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RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ride(11 posts)

RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 8:51 PM
I'm heading south into the Sierra tommorow to partake in the Markleeville Death Ride. I didn't want to go two days without riding so I took a light spin out on the flats. I may end up taking a ride tommorow when I arrive in Markleeville, but I can't count on it. I took a 21 mile loop from my home in Central Point, Oregon out to Jacksonville and back. Not a hard ride and got in 21.2 miles in 1:02. Only 300 feet of climbing to keep my climbing legs fresh.

It started out nice enough, here I'm cruising by a pear orchard right outside of my subdivision.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 8:54 PM
It's really weird, some of the roads that seem bland an uninteresting while riding turn out pretty spectacular on the camera. I'm riding almost due east so the shutter speed was quick. This is the only picture that didn't turn out a little blurry.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 9:05 PM
I've now turned south towards Jacksonville. Almost no traffic. The hills in the background are the foot of the Siskiyou Mountains. The light is so poor that you can't see them, but Mt Ashland, Dutchman Peak and Wagner peak would normally be visible from here. All three are over 7,000 feet towering over the valley at just above 1,000.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 9:09 PM
Here I am in Jacksonville and my camera work is getting sloppy - and I'm going too fast. J-Ville is a quaint little town which preserves its history well. It has some great little climbs on the way out of town - but that is for another day.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death RideCritLover
Jul 10, 2003 9:14 PM
21mph is an easy ride for you??? Geez, you da man!

Oh, can I borrow your legs for my next club ride? lol
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 9:15 PM
This picture really stinks because the sun has set and I'm looking into the dark side of the valley. Jacksonville has a number of well preserved old Victorian Homes. This one though is amazing.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 9:19 PM
I recently moved from a house in Medford (a town of 70,000) into the "suburbs". I was in the hills before and am now in a flat part of the Rogue Valley. I have to work harder to get in a lot of climbing on a short ride now. This modest climb was about the only obstacle to deal with. I do like that I can take a ride in just about any direction and never have to go into the heart of a city. I took a 21 mile loop and saw maybe two dozen moving cars and had to stop twice - both times at a major highway intersection.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 9:24 PM
The sun has been down for about 10 minutes now but it's still shining on the Cascades to the east. Mt. McLoughlin (9,495')is the large peak in the distance. I'll almost be climbing two McLoughlin's in the Death Ride on Saturday. It's a bit smoky from a recent fire. McLoughlin is only about 30 miles away. The picture really doesn't convey the scale of the mountains very well.
re: RIDE REPORT: Ah, the last ride before the Death Ridegray8110
Jul 10, 2003 9:27 PM
Only a few more miles to home and I might want to pick up the speed seeing how cars are putting their lights on. How come I have a head wind all of a sudden? I love afterwork rides but the sun is setting too early to ride after dinner now. Hope you enjoyed my modest tour.
Ride Safe this weekendfarmerfrank
Jul 10, 2003 9:58 PM
Today's Sacramento Bee (www.sacbee.com) has an article "All Too Real" about a rider, Dr. Scott Lambert who fatally crashed at last year's Death Ride. I have too often caught myself pushing the limits on rides and thought afterwords how much I trust my instincts and equipment. For those of you riding this weekend embrace the family of Dr. Scott Lambert. The article said that his son Eric and sister Laura will be riding.
Ride safe.
Frank
Did anyone else read this article?PseuZQ
Jul 11, 2003 12:50 PM
I had no idea that the family was so distraught over the name. Of course, I assumed that to be the case and had been wondering about the transition from Death Ride to Tour of the California ALps (which I understand has always been a secondary name...)

Anyhow, it seems likes like having a riderless bike on the logo would be a pretty simple concession. I find it hard to recconcile the "riders would be upset if we changed the name and logo" reasoning expressed by Mr. DeGraffenreid with the "we don't do anything over to promote the ride -- we want *fewer* riders to register" attitude expressed when he defended ACCC's new registration policy (see chainreaction.com)

The organizers were made to appear somewhat callous, IMO. But then again, this is the news, and things can and will be manipulated.