Photo from Eroica California website, by John Watson?

Photo from Eroica California website, by John Watson?

Registration just opened this morning and I am in. I’ll be doing the long route which is 123 miles with approximately 9500 feet of climbing, over half of which will be on dirt roads. The bike I will be using is my L’Eroica Britannia veteran 1962 Legnano Gran Premio. It will be mostly original for this ride and will certainly meet the standards of an historic bike!

Eroica California website

The long route on Ride with GPS

More to come later on this great event!

So many people like riding the same events over and over again. Personally, I like riding in new areas and doing events that I have not done before. Sure, we all end up repeating some events on occasion but for me a repeat is usually due to scheduling issues or it is an event that I have not ridden for several years. The Five Rivers 300 km is on roads that are mostly new to me!

6:00 am at the start in Corona

6:00 am at the start in Corona

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I, along with riding partners Joe and Craig went out for this early season event in Southern California. 50 plus local riders joined us on this lovely route which traverses many quiet and hilly roads in North San Diego County, then heads to the coast alongside the San Luis Rey River Trail before finishing with a run back down the coast to the start in La Jolla. I have ridden the event twice before and enjoyed the ride well enough to come back and do it again. There aren’t many rides that I will do twice let alone three times!

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Matthew O’Neill Memorial ride

This event was held to honor our friend and fellow cyclist Matthew, whose life was ended far too early in October of this year while on a ride. A gathering of friends and acquaintances turned out to ride one of Matt’s favorite local rides, in his honor. Local news article on the tragedy here.

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Over 20 riders showed for this Sunday event along with several of Matt’s family members. With the spectacular weather forecast it is surprising that there weren’t more. Perhaps a competing local event can be blamed for stealing a few riders.

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This article was written for publication in the American Randonneur magazine, Winter 2014 edition.

Luciano Berutti, the face of vintage cycling

Luciano Berutti, the face of vintage cycling

There is a new subcategory in cycling events these days, one that has much in common with randonneuring including: love for the traditions of cycling; the camaraderie of overcoming a challenging course with your fellow riders; and the personal rewards gained through a courageous effort. There is no popular name for this genre of cycling yet, but Classic or Vintage Cycling events seem to describe it the best. These events are somewhat of a cross between a celebration and a sporting event with a good measure of “party” thrown in. The category may be a little hard to define, but like many unique events you will know it when you see it.

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We try and plan our personal travel to Portland so that I can participate in local events. This trip the schedule worked out so that the Molalla Foothills 200 km brevet would be a ride that I could attend. The Oregon Randonneurs don’t do this ride every year but it is a route that I had not ridden before and the weather looked great so I was all in!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

This is the time of year when the fall colors in the Utah high country can be spectacular, particularly around Navajo Lake. I always try to get some late season rides in while the weather is still good because when the curtain of winter drops for the season it is usually final! This weekend was the last weekend expected to have decent weather so I was on it!

Starting off on the Navajo Lake loop.

Starting off on the Navajo Lake loop from the Dike trailhead

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