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I am no longer the RockyMountainRacer!(13 posts)

I am no longer the RockyMountainRacer!RockyMountainRacer
Dec 3, 2003 8:56 AM
Well okay, yes I am since I haven't changed my handle, but it doesn't really make sense anymore since I now live in San Francisco instead of Denver. Due to our lovely economic situation, I had to re-locate for work.

But the riding out here is absolutely spectacular. LFR, PackMeat/TripleShotEspresso, BipedZed, and all the other Colorado folks, I hope you don't know what you are missing! First of all, it's 60 degrees out in "winter" instead of 15 with wind chill, and all the traffic laws are bike friendly. And there are miles and miles of winding, rolling roads with no traffic on them once you ride over the Golden Gate bridge and out of the city.

So how is everyone's winter training going? I am lifting a lot, and just starting to get back on the bike quite a bit. I'm doing some new stuff (for me) with a power phase in the weight room, a bit of plyometrics, and even some power work on the bike. It would seem early for that yes, but I listen to my coach.

Shirt, when do I get to race against you?
re: I am no longer the RockyMountainRacer!No_sprint
Dec 3, 2003 9:34 AM
You going to travel a bit South for some races? I occasionally travel up your way to do some racing. Allervite is up in shirts area I think. We rode several months back. I haven't seen him around in a while.

Check out the Cat's Hill crit.
Dec 3, 2003 10:01 AM
Do people ussually have a 27 tooth rear cog on for this thing or what? This just sounds nasty:

The Nicholson Avenue hill (Cat's Hill) is a gut-wrenching 23% climb. A "wall" in bikie parlance. Being in the right gear and exactly in gear are critical. Once you are onto the hill, there is no chance to correct a sloppy shift. The hill is so steep that it's nearly impossible to change gears once you've started climbing. When you hit the hill, you are committed to climb in whatever gear you're in. You'll find several riders stopping each lap because of missed shifts or thrown chains on this hill. Even if the riders don't have problems with the shift, they still have to make it to the top, 100 meters away. Knowing that they have to do it many more times doesn't help.
don't know if you found it, but this site is very handy hereDougSloan
Dec 3, 2003 10:03 AM
I dunno, my wife is really fat right nowshirt
Dec 3, 2003 11:37 AM
Although that's probably because she's due in March. I may try to get in a few races early in the season, but I'll be out of commission for a year or so afterwards. Some good early races:

- Cherry Pie Crit
- Patterson RR
- Snelling RR
- Merced Crit

See the ncnca site Doug referred to below; lots of good resources there.

If you want a killer Sat morning workout, try the House of Pain in east bay. You'll get more than a handful of Cat-1s and Postal masters dudes out for that, and they tend not to lose too much conditioning in the Winter. Bastards.

If you ever want to slink up to Redding, we have a pretty strong group up here that does a Sat morning ride. I rarely see Allervite there, but we've got our group of Cat-2s and ex-pros that can put the hurt on even now. Be forewarned that it's less temperate up here than the bay area! However, if you think the roads and traffic are good in Marin, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven when you ride up here (minus the driving rain, of course.)

Hey RMRThe Human G-Nome
Dec 3, 2003 2:29 PM
you should change your handle to WestBayRacer. if you don't mind slumming it with a bunch of 4s and 5s, you're welcome to ride with my team anytime. a few of us are doing a rain ride on Saturday, about 60 miles to Nicassio out and back. We're meeting at CityCycle at 8:45am on Union/Steiner if you're interested. Also, we have rides all the time and I can show you some great routes. See or email me at

have fun and welcome to cycling paradise! (actually, we may ride Paradise Loop on Saturday instead of Nicassio)

Hey RMRRockyMountainRacer
Dec 4, 2003 7:32 AM
That's pretty funny because I had already planned to go on that City Cycles ride. I live just down the hill from them and had to take my bike there to get it fixed as it was damaged in shipping (I hate you UPS), so that's how I found out about their rides.

Look for a little guy on a blue Cannondale CAAD 4. I probably won't be there if it is raining though because all my rain gear is still in storage along with most of my stuff--I'll hopefully get it all delivered this weekend.
updateThe Human G-Nome
Dec 4, 2003 3:17 PM
I won't be there on Saturday either now. chain disintegrated on a night ride out to Stinson Beach last night. had to get picked up the girlfriend in Sausalito at 10pm. yikes. i will be on a ride that leaves the bridge at 10am on Sunday though. plus, i'll probably be at CityCycle the following week so i'll look out for a little guy who's kicking everyone's arse. i ride a blue Ciocc and wear a MET helmet. see ya on a ride soon!

I recommend Seaotter!!853
Dec 3, 2003 2:48 PM
I've been going up there for a couple of years.
This time I'm doing both the Circuit race and the Mtb Race.
One of the funnest weekends of the year.
Already scheduled for my first peak! (nm)RockyMountainRacer
Dec 4, 2003 7:28 AM
Flowers in your hair yet?char
Dec 3, 2003 7:06 PM
First race is New Year's Day, San Bruno Hill Climb, right in your back yard just south of you.
I saw your girlie Saturdaytriple shot espresso
Dec 8, 2003 4:05 PM
at the cross race. Are you guys no longer hooked up?

Congrats on the move. If you have to leave Colorado you went to the only place in this country that I would want to move to.

BTW, it's been snowing all day and it looks to be cold and snowy the rest of the week into the weekend. By By base.
I saw your girlie SaturdayRockyMountainRacer
Dec 9, 2003 12:54 PM
Yeah, we're not really hooked up anymore since I'm out here and she's out there, but we're keeping in touch. She's having fun with that 'cross thing.

Cold and snowy eh? Well, it wasn't so good here over the weekend either, only 65 and sunny on Sunday. :)