OYJ Two Bridges – Three Counties 2010

Tested out a new route that heads north from Oakland and heads over the Carquinez Bridge returning via the Benicia Bridge. Despite getting lost and having to backtrack up a hill, which always sucks, it was a great ride.
Encountering the wholly unexpected 18% climb of Magazine Street was a shock to the system and sucked some the life out of my legs. The section of the Bay Trail along the shores of Benicia was particularly nice. I had never been to downtown Benicia and was surprised to find such a quaint downtown.
The section following the Benecia Bridge to the finish at Pleasant Hill BART was seriously onerous, but the weather held up and we didn’t see even a single rain drop. Not a bad day in the saddle.
Miles: 55.53 mi
Ride Time: 4:00:39
MPH: 13.8 mph
Max Speed: 35.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,024 ft
Flats: 0
More detailed ride stats here:

Here’s the route map:

2010 Cycling Goals

Waves to Wine 2009
My goals for the coming year are fairly modest. I just want a slight increase on what I did last year.

  1. Ride 3500 miles
  2. Ride 6 centuries/100+ mile events
  3. Raise $1500 for MS and Diabetes
  4. Less than 3 flats
  5. Climb Claremont Avenue without stopping
  6. Get a bike for Raquel and train her up to ride the MS Waves to Wine in September
  7. Redesign the Oakland Yellowjackets website

(1) I’m already signed up for The Wildflower Century in Chico, the Tour de Cure in Napa and the MS Waves to Wine in Marin/Sonoma. Baring a scheduling conflict, I’ll ride the Yellowjackets Pacifica-Monterey as well. So I’ll just need to find two more 100 milers. No problem.
(2) Rode about 3000 last year, so this shouldn’t be a huge deal. It’s less only 67 miles a week. Easily doable.
(3) Just slightly more than I did last year. I have faith in my network that I can get this done again. Even easier if the economy continues to improve. (Only 116 days til the start of the Tour de Cure – donate now and beat the crowd!)
(4) There’s a matter of luck here, but if I take care of my tires and keep an eye on the road, I should manage this one. Only had one in 2009, but have to be realistic.
(5) The hardest, without a doubt, is going to be Claremont. I’ve tried it a few times in the past and made it to the fire road when my heart felt like it was going to pound through my sternum and had to stop. I’ll need to totally overhaul my cardiovascular fitness to check that one off the list.
(6 & 7) The last two are going to be tricky because I’m not the only person involved. But both can and will be done.

2009 Year in Cycling

Andrew in Hermosa
2009 is in the books. I recorded 2,812.39 miles on my Garmin. I actually rode much more—there were a couple of rides where I didn’t start recording or that didn’t record at all, most notably the century I rode in the wine country. I was helped by not working for a good part of the year, but then again, I didn’t get on the bike til February 21st, was in Brazil for a month in May and June and only had one ride in December. So around 3K miles is not bad.
Remarkably, I only had one puncture in all those miles, on a flat recovery ride in Alameda. I managed more than 400 miles in a single month (April), which was huge. I only rode three centuries, which was down from 5 in 2008. I hope to break that mark this year. I raised more than 1200 bucks for diabetes and MS research. And I took over as webmaster for my cycling club, the Oakland Yellowjackets.
All in all, it was a pretty good year.

New Year's Day Ride

Wasn’t planning on a very long ride. I just wanted to start 2010 off and stretch my legs a little. The route went up north from my place in Emeryville, headed into the Berkeley hills on Spruce and returned on Grizzly Peak and white knuckle descent of Centennial above the UC Berkeley campus. My fitness is pretty weak at this point, but I’m much better off than I was last year.
Miles: 12.97 mi
Ride Time: 1:03:22
MPH: 12.3 mph
Max Speed: 32.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,265 ft
Flats: 0
More detailed ride stats here:

Here’s the route map: