Lake Sonoma Results

Great job out there ya’ll. Here’s the results in case you want to see how you did.

Thanks Seth and Woodfour for the beer and B-Rad and Jeremiah for the stoke as always!

 

Photos by Jorge Flores

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Super Sweetwater Summary

I was going to tell you about my day but…here’s Patrick Brady’s story to chew on and killer photos by Jorge Flores.

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What’s So Special About SuperSweetwater?

Where do I start? First, this is the road where I rediscovered my native Sonoma County. I grew up in Sebastopol playing ball sports: soccer, baseball, basketball. I rode a bike but just to get around. A few jumps here and there. Nothing to adventuresome. At 21 I moved back into the area “just for a while” and began exploring on my Rei Ponderosa with Avocet semi-slicks. I was hooked as a mountain biker, but road rides? What…why? I soon discovered that our back roads were  exciting, challenging and crazy hard. So many of the roads you would never have a reason to be on or know existed, unless riding a bike. 
Second, I’m nostalgic for the first Hopper ever in 1998. I’ll never forget climbing the back side of Sweetwater with Rick Hunter who had a portable radio in his jersey pocket so we could listen to the SuperBowl. The first edition was Sweetwater, River Rd to Hwy 1, Willow Creek. Hadn’t yet thrown in Old Caz…not to mention Fort Ross. The first time I did this loop was on a birthday ride. Most likely with Dan Boyle, Kevin Garrison, Don Winkle, Roger Bartels and other friends who just “had to” go along on the birthday ride mission. They thought I was crazy, even 20+ years ago. It’s really a ride to make to you say “uncle”. I kinda like that. Lastly, I love it because it’s just so damn hard to figure out which bike to ride. From Occi to Sweetwater the roads are great; some with uber fresh pavement. Then the early parts of Sweetwater are just destroyed. Cracks down the middle, sluffing with large bulges, mud slides around blind corners, and sections that have no line but through huge pot holes. All this leads up to the westside of Sweetwater that starts so steep it’s almost laughable, 25%? Then there’s a bobsled of a decent with 180 degree off camber turns that keep you well beyond your comfort zone. This is the most challenging section of pavement to descend in the county. Bar none. Photo: Mig

Then there’s the Old Caz bonus! Why not throw in our best gravel adventure road with a creek crossing right in the middle of the ride? Creek crossing? Heck yeah! I do make sure to use SPD pedals and mtb shoes for this Hopper.

Before you know it, Kaboom! you’re in Cazadero. Now you “get” to climb Fort Ross Rd. Truly a gem. Most people pass Fort Ross Rd en route to King Ridge but it’s an amazing ribbon road. After the first summit you drop into the South Fork of the Gualala River before climbing up to Meyers Grade/Sea View Rd.


 Oh, and did I mention now you’re on top of the freaking World. There’s nothing quite like dropping in on Meyers Grade on a clear day. 

Tailwind down the coast and just “pop” on up to the top of Coleman Valley for some libations, stories and munchies.

Nothing to it, bada bing, bada boom! Old Caz Sandwich. Gravel grinder? Nope. Epic Hopper Adventure on Certified Sonoma Ribbon Roads? In spades. Can’t wait.  (Photos by John Blackwell)

See ya on Sat,

Mig

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Chileno Valley Update

This amazing painting is by Charles Beck. His studio is at the top of Joy where we’ll be finishing our ride.

The ride is on!
Ready or not time to rock and roll. This year we again have heavy rainfall and flooding leading up to Chileno Valley. The good news is that it looks like we will have a break in the storm, unlike like last year’s torrential downpour.

We have openings for day of reg (Cost is $60) or you can reg online until Friday at 6.

Now pack your gear, tune up your bike, and get ready for stage two of the 2017 Grasshopper Adventure Series.
See ya’ on Sat. Mig

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Old Caz Results 2017

Old Caz Results 2017

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Transfers?

Good morning. We’ve been getting lots of questions about transfers so here are your options.

1. You can transfer to another Hopper for free. Just let us know which one.

2. You can transfer to a friend, and they can reimburse you for the ticket. If you wish to do that, please email us and provide the following information:

1. Registered rider’s name

2. New rider’s: Name, Age (or Pro), email and phone number

3. Transfer fee is $10 via Paypal.

It is best to do this before Saturday. We have a full field and it’s going to be hectic. If it’s last minute, please bring a printout of the rider’s registration confirmation and we can do day-of transfers.

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Distracted

Do you daydream about riding your bike while at work? Of course you do. Join us for and adventure or 2 or 5 or 6 this year.

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What Matters Most? Bike, Wheels or Tires?

Bikes, tires and wheels do matter. But it turns out that perhaps the most important factor in speed, comfort, handling and efficiency on the bike is tire pressure. I’m not one to follow every new advancement in bicycle innovation but this interview really caused me to rethink how I roll. I come from a background where we raced 26″ 2.0 tires at 50 psi on the dirt. And on the road it was assumed that smaller tires 20-23 c, at pressures as high as 110 psi was the fastest. Listen to this fascinating interview with Patrick Brady from RKP and Josh Portner of Silca. If you are now running 28c on your road bike instead of 23 or 25, and have decreased psi to 90 psi it’s still less compliant than 25 at 100 psi. When asked for a “general rule” for riders, he pauses and says that’s difficult. A pure number is tough to go by. If it feels smooth it’s probably right, if it’s stiff and rough, probably too high. Listen to the whole Podcast or go to minute #21 to hear the interview.

The Paceline Podcast #39

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2017 Grasshopper Capo Jersey

Don’t miss out on this year’s  custom, limited edition Grasshopper Jersey. Brought to you by the good folk at Capo! Order closes Jan 30th for April 8th (Skaggs! delivery) Jersey $95 bibs $115. Click the link about “Sponsors” to the right or go to Capo Custom to order  

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Chileno Valley Feb. 11th… (Just too much fun to miss!)

I know most of you are foaming for Old Caz; figuring out the perfect bike and tire, matching your socks to your bar tape, debating what size cassette to run (I say as big as they come) and stalking other’s Strava. But did you know Chileno Valley is 3 weeks after Old Caz? And it’s all road. This means you don’t even have to wash your gravel bike, just hang’er up and start getting some road miles in. This year we have a “shorter” version of the loop in case 80 miles is just too much for Feb. 11th.  Last year only 100 brave souls endured racing in the biggest storm of the year but we expect a solid turn out in the men’s and women’s field. You can read about Patrick Brady’s take on the day at RKP.

Mindset

For now, let me dangle a few images that will tempt and inspire you.

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Photo: Paul C Miller

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