2010 Favorites: Cycling

to pacifica i go!

For some reason this year, cycling has become one of the most important aspects of my life. I've graduated from just using a bike for commuting around the city and entered the world of 30-50 mile weekend bike rides, climbing hills (for fun), riding for fitness, carbon road bikes, and (gasp!) lycra and cycling jerseys. Maybe I needed something new to focus on this year since college and homework is a thing of the past and now all of the sudden I had all this free time to, you know, have fun and be active. Whatever the case, I'm loving this new aspect of cycling and will only continue to push myself even further.

empty road, lone surfer
pacifica bike path

Below are snapshots from rides this year: To Pacifica we go! Shot with a disposable camera. This was our first attempt to Pacifica, which turned out to be 35 miles round trip and had one of the biggest hills I've climbed so far. We did this via single speed and soon after decided it was time to invest in a more efficient ride...

awesome riding day

Pacifica part 2! This time with gears!

beachy

The beach you see off the One.

onto the larkspur path

Larkspur Path after finishing Paradise Loop in Marin County. 50 miles round trip. My first half century!  Crappy photo taken with my (old) iPhone.

Ice cream break in Tiburon!

awesome spoke card

Spoke card from this year's Supermarket Street Sweep. This year's card featured the various portraits taken at last year's event. One of the volunteers recognized me and gave me the card with my photo on it! Yay.

As for the race itself, I barely took any photos for this course proved to be tougher and hiller than last year. 30 miles around SF with the first check point being in Daly City. Craziness. Needless to say, I spent my time hustling up hills rather than taking pictures.

Catchup

Photo by Rob Villanueva Dry Creek Loop/wine country ride from earlier this year. A fantastic day of easy biking through Healdsburg, wine and friends.

bike_pile
bike_pile

Bike pile at one of the wineries.