|Hey CHRoadie and BIG RING:||DMoore|
Jun 8, 2003 2:55 PM
|How did the Ride around the Bear go? I'm curious about weather and traffic. Did you see many CHP units working/hassling the ride?|
|DMoore, thanks for the follow up.........||BIG RING|
Jun 9, 2003 9:52 AM
|6:15:01 was the time. Good for 5th overall. The CHP was in full force. I saw about six CHP cars/trucks on the way between Redlands and Onyx, and two on the backside. The weather was very good. It got hotter than the 74 degrees advertised by Yahoo weather the day before. HWY 38 STILL SUCKS. Re-pavement would be great in that section, but, not much of a headwind this year, so I'll stop complaining. Wind was moderate coming through Running Springs, not terrible. Prety light wind going up to Onyx as well. Overall, traffic was much worse this year than I remember last year. I was the recipient of a few honks and I heard a few in front and behind me throughout the day. BTW, the guy who came in behind me, Mr. Gaudy was fun to descend with and can motor on the flats. We had a good conversation at the finish line and I was surprised to find out he is 59 years old. WOW.|
Jun 9, 2003 10:21 AM
|Last year's traffic was really light - I only remember one twit in a white Honda going up 330 like a real flaming A-H.
I agree about 38 - I wish they'd repave it and stop just patching cracks. I had a flat on lower 38 a couple of weeks ago at about 40mph. I managed to stop in one piece, but bouncing across the tar strips on a flat tire is NO fun!
Sounds like you had a great time! My road race that day in Temecula was pretty boring, should've done the Bear. I'll ride it again next year.
|Boring??? Painful yes................||BIG RING|
Jun 9, 2003 12:38 PM
|but how could having to climb that much be boring? Was the scenery lacking? If it was ugly, then I get your point. Big Bear Lake was just great looking on Saturday.
Funny note. One of my buddy's is a great descender, rides a motorcycle, so picks the apex's very well. I guess a crotch rocket was following him down 38 just after Angeles Oaks. When he came by my friend he gave him a nod and thumbs up and motioned toward the back of his motorcycle where my friend motor paced down and through most of the straight away we complain about.