Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hey All - Look who stopped by for a ride in the beautiful Virginia countryside...complete with the retro jacket. Here's a bit of video:


A still shot:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

How PRO can you go...

O.K., O.K., I know what you're thinking: "Damn, that's ugly."

And you had that reaction before you noticed the forks were backwards, that there's a steel support beam running from the stem to the fork crown, another support under the nose of the saddle, that the front wheel is a 650cc, that the whole thing is made from plumbing-grade steel, and that the gearing would make Mike "Big Meat" Samuelson's knees scream with pain at the mere thought of grinding so many teeth.

Ah, but this is no ordinary ugly bike. This is purpose built machine belongs to the world of "stayer" racing. Which is basically derny racing turned up to 11, on a velodrome. A derny is, basically, low horsepower motorcycle adapted for cyclists to draft behind. Sometimes road cyclists will motorpace behind a derny for training (to simulate pack-racking speed), other times one derny is used for keirin racing (as a sort of "rabbit"), other times, teams of dernies and cyclists will compete in on-road events. If you like the big meat, stayer racing is the PRO.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Videos...or Life is Wonderful, part 423.1

The real joy in riding in Oregon, isn't the great roads, or the memories. It's the 6 hours you spend 4 days in a row, on the road, passing the miles with great people.


The effect is the same in rural Virginia, or really, for riding in general, I guess.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

December 10

My bro took this picture the last time he and I were in San Diego together. I wish I could hang out with him more often.

Love the color:

San Diego River Estuary at low tide. This little guy was not the most exotic bird hanging out in the river, but this was the most interesting shot I got.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas.

Clear Skies

The day after the rain, these normally ultra-steep trails were so perfectly tacky it made climbing these hills a LOT of fun. There are two hills in this park that I have never cleaned, mainly because I could never keep traction going. This time, my only limiter was my fitness.

The skies were as clear as I've ever seen them in San Diego. From this spot, it was easy to spot Mt. Palomar, and past Palomar up to what I assume were the snow-capped peaks at Big Bear. You could also see clear into Tijuana.

The Lagunas part 2

Two days earlier, we rode a trail right near here in a decent snow storm. It was 80 degrees this day.

Damage from a 2003 fire ran across the top of this ridge.

We climbed for almost an hour.

The bikes take a rest at the summit.

About halfway up we stopped to appreciate our luck in finding this trail.

You can take the roadie out on the dirt...


The route:

Elevation v. Gradient (anything over the 20 mile mark is a result of my forgetting to turn the GPS off)....

Friday, December 07, 2007

Pictures from San Diego

The chances that the Google Earth picture would have snow in it have got to be minimal. It only snows 2-3 times a year in San Diego - even in the Lagunas. How odd is it that both the Google Earth picture and my pictures from the ride have snow.

Getting out of the car was the hardest part of the ride;

Halfway around the lake we stopped for our first picture:

The climbing was fast and fun and the descents weren't overly muddy. Only one short section was rutted.

The scenery was beautiful. Not many people get to experience snow in San Diego. Even fewer get to ride in it.

This is the beach in the afternoon of same day. These cool rock formations only come out like this in the winter, when the sand has been scavenged from the beach by the winter tides and currents.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Laguna Meadow

This is about halfway around Laguna Meadow, on the West side of the lake.

Oh, and it was sunny and 70 degrees when we left Virginia yesterday morning.