Ride Recap: HCC Saturday Ride – 12/20/2014 – Hercules to Bay Bridge via Berkeley Hills

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What’s up HCC!

We had a wet, dirty, and fun time on this route!  We had 24 riders to start that rolled out of Hercules.  It was overcast and gloomy but it there was no rain!  But the roads were very much wet from the rain earlier that morning.

We had one new rider today visiting from Tanzania, welcome Richard to HCC!!

The group stayed together up Wildcat to Inspiration Point where Drew and Norman decided to turn back due to time constraints.

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We had one rider take a fall, Bob’s chain dropped and then hit a pot hole :/  Thankfully, Bob was okay, but his bike sustained some minor scratches.  Bob unscathed from his fall, managed to keep rolling on to finish the ride.

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As we descended down the hill to Albany, we stopped at  Tay Tah Cafe, Andy’s coffee stop pick, which was awesome.  The Baristas at the cafe were very happy to see our group stop in as the guys got there hot beverage fix and pastries.

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As we kept rolling towards the Bay Bridge, it was tough to keep the group in tact due to the stop lights rolling through the city.  Also with the wet roads, it was tough to see the glass or debris that resulted in several flat tires during the course of the ride.

The group made it to the Bay Bridge and took a short break to take pictures, hydrate, and refuel on nutrition.

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The ride back was an easy flat ride, but the group was slowed down by not only traffic lights and stop signs but also more flat tires.

As we rolled through the Ohlone Greenway trail under the Bart tracks, Kenny mentioned, “it’s like doing intervals” as we did a “stop & go” on the way to San Pablo Dam Rd.

We are happy to report that everyone that everyone made it back safely despite the many flat tires.  Thanks again to everyone who came out to ride  and braved the wet roads!  Clean your bike good!!  It’s a pain in the butt to clean a bike for 2 hours, but it’s a must.

Next week’s ride is the Miner Rd Loop, hopefully dry roads by then!  Hope y’all can make it!  Don’t miss out on another great ride!

 

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