Thursday, December 30, 2010

Diablo Century - Walnut Creek, CA - April 17, 2011

Diablo Century
Walnut Creek, CA
April 17, 2011
Registration begins January 15!

The 3rd Annual Diablo Century is just around the corner! Join 750 cycling friends for an unforgettable century! The Diablo Century offers beautiful scenery and a memorable, healthy day for everyone! Choose from our 100-mile, 100K, and 25-mile routes.
Sponsored by the Contra Costa JCC
Route Description
100-K Route (62 miles)
The 100K-route takes you out to the spectacular backside of Mt. Diablo via Clayton and the Morgan Territory, gaining 4,377 feet as you ride. Spectacular views await you as you climb to one of the peaks of the hills of the Tri-Valley. Descend into Livermore and return via Danville and scenic Blackhawk.

100-Mile RouteOur 100-mile route follows the 100-k route but finishes with a jaunt to Castro Valley, followed by a climb up Redwood Road to Moraga and then back to the JCC. The elevation gain is 2,720 feet.

25-Mile Route
The 25-mile route takes you through the scenic hills of Danville and Alamo to the foot of Mr. Diablo and back. the elevation gain is 499 feet. This is the perfect ride for the casual recreational cyclist.

All routes feature well-supplied rest stops with water, fruit and yummy snacks, as well as a hot lunch at the end. You'll also get a route map and a commemorative T-shirt.

Pedaling Paths to Independence - Linden, CA - Feb. 26, 2011

Pedaling Paths to Independence
Linden, CA
Feb. 26, 2011

Welcome to the third Pedaling Paths to Independence! Thanks to riders, sponsors, and volunteers, Pedaling Paths to Independence raised $7,500.00 last year to provide services to people in the greater San Joaquin and southern Sacramento county areas whose vision impairments impede their ability to perform tasks of daily living. The clients, staff and board of directors are grateful for everyone’s support. THANK YOU!


Cycle for Sight - Napa, Ca - Apr. 16, 2011

Napa, CA
Apr. 16, 2011

Cycle for Sight has three scenic 50, 25, and 15 mile courses, that wind among the hills and vineyards of the World Famous Napa Valley. The ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School where the Cycle for Sight Wine and Music Festival will take place.
During the festival enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while listening and dancing to the sounds of "Pride and Joy".
Proceeds will go to two local organizations, Enchanted Hills Camp For The Blind & Visually Impaired and The California Veterans "Pathway Home Project." Our goal is to raise $100,000. We look forward to your participation.
You also can RAISE PLEDGES for every mile you ride.
On line rgistration for cyclists and festival tickets is now closed. Still open to recieve on line pledges and donations.

Same day registration will be available onsite saturday morning beginning at 7:00 am and closing at 10:00 am. Festival tickets can be purchased at registration tables and at festival entry opening at 11:00 am. To save time--please download a registration form, complete prior to saturday and bring with you with your check---payable to "rotary bike event".

Avoid the lines and register as a "pedal of honor registrant"---with priority registration area!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Ride

44.2 Miles

I always enjoy my rides through Monterey.  I park on Pacific and roll right on down to the Wharf.  It's all bike path to Castoville and back.  The view from Pacific Grove to Asilomar is just beautiful.

Christmas ride on Twitpic

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Napa's Tour de Cure - May 1, 2011

Napa's Tour de Cure - May 1, 2011

Ride with us on May 1, 2011!

Start Location: Veteran's Home of California

Event Manager: Thomas Hall
For more information, call 1-888-DIABETES
Register today to Take the Ride of Your Life! The Tour de Cure features routes of different lengths for riders of all skill levels. There's something for everyone from a leisurely short distance to a more challenging length. Either way, Tour de Cure is a ride, not a race, so take it at your own speed and enjoy the journey. All Tour de Cure routes are safe and fully supported with route marshals, SAG vehicles, mechanical support, and rest stops stocked with hydration and a variety of snacks to keep you fueled. At the finish, you will be welcomed with cheering volunteers, great food and more.
Tour de Cure is marking its 20th Anniversary this year, so help us make an even bigger impact. In twenty years we've raised millions of dollars to fund research, provide services, and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. We have accomplished much, but as the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise, our mission becomes even more critical. Every dollar you raise and every mile you ride helps the American Diabetes Association in the effort to Stop Diabetes.
You can make a difference!

In 43 states from coast to coast, thousands of cyclists will be pedaling toward finding a cure for this deadly disease. Join us and your support will make a difference to the nearly 24 million Americans who suffer from diabetes and over 57 million people with pre-diabetes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

LIVESTRONG Challenge 2011 - Davis, CA - July 10, 2011

Team Livestrong Challenge 2011 - Davis, CA

We’re thrilled to visit a new city in 2011 and grow the LIVESTRONG community in California. Join us at our event in Davis on July 10, 2011. Choose from one of our multi-distance bike rides and then enjoy a post-event party with your fellow cyclists, family and friends.
Last year, 1,600 dedicated participants raised over $1.1 million for the fight against cancer. This generous donation will continue to help cancer survivors live life on their own terms and build and support programs and initiatives to help raise awareness of and improve the lives of the 28 million people living with cancer today.
Registration for the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge Davis is $35 through December 31, 2010. On January 1, 2011, registration fees will increase to $45.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lance Armstrong - The Man behind the Legend

The biography of Lance Armstrong in a nutshell.  Thanks to biggs881

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Science of Cycling - Lance Armstrong

I found an interesting set of videos of youtube that discuss Lance Armstrong's science of cycling.  Thanks to mc1703.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 and 5 are missing!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Ride!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!  I started the morning off with a nice ride in the Monterey Peninsula.  It was a good 2 hr and 45 min ride.

Turkey ride! on Twitpic

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Best of the Bay - June 12, 2011

Our BEST OF THE BAY ride follows the same roads as Stage 2 of the 2006 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA – 83, 100, 108, or 125 very challenging and very beautiful miles. We will provide plenty of SAG support and beautiful reststops, and finish with a restaurant buffet. Great training for Death Ride and the Alta Alpina Ride.

Fees - $70 until June 1st, then $80


San Francisco Bike Expo - Saturday, November 6th, 2010

The SF BIKE EXPO has 9 main events and features, keeping attendees in circulation around the two halls and outdoor facilities. Andrew Taylor's Showdown: San Francisco's Only Mountain Bike Dirt Jump Comp Pedal Savvy Fashion Show: A true bike fashion resource by Gwendolyn Lee Productions. The Cross Palace Cyclocross Race: A huge hit at the 2009 introduction!? The race produced by Santa Rosa's Bike Monkey actually goes in and back out of the Cow Palace. Urban BMX Competition called the Intersection: Hosted by local apparel leaders Avant Garde. Low Rider Arcade: Art meets passion as the low rider community shows off their work. Behind Bars Inc. Custom and Vintage Bicycle Show: Classic metal and insane creations hosted by San Jose's Behind Bars. Vendor Expo Area: The Industry Trade Show hall that allows vendors to show off the latest and greatest bikes, gear, apparel, parts, and offerings to a very eager public. Community Swap Meet: The swap hall is separated from the Vendor Expo area, and is the place to be for bargains and hard to find parts from independent sellers, bike shops looking to clear out older merchandise, and companies that recognize the need for an avenue to move discontinued products. Pump Track:Bring your bike and take a ride. This feature will be a model for the potential bike park at McLaren Park. Go to McLaren Bike Park If you missed it last year, this is your opportunity to catch it again. Save the date November, 6th at the Cow Palace and look for more events and features to be added soon! 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ride from Monterey to Castroville

33.8 Miles

This is my basic trip from Monterey to Castroville.   I was really helped by the tailwind going to Castroville.  I was wondering why I was cruising at 20+MPH.  Of course, on the way back, I had a small challenge of riding into the wind.  Weather was sunny and the legs felt good.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ride around Scenic Carmel Coast

Three laps totaled 9.9 miles.

I did not wat to ride that far today so I just stayed in Carmel.  The scenery is much beautiful anyway:)

Carmel Beach

Pebble Beach

Ocean View

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

GPS Tracking using Sportypal

Hey everyone!

I picked up a new phone last month.  It is the Sony Aino.

I was looking for cool apps and came across SportyPal.  It is basically a GPS app that tracks your runs, walks, and cycling trips.  The user interface is very basic and easy to navigate.  I just tested out the app these past 2 days and so for so good!

You start the app and create a new workout.  The GPS is then activated and you are good to go.  Press start and enjoy your workout.  When you are done, you stop the workout on the SportyPal app.  It then asks if you want to upload the data to your account.  When you upload your data, you can analyze your trip online.  It tracks your route using google maps.

The app I used is the standard Java app.  There is also a SportyPal app for IPhone.

I will keep you updated with my routes via SportyPal.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Belgium Tour de Fat - San Francisco, Ca - September 25, 2010

Yes folks, the Tour de Fat will once again be meandering and pandering through 13 western cities spreading the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle. Along with our exceptional ability to roust a city's inner-cyclist, in 2010 we hope to drive our message even deeper by bringing you the biggest, most enjoyable traveling bike festival that we know of. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Benicia to Pleasant Hill!

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25 miles

This was my first ride over the Benicia Bridge since it opened. I started my trip at the Benicia Raleys on Southampton Dr. We got on the bridge by turning left near the end of W Military st. I had to guess on how to get into Pleasant Hill from Martinez. I ended up going through Alhambra St. rather than Pacheco. Alhambra has a lot of hills, but are rewarding with a long downhill areas. So far, it was a good ride with medium traffic.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bicycle Performance by Wiki

Bike Performance

I came across this article while researching for a new wheelset.  I am debating to buy a new bike or just get a new wheelset to make my bike lighter.

"The advantage of light bikes, and particularly light wheels, from a KE standpoint is that KE only comes into play when speed changes, and there are certainly two cases where lighter wheels should have an advantage: sprints, and corner jumps in a criterium" - Wiki

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Levi's Gran Fondo - Santa Rosa, CA - Oct. 9, 2010

October 9, 2010

"The 2010 Levi Leipheimer King Ridge GranFondo holds all the promise of its inaugural running, with a renewed focus on delivering more fun and festivities along the way. We offer three routes of varying distance and challenge, but the most difficult and longest of these, the Gran route, is sold out. Registration is still open for the 65-mile Medio and 32-mile Piccolo routes, but these spots are going fast! We hope you’ll commit to another day of stunning vistas, epic terrain, grand discovery, and exceptional rider support. The 2010 GranFondo awaits!"


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

SF Bay Area Bike to Work Day - May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010
"The San Francisco Bay Area's 16th Annual Bike to Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 13th, 2010. Bike to Work Day is the premier bicycling event taking place in all of Northern California with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is just one day of many events taking place in May as part of National Bike Month."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tour of the Unknown Coast - May 8, 2010

May 8, 2010

" Enjoy cycling through some of the most beautiful country in the United States. In addition to participating in an invigorating and challenging ride you will be helping to support the North Coast Community."

This seems like a great ride!!

2010 Bay to Breakers - May 16, 2010

May 16, 2010
"ING Bay to Breakers is a USA Track and Field certified 12K (7.46 miles). From sea level at the Embarcadero the course rises steeply along Hayes Street Hill. Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park."

I have already signed up for the BTB2010.  You should too! - ACTIVE.COM

Monday, April 26, 2010

RIP - Cyclist died at San Jose event.

Man who died at San Jose cycling event was founder of Fairfield saddle-making business

"A man who died during a weekend bike tour has been identified by friends and fellow riders as Tom Milton, the founder of a Fairfield saddle company, called Selle An-Atomica."


Saturday, April 24, 2010

My local LOOP

I finally took my bike out for my first good ride of the season.  I decided to try the loop that I had planned over winter.  It was a steady ride with minimal hills.  I was able to keep a good 16-18 mph the whole way.  I first did one lap, but decided to go two more afterwards.

24 miles(3 loops)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Echelon Grand Fondo - May 23, 2010 - Napa, Ca

Echelon Grand Fondo
May 23, 2010

(Napa, CA – March 10, 2010) – PlanetZ/Echelon set its sight on the stunning landscape of Napa Valley for launching its first Gran Fondo Series cycling event and fun run designed to attract both local and tourist fitness enthusiasts. The event, open to all levels and abilities of cyclists and runners, is focused on raising funds for the Queen of the Valley Cancer Center in Napa, and the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center located on the campus of St. Helena Hospital. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Napa Valley Vine Trail and their important grassroots efforts to implement a multi-use trail from Calistoga to Vallejo.

Promoter cancels annual Benicia cycling event

Promoter cancels annual Benicia cycling event

I really wanted to watch this event.  Maybe next year...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Warrior Dash - Zamora, CA - Oct. 10, 2010

Warrior Dash
Zamora, CA
Oct. 10, 2010

Welcome to America’s most insane race.  Warrior Dash lands in Northern California for the first time in 2010 where 12 obstacles from hell await along this 3.15 mile course.  Are you a warrior?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mavericks Surf Contest likely to be held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010

A little off topic of cycling...

The Mavericks surf contest will most likely to held on Saturday.  I guess the big swells have finally came in.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Tour de Cure 2010 - Yountville, CA

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 43 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Whether participants ride 10 miles or 100 miles*, they will travel a route supported from start to finish with rest stops, food to fuel the journey and fans to cheer them on!

Ride for the Bands 2010- Folsom, Ca

Saturday, June 19, 2010 @ 7:00 AM

Ride for the Bands is a non-profit fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. There will be a 65 mile ride through the Folsom foothills area, a shorter 15 mile family ride around Lake Natoma and a battle of the bands contest.

Sierra Century-2010 -35th Anniversary - Rockin, Ca

Saturday, June 05, 2010 

"The Sacramento Wheelmen invite you to join us on our ride through Placer county,celebrating our 35th year of the Sierra Century. Every rider will be receiving our 35th Anniversary draw string bag. Register early - ride limited to the first 2000 participants! Pre-registration until April 24,2010 at $50. late registration up to May 22,2010 at $60.  There will be NO DAY OF REGISTRATION"

Specialized Demo Day and Customer Appreciation Day - Sharp Bicycles - Roseville, CA

Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10AM-3PM
Sharp Bicycles in Roseville will be hosting the Specialized Test the Best Men's and Women's demo trailers for 2 days of cycling fun! Grab your friends and head down to the shop where you will be able to ride all the new 2010 Specialized road and mountain bikes! Mark your calendars and get ready to see how fast you can be on a Specialized. See you there!
Bikes available for demo - all 2010 bikes!
Tarmac - Roubaix - Amira - Ruby - Dolce
Epic - Stumpjumper - Enduro - Demo - Big Hit - SX Trail - Era - Safire - Myka FSR
 What to Bring
Helmet,  Shoes & Pedals, Waterbottle, ID; and
All your Friends

Any questions, please call 916-797-8894

Primavera Bicycle Tour 2010 - Union City, Ca

Sunday, April 11, 2010 @ 6:30 AM

"Back by popular demand, Primavera Bicycling Tour 2010 custom jerseys from Suarez Cycling Apparel. Guarantee your size selection by pre-ordering. Must be received by February 22, 2010. Please note: Design is back by popular demand!"

"REGISTER EARLY: After the April 2nd deadline, if space is available, register in person same day (April 11th) at James Logan High School. Registration limited to 750 cyclists. On Site Registration/Check-in times for the 100-Mile, 100K & 70K is $55.00 from 6:30-8:00AM. The 25-Mile is $30 from 8:00-11:00. NO Credit cards accepted. CASH ONLY."

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever XXI - Watsonville, Ca

Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 7:00 AM
" Fully supported ride, rest stops with international themes, lunch, hot meal at the end of the ride, fresh whipped cream and strawberries dipped in chocolate ganache conclude the menu.
Registration fee is $50. Registration deadline is Midnight, May 9, or 1200 riders, whichever is sooner.
Benefits Cyclists For Cultural Exchange, a 501(c)3 organization, promoting international bicycling exchange programs."

Worldly Wanda Tour de Fremont 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 8:00 AM local time 
"Pedal for Equity! Worldly Wanda Tour de Fremont is a friendly cycling fundraiser benefiting AAUW Fremont's Legal Advocacy Fund and Local Scholarships. A comfortable 10 mile, 25 mile, 60 mile or 60+ mile CHALLENGE ride touring the five districts of Fremont including: Niles, Mission, Warm Springs, Irvington, Centerville, and BEYOND. Ride will close at 3:00 pm. "

Foothill Century 2010 - Sunnyvale, Ca

Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 6:00 AM
"It's time for the Annual Foothill Century: The Only Kosher Ride in the West! Registration is now open. The ride will take place Sunday, May 17, 2009. The Foothill Century offers beautiful scenery and a memorable, healthy day for everyone! This year’s ride features our renowned, kosher food at all rest stops and improved road markings. Choose from our 100K, 50K, tandem and 10K Family Fun routes.  Children who 2 years and older can enjoy wonderful activities on the playground and park at the school."

Breakaway Ride presented by Specialized - Stage 2 Route: Davis to Santa Rosa

Sunday, April 25, 2010 @ 7:00 AM
"A timed gran fondo cycling event through the streets of Davis and Santa Rosa. The three routes will allow amateur cyclists the opportunity to participate in an organized mass participation cycling event on the course used for Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour of California."

"Bronze Package ($125.00) includes: heavyweight cotton t-shirt, on course aid, post race meal, official poster, finisher medal, Specialized water bottle and chip timing with splits on major climbs and sprints.
Silver Package ($150.00) includes:Custom Breakaway ride jersey designed and manufactured by Hincapie, on course aid, post race meal, official poster, finisher medal, Specialized water bottle and chip timing with splits on major climbs and sprints.
Gold Package ($500.00) includes: Custom Amgen Tour of California kits (jersey, bib, socks) designed and manufactured by Hincapie, on course aid, post race meal, official poster, finisher medal, Specialized water bottle and chip timing with splits on major climbs and sprints. Three distances will be available: about of 30 miles (short course), 55 miles (medium), and 80 miles (long course). The famous Rock Store climb will be included in all distances."

Ride Ataxia Nor Cal - Folsom, Ca

Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 8:30 AM - Sunday, May 16, 2010 @ 6:00 PM local time 

"Ride Ataxia NorCal will travel 100 miles through the scenic foothills of Northern California from Folsom, CA to Grass Valley, CA and back on May 15 and 16, 2009. The overnight event will be at the Nevada County Camp Grounds. The ride will also include 10 and 25 mile route options on Day 1, inviting all levels of riders. "

Diablo Century - Walnut Creek 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010
"It's time for the Diablo Century, Sunday, April 25th. Join 750 cycling friends for an unforgettable century which offers beautiful scenery of the Morgan Territory and a memorable, healthy day for everyone. Chose from our 100-mile, 100K and 25-mile routes. Register now and see you in April!"

19th Annual I Care Classic Bicycle Tour & Fun Ride 2010 - Morgan Hill, CA

Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 6:00 AM local time
"Join us again this year as we ride to raise money to support the blind and visually impaired. Starting and finishing in Morgan Hill, this will be the best I Care Classic ever. We’ve expanded the great scenery, and kept the wonderful food and rest stops. The routes avoid streets with heavy vehicle traffic. This year’s I Care Classic Bicycle Tour - South County Century and Fun Ride will be an event you won’t want to miss."

Per Rider
On or Before Feb. 1 - $40
Before May 1 - $45
After May 1 - $50

On or Before Feb. 1 - $75
Before May 1 - $80
After May 1 - $85

Family Rate*
On or Before Feb. 1 - $80
Before May 1 - $85
After May 1 - $90
*A family is one or two adults and their minor children.

2010 Best of the Bay - Orinda, CA

Saturday, JUNE 19, 2010

Our BEST OF THE BAY ride follows the same roads as Stage 2 of the 2006 TOUR OF CALIFORNIA – 83, 100, 108, or 125 very challenging and very beautiful miles. We will provide plenty of SAG support and beautiful reststops, and finish with a restaurant buffet. Great training for Death Ride and the Alta Alpina Ride.


Team Radioshack


I came across their link this morning. Their gear looks nice. I can't wait to pick up one of their hats. Go check them out!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monterey Sea Otter Classic - April 15-18, 2010

There's a local bike tour in Central California! They have set it up for certain lengths. Go check it out and sign up!


Picked up a new trainer!

So I sold my Bell Trainer because I thought it was just too loud. Plus it has some vibrations when I rode on it. I went around SF's mission district and roamed around. I checked out a couple thrift stores for some books and trinkets.   But I ended up finding a GREAT DEAL! It was too cheap to mention.  But here it is:

The Minoura Mag 500

This trainer is pretty sweet and lightweight. I have rode on it for an hour and felt it did the job.  The resistance knob is located in the tire drive.  So I have to manually get off the trainer to switch resistance.  But of course, I could just switch gears. 

So for you cyclists out there, go to thrift stores and find some good stuff!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Short ride

I was meaning to ride a long distance today to Benicia. My legs just felt like jelly! I just had to turn back and come home. I'll try again on Thursday.

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