Descenders weekend rides

The Descenders team ride on Sat was a fun, fast paced loop out to the coast, up PCH to La Costa and back through RSF and Santaluz.  There were 10 guys out for the ride and the pace was solid, especially along the beach near Swami’s.  I was blown off the back early and often during the ride.  The small peloton cranked through RSF and headed up towards Santaluz.  Bob P was putting out so much wattage that he ripped off his rear derailleur in Fairbanks Ranch.  Rick stayed behind to mend his bike while the rest of us went to Santaluz.  Ernst and Werner (who we picked up at along the beach in Del Mar) kept going north so the remaining guys looped Santaluz before riding back to the 56 bike path.  We rode less than 50 miles but it took its toll on many riders.  It was a cool day but there was tons of sunshine.  Fun ride.  Here are two photos from the ride.

Today the ride was hosted by Mike Hodges.  Only Len (the elder) and I showed up for the ride.  It was much warmer and just as sunny with the winds blowing hard from the east.  We went to the coast and up Torrey Pines toward UCSD campus.  The cruise to La Jolla Shores was beautiful with some awesome waves breaking.  Mike led us back up a steep road that looped back toward Torrey Pines.  We cut through the UCSD Medical Center campus back to Genessee, down to Sorrento Valley and across towards the bike path for our return.  The winds blew hard from the Santa Ana’s–we had Mike on point for the bike path ride.  It was less than 40 miles in the saddle and a very moderate pace.  Here is one picture from today.

Good weekend of riding.    


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