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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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