Take a Ride!

You have that bicycle, so get out and show it off. You'll enjoy some fresh air and make a few new friends at one of these exciting events!

We have a regular (sometimes irregular) Saturday morning ride (usually 9:00 am) from the shop.

Typically, the group is "maturing" persons (male and female) numbering 5 to 10.

We ride 20 miles or longer depending on the wishes of the group. It's always out to lunch and back or out and back to lunch. ALWAYS LUNCH!!!!!

It's always a casual recreational ride. No one EVER gets left behind. We agree on a number of stops to regroup during the ride. The cycling term is "no drop ride."

We have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

For those wishing more challenging rides, join us on one or more of the "event" rides listed below. We ride most of these rides. We'll be pleased to clarify the details. These are demanding rides.

For those wishing off-road mountain bike rides, call Danny or Robert Beaman (brothers and skilled staff mountain bike riders) at the shop (925-828-8676) for the next scheduled rides.

IN ALL CASES, call if you plan to join us.

RIDE GROUP -

David Maita (Sunday manager here) does regular Sunday 7:00 am rides from the store. Call him here Saturday - 828-8676.

Chuck T.

DEATH RIDE 2014

LOTS of agitation for me to get this out.

Fifteen of us did The Death Ride this year. A group of us started from our Markleeville motel at 3:00 am. Others start from their tents, cabins, or vehicles at their times.

We brain damaged 3:00 am ers were treated to the full BIG moon out to the Hwy 4 Junction and up the west side of Monitor. We really didn't need lights. The person who coined the expression, "The experience is the experience!!" must have him/her self, at a point, been standing at my spot on upper west Monitor looking back at the BIG and full moon hanging just above Ebbetts. What a rich, full and spiritual experience. Quintessentially, one of those experiences when you're just glad to be a live person on this good earth.

Some of our early birds got to descend east Monitor to Topaz also in the moonlight - "WHAT A RUSH!!!!!"

"Off The Back" (with his new knees) was able to get to the top of Monitor for the sunrise. Again, "the experience is the experience!!"

Here's the list:

  • Anton V. got 5 passes for his third year. He gets faster and faster.
  • Bob B. got both Monitors even with his restricted breathing - his first year.
  • Carl B. OF COURSE, got all 5, and was back in Markleeville by 2:15 pm.
  • Chuck O. again, got all 5 - his umpteenth time. He was back at the motel in the early afternoon showered and smiling.
  • Danny B. got all 5 his first year, and we're all proud.
  • Dan D. again, got all 5 again on his classic 42/52 Crankset Univega. What an animal!!
  • David M. got all 5 for his second time. Improved his riding time by two hours.
  • Jeff W. got 4 and 1/2. He was quite happy with getting to Picketts Junction having climbed Woodfords Canyon which we all think should be added to the number of passes. GOOD BOY, Jeff - 5&1/2 passes.
  • John S. got 5 for his second time, and handsomely improved his on the bike time.
  • Juan J. OF COURSE, got all 5 his first time there. Juan was so trained he could have added Pacific Grade, Luther, Blue Lakes, and Carson Spur. Another animal!!
  • Karla M. (new grandmother - we're proud with her) got 4 this year, and "That will be quite sufficient, thank you!!!"
  • "Off The Back", listening to his wife, the doctor, and his friends, got his Monitor from the west, and lounged there a lot of the morning glad to share in the excitement of riders summiting from the west and from the east..
  • Robert B. one of the moonlight descenders to Topaz, was the first rider to top Ebbetts from the east. He caught the rest stop volunteers by surprise. Robert was the 18th rider to sign the poster at the top of Carson. His ice cream bar was still frozen.
  • Susan S. got all 5 for her second time, and was able to party at Turtle Rock upon arrival back. WAY TO GO, Susan.

The after the ride evening "hanging out" with oneanother was so very rich and vibrant with stories upon stories upon stories and every one embellished, but that's OK. Everyone "DID IT", and no one was slobbering.

If you THINK you want to do it in 2015, start training NOW. Climb, Climb, and Climb some more. The Guru, Arnie Baker, says that you need to be averaging 12,000 ft of climbing per week by the first of June. Talk with Danny, David, or Robert here for training suggestions, and connecting with them for some training rides.

Get Dec. 11th (2014) 10:00 am on your calendar for the first registration online "Rush". You have to be registered before you get up there. There is no day before or day of registration. ALL of that is over!!

For those first timers, once you are registered, you need to get your lodging up there. Places fill in the early spring.

We'll get some rides from here going, honestly. We really have been VERY busy.

Chuck T.

Taking calls re centuries for 2014.

Cycle California: www.cyclecalifornia.com has all the season events listed.

This year, Dublin Cyclery staff will be on a tight budget for century participation. We, so far and fortunately, are WAY out of the ordinary busy. They are coming in out of the sheds and garages in 3's and 4's full of webs, spiders, and thick dust. IT'S GOOD!!!!! Lots of good persons getting back into it.

We will keep you posted on our event participation.

Chuck T.

For a complete listing of local rides, pick up a Valley Spokesmen newsletter and a Cycle California magazine in our store. Check them out on-line.

Find More Events
East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Valley Spokesmen

Cycle California

Grizzly Peak Cyclists

Oakland Yellow Jackets

Cherry City Cyclists

Bicycle Adventure Club


Questions About These Rides?
Dublin Cyclery owner Chuck Tyler has ridden in many of the featured events and can wax poetic about each of the venues.

Of course, all Cyclery staff members are cycling enthusiasts and can give you tips on these and many other Northern California cycling events.

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The Valley Spokesmen are a San Francisco Bay Area bicycle club, based in Dublin. The club conducts both local and non-local rides. Emphasis is on road cycling, however some mountain bike rides are available.

A wide variety of club rides are conducted, ranging from short neighborhood rides suitable for families with children up to strenuous century-length rides. For more information, visit Valley Spokesmen
 
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