Ride Recap – HCC BBC Joint Saturday Ride 02/21/2015 – Glenn Fondo

Ride recap by Chris B.
Photos by Chris B. and Raul Ruiz

What’s up HCC!

This past Saturday in a joint ride with our sister club the Benicia Bike Club the HCC had its first Gran Fondo route. Starting in American Canyon going all the way to Calistoga and back.


We had a big group meet at Shenandoah park and the weather again did not disappoint with a lovely mild cool morning start in American Canyon which turned into a warm spring like day in Napa/Calistoga


The group of 21 departed at about 8:20am from the park towards Napa. It was a nice easy warm up pace through American Canyon.


The group would break into two groups with a faster A group and a more moderate pace B group. As the groups hit the Silverado Trail the pace would quicken with the groups being graced with a tailwind resulting in a hammer fest until Calistoga.




The A group made it to Calistoga in just over and hour with a non stop 38 mile effort taking turns pulling averaging over 20mph. The B group were no slouches either getting in about 25 minutes after the A group.


After the blistering pace of the first half of the ride it was time for a nice break with a stop at the local Cafe for sandwiches and coffee.


After recharging it was time to head back. The group departed Calistoga at a nice medium pace.

As we hit the Silverado Trail again, the pace would quicken despite a head wind. The group again would break in two groups. On one of the regroup stops, we linked up with a local rider named Chris and he organized us into a rotating pace line which had us moving fast through the headwind for a quick return to American Canyon.


It was another wonderful weekend ride for the HCC! Thanks to everyone at the BBC who came and made it fun fast ride!!

Next week we head back to hills with a climbers delight type ride. See you at the next ride HCC cheers!!

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