|Mission accomplished: brevet series complete.||Lon Norder|
May 5, 2003 9:01 AM
|Finished the Davis Bike Club 600k brevet at 2:15 this morning. It took me 34 hours (yeah, I'm slow), but the conditions were rough: headwinds all the first night and steady rain out at the coast. Plus 15,000 ft of climbing. The payback was tailwinds and nice weather on Sunday afternoon.
The Davis Bike Club layed out an awesome course. Through Central Valley farmlands, over the hills and through the canyons to Napa Valley, though the vinyards of Napa, Knight, and Alexander Valleys, up the Russian River to Ukiah, and then over the Coast Range to the lush, redwood forests near the coast. And then back.
The 4PM start meant lots of night riding. I really enjoy riding at night in the boonies and listening to the rushing water, wind in the trees, birds, animals, etc. This is especially enjoyable knowing that a SAG driver will pass by every half hour or so in case you need help. Hats off to the Davis Bike Club for the excellent support.
|whoooo hoooo!!!!||JS Haiku Shop|
May 5, 2003 9:08 AM
|congrats on the brevet series accomplishment!!! i have one more to go, and am ready to be done with them. though i do enjoy the sense of accomplishment, and love to ride all day and then some, it's becoming a monkey (on my back) pretty quickly.
wind AND hills? you *did* win the lottery, no?
SAG every 30 minutes on the route? i thought brevet riders weren't supposed to accept any support between checkpoints. what gives?
May 5, 2003 9:35 AM
|just try to keep mileage up btw now and August ;)|
|congratulations and my full respect||Scot_Gore|
May 5, 2003 9:48 AM
|Having just done my first 200K EVER, I salute your accomplishment.
Sounds like a beatifull route.
May 5, 2003 9:49 AM
|You brevet guys and girls amaze me with your dedication and scary mileage. I mean, I'd be exhausted if I drove my CAR 600k, never mind the freakin' bike. Congrats on achieving your goal.
p.s. Sounds like a heck of a course. I wouldn't mind spending a week (!!) doing it some time.
|Congrats, Lon! Hope to see you at PBP (if I make it!) nm||Dale Brigham|
May 5, 2003 2:21 PM
|envious here; sounds like fun; nm||DougSloan|
May 5, 2003 3:00 PM