Time to get back to work! Looking back at some summer adventures.
On Saturday Bruce and I joined the Rough Riders for their Semi-Epic ride. Neither Bruce or I had ridden with them before and weren’t quite sure what we were getting into. We were both in agreement that we were probably in over our head. We were right. It’s funny how you can feel like you are in good shape, and then when you ride with people in great shape you really feel out of shape.
The ride took us up the famous Mandeville canyon. At least I think it was that Mandeville Canyon. Then we made our way to Sullivan Canyon up to the junction of Sullivan Ridge. The group was nice enough to wait for us and we continued on to Dirt Mulholland. We made a left turn at a junction and headed to an area called the Hub. From here we headed down to Trippet Ranch and Topanga. On this descent Bruce had a blow out. It was at this point we told the group to head on without us. We fixed the flat and continued down to Topanga Canyon.
Our destination was Topanga Creek Bicycles. We left my truck there earlier so we hung out for a while before heading home.
Many thanks to Chris Kostman for putting on this ride!
Now for some pics. You can click the photos to see them larger. All the photos are on my smugmug here.
Here’s a GPS track and the elevation profile from the ride.
My friend Bruce and I rode the Solvang Prelude this weekend. We both signed up for the Metric Century. Here’s a GMAP of the loop. The mileage doesn’t come out right, but we rode about 65 miles. This was my second Metric Century, so I was more prepared. I traveled lighter, but still could’ve gone lighter. I did better on the nutrition side of things. I think that helped both during the ride and during recovery. I felt fine the next day with no soreness.
Both Bruce and I kept up a good pace, stopping the take some photos and enjoy the scenery. We both felt it would be better if we just enjoyed the ride and didn’t rush. I think this ended up helping.
I borrowed a lighter bike for this ride. After the last Metric on the Surly LHT I was looking for an easier day. The bike was a Salsa Casseroll with standard road gearing. Overall the bike performed great. At the start I had some issues with the shifting, but Bruce helped me sort that out. The only thing I’d change about the bike is the gearing. I think this rear cassette would be a better choice for centuries or any longer rides.
In a sea of carbon bikes and spandex, we both stood out on our steel bikes and wool jerseys. We were both complimented on our jerseys and even got a “Nice Retros!” thrown our way.
Here’s a short video I made from this past Thursday’s ride in Griffith Park. I’m using a VIO POV1 mounted to my helmet.
I saw Lance for probably a total of 2 seconds, maybe 3. After the loop we rode some dirt roads out of Griffith Park and then headed into work. I’m on my Surly LHT and my friend Bruce is on his Rivendell Bleriot. I can’t figure out how to allow the video to play here, so click the video and it will play from my smugmug. Enjoy.