Thursday, August 9, 2007

Hills and More Hills

Last night we experienced some of the strongest wind this season on the way down to Sausalito and on the way up to the Headlands. The wind must have been in the high 20's if not faster with dense fog saturating the bridge cables and trees over the road. Angelo (a.k.a. Angigolo or Ange Chovey) and I (a.k.a. A-train or Bert) departed the city around 5:30PM and maintained a high tempo all the way to Sausalito. The wind is usually calm in Sausalito but last night was a different story along the bike path. There were times when I thought my wheels were going to take flight - especially crossing a foot bridge in the marsh. We finally met up with Phil (a.k.a. Phil's Lama or Ernie) and Vince (a.k.a. Vin Diesel or Vin Dog) towards the end of the bike path. From there our group ("The Fantastic Four") set a high tempo up Camino Alto and over the backside to come back up Chapman. Angelo set the tempo up Chapman and everyone looked strong on the climb to the top. We finally reached the top of the climb and descended down Camino Alto so we could make the climb up Headlands before dusk. Our group rode a smooth formation all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and the legs were feeling strong on the climbs into the headwind. I could only imagine what the Mt. Washington Hill Climb would feel like with the intense headwind all the way to the summit. So much wattage is spent on steep climbs with headwind only to feel like the bike is moving 5 miles per hour. The entire ride was an excellent experience and I feel my fitness is beginning to ramp-up before the opening cyclocross race in September. Please click on the link below to see a visual representation of our ride using a Garmin GPS unit on Angelo's bike.

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