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Sunday, June 1 was going to be my 2008 mtb racing debut.

Saturday, I rode up OLH uphill time trial and got hammered. I was supposed to cruise up and set a record time but my two triathlete friends posted sub 20 minute times up the hill and crushed me. If you're not a roadie, ignore what you just read.

But we had an amazing Brittany Bike Build for Cancer Survior party last night at my place and the food and drink recharged my batteries. Or so I thought.

Anyway, it did not recharge my brain because after speeding down 101 for 30 minutes, I realized I had no helmet and no shoes in the car. So back home I go.

From misfortune breeds opportunity. The options were:
- go back to Fort Ord and do the 1pm expert race
- go to UCSC and ride the Look
- road ride to Pescadero
- Jet 9 or Nomad at Demo
- cross ride to Demo
- cross ride to Stevens Canyon to Woodside.



Cyclocross ride to Stevens Canyon it is. I can ride from my house and I'm going to Woodside on road and on trail. Man, gas is expensive


So I hit Fremont Older and I actually like it now on the cross bike. I have new tubeless tires and it rides like a 29er now


Umm, kinda steep. But I can still take a photo!


Descending to the Stevens Creek Reservoir. The bike has traction, yeah!!


I'd rather be fishing. not.


We'll see about this 'not a through road part'


Houston, my legs have a problem


This is what you call 'an ocean of poison oak'.


end of the road or beginning of the magic?


I used to see these hills as brown. Now, I know they're golden. It's a matter of perspective I guess.


This rock is specyal


bike porn


Tubeless, with sealant. 40 psi or lower


This is the finest spot in the South Bay


Ahh, endless trail


Canyon trail



The beating yesterday was no fluke. My legs are dead. It's time to head home!


Now this is a gate with Passion!


Ahh, nice hood.


No mas says the legs.


The party yesterday left me a cooler full of goodies. Thank you!!!!!!!


These are the best leftovers ever!!!!!!!!!


Gday and Goodnight.


fc
 

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Great photos.

What do you do with tubeless if you puncture?
 

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Pablo said:
Great photos.

What do you do with tubeless if you puncture?
So this tubeless is filled with the Hutchinson Tubeless Fast Air foam. That should seal most punctures. Or maybe it doesn't...

I can can carry one of these cannisters too to inflate the tire on the road and seal another puncture. If not, I can remove the valve and put a tube in it.

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Awesome ride report, I wish we had weather like that up here as much as you guys get it

On another note you're probably going to want to flip that LOOK mountain bike back over. If it has hydros storing it that way is a good way to get bubbles in the brake lines and then you have to go through the hassle of bleeding them far too much.
 

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gruppe_a said:
Nice... that's my old stompin grounds! I used to live back in the canyon & ride those trails with my Hakkalugi.

Miss the area... don't miss the near constant case of poison oak though! :D
Where are you now.

This area has great beauty, balanced by poison oak and park rangers. Hmm, what's worse...

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Damn, I know all those trails/roads so well. This makes me want to get a cross bike!

I haven't been to Fremont Older in a long time, but I remember that steep climb very well. I used to haunt the place back in the mid to late 1990s, before the rangers came in and ruined the place. Now it's a lot of horses and hikers.

I went up Montebello one time on a road bike and took the dirt to the radio tower. It was kind of dicey as I recall, with all the dust and sand that passes for trail up there!

Nice choice to take the Tierra Bella trail off the top. A lot of riders would just go to Page Mill and be done with the dirt.

Where is that bike fence?
 

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mohair_chair said:
Damn, I know all those trails/roads so well. This makes me want to get a cross bike!

I haven't been to Fremont Older in a long time, but I remember that steep climb very well. I used to haunt the place back in the mid to late 1990s, before the rangers came in and ruined the place. Now it's a lot of horses and hikers.

I went up Montebello one time on a road bike and took the dirt to the radio tower. It was kind of dicey as I recall, with all the dust and sand that passes for trail up there!

Nice choice to take the Tierra Bella trail off the top. A lot of riders would just go to Page Mill and be done with the dirt.

Where is that bike fence?
The dirt road after Montebello is pretty smooth now. There is some chopped up asphalt in the beginning followed by smooth gravel. I swear, it felt like a chipseal asphalt road with these tubeless tires at 40 psi.

The bike fence is on Stevens Canyon road going east shortly after the trail ends. It's on the right side and visible from the road.

The nice bonus with a cross bike is you don't need to descend at 30 mph to get a good rush out of the trails. 20 mph is exciting enough. Yes, folks, our area has $300 bike speeding tickets over 15 mph.

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can u tell me where - exactly - this is? i live in SF and i want to ride those trails! i'm new to the area though, so i need some directions! thanks

Fremont Older is in Cupertino/Saratoga. Here is a Map: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_fremont.pdf. He went in the Prospect entrance, climbed up to the Coyote trail, then descended to Stevens Canyon Road.

Next he climbed Montebello Road, which is not on the map, but if you follow Stevens Canyon road around the lake, there is a small finger that juts out to the left. Montebello starts right at the end of the finger. Climb Montebello road for roughly five miles...

Then pick it up on this map: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_monte_bello.pdf. Find Montebello snaking from the right side in roughly the middle. Where it turns green, it becomes dirt. Take it to Black Mountain, which is the top, where he took that beautiful shot.

I'm guessing here, but I assume he headed to the campground, then picked up the Bella Vista trail (which I mistakenly called Tierra Bella above), down to the Canyon trail, and then all the way out to the gate at Stevens Canyon Road (bottom of the map), where it turns back into asphalt.

Not sure how he got home, but I suspect he went over Mt. Eden, to Pierce, to Saratoga-Sunnyvale, and then he doesn't live too far away.
 

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Nice! You know, yer eventually die a horrific death when that cf bar snaps. Just sayin:p
 

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Kram said:
Nice! You know, yer eventually die a horrific death when that cf bar snaps. Just sayin:p
That is a good point. That bar is about 40 grams too light and is better placed on my carbon weenie bike. I would have moved it already if my bar tape job wasn't soo good.

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