Ride Recap: HCC Dynamite A/B Ride 08/20/2016

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DyNoMite! HCC!!

We had a great dynamite ride this past Saturday with some explosive performance from some of our guys in segments that make it fun and exciting for all us!

We have Bradley joining on the ride today, proudly wearing his new HCC jersey.  Great to have you on the ride Bradley and we hope to see you on the next club rides!  We also had Mr Kenny Leduc not only joining us on the ride, but also delivering our Skratch nutrition order, thanks again Kenny, we appreciate it!  Please visit www.norcalspinners.com for all your cycling needs!

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Like most summer mornings in Norcal, the day started out overcast and cool.  There was 9 of us that rolled out of Refugio Valley Park at approximately 8:10am.  Everyone started out with a nice and easy pace rolling through Rodeo.  We had Mario leading the way up Cummings Skyway with Bradley and Brian following behind.   We met up Mr Youtube, Joey aka Joe Bro at the top of Franklin Canyon, where we did a short regroup.

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Coming down Franklin was fast and furious.  Mario and I led the charge down this road as we switched up in the front and blaze down to Alhambra.  The others were not far behind as they speeded through this segment as well.

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The group rolled through Alhambra Valley headed for the Pig Farm hill.  I stayed in the back of the pack, but if I was to guess it was Joey and Mario in the front with the rest of the gang not far behind.  The group kept a conversational pace.  Chris B. and I stayed in the back and took it nice and easy.  On this Dynamite ride, the first thing you think about once you get close to the Pig Farm Hill is, “darn, we still have the bears after this” lol, I’m pretty sure this crosses everyones mind at that point of the route.  But anyhow, all is well after you climb the hill and you tell yourself, “its not so bad, not bad at all”.

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The group then proceeded to do the bears.  It was nice and sunny at this point, but the cool breeze kept the temperature mild.

After we took a nice 15 minute break at bear creek and SPDR, we parted ways with Joe Bro as he headed for Walnut Creek and the group back to Hercules.

We had a nice formation to start at SPDR, Mario and I were riding side by side, then he turns and tells me “I’ll go in front” and once he got in front, I hear Kenny in the back “Chooo! Choo!” to signal and start the “pain train”!  It was a nice explosive pace down SPDR, with Kenny taking the sprint finish to Castro Ranch!  Nice work Kenny!

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After the regroup at Castro Ranch, we headed for East Bay Coffee!  The group enjoyed a nice cup of coffee, bagel, and some snacks while catching up with each other.  It was nice pit stop at the end of the ride as always.

Next week, we have a short 31 mile ride, the Miner Rd Short Loop!  We also have HCC’s 3rd Anniversary Potluck BBQ!  We hope y’all can make it!!  See you guys then!

 

 

Hercules Cycling Club’s 3rd Year Anniversary Potluck BBQ!

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What’s up HCC!

Please help us in celebrating our club’s three year anniversary! We are inviting all our members and their families to join us in our Potluck BBQ at Refugio Valley Park on the 28th of August. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Details below!

When: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Where: Refugio Valley Park – 1363 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Food: We would like to ask each member to bring a dish they would like to share or meat that you would like to throw on the grill.
Drinks: Provided by HCC
Plates/Utensils/cups: Provided by HCC
BBQ Condiments: HCC will provide some condiments, but please bring some too!
Ice: HCC will provide some ice, but please feel free to bring some as well!
Note: Bring your own lawn chairs and sit in comfort!

Click Here to RSVP

HCC Saturday Ride – 08/27/2016 – Miner Road Short Loop

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When: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: Meet at 7:45 am
Where: Refugio Valley Park – 1363 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA
Roll out at 8:00 am
Distance: 30 miles
Elevation: 1994 FT
Ride Rating: T/3DYN/30 (Refer to HCC Route Rating System on Strava or Facebook)
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: Strava **Please print out the Cue Sheet if needed**

HCC on Strava http://www.strava.com/clubs/HerculesCyclingClub

HCC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/430731727033628/

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!

HCC Saturday Ride – 08/20/2016 – Dynamite A / B Group Ride

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What’s up HCC,

This is tentatively the “monthly drop ride” but not really since you can fall back on the B group. But the “A” group will drop you for sure. This is what we call “Dynamite ride” our version of the HOP ride. Both groups will start at the same time. The “A” group will go at a fast pace with no regroups, while B sweeps from behind carrying a moderate pace. Hope you guys can make it! Who wants to go fast?!?

When: SATURDAY, August 20, 2016
Time: Meet at 7:45 am
Where: Refugio Valley Park – 1363 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA
Roll out at 8:00 am
Distance: 40 miles
Elevation: 3272 FT
Ride Rating: T-MB/4DYN/40 (Refer to HCC Route Rating System on Strava or Facebook)
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: Strava **Please print out the Cue Sheet if needed**

HCC on Strava:

HCC on Facebook:

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!

Ride Recap – HCC B2B Ride 08/13/2016

 

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What’s up HCC!

It was a nice relaxing ride this past Saturday.  The morning started out overcast and cool as 7 riders trickled in the parking lot of Refugio Valley Park.  We had one new rider joining us, John, welcome to HCC!  John heard about our club through a group ride with The Pedler.  He was looking to ride with a faster group, so one of the people he was riding with recommended HCC!  Welcome to our club John!!  We hope you enjoyed the ride and look forward to riding with you on our scheduled rides ahead.

The group rolled out of the park at about 8:10am headed for Vallejo.  The group carried a nice moderate pace and stayed intact for the most part being a smaller group.  Ken, John, and Chris  were out in the front end and myself, Bochie, Mike, and Steve trailing behind.

We took a quick bathroom break at Benicia State Park before proceeding with the route.  We saw one of our own, Joel also from FilAm Tri  on his way out for his solo ride.  Good seeing you on the road Joel!

We crossed Benicia Bridge and proceeded to Martinez to take  our usual coffee stop, States Coffee.  Most of us enjoyed a nice cup of joe and refueled on some nutrition while catching up on some conversation.

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The group proceeded on the Carquinez Scenic Strait.  By this time the sun was out and it was absolutely beautiful riding.  We just took a nice relaxed pace up and down the rolling hills as we made our way back to Hercules.

I’m happy to report that everyone made it back safely!  Thanks again to everyone that came out to ride!  Next week, we have the Dynamite ride A/B group.  We hope y’all can make  it!  Don’t miss out!

 

 

Ride Recap: Marin Century 2016

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What’s up HCC!

We had a fantastic time riding in the Marin Century this past Saturday.  There was about a dozen of us HCC members doing either the metric century, traditional, or the double.  It was still dark outside as riders trickled into the parking lot of the Marin Fairgrounds at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael.

We had a few early birds who started while it was still dark, Darren, Bochie, and Arnold rolled out before 6am.  Darren was doing the 200k and wanted to make sure he got back at a good time. Bochie and Arnold started early so they can take it nice and easy the whole way and take their time and still get back at a decent time.

I pulled into the parking lot and I was spotted easily by Steve who got there at the same time, 5:40am. We then saw Andy, Rena, and Litto, pulling up after a few minutes.   Steve and I  headed over to the Start line to get our bags checked and get situated.

We saw Ronald D. and Jeff W. getting their registration straightened out.  We also had Litto, “the young one” who had a problem with his bike, he was able to get it sorted out and drafted off some fast riders to meet up Andy and Rena at the 1st rest stop.   Andy also reported seeing Mario flying over “the big rock” going super fast!!

We also had Mr Max Noda joining us!  Great to see and ride with you sir!  It was a total surprise as I saw another rider in an HCC kit, last time Max rode with us was close to a year ago.  Definitely great catching up with you sir!

There was 8 of us at the start line at 6:40am, took a quick group shot and went on our way to cross the start line and start the epic journey.

We had Chris B., Brian, Steve, Max, Chris A. and Myself doing the traditional route, except for Chris A. who did the 200K.   It was overcast and mildly cool which really helped out in keeping us fresh.  Our group rolled out nice and easy to a comfortable 15mph average pace.  After the climb to “the big rock” it was a nice descent down the hill.  Max and Chris A. went ahead after that segment to go at their own pace and timing.

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Steve, Chris B., Brian, and I stayed intact to proceed with the route. We kept a nice mild pace, groups would come zooming by and it was definitely tempting to go at a faster pace, but we all kept it pretty disciplined and maintained our Zone 2 pace.

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As we came to the 2nd stop, we saw Max and Chris A for a hot second as they were on their way out as we were getting in.  We loaded up on some nutrition.  We absolutely love the spread, aussie bites, brownie bites, fruits, cookies, granola bars, cliff bars, cliff bloks, Red Bulls, Harmless Coconut Water, and the list goes on!  We all drank a can of Red Bull to replenish our Taurine levels and B vitamins.

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We proceeded with the route headed for the 3rd stop.  The segments included mostly rolling hills and a few short steep sections, but nothing scary.  A couple of miles before we got to the 3rd stop, we caught up with Bochie and Arnold who looks like they are still fresh!  Arnold of course, always seems like he just drank 10 Red Bulls, he is just naturally excited about everything.

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We got to the 3rd stop and saw James T, Jeff W, and Wilbur from Agila.  We again refueled on some nice food offerings and drank a can of Red Bull to wash it all down!

We then proceeded to head towards the Marshall Wall.  It was nice and overcast until we started to climb the wall.  The climb wasn’t that hard, but at this point of the ride, we really needed to pace ourselves.  The descent down was a different story, I actually liked the climb better, as you can really go dangerously fast on that descent.

The 4th stop was at the bottom of the hill. At this point, I can’t drink anymore Red Bull and drank an orange flavored Sanpellegrino and consumed some high sugar treats.

After the 4th stop, the way back to the finish was rolling hills and a nice short climb back up “the big rock” and descend down back to San Rafael.

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I got to the finish line at 2:36pm and as I entered the expo, saw Max already eating his dessert, a haagen dazs bar.  The rest of the guys trickled in shortly as we enjoyed the post ride meal and beer.  The post ride meal is freaking awesome!  They had salad, pizza, ribs, chicken, beans, buttered corn, burritos, gelato, haagen dazs, beer, and assorted beverages.  I love this ride!  We then shared stories of ass cramps, fatigue, and other bodily pain we endured on the last 25 miles before the finish.

Congratulations to all the finishers!!  It was great riding with you all.  Thanks to Andy M. for coordinating the proper routes to get us prepared for this century!  I actually think the Marin routes we did was more difficult!  lol.

This coming Saturday, we are going to take it easy with our Bridge to Bridge ride!  Hope y’all can make it!

 

 

 

 

HCC Saturday Ride – 08/13/2016 – Bridge to Bridge – Carquinez Scenic Loop

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What’s up HCC!

Time to take it easy y’all after the Marin Century. Come out and ride! Hope to see y’all then!

When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: Meet at 7:45 am
Where: Refugio Valley Park – 1363 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA
Roll out at 8:00 am
Distance: 33 miles
Elevation: 2435 FT
Ride Rating: T/3DYN/33 (Refer to HCC Route Rating System on Strava or Facebook)
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: Strava **Please print out the Cue Sheet if needed**

HCC on Strava http://www.strava.com/clubs/HerculesCyclingClub

HCC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/430731727033628/

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!

HCC Saturday Ride – 08/06/2016 – Marin Century

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When: Saturday, August 06, 2016
Time: Meet at 6:00am
Where:  Marin County Fairgrounds
Roll out at 6:30 am
Distance: 107 miles
Elevation: 7000 FT
Ride Rating: T/4DYN/107 (Refer to HCC Route Rating System on Strava or Facebook)
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: Marin Century Traditional 107 Miles

HCC on Strava http://www.strava.com/clubs/HerculesCyclingClub

HCC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/430731727033628/

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!

HCC Saturday Ride – 07/30/2016 – Bridge to Bridge – Carquinez Scenic Loop

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What’s up HCC!

Time to take it easy y’all. Come out and ride! #rideyourbike Hope to see y’all then!

When: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: Meet at 7:45 am
Where: Refugio Valley Park – 1363 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA
Roll out at 8:00 am
Distance: 33 miles
Elevation: 2435 FT
Ride Rating: T/3DYN/33 (Refer to HCC Route Rating System on Strava or Facebook)
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: Strava **Please print out the Cue Sheet if needed**

HCC on Strava http://www.strava.com/clubs/HerculesCyclingClub

HCC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/430731727033628/

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!

Ride Recap: HCC Saturday Ride – 07/16/2016 – Gran Fondo Marshall Loop

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What’s up HCC!

We had an epic grand fondo this past Saturday climbing up the “Marshall Wall”, Highway 1 to Stinson and up Panoramic that totaled 80 miles and 5800 ft of climbing.  Thanks again to Andy for adding this route to get our members prepared to take on the Marin Century coming up on the first week of August!

The morning started out cool, overcast, and a little misty as we met up at Mt Tamalpais High School.  The roll out was supposed to be at 7:30am, but, we ended up leaving the parking lot closer to 8am.  There was 15 of us that rolled out at approximately 7:55am, Brian H. was running a little late, so he ended up meeting us on the route.

The group started out with a nice and easy pace.  We had Joey, Mario, and Roger in the front to lead the charge.  Ben and Bob’s friend, Jepoy had a mechanical issue early on the ride and the three decided to bow out since they all rode together in the same car.  Sorry y’all missed out, but we hope Jepoy’s bike got fixed!

We took a short bathroom break in Fairfax before continuing with the route.  The group didn’t stay intact as, Joey, Mario, and Roger was on the A pace and the rest of the group broke up in smaller groups with the pace they are comfortable with.  I was riding with Israel, a friend of Mayo through Nicasio Valley to our first stop on Mile 19 where we met up Mario and Roger.  Joey proceeded with the route and will not be seen for the rest of the ride.  Good seeing you for a hot second Joey!

Brian on the chase, nearly missed us as Roger showcased his vocal pipes and hollered at Brian as he was speeding through and almost missed the regroup point.

The group then headed for the city of Marshall.  While most of us climbed the Marshall Wall and had a great lunch at the Marshall store with great sandwiches, clam chowder, ginger beer, and fantastic weather and views, a few riders, Mayo, Bochie, and Ronald got separated on Nicasio Valley and took the wrong turn that led them to Olema.  They had to back track a bit to meet us along highway 1.

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Highway 1 heading for Stinson was a bit of a challenge as we got pounded and pummeled with strong headwinds going through the rolling hills.  Mario, Arnel, and I did 1 minute pulls going at a moderate pace all the way to Stinson that helped out a lot in keeping us fatigued.

Once we got to Stinson, Mario quickly grabbed a Coke from the store and a Red Bull for me (thanks Mario!) to give us the sugar and caffeine rush and help us with the last big climb on Panoramic.

Since Stinson was overcast and cold, most of us didn’t want to get cold and stiff, so it was a quick break and we headed up the mountain.  Panoramic is not a hard climb, but when you have a big climb at the end of a fondo, its tough!

The climb was rewarded with not only majestic views of the coast but also a thrilling descent back down to Mt Tam High School.

I’m happy to report that everyone made it back safely!  Thanks again to all that came out to ride!  Good to see James Tolosa and Arnel back in the mix!  Also welcome Israel to HCC!  We hope you enjoyed the ride!  We look forward to riding with you again soon.

Next weekend, we have another challenging ride to conclude our training efforts for the Marin Century.  We have Hercules to Mt. Diablo and back which is an 82 mile ride and 6600 ft of climbing.  So get your visa approved and honey do list done because its going to be an epic day.  We hope y’all can make it!

HCC Saturday Ride – 07/23/2016 – Hercules to Mt Diablo

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When: SATURDAY, July 23, 2016
Time: Meet at 6:45 am
Where: Refugio Valley Park – 1363 Refugio Valley Rd Hercules CA
Roll out at 7:00 am
Distance: 82 miles
Elevation: 6663 FT
Ride Rating: T-M/4DYN/82 (Refer to HCC Route Rating System on Strava or Facebook)
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: Strava **Please print out the Cue Sheet if needed**

HCC on Strava:

HCC on Facebook:

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!

HCC Saturday Ride – 07/16/2016 – Strava Gran Fondo Marshall Loop

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When: SATURDAY, July 16, 2016
Time: Meet at 7:00am
Where: Tamalpais High School Parking Lot – 700 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA
Roll out at 7:30 am
Distance: 80 miles
Elevation: 5972 FT
Ride Rating: T/4DYN/80 Refer to HCC Ride Rating System
Notes: Bring two water bottles and snacks

HERE IS THE LINK OF THE ROUTE: STRAVA **Please print out the Cue Sheet if needed**

HCC on Strava:

HCC on Facebook:

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT! LET’S GET OUT AND RIDE!