Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Calm in the Eye of the Storm

This is a crazy, hectic time lately with so much going on, not the least of which is that we we leave shortly to host CORPScamp Death Valley and Hell's Gate Hundred. Fortunately we actually get to ride during the camp (and practice yoga every day, and hike, and socialize), unlike all the other events we host, where we only work, work, work.

So, with two hours to spare and both of us free on Thursday morning, it was a wonderful respite to head on out for a local ride. And for a quick local ride, this one is a doozy! In just two hours we ascend 3100 feet over 22 miles round-trip. The route is from "The Valley" to an epic view of the Pacific Ocean above Malibu and also back across the Valley. We're so lucky to have these Santa Monica Mountains - much of them protected by the National Park Service - right out our door!
Above: Yours truly and my Rawland rSogn, from the viewpoint at the top of Stunt Road where it intersects Schueren Road. I'm facing the Pacific, with the Valley behind me.. More about that bike.Above: Laurie has ridden the same US-made Serotta Fierté for just shy of a decade! With TA cranks and Shimano Dura Ace 10-speed bar-ends providing gearing of 34/50 by 11-28. Tyres are Challenge Paris-Roubaix 700c by 29mm, which just squeeze inside that racy frame and fork. Like my bikes, she rides a Berthoud saddle, Ritchey Classic Silver bars and stem, and Ritchey's Look Delta clone pedals.
What's wrong with this picture? Look by the curb in the middle: some moron cyclist left a flatted inner tube on the side of Stunt Road!!! He, or she, is lucky I wasn't there when that crime was perpetrated. Bogus!

Finally, here are a few shots from my Strava Page about the ride:Click on over to my Strava Page to see the map, more data, & GPS info.


Todd Baum said...

Thanks for sharing that ride, Chris.

nordic_68 said...

Stunt is a great place to yo-yo down and up all those canyon roads...

Velouria said...

Off topic, but which Berthoud saddles are you guys using - the touring or the racing models?

Also, Chris what is that around your wrists?

Chris Kostman said...

She rides the "racing" Berthoud saddle and mine is "touring" model. Both have titanium rails. Alas, hers does not have bag loops.

I'm strutting the classic "arm warmers pushed down" look!