Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Saturday morning. Pre-ride. My front tire was flat. The wind whipped up all the brush and thorns. One thorn a quarter of an inch was deep in my tire. Bill replaced the tube and the Saturday ride was on.
What a difference a day makes. The winds were calmer and the day gloriously bright and sunny. I thought I saw Ruby fly by and I pursued until my steam ran out. Two back to back days. The wind resistance provided more exercise than I thought from Friday. The muscles said "You want to do what?". The last time I rode back to back was July 4th weekend. Was that an eon ago?
I saw Jason heading down the hill on his green fixie. He turned around and rode with me a piece. We compared our winter exercise strategies. Jason on rollers and I on stationary equipment. We toughed out the winter daylight hours waiting for more daylight hours. While I pedal indoors in the wee early morning hours I watched the 1993 Le Tour de France, the year Miguel Indurain won his third tour. Lance Armstrong, Johann Bruyneel and Bijarne Riis all took a stage that year. So its an exciting tour. Just as we round Coyote Corner a large coyote was on the road. Jason sped up to scare it off. It ran along the yellow line in the middle of the road with Jason in hot pursuit shouting at it. It jumped down to the right then reconsidered and ran back across the road to run up the hillside. At mile marker 10.49 Jason headed back down the mountain.
A fairly quiet Saturday ride after Jason left. Prior to the shed I led a rider up the last incline. Scott past me by and I hung on his wheel up to the shed. Yes I still have a bit of power left on day two. Matt joined in and we chatted with Scott and Alex at the shed. Seven miles does not register as a commute to work, Scott. I am envious. Hopefully the spring daylight will motivate you to ride in the morning.
Monday, January 23, 2012
The race attracts a high caliber of national and international talent drawn by the challenging courses and good weather to sharpen their form at the start of the season. The list of winners includes Olympians, national and world champions from top pro teams: Tom Danielson, Chris Horner, Scott Moninger, and Ben Day. The women’s list is no less impressive: Amber Neben, Ina Yoko Teutenberg, Christine Thorburn, and Lyne Bessette.
Stage 1 consists of individual time trials on a 3.8 mile course that winds its way up Glendora Mountain Road. This stage, sponsored by Chaffey Auto Body, is an individual all out effort by the riders to get the best time up the steepest parts of the Glendora Mountain Road. With the size of the field, it will be a long day of racing, with the first rider starting at 8:00 AM and the last one going out in the late afternoon, the exact time being dependent on the number of riders.
Stage 2 will be a Road Race around Bonelli Park sponsored by San Dimas Hospital. The course is on a rolling and twisting 7 mile circuit which includes a two short, but steep, climbs. The riders will make several loops around the course, with the overall racing distances varying from 28 to 84 miles, depending upon category. The first group starts at 7:55 AM and the last (Pro men) at 1:15 PM. The best spots for viewing the race will be along Puddingstone Avenue at the Start/Finish area and inside Bonelli Park along Via Verde.
Stage 3 is a Criterium around the streets of Old Town San Dimas sponsored by Incycle bike stores and Cannondale bikes. The racers will ride quick loops around a tight, 1.2 mile circuit with 6 sharp corners, for times varying from 25 to 90 minutes depending upon their category. The first group will start at 7:30 AM and the last group will start at 3:00 PM. For spectators, this will be an up-close and fast race, with lots of good viewing spots around the tree lined course.
The Kids Races will be a fun event hosted on Sunday, March 18th, at 12:300 PM in downtown San Dimas. Sponsored by Chaffey Auto Body, the races are free to all children, so get your kids’ bikes out and ready to ride. Please note that helmets are mandatory. Registration for the Kids Races will be held on-site in San Dimas on Sunday morning.
All of these events offer great opportunities for participation by cyclists of all levels, as well as wonderful viewing for cycling fans. There are no fees for spectators, just pick a spot along the race route and be prepared to see some exciting racing. For the photographically inclined, the photo-ops will be unparalleled, with lots of up-close action, so bring your cameras.
Please visit sdsr.info for more information about the race, registration, and lodging. Registration is currently open at Bikereg.com and spots are still available.
SDSR related links:
SC Velo info: SC Velo
SDSR info: SDSR Info
SDSR registration: Register San Dimas Stage Race
Stage 1 Sponsor – Chaffey Auto Body: Chaffey Auto Body
Stage 2 Sponsor - San Dimas Hospital: San Dimas Hospital
Stage 3 Sponsor - Incycle Bicycles: Incycle
Stage 3 Sponsor- Cannondale Bikes: Cannondale Bikes
Kids Races Sponsor – Chaffey Auto Body: Chaffey Auto Body
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Finally there was a snap in the air with 30% humidity. I might have felt one drop along the way. It has been 29 days since the last rain here in Glendora.
Balboa Island Ray had the intensity and wit to charm everyone.
Clear enough to see most of Catalina Island in the distance. Note the four peaks.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Garmin's barometric altimeter. In any case, you'll note that the temperature is a tad over 80 degrees - Southern California winters are really severe!
Monday, January 2, 2012
Happy New Year. Drive Safe. Ride Safe. Stay Upright.
Bill's Photo Details:
Camera: Canon 7D (18 mp)
Lens: Canon 100 - 400 mm Zoom at 350 mm
(560 mm 35 mm equivalent)
Shot at ISO 400, 1/1000 shutter speed, & F10 aperture