Ride Recap: HCC Saturday Ride 05/16/2015 – SPDR- Moraga – Pinehurst – GP – Arlington Loop

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What’s up HCC!

Another epic riding in our backyard! The morning from Hercules until nearly the end of the ride was overcast and cold. We had 6 riders rolling out of Starbucks Hercules headed for Moraga. We carried a nice “conversation pace” for most of the ride, we only tend to keep quiet during the big climbs 🙂 Sean Co met up with us along San Pablo Dam Rd right before Bear Creek to make it 7 riders to continue on to our first stop at Si Si’s Cafe. It was great to ride with you again Sean!

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As we were chillin at Si Si’s and catching up in conversation, other HCC riders, Jerry, Adrian, and Morel pulled into the cafe. They were just doing a shorter route, but its great to see them out and about. We hurried and finished our coffee and snacks as we had still a ways to go.

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The group proceeded headed for Pinehurst with Andy and Sean Leading in the front, we stayed intact until the climb where we were stretched out, but not too far apart. Sean, Ken, and I was riding at a brisk pace up Pinehurst. It wasn’t a super long climb, but has to be my longest so far this year. A nice lung burner, great climb!

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We continued on after a short regroup at the top of Pinehurst and headed for the Steam Trains for our next short break. I got a text from Adrian saying that they saw Mario at Si Si’s Cafe and was going to try to catch up with us! As we waited at the Steam Trains, there was no sign of Mario, so we decided to roll out because it was getting cold! But right as we were about to leave the Steam Train area, Mario appears thru the fog!

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With 8 riders now, continued on to GP and Arlington! It was absolutely freezing at GP! It was so cold, you can taste it.

 

Going thru the Arlington rollers was fun and the sun finally came out to give us some warmth! Sean broke off at the bottom of Arlington to head home and the rest of us headed back to Hercules thru Appian and down Sarah Dr.

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Overall it was an awesome ride! I’m happy to report that we all got back safe! Thanks again to everyone who came out to ride! Next week, we have Calaveras – Sierra Rd Loop! Hope to ride with y’all then! Have a great week!

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