Ride Recap: HCC / PJB Joint Saturday Ride 05/30/2015 – Mines Road – The Junction Out N Back

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Ride Recap by Chris B.

For our end of the month ride this Saturday, we had a great ride lined up. A joint ride with our good friends the Padjak Boys of Alameda. The route would takes us through the Livermore Valley via the challenging Mines Rd.

The group met up at the Robertson Park Softball Fields on a chilly overcast day early around 7:20am after a quick meet and greet the group got rolling around 7:45am.

It was a very moderate warm up 3 mile social pace at the beginning of Mines rd.. As we reached our first climb the group would break up with Gil, Mario, and Ron leading the way, as this was a very challenging 3 mile climb with pitches of 15% mixed in.

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We regrouped at the summit for a quick break after the challenging climb. With the weather warming up, we would get back on the road again breaking into a fast group and mellow group with Gil, Mario and Ron leading the way again.

We would regroup one more time at the halfway point, for a quick refuel and chat. Then we got on are way to Junction, which would be 15 mile stretch of rolling hills and nice short climb and descent to the Junction. We made great time, as we got there before the Junction store opened.

We were left debating if we should head to the Cal Fire station for water. Luckily a local showed up and entered the store front, which confirmed someone was there. Andy was able to talk to the owners and they allowed us to fill our water bottles!! Thank goodness as the weather was warming up to the mid 80’s according to our garmin’s.

After the refill of bottles and snacks it was time to make are way back, the same way we came. A short climb out from the Junction, the group formed a pace line for half of the return home as it was mostly down hill from there. Then breaking into smaller groups. With a regroup at the bottom of Mines Rd it was a nice cool down pace as we returned to the cars!! Also a big thanks to Colin a new rider with the PJB’s for the group ice cold gator aid bottles!!

It was great to ride with the PJB’s again and you couldn’t of asked for a better day out in Livermore. We ended the day at the local In and Out for burger, fries, and of course cokes! Thanks to all that came out to ride!!

Next week we have the Napa High Five route!! Get you climbing legs ready HCC!!

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