Monday, March 12, 2007

Bicycle Diaries II - Hills or No Hills

Eric and Kristen on top of Lida

Betsy watching Steve changing his flat tire

Third leading training ride in a row, we had 14 riders in the group with nice weather, what a deal!

The so-called “Tour de San Gabriel Valley” is getting more popular now, with riders from this area and some traveled from other part of town just to join us and experience the beauty of SGV.

On Saturday, I offered 2 options, 36 miles “regular” ride and 47 miles with 2 big hills. Hill or No Hill, it’s all up to the riders. Thanks to the help from fellow TRLs Brian, Eric and Pedro, everyone enjoyed the route despite some minor incidents.

Don’t be fooled by the word “regular,” because the route was not totally flat. There were rolling hills that most of us didn’t realize while we were driving. Only when you need to get over these small hills with your legs, then you know “ahh…”

The 2 big hills that added to the route were Lida (in the Linda Vista area near the Rose Bowl) and Chevy Chase. Both are famous hills for climbing practice. Some riders get up there without stopping, some had to make a few quick stops, but the most important thing was, we all made it. We all know there will be more hills ahead of us and we know we will get over them one by one.

Celebrating the beginning of daylight saving time, I took a day off on Sunday. I did clean Dragon though. At least that’s something bike-related activity.

On the other hand, I REALLY need your support in order to reach my fundraising goal. Please help me and tell your families, friends, neighbors… together we can make a difference!

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