Happy Monday Peeps. Great weekend here and I hope yours was the same. In this week’s rash: Photos, Bike church & Some Talk of Big George heading our way.
Being that yesterday was Superbowl Sunday, I could comment on the game, but that performance spoke for itself. Those few hours were crammed with all the excitement and lead changes of a Varsity/JV scrimmage. Fortunately, my team wasn’t a part of that mess and it was a great excuse to grossly overdo it with some delicious foods and a touch of day drinking. For that, at least, I’m thankful.
As for the rest of the weekend, once again, I’m all smiles. It was another 3 ride weekend and you just can’t beat that. One climbing day, one mtn bike day, and finally a flatland day on the trails with my best buddies to cap it off.
Vintage Bike Church
These days, with our busy family lives, racing schedules, and various other odds and ends, a day on the bike with all the founding members of Team Road Rash is a rare thing. However, this weekend was an exception! Somehow the stars aligned and we rolled down the trails with a full roster for a very classic edition of bike church.
Now, what makes an edition of bike church so classic, you might ask?
Well, there are a number of factors…
- Route – We’re all different riders. For instance, if given the the opportunity, “mad man” Mike Dicarlo would strickly descend from tall peaks with little regard for how much brake pad is left nor how much air is in the tires. While Bran would take the flatland and scare passers-by with his Mexican Luchador mask (Don’t ask me why). I like a bit of contour and scenery. And then there is Curt, who will ride most any tarmac if you tell him there is a finish line at the end of it. However, when we started up this club, the only route we new knew was the American River Bike Trail. We knew it rolled from Wholesome Folsom to Downtown Sacramento and possibly beyond. It was our mainstay and we rolled on it like it was our own. This Sunday’s ride would incorporate that vintage enthusiasm, delivering us from Folsom down to CSUS and back.
- Timing – Despite strict instructions bordering on threat, it is crucial that one of us breaks the social contract and shows up smiling at least 15 minutes after the ride should have departed.
- Nutrition – At least one rider must somehow skip breakfast or discuss, at length, the nutritional benefits of 2x snickers bars on a 30 mile ride….preferably both.
- Climate and Clothing – Under no conditions should bike church be held in pleasant weather. If there is threat of a warm breeze later in the day, start time must be moved forward by one hour. Additionally, full-fingered gloves and toe warmers should not be considered for rides in which the temperature exceeds 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fun – Despite an outrageous number of avoidable misteps, a classic bike church is riddled with nonstop chatter and laughter. Random sprints will occur. People will be dropped and picked back up. Someone will probably bonk and begin a series of burrito dreams in the final miles home.
Honestly, I don’t know why we make it so hard on ourselves sometimes, but I can’t say that I’d change a thing. After all these years or riding together some of my favorite times consist of darting between the fun run fanatics on these crowded trails with my best friends. Thanks peeps for a great full house at bike church. I can’t wait for the next one.
Big George Hincapie is Headed our Way
— ghincapie (@ghincapie) February 2, 2014
Hat tip to Bran for scouring the internet to find this one, but it looks like big George is going to be in our neck of the woods for a ride this March! How cool is that? I have yet to confirm, but word on the street is that the legend of Team Road Rash has spread East and he needs to see it for himself. Seems a bit much, but George, we’ll be happy to have you.
As for the ride, I haven’t cruised the Gold Country Gran Fondo in a couple of years, but it really looks like they’ve upped their game. The long route spans territory on both sides of hwy 50 and kicks in 12k of climbing in 112 miles of road. That’s no joke. It looks like it is going to be a great year to put it back on the ride cal.
I’ll cover the ride a bit more later, but for now check out http://gcfondo.com/ for the deets.
This week's photo gallery features mostly mountain bike shots from the north side of Lake Natoma. Having had my new mtn bike just a few months now, I'm still discovering a whole new world of new terrain that had been hiding right under my nose. It is truly some breathtaking stuff and just thinking about rolling back out has me stoked. (Here's a strava ride link so you can figure out what you're looking at.)
Well that’s all for now. Thanks again for reading. Follow us on twitter, leave a comment if you’d like, or join us for our next ride 🙂