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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.

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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

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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. (but not by much)
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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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    I'm a little worried that after being highlighted in the media the Kennedy T-giving ride is gonna get squashed by open space....

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    No Worries

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBikerDan
    I'm a little worried that after being highlighted in the media the Kennedy T-giving ride is gonna get squashed by open space....
    I talked with Ranger Ranger here. He looks pretty relaxed about the whole thing. (see pic)

    I mentioned to him that last year I rode up the day after Thanksgiving (coming the other way over El Sombroso) and didn't find so much as a millimeter scrap of trash to photograph. (Search for last year's pictures for my discussion of that.) The ranger said that's what they like to see and he thought the event was a blast.
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    More MTBR folks

    Here's Kat or Kathline, mtbikermom
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    Little Rider

    I'll have to do this next year... if someone would only pull me up.

    Edit: That's Uncle Bri (Brian) and offspring Ray. Second seat in the Burley provides room for family expansion next year.
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    Aussie Bob

    Aussie Bob was already at the top when I arrived. Unfortunately my lens got some of the party on it, smudging some of the latter pictures at one spot in the middle.
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    Portola Vince, who kept on riding over El Sombroso to get back home in mid-San Jose.
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    Who???

    I won't admit to knowing this happy guy.
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    A full Ride

    Yep, one of the essential pieces of gear on a tandem MTB is the Champaign Holder.
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    The Only Crash I Saw

    But at least this guy picked a good place to endo, right on the beer.
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    Friends

    Many people brought a friend to share in the agony.

    Francois brought a couple dozen (besides all us MTBR regulars).


    They were a cheerful rowdy bunch. One guy even brought giant spring rolls.
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    Incredible Ride

    Say hello to my little friend, who came along for the ride.

    That's the end of my pictures for now.
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    Thanks Trailhead

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    Portola Vince, who kept on riding over El Sombroso to get back home in mid-San Jose.
    I was a little apprehensive about riding an SS up Kennedy. Answer/Manitou has been slow with the SPV for my shock on my geared bike. So I called Trailhead Wednesday night. They gave me a Specialized Epic Pro with a Reba shock and disc brakes to take up the hill yesterday at no charge. So thanks Trailhead and sorry about bringing you a bike to sit in your shop for so long.
    I never had ridden a full suspended bike before yesterday. It was a couple minutes slower up the hill (or I was). It was really nice to take down the long downhill to Hicks Road and then the Quicksilver Mine Hill downhill to the junction and the Mockingbird entrance (thanks for the directions Larry). All in all a very smooth downhill experience. Maybe it was just the extraordinary traction yesterday but I was able to clean more of the bumps on the way to El Sombroso than I ever have before as well. Of course I missed the road bike after hitting the road at Mockingbird for the 12 or so miles back to my house.

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    Go Curtis, go Curtis!

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    But at least this guy picked a good place to endo, right on the beer.
    Sweet, Curtis. I haven't seen a keg stand since... hell...since long time! Oh, Curtis, I made it down the mountain finally. Lost ya there right before hitting town, but made it, stupid drunk as I was ... Thanks for the hairy, scary lead out man.
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    Nice seein' ya again k-max!

    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    Party at the top. Gotta love the gas powered blender. Now, that's the way to start Thanksgiving.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
    What a rush! My first Turkey Ride and won't be my last! Damn do my legs hurt today. Head too. Maybe Jager, beer and wine was just a bit... much Can't believe I made it down with only one minor mishap. Shizzle, can't hardly remember making it down period... I know I followed Curtis for a bit. Him and his empty keg

    Hey Francois, nice meeting you again (didn't even realize I already knew you!).

    And Kyle, love your Liza glasses! See you Saturday in Santa Cruz .
    See some of you other dogs up at Demo this morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    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.

    Page 7B of Friday's Merc News

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    Hey, it's only a 4-mile ride? What a bunch of wusses!

    Link here to the Merc piece (may require a subscription... I dunno):

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/16088171.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    But at least this guy picked a good place to endo, right on the beer.
    Yep, that was the only successful keg endo of the day. I recruited sean and curtis to lift me, but only got half a pull off of it before the keg officially met it's end. That was a great ride/event. Nice to meet new friends and hang out with some old ones. Thanks to all who hauled the goods up the hill I offered to help a few, but for most it kind of turned into a test of strength to see if they could pull their load all the way to the top

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    more photos:

    http://sports.ph.groups.yahoo.com/gr...99?b=1&m=f&o=0

    http://weekendrider.multiply.com/photos/album/23?mark_read=weekendriderhotos:23



    more here:
    http://niel.smugmug.com/gallery/2166193/6/112500268

    This is the great Pro Downhiller Curtis Beavers re-creating his college days. Curtis climbed from downtown to the summit in 1:20 on his downhill bike... towing a keg.




    This is Gabe Palacios with his future olympians Kylie and Yvonne. They made it up the climb smiling. Near the end of the downhill, Kylie's (the little one) hands got numb and she couldn't brake any more. So like a pro, she laid the bike down. She took a breather, dusted her hands off and jumped back on.


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    A bunch more shots.


    Mad Pilgrim Props to one of the original turkey draggers...

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    What motivates Jack to run up that hill? Loyalty? Boundless energy? The smell of turkey?
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    My four favorite bikes I remembered to take pictures of...

    Internal cable routing nightmare. Sport drink to match the color scheme.
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    Good luck finding a sport drink to match this color scheme.
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    Powered by Nexus (that had to be a long grind up).
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    Comin' atcha!
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    The (defunct) Stan's/Armadillo Willys crew I rode up with, an early team sponsored by MTBR.
    Scott, Lisa, Mike, Joe and Paul.
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    More shots of the margarita makers! Cheers!
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    The MTBR crew has arrived and wastes no time setting up...
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    Francis knows that presentation is EVERYTHING!
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    Nice dessert spread.
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    Coupla more of the wall. They might be smilin', but that's 'cause the end is finally in sight.
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    Mmmmm... beeerrr...

    Helmets off for hefting that beast up the hill. Weight estimates ranged from 30 to 50 pounds.
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    Random crowd shots.

    I swear this is worse than in front of the MTBR booth at Sea Otter at raffle drawing time!

    The crowd thinned earlier than normal -- probably due to weather -- but the number of riders continues to grow each year.
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    I need more photos like this to convince the wife we NEED a tandem.
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    "<i>Hey mister can I buy you a drink?</i>" Poor kid shoulda been wearing a tux.
    <img src="http://www.booboodog.net/images/lgtdr06/lgtdr06-20.jpg">

    Yours truly and a pre-downhill toast to another festive turkey ride!
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    More Turkey Day Ride Pics 06

    K-Max in the house w/ his Lindsay Lohan sunglasses! Nice!
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230012.jpg">

    Rensho and Francois with the dangling turkey teaser.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230017.jpg">

    Curtis Beavers and K-Max...
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230019.jpg">

    with the Beer and the Bird.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230018.jpg">

    The sun started to burst through the fog
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230021.jpg">

    Blue skies came upon us.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230026.jpg">

    It's on!
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230029.jpg">

    K-Max rollin'.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230032.jpg">

    One of the sweetest rides of the day. A Klein Attitude! circa late 80s?
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230033.jpg">

    Finally, the Bird brought to you by K-Max.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230035.jpg">

    Let's not forget the Gravy, complements of K-Zero.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230037.jpg">

    The Beer is unleashed.
    <Img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230038.jpg">

    Sac Brew makes an appearance.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230039.jpg">

    Let's not forget the desserts! Thanks to everyone who brought them up. I know it wasn't easy to carry the extra pounds on that horrendous climb.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230040.jpg">

    Then it started getting nutty...
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230042.jpg">

    This is getting big.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230044.jpg">

    The riders are getting younger and younger. Or are we getting older and older? Good work girls!
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230046.jpg">

    We ate, we drank before you know it... it was time to head back down. Note to self, take more pictures during the party!

    The descent.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230047.jpg">

    We packed our garbage out.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230048.jpg">

    These guys were hauling ass. The trailers were going sideways at times...
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230052.jpg">

    The 3 trailers at the bottom.
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230054.jpg">

    And their load.
    <Img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230056.jpg">

    Ride back to the car. All safe, no incidents... thank goodness!
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230057.jpg">

    Trying to shoot this was almost an incident!
    <img src="http://www.galang.com/TurkeyDayRide06/images/PB230060.jpg">

    Thanks for the food guys. I counted 3 turkeys up there. The original group(1) that started it all, the mtbr group(2) and a new Filipino crew(3) brought up a 3rd turkey this year! What's next? I heard roast pig was on the menu for next year. That was a nice kick off to a great Thanksgiving day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy

    Don't know but she might ride for the LG HS team...or a Jr. Syndicate member? She passed me to the top though.
    Thats my buddy Elizabeth. She's a bit older than her looks. her fiance, John was the team manager for the jr. syndicate, but now he rides for comencal.

    Hi Liz!,

    -Rafael

    I'll add more pics on monday.

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    Looks like Dr Evil on vacation, scary Kyle


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    Turkey Ride photos

    Hey there, to everyone that I asked to post photos to Flickr, the Mercury News Web team is not linking to Flickr photos because of copyright issues. They're asking people to post photos on our site, www.mercurynews.com, directly. If you'd like to do this, I'll see if they can pull them alongside the story. Thanks for the fun and encouragement yesterday!

    Best regards,

    Elise

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