PART ONE: Rides.
Backyard Blam at the Lumberyard
NAHBS 2012 - Sacramento
What did I like about NAHBS last year? The fact that we took our bikes and rode them every single day. Sure, there were people there setting up their booths and tearing down their booths and borrowing nails to build their booths, but not us. I was pleasantly surprised by the Sacramento area as well. And you cannot go wrong when your riding with SR, CD, Clint and Slate. Throw in a Gary Fisher or two (or just one) and it makes for a good time. I've never ridden with the do-rag man himself before, but I have to say ol Gare-Bear was pretty awesome and happy to talk about anything and everything. I hope to meet up with him on a ride again some day.
Sacramento doesn't have too much to offer by the way of terrain, however, it was still awesome. Great bike paths though. This was more about the company than it is about the actual riding spots themselves.
Otto Miller Wednesday's
Dan Action Cross Country Kickoff
Lunch Ride with Blick & Midnight LA Ride
Pretty much anytime that you ride with Blick you can bet that you're going to have a good time. The lunch ride that the guys over at Oakley do is part of the Olympic Road Race course from the 80's. No big deal. But Blick knows every inch of the course, so it makes it that much more fun. "This is where Grewal took the illegal feed." "Over here is where Phinney made one final push." And in a side note: "this is where Tom Danielson crashed on a lunch ride just like this one." Lunch Ride: Oakley
Jordan Clark Haggard's (<< awesome photographer) Garmin we posted up the second fastest descent down that thing. In the dark.
St. Jean - France
My parents were staying on a Walnut plantation in the tiniest village of St. Jean in the South of France. Not a bad place to be in the springtime. And while the rain came and went throughout the day Julie and I were still able to get almost 6 hours of riding in on this day. The roads up and over the mountain narrowed to a point where you were able to visualize the cart paths that had been here a few years earlier and apparently the Tour de France passes by quite near. We headed out without a plan and found some truly amazing roads with no one else one them. Fantastic day. In fact, maybe one of the best ever...
Well, that gets us into...uh...May. Leaving a whole bunch more rides for the next round of things including a junior stage race, the tour of California, Colorado a few times and many more...