> Surprisingly few riders showed for the Elfin Forest + Double Peak Reverse Loop ride this morning. We had 8 riders at the start: Steve K, Tony, Dave Ernst, Rick B, Eric, Larry, Chris (a friend of Jeff S who has ridden with us a few times in the past) and me. The pace was moderate heading down the bike path and up Camino Del Sur with Steve and me pacing the group. Some issues with the stoplight at CDS and San Dieguito caused the group to get split up on the descent but we regrouped on El Apajo. Jeff Joined us at the beginning of Stud Loop (Las Colinas) and Eric proceeded to set a fast pace. Towards the end of stud loop Steve jettisoned a water bottle that I promptly ran over. The bottle survived and I didn’t crash, so all was good. We rode gently to El Camino Del Norte where Jeff set a fast pace until the initial descent. The group then flew down Rancho Santa Fe road. The pace into San Elijo Hills was relatively easy with many of us anticipating the joys of ascending the gentle gradients of Double Peak Road. Rick and Ernst split off in San Elijo prior to the climb up to Double Peak, leaving 7 of us to enjoy the ascent. The group held together up to Double Peak Road where we promptly split into pieces. Eric, Tony, Larry and Steve went off the front leaving the rest of us a bit back. Steve fell off from the group later in the ascent. I don’t recall much after that due to blurred vision and lots of staring at the ground. We reached the summit for a much deserved break, enjoying the views and getting the obligatory group photograph. After a swift descent we headed down Harmony Grove Road. Eric set a mean pace with Larry and Tony. Steve and I rode together until Jeff and Chris came up from behind – at which point we jumped behind Jeff’s wheel. We regrouped and headed to Del Dios Hwy. Steve and I headed left (Via Rancho Pkwy) while the rest of the group went West on Del Dios Hwy for extra miles or a more direct route home. I spent a fair amount of time watching Steve’s rear wheel as he pulled me through RB back to PQ. The weather was starting to get hot, so it was nice to wrap up the ride before noon. >
> A great morning on the bike.
> You should have come,
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