Descenders Ride for 9 June: Mussey and Pamo

Descenders, we had another fantastic day on the bike!
12 descenders: Guido, Rob, Hodges, Jeff S., Cresap, Eileen, Ernst, Bernie, Dan, Eric R., Garet and I (some had to depart early due to family obligations). The day started overcast, but the sun came out as we got closer to Ramona. We had a nice warmup pace early on, and kept things civilized down Mussey (Hodges, Garet and I pushed it a bit on the climb back up to 67). We had a nicely rotating paceline on Dye Rd., and nobody seemed to want to sprint towards San Vincente Rd – finally Eric jumped, and Cresap and I were on his wheel. After a monstrous leadout I went around Eric, only to have him go around me again in the final stretch – double kick! We descended into Pamo Road where we talked a bit to mountain bikers coming from Mesa Grande. Eric pushed the pace going up Pamo Rd. – he is now 3rd on strava, behind Rick and Neil.
We used rotating paceline and some fast descending to get back – Jeff S. got away on the Scripps Poway and it took a huge effort on my part to bridge up to him. Now we had a sizeable gap and we rotated well, trying to keep it going – however, Guido, Hodges and Rob would have none of it and easily closed the gap. A little too easily for my taste. I demand doping control!
62 miles (for me) with 4,000 ft climbed. (Meanwhile Rick set a new KOM, 45 minute on Kitchen Creek, improving his own time by almost 5 min!, as well as many other KOMs) Photos are attached, and also at

You should have come!


On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM, <> wrote:

Hi guys,

This is the last planned hard climbing team ride before Monsters Climb.  I will ride over from PQ and be at the corner of 56 and the bike path about 7:15 am.  

What: Mussey Grade, SPP
Where: Garden and Poway Rd., 8AM

When: Jun 9, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


  • Mussey, Pamo, SPP:

Meet at 7-11 at Garden Road and Poway Road at 8:00am for the Mussey Grade, Pamo Road Loop. Map: Mussey Grade, Pamo Road Loops, up Scripps Poway Parkway

See you in the am-




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