Discussion in 'Gravel Grinders' started by Cyclotourist, Oct 23, 2018.
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Something mixed today... state park services still not cleared Chino hills as of yet.
I decided on a bit longer than typical after work ride, worked up the motivation, and got out the door. Not sure what the deal was today, but I was fly-ING!
I got a bunch of PRs on some climbs and flats (took it easy on the DH), added some extra miles I wasn't planning for, took a route I've never been on... wow, it was fun!
I guess this is what this whole thread of mixed-surface riding is about. Having fun on the dirt and the tarmac, not just using it to get to a trailhead. A GREAT time out this evening, that's what's it all about!
I wanted to get in some climbing today so I talked 3 buddies into joining me for a ride up Nate Harrison Grade and down South Grade road from Palomar Mountain. Nate Harrison is a dirt road and South Grade is pavement. South Grade is the usual road route up to Palomar. The climb up was a good one. It’s rated as the #7 most challenging climb in California. An 8.2% average with many spots in the high teens. It’s pretty much up from the get go. The climb is 10.3 miles/ 4,440 feet. Stopped at Mother’s market for a drink and a fresh baked cookie. The descent from the top back to the cars is a blast! Overall a good way to spend Father’s Day. Overall ride was 29 miles, 4,800 feet.
That looks great!!!
Twenty nine miles (I'm rounding up to 30!) and 3,200ft this morning. Started a little after eight, finished at noon. Road up to Crafton, which takes about an hour. Then another hour to go up and over, ending up in Yucaipa Regional Park. Meander through Yucaipa and Calimesa to the dirt, then wide open plateau all the way back to Redlands. Temps were great, some sun at the end. I was not feeling great, and wasn't sure if I could pull this off several points in the ride. But geared down, and spun the last bit to make it happen! Glad I did, as everything came together to make a nice ride!
More of a combo but still a blend so I'll post here. Saturday I did another JRA/Crazy Bear Rountain Bike Challenge. Three segments consisting of road, mountain then road to finish it off.
We started off at the shop and headed out to the Reagan Library then over to Wildwood Park where Xavier from Crazy Bear would be waiting with our MTB's. We did about 12 miles and 1800 feet covering a good portion of the park. This was definitely the toughest segment of the ride.
After that we again met up with Xavier where we'd jump back on our road bikes and head over to JRA for the finish.
It wasn't a race but I had the lowest overall time with 3 hours 24 minutes and change. This one was a lot of fun and it actually kicked my butt. Maybe I should take the challenge part more seriously and not turn it into a race. Looking forward to the next one.
You should toss some Shwalbe G-One's on the Roubaix and not have to change bikes.
I think that's the same ride a friend Robert did. Didn't here about it until his FB post - sounds interesting.
Haha! A couple of the guys had contemplated doing it on their gravel bikes and after the Wildwood section they were glad they didn't. One of the climbs was constant rock steps. It was tough enough with an MTB.
Robert Sandoval by chance?
Pretty much a repeat of Monday's ride, but without the Crafton climb. So still 30 miles, but with 600' less climbing! Whoo-hoo!!!
Twenty miler today... I felt much better with this distance. Thirty mile rides are maybe just a bit too much for me. So it's ended up being a great one, lots of fun! Roads up through Mentone to the Green Spot Market, then poorly maintained agriculture roads and dirt, dirt, dirt! Up into Highland to try the trails there, then dirt roads back to Redlands. Had to jump on Boulder Avenue the final bit which sucks as it's narrow and cars going really fast on it.
Yesterday I joined the JRA shop gravel ride. I threw the XC wheels onto the MTB and I was good to go. There were only 3 of us and I was the only one without a gravel bike so I knew it would be tough to keep up.
The route would take us out to Sycamore Canyon to the beach and back. Since the beginning was mostly road I elected to take Space Mountain up and over to Potrero where we would regroup. They got there about 5 minutes before me. From there we stuck together until we dropped down into the canyon. Once at Ranch Creek we would separate again. They went up Ranch Creek and down Wood Canyon while I took Art's, Sin Nombre and Two Foxes. We again regrouped at the bottom of Two Foxes. This time I was 5 minutes ahead. From this point on we would stick together. Down to the beach and then back to the shop.
I was able to keep pace everywhere except the steepest sections of pavement. Occasionally they would look back and be surprised that I was still on their wheel.
This ride was very fast paced and a lot of fun and it reaffirmed my thoughts on a gravel bike. I would rather have a rigid carbon MTB with a carbon fork and skinny tires. I could easily get one down to 20 pounds. That being said I'll stick with my Niner Jet 9 RDO for now.
Atta boy! Show those trendy guys that you don't need to create another niche to be snobby about!
Back home for a minute, needed to pick up some meds I ran out of yesterday. Rode out to Kaiser (Thrive my ass, there's no effin' bike parking there!) and grabbed 'em, then rode out to San Tim Creek and Carriage Trail. It started getting warm, and I haven't been on a bike for two weeks, which lead to a sloooow climb back up Alessandro and back into town. Rewarded with a pretty good headache, but know my bike still works!
Looks like you found some bike parking...
I thought it had a nice out-doorsy feel to it!
REALLY fun afternoon ride with firstborn. 15 miles of grinding the gravel, in dirt road form. A bit of a HAB through a wash, sketchy descents on skinny tires... it was a blast! The kid is solid, he leaves me in the dust!
15 miles/1500, right on the money!
A few buddies and I signed up for the Wafer route on the Belgian Waffle Ride this year and decided to do some recon of the 2019 route. Fun route and a perfect day on the bike. 42 miles/3,800 feet. Probably 50-50 pavement-dirt. To answer the question in the other thread about why you would need a gravel bike, these are the type of rides where I’d much rather be on a gravel bike than a mountain bike. The 2019 Wafer route is 73 miles/6,000 feet. Need to figure out the water logistics and will do that next.
A couple of shots at Lake Hodges
Came across a fence with a bunch of quotes on it
Top of Double Peak
My wife volunteered to cook a great post ride lunch for us.
Rode out to Teddy's Trail... it was golden.
Jumped on the gravel bike again today for a ride through Lake Hodges over to Raptor Ridge. Nice ride in great weather. Hardly saw anybody once we hit the Raptor Ridge part of the ride. Just lots of smooth moist dirt.
Pretty fun after-work spin. Mostly road, so almost posted there. But I found the dirt, which is the whole entire idea of these rides! Some Hit up two really overgrown little trails that need a lot of love. I guess I'm the man to give it to them! Lost my clear glasses which I had hanging on my shirt. Bummer.