Hello all, The parking for this ride will be on Moscow Rd. on the street in front of Gold Coast Bakery and rodeo grounds and also across the bridge over the Russian River going toward Monte Rio. Please get there around 20 to 15 minutes early as we will be rolling towards Cazadero at 9am. As the old saying goes if you can't be on time be early and if you can't do either you will have to catch up!
We will have at least one SAG vehicle to help someone who might break down. Not sure about the rest stop at Tin Barn and Hauser as this is TBD. So far we've had a perfect record of people doing this ride for the first time making it around the course and that really is the purpose of this ride. This is not a race and we encourage people to take their time and enjoy the gorgeous scenery that is available throughout the ride. The views are just stunning! So for the first timers you will want to make sure you show up with a bike that is in excellent working condition with a set of really good tires. You don't want your day to be marred by tire failures and mechanicals.
For the first timers you will need to get your legs in good climbing shape to give yourself a good experience on this ride. If you haven't been doing any hill work before this ride then I wouldn't recommend doing this ride. Try to get in a fair amount of rides that are between 3500' and 4500' and around 40-50 miles so that your legs will be ready for the climbs throughout this ride.
A number of the Goats will escort the folks at the back and help them with encouragement and suggestions of some skills to help them get over the steeper sections. Please don't worry about what pace anyone else is going at, you just want to go at your pace and make sure you have enough oxygen to get yourself up the hills. Make it a nice social ride with some hills thrown in! :-).
Here is a list of some hills you can practice on in the county that will get you ready for this ride: Cavedale, Trinity Rd., Los Alamos, Lichau Road, Sonoma Mtn, Geysers Rd, Pine Flat, Pine Mtn, Ft Ross Rd, Coleman Valley, Rockpile Rd., and Sweetwater Rd. are the ones that come to mind. These are all good roads to train on before the KR ride. If you are looking for someone to ride with, post a ride to the SRCC calendar and ask folks if they would be interested in joining you on a training ride. You would be surprised to see who responds and then you will have company on your training rides.
Every year this ride attracts more and more SRCC folks showing up for the ride. It's a fun event and a chance for folks to make it a social ride and see some of the other folks that they might not ride with often. Any questions just shoot me an email.
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