Descender Oceanside Group Ride-11 Feb 2012

We have a ride scheduled for tomorrow–Old Julian Road Loop with the HVR climb to Dye Road.   Please see the route and plans below.  I will ride over from PQ (7;15 am at corner on bike path) to Spring Meadow before going to RB and Pomerado.  See you all in the am.

What: Old Julian
Where: Rancho Bernardo Road and Pomerado Road
When: Feb 18, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Meet at corner of Rancho Bernardo Road and Pomerado Road at 8:00 am for the Old Julian Road Loop, up Highland Valley Road. Map:
Highland Valley Road Climb, Old Julian Road Loop

I was remiss in not sending out any comments or photos from our reverse Oceanside Loop last weekend.  Things started out a bit grim with cloud cover building and rain starting to come down as we pedaled over to Santaluz.  Bob P met us before we entered the south gate.  We had some of the usual suspects, along with Hodges’ Pfizer buddy, Jeff, who rode with us on the Soledad repeats and a new rider, Lynn.  They both are strong riders and I hope they can keep riding.  As we entered Santaluz we saw a large coyote crossing the road.  You can see Voris pointing out the coyote along the brush line in a picture below.  Our plan was to ride the reverse Santaluz climb.  Ernst sped out, hogwash style, at the base of the climb and nabbed the KOM.  We all descended rapidly on the slick roads and headed down San Dieguito Road where we had our first flat.  During the tire change Eric R came down the hill.  He was out to prove he did not melt in the rain.  We quickly lost Eric as he headed for the coast while we rode up through RSF, Stud Loop and down Camino Del Notre towards PCH.  We lost guys along the way as some only had time for a short ride but the majority of the group continued up PCH to the Oceanside Harbor.  The sun started to break through and it was a nice day for a ride along the coast.  I managed to sneak past a turning truck and try a breakaway to the harbor turnaround.  My new, faster bike helped me extend my distance but Guido roped me in at the final turn to take the win.  The ride back south was fast and fun.  We finished with about 70 miles and a smile on our faces.  See some photos below. Rob.  (Oleg’s edit: here’s Rob’s ride on Strava:

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