Friday, June 27, 2008

Skyline Thurs 6/26; Mon 6/20, Wed 7/2

Ride report:

4 visible riders met this morning: Julian, Brandon, Liam and Topher.  1 stealth rider left 90 mins late: Andrew.  The 4 sunk up from behind on an oversized weed whacker on SCT.  Julian, doing an impression of Don Quixote at a windmill, attempted an attack under the the monster's neck, near its vicious gnawing teeth.  The monster hesitated in surprise, and the four slipped around its less dangerous side.  90 minutes later Andrew faced the monster head on, again it hesitated and he too could slip past unscathed.

We all parted ways in the vicinity of Crystal Springs and 92.  Topher and Liam hung a right at 92.  Followed 1, Stage Road, Cloverdale and Gazos Creek southward, reaching their offsite in Santa Cruz at 12:30.  Andrew rode in to Santa Cruz 90 mins latter.  80 mi, 5000ft of climbing, 5.5 hours.  Very Respectable.


On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 8:39 PM, Liam Stewart wrote:
+1 for peet's; I'll be heading off with topher.

On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 7:16 PM, Topher  wrote:
I'll meet up with you at Sloat & Great Hwy at 7am.  I'll be leaving the usual course at 92 and heading towards the ocean.


On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 7:27 AM, Bmoney2008  wrote:

Hey gang.. sorry to miss the group heading out this morning via
Skyline as I wanted to spare my lungs just a bit from the recent
I am going to hit Skyline tomorrow as well as Monday and Weds of next
week. Catch me at 6:30am prompt roll-out at Peets; will most likely
hit Peets a little early to slam back a couple of shots prior to
heading out....
All types welcomed. I can pull the majority of the way as I peal off
at San Mateo (Crystalsprings) and will be wasted on caffeine.

Friday, June 20, 2008

My mini ride report!

ha ha, glad you had fun.  friday=funday on the roads of sf2g.  tuesday is another matter ;)

social outings happen frequently, such as tonight's gestalt session.  i think lina, pedro, etc. are going.


On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 4:20 PM, Heather Whitney wrote:
Now that I have a spare moment I wanted to say what a blast I had this morning. And, it being my very first SF2G ride, I thought I'd write up a little somethin' somethin'

So my ride report really has to start the night before... well actually we'll start even before that. So I've been super excited about this SF2G business for some time. I just moved up here from the Santa Monica office on Monday -- and down in Santa Monica I rode with the UCLA Triathlon team (where I was, perhaps unsurprisingly, on the UCLA Triathlon team)

So anyways, I've been very excited but very nervous. Nervous primarily because I had no idea what the skill level was going to be AND I've been on quite a few "no drop" rides that ended up being drop rides. And, since I had no idea how to get to Google, getting dropped would be a problem.

So flash forward to last night - there I was laying on my temporary bed (read: my couch) last night at like 12:30AM thinking "shit, I'm going to be dropped... and then I'm going to be screwed". This went on for some time but it seems eventually I fell asleep.

Then I woke up this morning and was like "Oh god... what do these people carry their stuff in? Do they carry stuff? Are they all super speed demons who would never carry any sort of extra weight (like flip flops) because it'll slow them down? But I need my flip flops! Well...I could walk around barefoot today... but then again probably not...Oh god oh god oh god...."

Eventually I got out the door.

And from there on out it was smooth sailing (except for that one "mountain biking" second on that narrow evil bit). Everyone was super friendly and it was great to see so many people riding!

So thanks everyone! When I get back in two weeks you'll definitely see me out there a lot. Bayway any day!

And also, I don't have all that many friends up in the SF area... and, realizing that cyclists are the best sort of people, I'd love to hang out sometime! I live on Isis street - which is between 12th/13th/Folsom/Harrison

See you guys out there soon!

-Heather :)

6/20 NRLB Bayway 630am RR

the lore goes that that time in the late fall was the amazing count of 22 for nrlb friday

On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:46 AM, Eric Altendorf  wrote:

On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:43 AM, Scott Crosby  wrote:
> Damn, sorry Daniel we didn't exactly live up to the NRLBness of the ride,
> but with 23 riders (!) it was a challenge to keep things cohesive.  Good
> work by Tony for doubling back and doing his damndest though (he's the
> agreeable chap on the hipster green fixed-gear).
> so then to back up - ride report:
> - 18 riders converge at Ritual, 6:20ish; little did we know that Heather and
> Hal had secretly departed 15 min or so earlier, from deeper in the mission
> - yours truly gets coffee at 6:29 and slurps it down by 6:33 (though taking
> it to-go is also recommended)
> - fairly punctual rollout at 6:40
> - Andy subsumed on Cortland, lurking at martha's w/ the fuzz
> - giant mint-green vintage bike/dude engulfed as well (damn i suck with
> names... what's it again?)

Charles (Martin)

And that color is "Celeste", Scott.  I mean, come on.

> - Swami on Wheels assimilated at Sun HQ
> - feisty topher levies repeated attacks, leaving spent riders in his wake
> - 23 total riders for friday SF2G NRLB - a new record outside of BTWD, if
> i'm not mistaken (PC, comment?)

I think we had over 20 *in ritual* once last fall (neither BTWD nor
Halloween).  I have pictures -- truly a sight.


> - NO MECHANICALS OR FLATS (afaik), also a record
> excellent work all new riders! hopefully no one got shot in EPA or
> anything... or too much of a contact high.
> -SC
> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM, Chris Lambert  wrote:
>> Glad you made it through EPA unscathed. Peter and I pulled in around 9:45
>> with a few burritos left at No Name. See you next time!
>> - Chris
>> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:46 AM, Daniel Helmhold
>> wrote:
>>> Hey all, just wanted to say thanks for a great ride this morning. Didn't
>>> make it till 10:20 but just glad I made it! I'll keep practicing and
>>> hopefully next time I can keep up!
>>> -Daniel
>>> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:18 AM, gopi  wrote:
>>>> Is it really true that Scott shows up at 6.30 and sneak coffee orders
>>>> at 6.30.10 holding the whole group up and then rides the entire
>>>> distance to Google with coffee in one hand like it is some kind of
>>>> olympic torch or something.
>>>> I may be ahead of you all tomorrow due to early departure from RS. But
>>>> want to see it next Friday.
>>>> the Swami
>>>> On Jun 19, 6:09 pm, "Andrew Stadler"  wrote:
>>>> > +1 for part 1.
>>>> > I'll join up when you roll by Martha's on Cortland.
>>>> > Andy
>>>> > 415.999.4033
>>>> >
>>>> > On Jun 19, 2008 10:21 AM, "Heather Whitney" wrote:
>>>> > Oh I'm excited to say my first "+1"
>>>> >
>>>> > But I definitely need a ride buddy who will promise to stick with me
>>>> > the
>>>> > whole time (since this will be my first ride from SF)
>>>> >
>>>> > And, so I'm not confused, is the idea to meet at Ritual at 6:30 and
>>>> > leave at
>>>> > 6:45 - or is 6:30 go time?
>>>> >
>>>> > -HeatherOn Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:14 AM, Trinh
>>>> > wrote: > > >
>>>> >
>>>> > anyone wanna ride at a me...

Monday, June 9, 2008

Ride tomorrow 6/6/08

It is hard to say I let you win a sprint or two when you fly by me at
34 mph. That's a stomp job. Next time please post-up when you have 10
bike lengths on me. We'll chase the sprint points again.

On Jun 6, 3:57 pm, "Scott Crosby"  wrote:
> Trinh: yes, a fine ride to finish out your SF2G career, and thanks for
> letting me win a sprint or 2 over the history of that great contest.  I will
> submit a buganizer request to change the Oracle section to "Topher's Trinh
> Dolphin Twist" or maybe "La Triñhada" is better... we'll ask the naming
> committee.  Anyway, great riding with you my man, see you on the roads shy
> of San Mateo in the future.
> Florentina: great job on your first ride, you are fast!  Woe unto us when
> you get in top condition.  Glad you had a good time, i assure you that is
> not 100% the case.  But here is a classic from the archives to go with yours
> ;)
> -SC
> On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 2:43 PM, Trinh wrote:
> > Thanks for making my last ride to the Goog so fun. I'll miss racing to
> > campus to make 9:30 breakfast and getting dropped on the Canada Rd TTT
> > but I'll see you all on the road soon enough. When I say soon I mean
> > next week.
> > Trinh
> > On Jun 6, 1:59 pm, "Florentina Popovici"
> >  wrote:
> > > Hello all SF2G riders,
> > > I try as much as I can to avoid sending messages to masses of people, and
> > > probably this emailing list has seen similar messages, but I _have_ to
> > say:
> > > wonderful ride!  Start at Ritual (emptier than I've ever seen it), riding
> > > down the hills of SF, herons majestically moving in the marsh, CA
> > > landscapes, and also breakfast waiting at Google.  Also, thanks for
> > toning
> > > down the pace such that I could follow, there is no way I could have
> > found
> > > the route by myself.
> > > Hope to see you all in other rides!  Have a good week-end!
> > > Florentina
> > > On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM, Eric Altendorf
> > > wrote:
> > > > Good ride, all, especially the newcomers!
> > > > And farewell (from the goog, not from this list) to Trinh, good luck
> > > > at the new gig.
> > > > --eric
> > > > On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 11:05 PM, Eric Altendorf
> > > > wrote:
> > > > > sounds good.
> > > > > On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM, Andrew Stadler
> > > > wrote:
> > > > >> I'll be on the 7:22 BART into Millbrae so I'll meet y'all at the
> > > > >> intersection ~7:30.
> > > > >> Andy

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

soothing skyline - wed 6/4 - 0630 peets

Ride Report:

Donal, Mike, Mike, Misha and Joe. We must have rolled out of Peet's at
around 6:45. The Panhandle and GG Park were fun because of the
sprinklers. Then Joe took us along Lower Great Highway, which spared
us from the considerable ocean breeze. We took Skyline Drive instead
of Skyline Highway, thus avoiding the dangerous lane crossing at
Rt35/Rt1 intersection. Mike's dérailleur got stuck in the small cog,
which made our ride even more soothing than we anticipated. Windy
going across the San Andreas Lake damn, and then I came off San
Andreas Road and into the brush -- I took at downhill curve too fast,
too wide. No harm done. The rest of the ride was fairly uneventful.
Joe peeled off at Redwood City, a 2h 51m moving time got the rest of
us to Slice in time for yummy Pancakes!


-- Donal

On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 11:02 PM, Sean McBride wrote:
> +1 tomorrow I think? Never done Skyline from Peets (I usually take the
> Mission shortcut) but I think I'll come meet you guys tomorrow, but I'll
> text Donal if I wuss out and bail at the last minute. :P
> On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM, mike wakerly
> wrote:
>> in a direct affront to mellow tuesday, donal and i are planning a
>> soothing skyline ride this wednesday.
>> pace -- last time we rode we got to work within a few minutes of 10, &
>> it felt pretty relaxed (hey, i made it). so there.
>> (oh, and i'm just getting used to some new clips, so there might be
>> some bonus slow-speed-mikey-spillage, for your entertainment..)

> - Sean