RIDE RECAP: HCC SATURDAY RIDE 05/31/2014 1/2 El Toyonal – Grizzly Peak – Moraga

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Happy Cycling Saturday HCC!!!

What a great ride today! The morning started out overcast and a little cold. There was 14 riders that rolled out of Hercules at about 7:20 am. Welcome Chris Malonzo to HCC!! Glad you were able to make it on the ride! We Look forward to seeing you on our weekly rides.

Back to the Recap, we carried a social pace going through Pinole and Castro Ranch as the guys catch up on bike talk. On SPDR is always a different story though, we carried a good pace line. With Jaime, Archie, Chris and I switching in the front.

Up on to Wildcat and to El Toyonal and Lomas Cantadas where it hurt so good, you want to do it again and do intervals??! Yeah, right! A great hill to climb indeed, topping out at 22% Everyone felt accomplished afterwards conquering El Toyonal and Lomas Cantadas 🙂

After that painfull hill climb, everything else felt easy on the ride. We were met with thrilling descents on Skyline and Redwood.

Our kits stood out again today as people asked “where we were from?” or “what does HCC stand for?” Getting the word out on HCC y’all!

We continued on a speedy pace on the way home on SPDR, Castro Ranch, and Pinole Valley. Lastly we rewarded ourselves at Eastbay Coffee with some pastries and caffeine. Bill, the owner hooked us up with complimentary shots of espresso to thank us for swinging by. Shout outs to the crew over there, Bill, Shane, Trent, & Billy! If you haven’t tried this place, you must, great place!

Also, Jaime Madrigal is our new HCC Treasurer! Hats of to you sir, and thank you for taking on a great responsibility. Once Jaime sets up our HCC Paypal account, we would like to ask our members for a $5 – $10 donation to help finance our club expenses (website, USA Cycling registration, BBQ’s, and other club events). Thank you in advance to everyone help on this matter. We will never have membership fees. We will only ask for donations when needed. We ride for free 🙂

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Thanks again to everyone who came out to ride today! We have a great ride next week, Alpine Dam Short Loop – don’t miss out on this beautiful Marin ride. We hope to se y’all there!

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  • Bochie

    Thanks to another great route Andy!

    • Andy Manuel

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Bochie!