Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bayway 5/22/08 - 7 or 7:30 rollout

renegade ride report:

plan: maintain lead advantage for as long as possible.

our hearts beating much slower than 200 bpm, the renegade crew of mary, mike, and yours truly met up at the hip new sidewalk cafe at 1425 florida (check it out! mochas until 6:33am!). after discerning that mike does not equal misha but does equal "guy with sliding seatpost" equal "guy with regular pants", absent misha was rude awakened at home by a call from mike and we were on our way.

just after the T-turd muni crossing, a mysteryman in a google jersey swept up mike and thence all that could be heard was "help! i can't let go of his back wheel!". next he was seen alone, fixing a flat in EPA, shortly after the 20mph peloton gained green light advantage near a giant pile of dirt on the road by Sun.

after a truck driver on the corner of charleston x amphitheater revealed the time as 9:23, this usually crittenden-bound ride took advantage of 7 extra minutes at No-Name, right as the diligent kitchen employees grabbed the yogurt ladle out of my hand to "move it" (read: compost perfectly edible food at 9:30 sharp).

16.0 mph rolling average with the help of northerly wind helped the hangover.


PS: for those who enjoyed a first-time semi-leisurely SF2G on bike to work day last week - do not let the elite squad's admirable pace discourage you from coming out to ride the Bayway again. indicate your desire to ride and i'm sure someone will lead the way.

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 2:24 PM, Scott Crosby  wrote:
Ride Report

Plan: fast bayway, <2:15 ride time

Met up with the likes of the hobinator, jacob, sandor, bc, and osmond at ritual, 6:45, and departed on time at 7:02, bent on reeling in the renegade crew of ksenya, mary, and mike, who left 30 minutes previous.

Things proceeded briskly and bc & jacob decided to take in some scenery around the airport, and so an early invocation of the 4k rule was made, and the hobinator dropped the hammer.

Then, having recently quit google, shaved his girlfriend's head, and traded his soul to Satan for a new set of legs, IronOthman, coincidentally sporting helmet # 666, coyly sat in the peloton until the Feral Cat Freeway, then calmly took the front and proceeded to drop the field, while smirking the entire time.  Only with Sandor's powerful sprint and 110% of my normal maximum heart rate were we able to reestablish contact in a slower section.  BaalzebOthman claimed he didn't notice he was going fast and continued on his merry way.

Re-established contact with bc/jacob after they took the foster city shortcut, subtracting 2+ miles and causing the officials to disqualify their attempt, then finally captured the fugitive breakaway around mile 33, delivered suitable encouragement and moved on.  Came across a flat-tired Mike in E.P.A., yelled "good luck buddy!" in a cheerful manner and accelerated thru a slalom course of schoolkids.

final stats:
- 42.5 miles
- 2:05 ride time
- 20.0 mph rolling average
- 200 bpm(!) observed max. heart rate
- 3167 calories burned (according to mr. garmin... don't believe it)
- no chilaquiles, dammit


On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 4:37 PM, Sandor Dornbush  wrote:
Since I have not seen anyone post a Thursday skyline I'm in.

On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 4:34 PM, Scott Crosby wrote:
nice.  we sustained 30 mph for a little while today, tomorrow we will go for more in pursuit of the secret breakaway group of ksenya and mary, which, my informants have revealed, departs at 6:30 sharp.

On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 4:29 PM, Jacob Hoffman-Andrews  wrote:
Wunderground shows NNW tailwinds of 15MPG all morning:

I'm in.

On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 4:26 PM, Daniel Hobe wrote:
> On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 12:25 PM, Scott Crosby wrote:
>> I'm in for 7.  Got a 10 o'clock.  If the tailwind is like today's, we should
>> be knock knock knockin' on 2 hour's do-oooor.
>> Cattell?  Marius? Trinh?
> You know you guys want to contest some of the sprints down bayway.
> It'll be fun!
>> incidentally, all y'all* missed out on a warm sunshiney day with a strong
>> tailwind today... for what? the 101?  goodness people.
>> -SC
>> * except pedro the argentine, hobinator, altendorf (solo mission), & donal
>> team (skyline)
>> On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM, Daniel Hobe wrote:
>>> Anyone up for a medium to fast bayway tomorrow?  If we leave at 7 or
>>> 7:30 we should be able to get to Google in time for breakfast.

"Speed is irrelevant if you're traveling in the wrong direction."
--– Mohandas Gandhi ---

Thursday, May 15, 2008

5/15 NRLB Skyline Bike 2 Work Extravaganza

Gruppetto Ride Report:

- I woke up at 5:40am for dog walking duty and I was already sweating
- Met a huge group of BTWD riders at Peets - probably 30 in all
- The slow roll out of the Peet's parking lot was the only time our
group stayed as one
- The speed racers Space, Marius, Nick P. and 17 other riders took off
on a brisk pace
- Our gruppetto took a more leisurely pace down Skyline enjoying the
scenery, taking pictures, getting sunburned, etc.
- The conditions on Lower Sawyer Camp Trail was perfect.
- Our gruppetto split into three groups towards the end of the ride
and my group (Heather, Andrew, and me) carried the lantern rouge onto
- Congrats to all the 1st time Skyliners (Lauren, Heather, Caroline,
Andrew, Sean, Donal)

On May 15, 12:13 pm, "Tom Brown" 
> On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 11:46 AM, Mary Hollendoner 
> > Ditto someone could sign my name for me!  I came straight to crittenden to
> > get breakfast cause it was already 10:30, I won't get to main campus before
> > noon...
> > Thanks for a great skyline ride, and Trinh thanks for leading!  :o)
> They said you must be present to count.
> > Who's still thinking about Bayway back to SF?  I am on the fence but more
> > likely to bike than to bail I think...  see how I feel in a few hours!
> > Tentatively 5pm leaving from Crit, 5:10 from main campus, or something like
> > that?!
> Later means closer to a regular work day and also cooler. I guess we don't
> want to leave later than 5:30 because it will probably take just over 3h. 10
> or 20 min later leaving and I'm in.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bay Way: S.Norfolk variation

This is pretty much it. I'm not sure how I'd draw a line on a google
map, because after leaving Oracle Pkwy (heading north) the route is
mainly on cycle paths until La Selva St. This untraceable part is
definitely the funnest part, and I'd be happy to describe it if
anybody is interested in trying it. There are a couple of fiddly
parts, which aren't very obvious. Kind of like the Bair Island
section.  I've not tried the Google variation for the Foster City
section, so I cannot compare with the S.Norfolk route. The Google
route looks like it could be more scenic, but S Norfolk St is a
reasonable cycling road. There's cycle path for much of it and
generally it's low traffic. Also, it's very direct.

On May 8, 3:33 pm, "Jacob Hoffman-Andrews"
> I think he means like this:
> (There appears to be a cyclepath the connects from the end of those
> directions over to the Oracle bridge).  I've never tried this but it
> looks promising.
> Also, last time I rode Bayway, I tried doing Beach Park Boulevard
> around Foster City instead of the riding on the adjacent bike path as
> usual.  This was a big improvement in my book -- no walkers, dogs, or
> cute girl cyclists oncoming in the wrong lane.  Plus the road is wide,
> low traffic, and well paved.
> On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM, Brett Lider
> > Map?
> > On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 3:22 PM, Skillzy
> >> Has anybody tried this variation on the Bay Way route? The southern
> >> junction is at the Oracle campus; the north connection is at  the
> >> bayside cycle path at Ryder Court Park.
> >> --Paul

Friday, May 9, 2008

Fri 5/8 NRLB RRR 6.30

I should also add that Steve, of Danger Inc., inflicted a series of searing attacks but mercifully peeled off for PA before he could levy a punishing sprint on bayshore.  sadly for him, he declined my invitation, which is open to all non-G'ers, to partake of breakfast vittles, and had to taste the cold, bitter cereal of defeat.


On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 6:37 PM, Scott Crosby wrote:
I got there in time for chilaquiles, which were MONEY, best goog breakfast item ever, crushing all mini-burrito varieties.  fortunately the "sorry you missed breakfast, SUCKER" signs did not prevent my fellow riders from enjoying same.

but despite that, I don't have any interest in bypassing the 'cross section, as it's one of the more fun parts to an otherwise fairly flat/straight ride.  I especially dig the wintry months, when it becomes a Mudbog, good times.  we'll have to agree to disagree about that part (Lider is with me at least).

skyline is fantastic, but in practical terms is not that convenient for an inner-missionite like myself, so it's rserved as a special treat, once a month or so (when Marius takes the day off).


On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 4:35 PM, Trinh wrote:

Scrobsy got to the Goog at 920ish. Brett and I rolled in at 930ish and
the rest of the group at 945.

On May 9, 3:16 pm, murphstahoe wrote:
> GIven I don't particularly care for the cyclocross section, and I
> wanted to check out a trainside route, I spun off at Whipple, to
> Winslow, to Middlefield, into downtown PA and hit Bryant to Central
> Expressway. Made it to MTV Caltrain at roughly 9:40, I think that's
> about the same "distance" as to Google (Googlers would go left at
> Rengstorff off Central if I understand it correctly). I doubt this was
> quicker - I'm interested as to when the leaders made it to Google but
> they had 4 riders to my one, some clearly very motivated to get to
> work.
> Redwood City was a very slow section with many traffic lights, and not
> particularly fun riding. Once you hit Atherton it is bike lane with
> few traffic lights to PA, I think I prefer this to the whole Marsh
> Manor section, but it's close. Bryant is great and Central is fast
> albeit not very scenic.
> What I think I'd be interested in trying is just to bypass the
> cyclocross via Whipple/Veterans/Maple. That adds two 101 overcrossings
> which many would find more unnerving than the bridge dropoff.
> Translation - Skyline route.
> On May 8, 9:19 pm, Trinh wrote:
> > +1 for 10am arrival
> > On May 8, 8:02 pm, "Rick Boardman"  wrote:
> > > +1 for medium swift-ish descent of peninsula. I want to be desk-bound for
> > > 10, but I can skip the hairdressers. Scruffy is the new black (;
> > > If its your first time, its worth printing the directions *just in case*. It
> > > saved my bacon once!
> > >
> > > Jacob did a handy mini version too http://*jacob*
> > > <>
> > > Looking forward to it!
> > > > yeah it's not a prob to arrive before 10, it's arriving in time for
> > > > breakfast, a luxurious shower, extensive grooming/hair product application,
> > > > and cologne-ing that takes time.
> > > > i'll be the exquisitely coiffed one.
> > > > -SC
> > > > On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 6:41 PM, Cara Meverden
> > > > wrote:
> > > >> Cool. I'll be the grey jacket black pants, with a blond ponytail. I've
> > > >> been there before but might try to get there early just to be sure.
> > > >> Cara
> > > >> On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM, Andrew Stadler wrote:
> > > >>> On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:16 PM, Cara Meverden
> > > >>> wrote:
> > > >>> > I'd like to meetup at the Millbrae stop as well. What's the regular
> > > >>> meetup
> > > >>> > time?
> > > >>> You want the BART train that leaves 24th/Valencia at 7:11 and arrives
> > > >>> in Millbrae at 7:37.  After you exit the station, you ride over the
> > > >>> overpass and meet the SF group on the east side of 101.  There are
> > > >>> complete directions on the SF2G page:
> > > >>> <>
> > > >>> I'll be in the ugly yellow jacket and I'll ride in the very last car.
> > > >>> A lot of the Googlers are trying to be in Mountain View by 10am so as
> > > >>> someone mentioned it might be SRLB tomorrow (on the other hand, last
> > > >>> week was my very first ride and I'm pretty sure that we arrived before
> > > >>> 10:00).
> > > >>> Can any of the leaving-from-RRR folks post cell#'s ?
> > > >>> --Andy
> > > >>> c:
> > > --
> > > Cheers,
> > > Rick

Thursday, May 1, 2008

RWS2G riders photo

Swami on wheels rolls in from Redwood City with his disciples!