deserved descent to finally get to the KOM of Couser Canyon. We get onto Lilac and head up Old Castle to a not very well known climb called Sierra Rojo Rd. Steep sections are hidden here. It drops us back onto Lilac and just as you think it's time for a stop, we do the famous Country Club dirt section. Loose sand when it's dry outside and a mud bog when it's wet, this was an infamous section in 2012's edition of BWR. For those without the nerve, this section can be ridden around to meet at our 'lunch' stop at the market off Valley Center Rd. We then ride Woods Valley to Lake Wohlford, down Lake Wohlford and into Escondido. But you've only gone 85 miles, there's some more riding to be done.

Down S. Citrus, brief left on San Pasqual Valley Rd, then a hard right onto Summit Dr., We climb a bit, then it drops us onto San Pasqual Rd for a very brief bit before turning east onto Old Milky Way toward an easy dirt crossing of Santa Ysabel Creek… when it's dry outside. Up Bandy Canyon for another KOM, then down Highland Valley to the longest and nastiest dirt section around Lake Hodges. For our ride, we'll stop midway for snacks at the gas station near Bear Valley Pkwy, and 15. We then finish off the dirt, head thru Harmony Grove, but stop short of Elfin Forest Rd. and climb Questhaven. A nice dirt climb with a steeper paved section adding some kick in the tail as you are now at 112 miles. We then enter San Elijo Rd and the traffic corridor as you climb up to the first station. Why? Because you want to!, we then descend to the turn to Double Peak. Yes, you hit Double Peak at mile 118. We then descend, and depending on remaining light, head back to the coast and return to Solana Beach.

What you might bring:

  • Good Attitude
  • The right clothes, it'll be cold, then maybe not.
  • Well sorted bike, preferably with 25mm or more tires
  • If you have mountain bike shoes/pedals, this not a bad option
  • At least 2 tubes, and CO2 cartridges and/or pump, 3 is recommended
  • Lunch money, we have two or three stops at stores for snacks and gatorade
  • Lights (we start near dark, but we could be delayed and might finish in the dark)

Route Link Here | Facebook Event Link

The 2014 Edition of the Belgian Waffle Ride is just around the corner. The date selected is Sunday, April 27 2014. If your interested in riding the event, make sure you follow them on Facebook. Here's a snapshot for 2014:

Should be epic.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holiday Rides 2013

Can't deny it: dressing up in elf costumes and riding with other crazed holiday bike fanatics is apparently very popular. Go figure. Since the board of irresponsibles could care less, it's up to each of us to act alone in our quest for holiday satisfaction. But sometimes alone means together, as is the case this coming Saturday as we join San Diego Bicycle Club for their annual toy donation ride. 

So pull on those green tights, Dec 14, as we ride from UCC Cyclery on a 50 mile (round trip) toy donation ride to the Kroc Salvation Army. Being judged by other crazies in the costume contest is the least of your worries, it's the photos that keep on living on Facebook you need to worry about. Plan to bring an unwrapped toy and adding some holiday cheer to a child in need. Details here

However, this Thursday, Dec 12th at 5:30pm, the San Diego Bicycle Coalition is having their 3rd annual Holiday Joy Ride. It's not free ($10), but there is beer and the route is so easy, you could ride it on a unicycle. That is if you happen to have a unicycle. More details here