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    2013 Superbowl Mt. Hamilton ride - Sunday, Feb 3

    The first monster event of the year is here and it is the annual Mount Hamilton Superbowl ride.

    The idea is to ride the big climb on Superbowl Sunday morning so we can indulge later with some food and drink.

    Meeting time is 8:30 on Sunday, Feb 3.

    Meeting Place is Penitencia Creek Park lot on Berryessa Road.
    berryessa road and adams san jose - Google Maps

    Ride is up Mt. Hamilton and back down, Distance is 50 miles and elevation is 5000 feet. Riding is from 9am to 1pm. The game starts at 3:30.

    Advanced option: Race up for KOM

    Beginner option: turn around whenever you want and head down. Or park at Grant Ranch and start from there so you experience the summit.

    Tandem, recumbent, electric, mountain bikes allowed: yes.


    Required: Bring three of your favorite beers to share. Bring food for a a potluck after the ride.

    Required: Bring a designated driver if you are drinking.

    Option: Bring a huge TV so we can hang out and watch the game there.

    Wildcard: Rain or 49ers making it in does NOT cancel.

    video: Mtbr Mt. Hamilton Ride - YouTube

    Who's in?
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    3 events I never miss. Turkey day ride, Super bowl day and D-ville Classic

    who;'s that badass with the white helmet, leg tats and looking like he is gonna punk some vato?
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    IN! Had to miss this last year so now I can atone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    I am in.
    3 events I never miss. Turkey day ride, Super bowl day and D-ville Classic

    who;'s that badass with the white helmet, leg tats and looking like he is gonna punk some vato?
    I have heard that guy just hogs the whole darn trail at STCP. He is not to be messed with!
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post

    Who's in?
    Im in that picture! Free beer (just one beer) for the first person to be able to identify me.

    Ill be riding my 44x20 SS, but wondering whether to bring the 24"x3.45" slicks (mounted on 2.5" wide rims) or the skinny-ass roadieboy 700x25 tires. Hmm, tough decision: excellent cornering grip, or pinchflats???
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    who;'s that badass with the white helmet, leg tats and looking like he is gonna punk some vato?
    Probably FredDaTrog. Actually, I believe he was there for the 2012 ride.
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    You be next to Dion-wearing La Sagrada Virgen de Guadalupe Jersey

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    I don't count though-I owe you beer and will owe for the Pug build

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    Alright, damnit... I'll go to this. BUT!!! Got to be back before kick off.

    I have a black helmet now, vatos, to match my black kits. Makes me feel awesome, except when I'm riding home in the dark

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    In! Not sure if i"m in for the regular ride or if I want to try the bonus option!

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    I'm in again this year. I'll be on my MTB to keep you wannabe roadies honest. I might even put slicks on so I can sneak up on people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    I'm in again this year. I'll be on my MTB to keep you wannabe roadies honest. I might even put slicks on so I can sneak up on people.
    You need to toss a rigid fork on your access, homie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    You need to toss a rigid fork on your access, homie.
    I been thinking about it. Its a commuter now and I ride it with the fork locked out. A rigid fork and skinny tires would make it better for the commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    I been thinking about it. Its a commuter now and I ride it with the fork locked out. A rigid fork and skinny tires would make it better for the commute.
    Not to mention it'll be more reliable, lighter, more responsive, quicker reacting when dodging and weaving the stupid that happens.

    A buddy of mine had GREAT luck with big apples (2.3) on his xtracycle, and marathons (32c) on his long haul trucker for daily commuting duties. I just wore out CX tires and used those!

    I'm waiting for the day when you decide to get a road bike....




    AAANNNDDDD to make this NOT totally off topic... There is some talk by some of the more adventurous riders to start at the parking lot, head to Livermore, ride up mines and down mt hammie... could be fun... Could be full of pain and suffering. I haven't done any big road rides recently so I'm not sure what my limits are at the moment!

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    Kind of intimidated by a 50 mi/5k ride. Best Ive done is 38 mi/3k and I was shot! Wondering if I should just do the granny section and start at Grant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuckingFuts View Post
    Kind of intimidated by a 50 mi/5k ride. Best Ive done is 38 mi/3k and I was shot! Wondering if I should just do the granny section and start at Grant.
    I bet you'll be fine. Bring food/water and layers based upon weather, the average grade is like 5%-6% most of the way, so its pretty easy, just... long. Food is important, pacing is, although you do have a downhill about 1/3'd of the way up.

    Big rides like this are easier when you have lots of other people doing it as well!

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    50 miles sounds like a very long haul. I've done 100 km in a day on a road bike, but that was a long time ago... I'll probably join in for the granny section.

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    Tandem team in!

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    Rho and I will be rolling on skinny knobbies. And dis is da' troof.

    Quote Originally Posted by paulney View Post
    50 miles sounds like a very long haul. I've done 100 km in a day on a road bike, but that was a long time ago... I'll probably join in for the granny section.
    It really isn't that bad. It's 25 miles up and 25 miles down. Who's bringing bar mitts or pogies for the descent???

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    I'm in.. The Wildcards mentioned cancel the bonus parts of the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NuckingFuts View Post
    Kind of intimidated by a 50 mi/5k ride. Best Ive done is 38 mi/3k and I was shot! Wondering if I should just do the granny section and start at Grant.
    Ride with us! Im not fast at all but the ride is doable. Don't be intimidated-it's not that bad and you'll be glad you did it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulney View Post
    50 miles sounds like a very long haul. I've done 100 km in a day on a road bike, but that was a long time ago... I'll probably join in for the granny section.
    It's not bad, but can get tough because the steepest climbs are at the end. It gradually gets steeper.

    Also, regardless of what people say, these guys are fast. I can do the 50, but it takes me about 5 hours to do so. Most of these guys bang it out, at their casual pace, in 3.

    If you want to join in the festivities, start at Grant Ranch, or start at the lot and turn around at the 5mi sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Rho and I will be rolling on skinny knobbies. And dis is da' troof.



    It really isn't that bad. It's 25 miles up and 25 miles down. Who's bringing bar mitts or pogies for the descent???
    One of these days when i get around to not being lazy, I'm gonna toss the 25's on the cx bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post
    One of these days when i get around to not being lazy, I'm gonna toss the 25's on the cx bike.
    Yeah, I think I'm gonna smarten up and throw on some road tires. With that gigantic 30" wide DH riser bar I have on my CX bike, I'm gonna get so much love from skinny purist roadies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rho View Post

    I'm waiting for the day when you decide to get a road bike....
    I've already decided, the tricky part is getting a third new bike in less than two months past my wife.

    Quote Originally Posted by NuckingFuts View Post
    Kind of intimidated by a 50 mi/5k ride. Best Ive done is 38 mi/3k and I was shot! Wondering if I should just do the granny section and start at Grant.
    Quote Originally Posted by paulney View Post
    50 miles sounds like a very long haul. I've done 100 km in a day on a road bike, but that was a long time ago... I'll probably join in for the granny section.
    DO IT! its not as bad as it sounds. I did it last year for the first time and had a great time. You just need to set an easy pace and motor along. Besides it'll be a Team Social Pace ride so no racing or dropping anyone. There was plenty of food and beer left when we got to the party.


    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post

    Also, regardless of what people say, these guys are fast. I can do the 50, but it takes me about 5 hours to do so. Most of these guys bang it out, at their casual pace, in 3.
    Who are these fast guys you are carrying on about? It took me close to 5 hours, 4:50 to be exact, to get up and back. Granted I'll be faster this year but certainly won't be getting any KOMs.

    You were the true grit rider last year, When I saw you still gutting it out to the top while I was on my way down. I thought damn, props to Holland, I would have quit a long time ago. Just don't get lost this year!

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    Okay...

    So this was given to me from a client who a wrote some life insurance on he and his wife.

    He asked me if I drink. Even though I have, maybe, a beer a year MAX, I said "yes" and he reaches into his top cupboard and busts out THIS!

    It's an Everclear concoction that's supposed to punch you in the gut. I was going to save this for post-race CCCX activities to share with my homies, but I'm thinking about saving it for this ride.

    I haven't opened it yet, but from what I'm told it's a sneaky bastard of a drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    I've already decided, the tricky part is getting a third new bike in less than two months past my wife.
    whoa! whoa! whoa! third bike? back the truck up? what???!! which??? you know I love to talk bikes! why are you holding out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    Who are these fast guys you are carrying on about? It took me close to 5 hours, 4:50 to be exact, to get up and back. Granted I'll be faster this year but certainly won't be getting any KOMs.

    You were the true grit rider last year, When I saw you still gutting it out to the top while I was on my way down. I thought damn, props to Holland, I would have quit a long time ago. Just don't get lost this year!
    Well, there's like a hundred guys that are going to show up. There's a ton of them that pull out those times.

    As for getting lost, probably not, I know my way around better now, but mostly from home instead of that starting location.

    FWIW, I got dropped at the start when everyone blasted off from the turn signal, and I spent an hour wandering around ARP, by myself, trying to find the route. I do have a CX bike now, so it might be better, but "social" pace through Alum Rock Park was about 15 mph. No can do that pace on a 26er with 1.9 tires, no no no. CX with 25c, probably.

    Anyway, I'm not sure I'm doing this. I need to check family plans.

    It might help to post a GPS route this time, especially for the start and finishing routes. I think I rode 8 hours total last year, 4.5 hours to climb up. I also had no idea where I was going, the only part I knew was Mt. Hamilton road.

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    The first year I tried-which was the first time I rode up Hamilton-always had wanted to, just too intimidated-the last part did get to me. But with a large group, Sparky Jay, Leopold and Dion stayed with me and made sure I made it.
    There is a lot of fast riders who are in it to get to the top as fast as they can, but there is also a lot of people riding just to go ride. There's also people who choose to meet in the middle. Bottom line-if you want to try-go out and start riding the bike your taking today and go for it!
    Dion-Everclear if mixed correctly actually had almost no taste to it-mix in too much and you taste straight gasoline. That's why Purple Passion was so popular back in the day with the females-tasted good and packed a punch. Guys drank Cisco!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    It's an Everclear concoction that's supposed to punch you in the gut. I was going to save this for post-race CCCX activities to share with my homies, but I'm thinking about saving it for this ride.
    I used to drink that stuff in college. I haven't touched it since.

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    I think the nastiest drink I ever had was Everclear mixed with a slightly cold Mickeys-back in college-we'd preheat before going to a club-we were poor!

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    Dion, just say no to anything in a Mason jar. It usually comes with an a$$ wooping. It is a pretty color, sort of like old brake fluid. Usually that sh$t is clear.

    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    whoa! whoa! whoa! third bike? back the truck up? what???!! which??? you know I love to talk bikes! why are you holding out?
    I picked up a closeout Santa Cruz Chameleon 4 frame and built it up as a single speed. I told the wife 'most' of the parts would be swapped off another bike. I ended up only using the seat and brakes. Just before the new year I picked up a wonder fiber Marin Team CXR29er. I needed a new race bike, I can't be racing the old clunky Access 29er in Cat 2. The Access is now my commuter/old reliable ride. I have plans for an FS and CX/roadie bike but it will be awhile before they are added to my stable. CX will be before cross season starts in the fall. The FS when I have some spare cabbage and find a good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson34 View Post
    I think the nastiest drink I ever had was Everclear mixed with a slightly cold Mickeys-back in college-we'd preheat before going to a club-we were poor!
    Pinche pendejo, that makes me want to puke just thinking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson34 View Post
    Dion-Everclear if mixed correctly actually had almost no taste to it-mix in too much and you taste straight gasoline. That's why Purple Passion was so popular back in the day with the females-tasted good and packed a punch. Guys drank Cisco!
    Yeah, no alcohol for me, homie. I prefer to save my liver and vote for the green party.

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    Yeah it may have been my lowest point of my drinking career-I just remember we split the half pint between two of us into 2 Mickey's 40-I could feel the bottle getting WARM-it tasted as bad as it sounds.
    I do remember a kid brought moonshine to high school and got a bunch of his friends and a chick messed up during school.

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    I've done the climb up and back from alum rock road (35m) on my roadie in about 3.5 hours but is this supposed to be on a mountain bike? Eek! It will take me forever and wear out my knobby tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregk2001 View Post
    I've done the climb up and back from alum rock road (35m) on my roadie in about 3.5 hours but is this supposed to be on a mountain bike? Eek! It will take me forever and wear out my knobby tires.
    No, most people are on road bikes. I use an MTB because I'm a hard hard man that loves punishment. Also, its all I have.

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    Im in

    Id like to show up. I live in the area and frequent ARP. Ill be riding my rigid 29er. May come down "los huercos"( Grant Ranch ) on the way down, since ive got the knobbies.

    I wish I had a road bike.... working on that.

    BTW, after trolling for years, this is my first post. Hello, Im Vincent.

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    hello vincent. same vincent on fb that follows people I know? i.e., fast vincent?

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    Im not too active on FB, but I think you may have meant Strava. ....

    Cant post links yet, but Im Vincent Edson on strava.

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    Guys, are we putting air in the tires for this ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vincinator99 View Post
    Im not too active on FB, but I think you may have meant Strava. ....

    Cant post links yet, but Im Vincent Edson on strava.
    Yes, Strava, my bad. And, yes, I've seen you around, you follow folks I follow.
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    and water in the bottles?

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    Might join, but may opt for Kirkwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Froride1 View Post
    No, most people are on road bikes. I use an MTB because I'm a hard hard man that loves punishment. Also, its all I have.
    I'm in the same boat

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    Stupid NCVA sched a tournement for super bowl sunday. It should be a national holiday for all sports that parents normally attend.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvo View Post
    and water in the bottles?
    Hydration packs are actually not allowed on this ride. Francis forgot to post that. Extra points for those who are hammering so hard, they throw their water bottle off to the side of the road.

    Also, baggies. No baggies allowed.

    Smiling only to be done before or after the ride - roadie scowls are required during the ride. Geesh - I can't believe I have to post this. You all should know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Hydration packs are actually not allowed on this ride. Francis forgot to post that. Extra points for those who are hammering so hard, they throw their water bottle off to the side of the road.

    Also, baggies. No baggies allowed.

    Smiling only to be done before or after the ride - roadie scowls are required during the ride. Geesh - I can't believe I have to post this. You all should know.
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    I know it's a roadie thing but it might be fun to find a detour through Grant Ranch for part of the ride - always wanted to do that on the Mt Ham climb (gives me a reason to bring the CX bike)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider View Post
    OW: To keep on winning it meant you had to keep taking banned substances to do it? Are you saying that's how common it was?

    LA: "Yes, and I'm not sure that this is an acceptable answer, but that's like saying we have to have air in our tires or we have to have water in our bottles. That was, in my view, part of the job."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson34 View Post
    Ride with us! Im not fast at all but the ride is doable. Don't be intimidated-it's not that bad and you'll be glad you did it!
    I had a blast last time I rode with you guys and I pushed my limits back then too. Im in! But Im counting on you guys to peel me off the pavement when I crash out. Ill bring a tow rope

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