Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday folks. Cathy rides by and I hang with her to the shed. Out of commission from an elbow injury for six months she is back on GMR for the first time in full swing. Cathy is pleasant and yet tough to the nails and a determined rider. I am lucky to snap her picture. Briefly, speak with Eric at Fork plus Four. We agree that we need more ride time. Looking good Eric. Then Matt introduced me to the mom of the mountain, Tanya. She rides a bike with her son who is five and a half years old to school 3.5 miles one way. That's a total of 140 miles for a month. Amazing. And yes she is seven months pregnant and riding her bike. Be safe Tanya.
Sunday. Nice to find commonalities, Brook and I are ex-patriots of Pennsylvania. Bask in the glorious sun. No snow to shovel in winter here. One month new to the area, Brook enjoys the mountain ride. He is training for a triathlon by Castaic Lake in October.
One person I didn't get a photo but am very grateful too, is Jason from Long Beach. He pushs past me around mile marker 11 and I wake up my legs out of their sleeping state to hang onto his wheel for a mile and a half. Good pace. It is a fluke that I find him in his truck in the shade at the bottom. The Arco Jersey stood out in my mind. Now all I need to do is to keep that pace for 23 miles.
Of course the regulars who I chat and ride with are John, Matt and Bill.
A week later May 26, 2012 at five minutes past midnight this vehicle left the road at Glendora Mountain Road mile marker 8.8. I noticed that Wild Cad Incidents had it reposted at 10:36 am. Bill snapped this photo mid-morning.
If you are wondering what OTS stands for it is "Over The Side". Off-roading along parts of the road can be dangerous for all of us roadies. Needless to say, Drive Safe if you are cruising the mountains.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
by Ron S. Thanks a bunch for posting the photo's of stage 7. There are so many stellar places to view this awesome race and as a photo buff/bike-nut I appreciate the chance to view a few different vantage points.
My vantage point for both last year and this was to park my vehicle atop the ~3.7mi hill on the Ridge Rd., or exactly 3 mi West of the first KOM. This way I could take in the KOM, do some riding & picnicking, and then see the peloton return up that nasty 8-11% hill!
Attached are the scene at that first KOM, and I do mean a scene, about 90% bike riders with lots of spirit, great comaraderie! On the return leg I shot most views within 100 yards of the top of the 3.7 mi hill
This was easily the highlight of my cycleing year in 2011, and will likely be this year also. We almost opted to ride up some of the Baldy switchbacks, but had done 16 mi and a fair bit of climbing so we chickened out! Thanks again for posting the great shots this year and last, hope you enjoy mine.
Lets hope also for yearly returns of Amgen to our coveted GMR/GRR/Mt Baldy "Riders Paridise"! Regards, Ron S. Walnut, Ca.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
My legs asked, "What are we doing?"
You are going round and round.
My legs cried "Ow, but why?"
This is good for you. It's called exercise.
My legs whined, "Where are we going?"
Up a hill.
My legs begged, "Can we go down now?"
Not yet there is a pot of gold at the top of the ridge.
My legs laughed, "You're silly."
It was a warm night 85F. My goal was to stay upright and not over-heat. I did find that pot of gold. See for yourself.