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38.0 miles, 3,918 ft elevation, 3:03 moving time
On a crisp December morning, the club rode up the backside of GMR. Starting from Sierra Madre, the club picked up a large crew from Encanto Park Duarte, including me. GT changed a flat at the parks while the C group (Haroon) and B group got a head start. We rode up the San Gabriel River Trail bike path into stiff cold head winds. A Group caught us by the first bridge. The dams were still filled with water, but the air is cold and dry. We’re lucky no brush fires are in our area. We rode to East Fork and turned right over the bridge. We re-grouped at the Cafe. The gate closed the Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to cars. It made for a nice quiet ride. There were several rock slide areas which would have been hazardous if we descended down the backside. The scenery was awesome, we ride in and out of the shade. Although the sun was out, it didn’t warm up much and the descent down the front side of GMR was quite chilly. The gate on the front side was also closed to vehicular traffic. Great day for a ride.
Lynda, Bill, Bjoern, George, Sven, Peter, Hank, Bob, Gregg, Jonathan, Rudy, GT, Jerrit, Tyler, Tiffany, Deanna, Haroon, Julie, and Joe.
36.7 miles, 2:09 moving time, 1,240 ft elevation
In the crisp morning air, we met at Sierra Madre. We picked up a few more in Encanto Park in Duarte, by which time it had warmed up just enough for a comfortable ride. We rode down the San Gabriel River Trail to Whitter, then crossed over to the Upper Rio Hondo Trail back to Arcadia. Peter, Sven, and Bjoern got extra credit down the Lower Rio Hondo Trail to the Bridge. We had a nice cup of iced coffee back at Starbucks. Some of the folks who are running tomorrow at the Holiday Half Marathon in Pomona, were saving their legs. It was great to see Michael, Haroon and Johnna back!
Rob, Sven, Bjoern, Lynda, Michael, Peter, GT, Bill, Kirk, Joe. Picked up at Encanto Park: Johnna, Haroon, MikeW.
The Pasadena Triathlon celebrated the End of Year with a party at La Cabanitas in Montrose. We had the whole back room to ourselves. Everyone wore their favorite 2017 finisher’s medal. Excellent margaritas and beers kicked off the night. Dinner included Chicken Mole, Beef Fajitas, Potato Flats, and Chile Rellenos. Four kinds of flan and empanadas for dessert. GT put together a great slide show of all the cool events we did this year. Bob brought in a bunch of raffle prizes from our great sponsors.
81.7 miles, 2,716 ft elevation, 5:08 moving time, 150 strava trophies
What an epic ride! Wahoo. Perfect weather and the riding packs stayed together. Details below.
George, Mike, Peter, Ryan, Danny, Rob, Bryan, Tyler, Lynda, Amy, Bill, GT, Jim, Paul, Bob, Joe, Danny, Kirk, Gregg. (not pictured): Alvin, Dino, Jonathan.
PTC met at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. (ARTIC). We threw a day bag into the U-haul and rode south along the Santa Ana River Trail. Homeless encampments lined the bike path for several miles. The B Group had a long train riding down at a comfortable pace; awesome. It was great to hear Bryan and Lynda spar all the way down. The bike path ended at Pacific Coast Highway PCH in Newport Beach. We regrouped for a short stop. We rode along Balboa Island and crossed the Ferry. The ride along Newport Beach and Laguna Beach was breathtaking. Sparkling beaches. Steep rollers through Dana Point until a coffee stop, where I dropped off my vest and sleeves at the U-haul. The B Group took a Scenic detour through Dana Point, while A Group went straight. We rode along the sand and then the bike path through San Juan Capistrano. The bike route through San Clemente is rolling through residential neighborhoods with lots of turns. The ride through San Onofre is flat and straight along the beach campgrounds. A Group had 5 flats. We caught up and passed them a couple times. We checked in at the Marine Base Camp Pendleton and rode through the base. High clouds cooled us off. We regrouped at the gas station in Oceanside. The ride through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Solana Beach is pretty straight forward. Rollers along the beach and through town. Clouds were rolling in and it cooled off a lot. At Pizza Port, We met the U-haul and dropped off our bikes and changed our clothes. We feasted on pizza and beer and frozen yogurt. Barry and Johnna and Deanna met us at Pizza Port! The Amtrak train was delayed about 45 minutes. So we waited around with more snacks and beer and triathlon chat.
Thanks to Lynda for making all the arrangements! Thanks to Yuri and Lucas who spent the day following us in the U-Haul!
Loading up in Anaheim
PCH in Newport Beach
Balboa Village and ferry ride
Corona Del Mar Beach (Newport Beach)
coffee stop at Dana Point
San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant
Camp Pendleton. Marine Base.
Made it to Solana Beach
U-Haul took our bikes back. Thanks, Yuri and Lucas!
13.1 miles, 2:20 time
On a dark and chilly morning, we drove out to Azusa for the Revel Azusa Canyon Half Marathon 2017. We got a ride to the West Fork of Azusa Canyon. It was a full moon. Last bus to the start was at 5:30am, but we got a ride with Sue and Gregg who were the SAG in the cars for the Half and Full marathon. Door to door service, Thanks SUE and GREGG! There was about 45min freezing wait. It was quite a funny scene with all the space blankets and gloves (from the packet pickup). We started on time at 7am and headed down and up and down and up and down the hill. The aid stations are randomly spaced due to the available turnoff on the road. Miles 1-6 are rollers. 7-10 are steady downhill. 11-13 are flat. The finish line in front of Azusa City hall, which was a mile longer than last year. We saw our buddy Nicole, who volunteers at this race. Rudy and Ryan enjoyed the beer garden, and then we went for some breakfast.
Ryan cleaning up on the beer tickets.
At the cold start, before the sun really came up. Ryan, Rudy, Lynda, Yuri, Bill, and Joe