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    Los Gatos Turkey ride pics

    This was my first Turkey ride, and boy was it a blast. As you can see, K-Max was totally pimping today.

    In the parking lot.
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    1) Sung and his posse
    2-5) First stop at the trailhead.
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    1) BigLarry was hurting today due to some kind of virus, but still looked like he was having fun.
    2-5) more climbing
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    Party at the top. Gotta love the gas powered blender. Now, that's the way to start Thanksgiving.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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    More pics

    Nevermind....I guess my sister's computer is toooooooo retarded!
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    Hi, it's Elise Ackerman, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who joined the ride today. These fact-checking questions are going to sound dumb...but here goes: we rode to the top of St. Joseph's right? Which has an elevation of 3000 feet, correct? Also, was the entire ride, start to finish, 8 miles or twelve miles?

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    Actually, I looked at a map and know I think we climbed Mt. Sombroso? Anyone know for sure?

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    The whole ride was 14 miles and 2500' of climbing.
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    THE Francis:


    Aussie Bob and his buddy:


    My riding buddies Chip and GeoffSS (with boxed wine):


    My coworker on his first mtb ride. Suckerrrr!


    Jon and Gregg:


    I think he said his name was Ron...correct me on that if I'm wrong. Sweeet early 90's Bontrager:


    Chip with the Steelman CX, cleaned the last section. Stud:


    Don't know but she might ride for the LG HS team...or a Jr. Syndicate member? She passed me to the top though.


    My next door neighbor who, after living next to them for a year, I just now find out she rides for LG HS. Cleaned everthing but the final climb!


    Shanedawg and Rensho dishin' out turkey:




    Keg thanks to Mr. Beavers. (Curtis, what was your climb time up with that thing?)


    Lots of people this year. It was a mad house:


    My buddy Kurt's full M900 Klein Attidute:


    I don't even know what to say about this thing except I want that front wheel!
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    Best.mtbexperience.ever

    but damn are my legs TIRED!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EliseAckerman
    Actually, I looked at a map and know I think we climbed Mt. Sombroso? Anyone know for sure?
    Hi Elise, great to meet you.

    The climb was up Kennedy road to to the top of Kennedy trail. 'Top of Kennedy' is how everyone knows that ride. It climbs from 250 feet to 2500 feet for a 2250 elevation gain.

    If you want more information about us and mtbr.com, there's a good article written here:
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    Mt. El Sombroso would be correct, But most people that ride the from Kennedy Rd side just call it Kennedy Trail. The party happens at about 2600 ft in Elevation up the trail at the intersection of Kennedy Trail and Priest Rock Trail. (the summit of El Sombroso is at 2,999 ft.)
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    Rumphy....hrrrrumph!

    So like, where were you? Me and GeoffSS were spouting forth about our supreme climbing prowess at the top.............

    I had to bug out about an hour after I got to the top. (girlfriend was threatening to keep me out of the dirty martini action if I stayed any longer.................wwwwwwwhhhhhhiiiiiippppp'ed !)

    GeoffSS says to look for the Tioga Disc on the way down. Y'all switched to a more modern accrument' for sure. Was looking but no disc.

    Had a friggin blast. Francois: Said hey a few times but realized I never introduced myself.
    Next year......gas powered blender action for sure.

    Tsimbu.....thanks for the pull. I'm used to Buzzard's. This was the same except it never ended

    Cheers all, thanks for sharing the pix

    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by EliseAckerman
    Actually, I looked at a map and know I think we climbed Mt. Sombroso? Anyone know for sure?
    Hi Elise, nice to see you made it down the hill OK. Don't know if my advice helped. Remember, your legs are your suspension, especially on your hard tail. So you need to be light on the seat. Your bike is more stable than you imagine. You'll get used to it.

    We climbed Kennedy Trail in Sierra Azul, part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD)

    My GPS log from repeated rides there says the party was just over 2600' altitude at the intersection of Kennedy and Priest Rock trails. (N37 11.771 W121 56.070)

    You can see El Sombroso (2999') from anywhere in the valley - it's the peak with the power lines on top. It's to the right of Mt. Umunhum (3486'), that has the cube radar building on it. Here's a picture of Mt. Umunhum from El Sombroso with my bike against the power lines.

    As others said, we were almost to El Sombroso in altitude, but it's tough as you got to climb these nasty rollers in the other direction, where the climb is more like repeated big vertical walls. And after you get through this set of rollers, there's a few more.....

    I've got lots of nice pictures from today which I've processed. But I won't be able to upload until after dinner.
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    The Climb

    Here's some pictures of the climb
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    Hi Elise,

    I hope you had a great time like everyone else.

    Here is an elevation profile of my ride. I rode up Kennedy Trail (like everyone else) and came down Priest Rock, Lime Kiln and Jones trails to return to town.

    You might also be interested this link to a Google Earth file with the data for my ride.

    Finally, my hat is off to the guy who pulled a "fountain beverage" to the top in a trail. I was working hard to pull just me and my normal gear up the hill, but he put in the effort to bring something to share with everyone at the top...just ask Francois!
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    Turkey Pull

    Was that Thomas or Francois pulling the turkey up that first wall in the first photo below? (They swapped bikes a lot.)

    Also, Kyle and others also pulled up turkeys. ... And they STILL beat me up the hill. [SIZE=1](but not by much)[/SIZE]
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    The Spread

    Here's pics of the crowd at the top, and the spread.
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    Good Loving / Bad Loving

    Yes love was all around.

    Some was good.

    Some was not.
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    Views from the top

    A couple views from the top where we partied.

    And a couple views on the down hill. But it's dangerous to tourist and ride on this downhill.
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    Getting Every Word

    So what are these guys saying that's so intersting?

    Well, Elise from the Mercury News wrote down every word from Francois and Kyle. Read it there. It was amazing she could shorthand as fast as they could spew.

    Now we're in for it.
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    MTBR Gang

    1. Dan (Captain Kana), Carmen (ibikergal), and JeffH
    2. SungChang, Andy (crashmaster), and Dan51
    3. Kyle (K-max) and Sean (smw) and ??

    More pics later - gotta go...
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    Thanks everyone for the great food & company! I don't usually have formal Thanksgiving dinner because my family is all over the place, so the ride is a great way to spend the turkey day

    Oh, and sorry if I happen to got in anyone's way during the climb...I couldn't get myself to stop weaving and later found out that my headset was loose

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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone..

    Ive GOT to hang next year. take care..

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    Gobble Gobble! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

    From the posts, it looks like you all had a blast. I finally got home at around 5am, the wife got in at 7...ohhh the life of retail managers. When 6:00 had rolled around I seriously was considering whether to just goto bed and pass out, call Zorg for the ride offer, or head for Coyote Hills. I took a 25 minute shower, and hustled my butt over to Starbucks for a large caffeine injection, then grabbed two excedrin to bolster myself further. Only two other riders showed, and we decided to just do our own thing. I rode up to the towers, and back to Patterson Ranch road, went home, and slept/crashed out until 6:30pm. Man, what a waste of a day, I gotta seriously wonder about staying in retail. I never get to join all you on the fun weekend stuff, with the exception of a few things like Otter. I should've scheduled work differently and gone with you all!

    All in all I just wanna convey that I am thankful for knowing all of you here, and always look forward to talking and riding with you all, even ther times we have to take rainchecks.

    Thanks for your friendships!!
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