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January 2011
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Hecho en Petaluma
Filed under: general, video
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 7:37 am

Gorgeous footage of Sean Walling building one up in Petaluma.

FROM STEEL: The Making of a Soulcraft from michael evans on Vimeo.

Viva La Soulcraft!

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San Francisco Randonneurs Schedule
Filed under: general, brevets
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 9:27 am

In the cold of Bay Area January, the rides begin - the San Francisco Randonneurs 2011 brevet schedule is online at: http://sfrandonneurs.org/home.htm

I’ve been a member for a few years now, and have nicked the “Lighthouse 200″ three times. (It’s listed ast the “Point Reyes 200K” on the schedule below. (Reports)  It’s a grand ride, and remains a excitement-causing/daunting challenge when I consider it.  Unfortunately, a current work project which began in earnest during December has prevented the mileage necessary to consider it, so I won’t be toeing the line when the 2011 season fires up on January 22nd.

As this is a PBP year, folks will be coming out of the woodwork to qualify, so if you’ve been thinking about giving this odd and challenging discipline a try, you should get on it for this ride.   The Lighthouse 200K is the only SFR ride which imposes a rider
limit (due to NPS rules) and while it isn’t full yet, it more than likely will fill up
before the date.

Registration can be done online or via paper/mail: http://sfrandonneurs.org/registration.htm

The calendar below is just the start. We are in the planning
stages to add four more events for 2011, two of which will be at the
100km Populaire distance - a great way to get a sense of how brevets run over a shorter course (Proposed Populaire dates under discussion are in late
June and in October. Check the SFR website soon for exact dates.)

2011 Schedule

Distance Date Start Time Time Limit
Point Reyes 200k Sat, 01/22/2011 7:00 AM 13.5 hours
2 Rock/Valley Ford 200k Sat, 02/12/2011 7:00 AM 13.5 hours
Russian River 300k Sat, 02/26/2011 6:00 AM 20 hours
Healdsburg/Hopland 400k Sat, 04/09/2011 6:00 AM 27 hours
Fleche (360k +) Thu, 04/21/2011 * 8:00 AM 24 hours
Ft. Bragg 600k Sat, 05/07/2011 6:00 AM 40 hours
Davis Night 200k Sat, 06/04/2011 8:00 PM 13.5 hours
TBA 200k Sat, 08/06/2011 7:00 AM 13.5 hours
Winters 200k Sat, 10/08/2011 7:00 AM 13.5 hours
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December Mileage / Year End Totals
Filed under: mileage, record keeping
Posted by: The Cyclofiend @ 12:18 pm

December went out like a jellyfish.  Busier than heck with one work project (which will be continuing through this month), some nice VO  bookings and rain/recouping on the weekends kept the December (oh yeah! December…. there were some holiday things in there, too.) ride total to precisely 100 miles. 

Not specifically complaining, as it has been a pretty good and steady run this past year, without the severe dips caused by overdoing things and then having to pay the price, healthwise. One curious anomaly was that I actually attended up attending more yoga classes in December than getting rides. 

Another curious bit of statistical coincidence was that I rode 185 days out of the 365 last year and hit exactly the same number of rides in 2010. 

So -
December bikey miles - 100

2010 Total Bike Mileage - 3,868

I’m fine with that total.  Didn’t get hit this year. Didn’t stress at not hitting the 4K mark (a semi-goal for the year).  Down a bit from the 4,131 last year, but considering the increase in time demands,  quite within reason. 

One thing that has occurred to me is what a gift it is to be able to easily and regularly commute by bicycle. My current work project has me running about 35 miles one way to where I need to be - a rideable distance, but a big logistical change from my normal distance.  I may have to go back to “going for a ride” before or after.  It’s been a while since I had to do that, and the habits, steps and momentum needed to get kitted up and out the door are a bit rusty.   Something to work on in the new (well, current) year.

Managed to miss the Grand Opening of the Cal Park Tunnel, but did get to ride through it yesterday.

1100 feet of crisp and clean tunnel retrofit yummyness.

More video -
North End Access
Southern Terminus

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