Lake Sonoma training rides #6

NOTE: New route information listed at the bottom.

These rides are suggested for advanced riders only!

Technical difficulty rating is 3+ on a scale from 1-5 with 1 being service / fire road.

Pace usually 3+ with 5 being race pace.

Effort & Endurance rating is 3-4 with 5 being ouch!

Ride routes will vary but will usually include the "lake loop" which is what the place is famous for. Come on out and push yourselves to the next level. Minimal short stops and one "lunch" stop. Total ride time 4-6 hrs. Assume[masked] feet of elevation minimum over 22-30 miles.

Ride at your own risk. Wear your helmet. Bring food and electrolyte drinks as well as a full camel back of H2O. You must be self contained and prepared to do battle with the elements, and fix your own bike if need be.

Stop lurking and start riding!

Ridemonger says "Mushy Rocks"!

January 5th route: OK we are back at it again now, being the new year and all, and returning to the long distance diet. Start at Grey Pine again. Dirt down to the bridge and across then up Skaggs to the South Lake trailhead. You know what to do at that point. Stop for lunch at the regular location. Continue past the Wulfo cutoff and ride the "flowiest" over to take half a canoe & climb Bummer peak. Then meander back to Boar Scat and down to Grey Pine.

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  • Josh R.

    Excellent video Grant! I thought the quality was HD, and cool gritty music.

    January 8, 2014

    • Grant T.

      Glad that it looks good for some! Looks pretty pixelated on the two computers I watched it on. Looks amazing before it gets compressed by YouTube.

      January 8, 2014

    • Roger S.

      Fun stuff! Looks & sounds great for me at home and even the old Iphone. Nice edit, tunes and quick.

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • Robert P.

    For those of you not attending the Memorial Ride on Sat, there is a group of us riding Boggs (its my birthday ride!). Let me know if you're interested. We will be leaving at 8:30 to make Boggs by 9:30. Should be done with riding by 12:30.

    January 8, 2014

    • Roger S.

      Sorry but I am parenting this weekend. Wish I could be there to celebrate your day. (Hopefully you'll be able to attend mine in April, which is also going to be at Boggs)

      January 8, 2014

    • Grant T.

      I could potentially be interested in that but I won't be know for sure until Friday.

      January 8, 2014

  • Roger S.

    27.5 miles and how many feet? In 3.5 hours riding time? Wowie!

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Robert P.

      Ok here is what my Garmin recorded; 27.5 miles, 5,190 ft in elev gained, 3:36 moving time, & 4:46 elapsed time.

      1 · January 8, 2014

    • Roger S.

      Thanks Robert.

      January 8, 2014

  • Grant T.

    Sorry guys--I wasn't able to get all of you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5QCVGiMFG8&feature=youtu.be Make sure that you change the setting to HD.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Josh R.

    I enjoyed the rest of my shortened ride in reverse, seeing things in a new perspective. Looking forward to more rides with you hammers!

    2 · January 6, 2014

    • Roger S.

      Josh you were missed later on. Next time that same perspective will arrive when we have a few more miles on our legs.

      3 · January 6, 2014

  • Robert P.

    Amazed myself by riding in the middle chain ring all day.

    3 · January 5, 2014

    • Ed B.

      These rides are a good venue for doing what you didn't think you could! That, and you lived-- see you next time!

      January 6, 2014

    • Grant T.

      Maybe you should join the 1x crew...

      January 6, 2014

  • Roger S.

    Crunch of soil as wheels roll
    Leaves crackling under butyl bearing bodies
    Hearts beating lungs heaving mind clearing exertion endorphin calm
    Warm downhill shade climbing through freezing sun
    Switchbacks done downhill fun round the corner would it be easier to run
    Camel baks emptied souls refilled no blood was spilled
    The best time with friends as wheels roll.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Roger S.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out and "working" on making this place smaller.
    I see everyone in great fitness for winter and poised for bike greatness in 2014.
    We're an a** kickin group and I am proud to be a part of it. You guys are making me push myself all the time and no amount of Solo (sorry Levi) training can do that. I am really thankful to have these days with you all.

    Today, Thanks Robert for salad, Brent and Grant for mixed meats, Ed for the awesomely drinkable stout and... oh me for the coffee cake, which I am enjoying right now with some nice coffee;)!

    Stay tuned for the next edition is in the works as I write this....

    Mush on!

    2 · January 5, 2014

  • Roger S.

    Shhh don't tell anyone but this is sort of a mini SoNoMas in reverse.

    January 5, 2014

    • Robert P.

      How do you do a "mini" SoNoMas????

      January 5, 2014

    • Roger S.

      Leave out the pavement and try not to pay much attention to your legs;)

      January 5, 2014

  • Robert P.

    Let know what I can bring for the after ride feed.

    January 4, 2014

    • Robert P.

      Salad-In-Bag it is.

      January 5, 2014

    • Roger S.

      That was perfect!

      January 5, 2014

  • Nathan C.

    I can bring some post ride food. Any suggestions? More sausages? If Kenny comes he can bring the Kettle chips that I brought to the New Year's party but no one ate (cause the other food was way more awesome).

    January 4, 2014

    • Roger S.

      Chips, pretzels or cookies maybe.

      January 4, 2014

  • Roger S.

    Okay kids, let's get the after ride details sorted out.

    I will bring the stove, some rolls and the condiments for snausages. I have heard that we'll have a couple more riders, Nathan & Kenny?, who've not rsvp'd yet so plan on us being 10 or more.

    Looks like another great day for us to ride clean, as in no moisture yet, and quick.

    Should be a pretty awesome day with really awesome folk! And I'll be bringing shoes so it may be easier than riding Oat Hill in friggin sandals..(Yes I did!)

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Grant T.

      Brent and I will pick up sausage on the way out (euphemism?)!

      January 2, 2014

    • Roger S.

      I may also bring some Asian style slaw and was thinking about coffee & cake for the pre ride warm up.

      January 2, 2014

  • Ed B.

    I will bring a keg of home brew to alleviate the discomfort accrued during our adventure; bring a cup!

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Roger S.

    Holy fast twitch batman! Grant just RSVP'd in less than a minute. Now that's is some serious dedication to increasing your indifference to pain.... I mean discomfort;) See you there!

    2 · December 23, 2013

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