It’s all the rage .. well, at least in my small bikeforums community it is. It is the House of Pain … the lite version. A pack ride starting in Danville, which goes out to Livermore then loops back. It’s a nice 50 miler, with close to 1500 feet climbing, so it’s pretty flat. Good terrain to do a fast pack ride. It’s about the same climbing as Montrose, but the pack is half the size, and from what I’ve observed, the pace is not as intense.
As expected, once we got into open areas, without traffic lights, the pack turned the screws up. The house of pain opened its doors when we got to Highland. I was able to keep up for most of the way, but fell off the back half way through the ascent on Highland, then recovered enough for another final burst before being passed up again until the regroup.
Other than this, I felt really good overall. There was a slight confusion, when we got to Collier Canyon, and was unsure if we were supposed to regroup at the top or not. I saw a few regroup there, so I stopped by. But as soon as I stopped, a few others went on down the hill, so off we went … not knowing that was supposed to be the regroup spot. Oh well.
At this point, it was Donald and me riding back, and there weren’t very many ahead of us, and couldn’t find any on back of us. Well, hopefully there aren’t many turns we need to negotiate .. both of us didn’t know the area too well. Just as we were going to make a wrong turn, we hear the roar of the pelaton, then we swung onto the back, and blended our way into the pelaton.
Fun ride. Of course, after a pack ride like that, we gotta take over Peet’s Coffee. It was great to see a bunch of BF’ers there.
And here’s the biggest surprise … I went ahead and uploaded this to Strava, and I actually got 4th on the list for this ride. Won’t be long before this is gone.
Stats: 49.1 miles, 1455 feet climbing, average speed 19.2 mph. Wow, I can’t remember the last time my average speed was that high. It’s usually down around 10-12 mph.