4th Annual All-Club Ride & BBQ Report
70 riders from the greater Touchstone Cycling Club Community geared up for a hot, late summer day in Tilden Park in Berkeley. Levels 1 and 2 rode one tough ride, the "McEwen Loop," which gets the heart pumping and legs screaming up its heavy hill interval profile (max grade on McEwen Rd. might be 15%): the bulk of the climbing happens in the last 27 miles. The finale is a stinger up South Park with the final 250 ft or so at +/-15% grade to the picnic site. Ouch. Level 3 riders did the classic "Three Bears Loop" and avoided the South Park Sting by enjoying the windy roads of Wildcat Canyon and Grizzly Peak where they were rewarded with a fun, super fast descent down South Park. All in all, not so bad despite a handful of flats, including one person going through four tubes, a blown side wall and a broken derailleur. The last of the riders came in safe and sound, around 3:30pm – just in time to savor Kent's Puerto Rican BBQ and an ice cold beer. Yum!
Big thanks to all the leaders—Markham, Dave, Jess, Brian, Gary, Andrea, Ileana and Robin—for looking out for the riders and making it a safe and fun day!
Labels: cycling, event, Touchstone Bike Club