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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Compilation of some July rides

I was out on my MTB all Saturday morning, entering Briones at Alhambra Creek around 7:00, and emerging at the high school in Lafayette on PH Road near Hwy 24 around 8:00.

I then “road” to meet my wife at church where she was meeting with some ladies, picked up the “trailer bike” and my daughter, and spent the balance of the morning at several Walnut Creek parks, drinking fountains, and Jamba Juice.

She and I attempted to ride up the Briones to Mt. Diablo trail, heading out of the Lindsey Wildlife museum area, but were quickly overcome by the grade and HEAT.

Poor kid is only 5, but was quite a trooper hanging in there for over 3 hours on the hot canal trails.

We went home and played in the sprinkler.

Total miles including pulling her around was likely around 30 – 35.

Plenty for me.

I took an easy ride on Saturday morning, but ended up in Clayton / Pittsburg riding up and over Bailey Rd. with a friend from Spain.

Not that bad of a hill, but they’re definitely not used to seeing cyclists up there at 7:00 in the morning.

I think the Pittsburg side could have been 50+ mph if I had seen it coming. I got 48 mph without trying.

I was riding to a men’s Bible study at our pastor’s home, so I wanted to show up un-scarred and relatively dry. Maybe 50 next time.

27 miles at 19.8 MPH

That was the score at the end of my Tuesday solo ride.

I knew I didn't have much time, so I went out for a personal time trial.

It was by far my best time ever for that distance. I was pleased.

I've been following the Tour de France over the last few weeks on bicycling.com. Of course I had visions of me jetting down the Champs Elysee with the crowds screaming my name.

We can all dream.

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