Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tue, Jan 27

Couple more weeks left until start of the 2009 Tour of California.

My plan:
2/14 - Prologue Sacramento - attend as Course Marshal
2/16 - Stage 2 (Sausalito - Santa Cruz) - watch race on Skyline/Tunitas Creek Rd
2/17 - Stage 3 (San Jose - Modesto) - watch race on Sierra Rd

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sat, Jan 17: Diablo

The spring-like weather continued so after last weekend's failed attempt to reach Mount Diablo Summit, I rode up today. Apparently it was another of those "Bring your car to Diablo" days because the parking lots at Rock City, Juniper and the Summit were FULL. I got some nice shots and used my Canon Powershot as video camera to capture the feeling of racing downhill.

Above the haze, at the Summit

Monday, January 12, 2009

Redwood City Truck Driver May Have Aimed for Cyclists

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KCBS) -- The CHP is investigating a possible road incident in Redwood City, where a pickup truck driver allegedly tried to run a group of cyclists off the road over the weekend.

Four cyclists were riding downhill on Skyline near Skylonda on Saturday morning at about 35 miles per hour, when a driver in a white Dodge or Chevy pickup truck allegedly tried to knock them off their bikes.

”I’m pretty banged up, so it’s been slow getting up and getting to work in the morning,” said team captain Anthony Borba, who was knocked off his bike. “My neck is pretty injured, I’m having trouble turning my head.”

A motorcyclist was able to chase the truck down and write down a license plate number.

Borba said that the incident gave them pause because two members of their team, Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson were killed last year in Cupertino when a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputy accidentally hit them with his patrol car.

Link to news article on kcbs.com
KCBS Podcast

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sun, Jan 11

TBV (ret.) and I decided to ride Mount Diablo today. It got noticeably warmer with increasing elevation, and at the Junction it was 68F (I love global warming ;-)). None of us though was in shape today to continue up to the Summit. On top, the 35 mph wind would've only made things only more strenuous today, so instead we rode down North Gate and returned via Walnut Creek. Today's mileage: 27.8.

The following two pictures were taken exactly one year ago, on the second Sunday in January:

Today, the weather was a carbon copy of last year, and the Phonak rider too:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sat, Jan 10 - first ride this year

What an awesome day it was today to get out for a bike ride. Many cyclists used the opportunity of spring-like conditions today to have their first ride of the year. By the time I finished my 45-mile ride to Los Altos and back, the thermometer said "70F". Tomorrow's plan is to ride Mount Diablo.

Sat, Jan 10

What I didn't manage ;-) ...
Ryder Hesjedal's (Garmin Slipstream) Haleakala record attempt; he beat his boss' old record set in 1993.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Fri, Jan 9

Happy New Year 2009 !

The weekend and temperatures in the 60s are upon us; this means only one thing: get out for a bike ride (or two). Mount Diablo looks great on the webcam, but it looks better from the bike: the plan is to ride up on Sunday. More later.