Monday, January 31, 2005

Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix, April 10, 2005

Mark Rauscher
Morgan Hill, Calif, January 27, 2005 — The Morgan Hill Grand Prix, Northern California's newest and most eagerly-awaited professional and amateur road race, will take place on April 10, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Between 300-500 pro and amateur athletes, and approximately 2,000 spectators are expected to attend.

"It's really great to be involved in the creation of a local race," says Mike Sinyard, Founder and President of Specialized Bicycles, located in Morgan Hill, CA. "We're committed to creating a sustainable event that's built out of the passion of the riders. But there's more to it than that. Morgan Hill is a great city, we've had our headquarters and R&D facility here for more than twenty years, and hosting a cycling race here provides a way for people from outside to discover what Morgan Hill has to offer. And of course this is going to be a real fun day, for cyclists, for families, and for the community as a whole. Ultimately we want to put our hometown, Morgan Hill, on the map as a destination for cycling worldwide - and believe me, there's some awesome riding in this area."

In its inaugural year, the Specialized Morgan Hill Grand Prix is expected to attract several nationally ranked cyclists, from Northern California and out of state. The race takes place on a winding circuit in downtown Morgan Hill, with nine turns in just over one mile. This style of race is known in the cycling world as a "criterium." Criteriums are always fast and furious, with riders frequently trying to get away from the field and 'steal a lap' on the short course. The circuit starts and finishes at the corner of Monterey Road and the 3rd Street Webcor Bridge, which is being refaced courtesy of Webcor Builders just for this race. The Webcor Bridge and the short climb are two signature features of the course. The "Hill" will be the setting for the most explosive action when the power-climbers decide to put a little leg-burn on their rivals, and the narrow entrance to Webcor Bridge will be a critical spot every lap with riders looking to be first through the gap. The grand finale will take place on the picturesque tree-lined Monterey Road where a bunch sprint for line honors will see riders top 40 mph.

10-15 exposition displays will be set up by event sponsors and cycling and sports industry companies, and various children's activities will take place throughout the day. See next page for contact information.

Who: 300-500 Pro and Amateur Road Cyclists and 2000+ Spectators (estimated)
What: Morgan Hill Grand Prix
When: April 10, 2005 – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Morgan Hill, CA
Information:, Event Hotline (650) 302-6310

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Armstrong & Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team begins 2005


Silver Spring, Md. - Discovery Communications announced today the beginning of a new era in professional cycling with the worldwide unveiling of the 2005 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team led by six-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong. Following a nine-year sponsorship agreement with the United States Postal Service, the only American professional cycling team ever to win the Tour de France begins its new global partnership with Discovery Communications.

"Today marks the beginning of a special partnership that allows Discovery to support an inspiring and dedicated group of athletes who represent the very best in sports," said Judith A. McHale, president and CEO, Discovery Communications, Inc. "Discovery looks forward to developing with Lance and the entire Team Discovery Channel the highest quality programs about healthy living, medical breakthroughs, the science of sports, and cancer survivorship and education for our worldwide audience."

Armstrong added, "We could not be more happy that our new title sponsor is Discovery Communications. Since its beginning almost 20 years ago, Discovery has represented the highest standards of quality media and the values that our international cycling team also represent -- the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to help people become better, smarter citizens."

Today's worldwide team presentation included an introduction of the 28 cyclists from 15 countries as well as the global unveiling of the new team uniform, bicycle and the 2005 race schedule.

The 2004 cycling season was historic as the team recorded its best season ever, winning 33 international events including Armstrong's record sixth consecutive Tour de France victory.

Led by Armstrong, the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team begins 2005 with an even stronger line up than last season. Key returning riders include: Portugal's Jose Azevedo, who finished fifth in the 2004 Tour de France; Classics team leader and key Tour de France performer George Hincapie of the United States; 14-time Tour de France finisher and Athens Olympic medalist Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia; and Max van Heeswijk of the Netherlands, who won a career best 13 races last season. One of cycling's most exciting young riders and potential Tour de France contender Yaroslav Popovych of the Ukraine and 2002 Tour of Italy champion Paolo Savoldelli are among several new riders joining the team in 2005.

Team Discovery Channel will begin the 2005 professional cycling season racing for the first time in Malaysia's Tour de Langkawi from January 28 to February 6 and the Doha Classic and Tour of Qatar from January 29 to February 4. The team will also participate in all three Grand Tours, which include the Tour de France, the Tour of Spain and Team Discovery Channel's first Tour of Italy.

Under the global partnership agreement, team leader Lance Armstrong serves as an on-air personality across Discovery's networks in the United States and around the world. Armstrong, already part of episodes on Discovery Channel's AMERICAN CHOPPER and TLC's OVERHAULIN', will also be featured in programming on Travel Channel and The Science Channel, as well as Discovery's television properties dedicated to health, wellness and fitness - Discovery Health Channel and FitTV.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Final Feb BBB Posted Here!

The final and finished "release version [ definition here ]" of the February 2005 newsletter is posted here [ PDF, 1.1 MB ]. This is it! It is done! No more versions will be posted. It is a compact newsletter with a lot of content. A special thank you to all of you who helped edit and/or contributed content!

Last pre-release version of Feb. 2005 BBB!

The fifth and last "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the February 2005 newsletter is posted here. It is just the first 19 pages it is pretty much complete! No more pre-release versions will be posted due to deadline. I will be doing the last page first thing Monday morning, so this is your last chance!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Fourth alpha version of Feb BBB posted.

The fourth "alpha version [ definition here ]" of the newsletter is posted here. It is just the first 19 pages and has missing content! More will be posted as it becomes available.

Race Across America to be broadcast

UltraMarathon Cycling Association, Inc.
For Immediate Release

Please let your club know via e-mail and/or your website that the NBC Sports will broadcast a two-hour show of the 2004 Race Across America on Saturday, January 22, from 2:30 - 4:30 EST (check local listings.)  Below / attached is more information.

John Hughes
Managing Director, UMCA, Inc

Ultra-Endurance Race Adopts Cycling-For-All Approach

TEMPE, Arizona- The Insight Race Across America is pleased to announce a two-hour NBC Sports airing of the 2004 edition on Saturday, January 22, 2005, 2.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. EST (check your listings for any local variations).

The NBC broadcast adds to a host of feature-length shows focusing on the event internationally, and in its 24th year, RAAM is now receiving worldwide recognition beyond the wildest dreams of the race's founders. As it approaches its quarter-century milestone, RAAM is gradually becoming an international tradition. A key observer of RAAM's development is Jim Lampley, who hosted ABC's Wide World of Sports telecasts of the first five RAAM editions and who is one of the Executive Producers of the upcoming telecast.  Lampley's company, Crystal Spring Productions, was hard at work on RAAM even as he worked his twelfth Olympics as a broadcaster for NBC in Athens.

"Anyone who knows me well knows about my love affair with RAAM," Lampley says of the world's toughest ultra-endurance event.  "When we first arrived in Santa Monica in 1981 to meet John Marino and the three other men who would start out with him, we had no idea what we were about to see and I'm not sure they did either.  But from the wee hours of that first night, chasing Lon Haldeman into Death Valley, I've always felt this is the ultimate American trip.  Now we have a great opportunity to share it with millions of Americans who have never really seen it, Pacific to Atlantic across the broad backs of three thousand miles of roads, from the inside out, the way we see it on RAAM.  The name alone still give me chills, has for twenty-five years:  The Race Across America.  There's only one."

At the same time the television presence of the event is taking a giant step forward, its presence on the ground is multiplying rapidly. This represents a coordinated move by the event management to build on the long and distinguished history of RAAM to make it North America's premier road cycling event.

Insight RAAM is the American answer to the Tour de France, attracting many of the leading ultra-marathon cyclists in the world to climb their own Mt. Everest. Going the rest of the American way, race organizers offer the opportunity for nearly anyone with a driving desire to compete alongside the hard core elite of the sport to sign up for the ride of a lifetime. A corporate team division was recently added for 8-person teams, in which each rider takes on about 1/8th of the challenge a solo RAAM rider handles, riding 3 hours per day. While still challenging, this puts RAAM within the reach of practically anybody who rides a bicycle regularly - and it creates a spectacular opportunity for organizations to participate in employee/customer team building as well as support their charity of choice. For conventional bicycle racing teams, the 4-person team category is ideally suited to top amateur and professional teams. After beating an international field, the 4-person Action Sports team took away $25,000 in prize money last year.  Olympic speedskating legend and bicycle road racer Dr. Eric Heiden will compete with a four-man team from Sacramento next year.

The movement to give America's bicycle race to more American cyclists is augmented by sponsorship activation specialists O2 Sports Media, who have devised a plan for 2005 that reidentifies RAAM as North America's bicycle race.  Riders of all abilities are invited to participate in organized rides along selected parts of the route, from 10 - 100 miles, celebrating the great continental crossing, the spirit of cycling, and of course saluting the racers themselves as these determined souls power through one of the world's most arduous sporting events.

According to race director, Jim Pitre: "RAAM is such a special cycling event that we want everybody to have a piece of it. And we want to provide more opportunities for our sponsors to activate their sponsorships, and provide more people for them to do this with. And it's good for the racers, too-they get more support out there on the road. 3,000 miles in a bit over week can seem an awfully long time when you're the one spinning the pedals, and the more fans out there on the course the easier it gets."

The Insight Race Across America starts in San Diego on June 19th and ends in Atlantic City on June 28th. The planned 3,000 mile route passes through California, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illiniois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, and includes about 150,000 feet of climbing. Up to 150 cyclists from 15 nations are expected to participate in the 2005 edition. For more information, visit

Saturday, January 15, 2005

BBB, Feb. 2005, Third Alpha Version posted

The third "alpha version" of the newsletter is posted here. It is just the first 14 pages, but more will be posted as it becomes available.

Second alpha version on Jan 2005 BBB posted!

The second "alpha version" of the newsletter is posted here. It is just the first five pages, but more will be posted as it becomes available.

February Topic of the Month: Recognition for ACTC volunteers

Topic of the monthThe foundation for this club is our volunteers. Do we recognize them enough? What can the club do to show our appreciation?

Black and Blue Ball

Dancers Please join us for another fun ACTC avent. Our annual holiday ball will be held at Michaels at Shoreline Saturday February 19th. Tickets are $15 per person. Includes: no-host bar from 6pm-7pm, hosted non-alcohol beverages, buffet dinner 7pm-8pm, and after dinner dancing to live music, plus door prises. Michaels is located at 960 Shorline Blvd, Mountain View 650.962.1014. Tickets can be purchased at the February club meeting or by sending a SASE to Pam Downs, 1514 Chaumont Dr, San Jose Ca 95118, with a check made out to ACTC. For any further inquiries please call Pam at 266 1490. Ticket sales end February 12th.

First release of Feb BBB

The first "alpha version" of the newsletter is posted here. It is just the first page, but more will be posted as it becomes available.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Cyclocross event on Sunday

Cyclocross racing in Santa Cruz this weekend! The race to benefit the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club in their effort to save cycling in the Forest of Nisene Marks is happening in Watsonville on Sunday.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Newsletter Now in Layout Phase

Club members are invited to check the queue to see the stories that are going in the newsletter. Please note I spelled queue right this time. Thank youou to all of youou who corrected my previous spelling errors.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Deadline for BBB edits, Thursday 6pm

I am going to be in San Francisco today attending a trade show, after the show I will be attending a user group meeting. After I get home from work tomorrow I need to start laying out the newsletter. So, I need all inputs by 6pm on Thursday. It is now too late to submit new stories but I will be taking shorts and edits until that time.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Newsletter Checkpoint, as of right now!

Just so folks know where we are, I am enclosing a list of stories that I have still listed as work pending. These are the folks who are working on content. Please let me know ASAP if this does not match with where you are:

Steve Sloan:

  • First Edit, Unknown Valley Century Story
  • First Edit, Membership Stats
  • First Edit, Gutter Bunny
  • First Edit, Top 20 Stats

Mary Paquet:

  • Referred Board Minutes for clarification.

Sue Sloan:

  • First Edit, BBBall by Pam
  • First Edit, About the Academy

Naomi Bloom:

  • Second reading, GTKY, The Greenes
  • First Edit, Tierra Bella Story
  • First Edit, Academy Meeting
  • First Edit, Political Action

Nancy Ross:

  • First Edit, Triple Crown Riders

David Hoag:

  • Article not yet received

I strongly urge all contributors to go to the URL and be sure your contributions are properly in queue.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Club Membership Renewal Process

Please post your ideas for Club Membership Renewal Here!

Newsletter Production Que Updated!

Please check the story queue to get the status of current newsletter!

This is a tool, not a web site!
Please remember that the que is a tool for producing the newsletter. Even though it uses web technology it is not intended to be a web site. Pictures may not view well and stories may not wrap well (depending on the browser you use.) Please do not send me E-mails telling me this as I know it. They are formatted for inclusion in a newsletter not a web site. Authors and other content contributors are encouraged to check the que to be sure their stories are there, edited correctly and content is accurate.

A Dedicated Friend

Awesome Tyler!
Tyler is a dedicated cyclist who loves to ride. Yet he gave up riding on the first to setup and coordinate the holiday celebration.

Tyler on Jan first

General Meeting, January 4, 2004

Minutes of ACTC General Meeting
January 4, 2004
President David Hoag called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

David welcomed all present and thanked the outgoing Board. He asked new Club members to introduce themselves and indicate their reasons for joining the club. Three new members took the floor. Two of the new members had been on some Club rides and all hoped to improve their riding.

Treasurer Paul Vlasveld reported deficit spending of about $13,000 in 2004. $56,000 remains in Club reserves. He looks forward to a successful year without deficit spending and will be closely monitoring expenditures.

Membership chair Dick Caron was absent due to a family emergency. There will be a report on membership at the next General Meeting.

Ride Coordinator Tyler French announced changes to the ride lists: he is eliminating Mountain Goat Silver City/Virginia City and adding Skyline Park. He is adding four Grizzlies: Time Trials, Saratoga Maze, Guy Fawkes Day, and Blessing of the Bicycles. He reminded everyone about the Ride Leaders luncheon. If you were a 2004 ride leader, join the luncheon. The rides are open to all Club members.

David asked for committee reports. There were no representatives present to report on Sierra-to-the- Sea, Tierra Bella, and the Academy.

Political Action Chair Bob Eltgroth reported that he attended and spoke at the San Jose Council meeting at which the Council approved the Sports Complex on McKean Road. There is some mitigation planned as a result of opposition and the size of the project was scaled down. Bob pointed out how important the EIR phase is for such projects. You can contact Bob if you would like additional information. Bob will be attending upcoming board meetings for California Association of Bicycle Organizations (CABO) and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) this month. Bob is having double knee replacement surgery at the end of the month, so he will not be attending meetings for a few months. He will submit articles to the Black and Blue Bottom.

Bicycle Recycling Program Chair Jim Schallau had nothing new to report this month. Shop Representative Chair Larry Brandt reported that we need a Cupertino representative for the Cupertino Bike Shop.

David Hoag reported on the first meeting of the new Board in the prior week. The Board identified specific focus areas to work on this year. The board wants the opportunity to work with everyone in the Club to meet the needs of all Club members and to assist new members. David also explained the Presidential BLOG (Web-based discussions on specific topics) and monthly “Coffee with the President.” Each month David will discuss one focus item to develop actionable items for the Club. If you don’t have internet access or prefer personal contact, join David on January 22, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Almaden Roasting Company. The first topic is the renewal process. Does it work for you? Can we improve it? Was it easy? What can we do as a club to improve the process?

Other announcements: John Mazzella announced that a few remaining Sierra-to-the-Sea T-shirts and one pair of shorts were on special for $3.00 that evening. David announced that Black and Blue Ball tickets are on sale.

Publisher Steve Sloan is redesigning the Club publication and needs your comments to help improve the Black and Blue Bottom. He encouraged people to take extra copies for distribution in such places as health clubs. Steve is recruiting writers, photographers, and cartoonists. Please contact Steve by e-mail.

At the request of Club members, the new Board introduced themselves. Vice President Penny Carl announced that we would celebrate past Vice President John Mazzella’s birthday with a cake at break. She would like to hear suggestions for program speakers. Ride Coordinator Tyler French reported that the Club would be setting up a clearing house for new members with information on good introductory rides, the Tierra Bella, and other events. Tyler wants to help Club members to achieve their personal riding goals.

Past President Michael Curtis announced the raffle of one Sierra-to-the-Sea ticket among 2004 ride leaders. The ticket is non-transferrable, so only those leaders who would take the tour are given raffle tickets. You must contact Michael to be included in the raffle.

David Hoag made the single bike-related announcement. He reported on the first long distance training ride. In spite of rain, 25 riders completed rides of varying distances, a good start to an exciting and fun series. He encouraged everyone to join the next ride.

Adjournment: 7:58 p

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Missing Ride Sheets!, call Don Axtell


***  LIST OF MISSING RIDES  ***                
  Date   Ride Name                 Rating Miles   Leader       
03/14/04 Training -                   5MB  100 Deborah Lefferts   
05/06/04 Extension -                  3MB   40 Deborah Lefferts   
12/30/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Deborah Lefferts   
03/14/04 Tandems Warmup - ME/Pierce   3M    35 Jim Pannunzio      
03/21/04 Afternoon Sun - Portola Loop 2M    35 Jim Pannunzio      
04/25/04 Tandem Chugging - OldLaHonda 5M    35 Jim Pannunzio      
03/20/04 All Things - Spring Equinox  1LM   21 Paul Metz          
06/06/04 To Market - Coffee           1LM   19 Paul Metz          
04/07/04 5Vs - Sh/K                   3LM   15 David Seeley       
07/07/04 5V's - Sh/Kennedy            3LM   15 David Seeley       
10/06/04 5Vs - Sh/Kennedy             3LM   15 David Seeley       
11/03/04 5V's - Sh/Kennedy            3LM   15 David Seeley       
04/08/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Karl Schilling     
04/15/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Karl Schilling     
04/22/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Karl Schilling     
04/29/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Karl Schilling     
06/03/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
06/10/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
06/17/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
06/24/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
07/01/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
07/15/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
07/22/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
07/29/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Karl Schilling     
04/10/04 Lunch in San Francisco       3LM   25 Keith Giles        
10/20/04 M'week F'ship - Coffee       1LM   25 Keith Giles        
04/16/04 MTB - Henry Coe              5LM   20 Bill Keckler       
05/20/04 MTB - Henry Coe              6LM   20 Bill Keckler       
10/27/04 MTB -                        5LM   20 Bill Keckler       
12/09/04 MTB -                        5LM   15 Bill Keckler       
12/23/04 MTB -                        5LM   15 Bill Keckler       
12/27/04 SCC -                        4M    40 Bill Keckler       
12/30/04 MTB -                        5LM   15 Bill Keckler       
04/17/04 Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary     1LM   20 Arye Green         
04/18/04 Quicksilver Hill Climb - Hic 5S     7 Vladimir Baicher   
06/13/04 Reservoirs Time Trial        2S    16 Vladimir Baicher   
08/21/04 Guadalupe Creek Time Trial   1S    11 Vladimir Baicher   
10/24/04 Guadalupe Creek Time Trial   1S    11 Vladimir Baicher   
04/24/04 MTB - Henry Coe Back Country 5LM   15 Harold Legore      
11/05/04 MTB - Henry Coe              5LM   20 Harold Legore      
11/19/04 MTB - Henry Coe              5LM   20 Harold Legore      
05/06/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Pete Klein         
05/20/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Pete Klein         
05/27/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Pete Klein         
08/05/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Pete Klein         
08/12/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Pete Klein         
08/19/04 McKenzie Ride -              5B    25 Pete Klein         
09/02/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Pete Klein         
09/23/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Pete Klein         
09/30/04 McKenzie Ride                5B    25 Pete Klein         
05/13/04 Almaden Ramble - Bailey Loop 4LM   25 Valerie Butler     
06/24/04 Almaden Ramble - LL/WS       3LM   20 Valerie Butler     
05/14/04 Irish - VST,Sh/Kennedy       6LM   30 John Mazzella      
05/24/04 Monday Argonaut              3M    30 Henry Perez        
05/25/04 Tortoises - Soquel-SanJose   4LM   27 Marcia Wire        
05/26/04 Sh/K,Hicks,LomaAlmaden       5B    20 Drew Townsend      
06/09/04 Sh/K, Hicks x2               5MB   25 Drew Townsend      
06/23/04 Sh/K, Hicks x2               5MB   25 Drew Townsend      
07/14/04 Hicks x2, LomaAlmaden        5B    25 Drew Townsend      
07/21/04 Hicks x2, LomaAlmaden        5B    25 Drew Townsend      
05/28/04 Good Friday - Coyote Creek   2LM   37 Andy Leach         
06/04/04 Good Time Friday -           2LM   30 Andy Leach         
05/31/04 Quimby for Quality           5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
06/07/04 Quimby for Quality, Mt.Pleas 5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
06/21/04 Quimby for Quality, Mt.Pleas 5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
06/28/04 Quimby for Quality, Mt.Pleas 5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
07/05/04 Quimby for Quality           5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
08/09/04 Quimby for Quality           6MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
08/23/04 Quimby for Quality           6MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
08/30/04 Quimby for Quality           6MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
09/06/04 Quimby for Quality           5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
09/13/04 Quimby for Quality           5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
09/20/04 Quimby for Quality           5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
09/27/04 Quimby for Quality           5MB   20 Paul Vlasveld      
06/15/04 WDM -                        5LM   25 Steve Sloan        
08/24/04 W&D Mellow -                 3LM   15 Steve Sloan        
06/17/04 Quimby Mauler, Mt.Pleasant   6M    30 Don Axtell         
06/17/04 To Lake Cunningham - Coffee  4LM   20 Larry Brandt       
11/22/04 Crankin' - Coffee            2LM   25 Larry Brandt       
12/27/04 Crankin' - Coffee            2LM   25 Larry Brandt       
06/23/04 Hills'R Us -                 5MB   50 Roger Coombes      
08/25/04 Hills R Us                   5M    50 Roger Coombes      
07/05/04 Mt.Ham-Low,Q-E,Mt.P          5M    20 Art Cruz           
09/27/04 Mt.Ham.Low,Q-E,Mt.P          5M    20 Art Cruz           
10/04/04 LowHam,Q-E,Mt.P              5M    20 Art Cruz           
07/13/04 Almaden Explorer-Hellyer     1LM   20 Bob Yeomans        
12/13/04 Almaden Explorer             2LM   25 Bob Yeomans        
08/22/04 Brunch in Stinson Beach      3LM   30 Margaret Barnes    
09/04/04 Breakfast Ride               1L    14 Ralph Coole        
12/26/04 Four Corners Ride            1L    15 Ralph Coole        
09/11/04 Singles Social -             3LM   40 Gene Lytle         
09/18/04 Tahoe Roundabout             3M    73 Richard Brunner    
09/19/04 Cheese to Oysters to Cheese  5LM   45 Naomi Bloom        
10/23/04 Apple Pie - Hazel Dell       3LM   40 Naomi Bloom        
09/23/04 Thurs.Trek - Lunch           1LM   18 Stephanie Metz     
12/08/04 Light A Candle - Hanukkah    1LM   12 Stephanie Metz     
10/10/04 Blessings - Special Occasion 1LM   12 Michael Curtis     
11/07/04 Sierra,Suncrest,Lower,Kincai 5MB   75 Michael Curtis     
11/21/04 OLH,Pescadero,Alp-W,Portola  5MB   80 Michael Curtis     
11/26/04 Soda Springs                 5M    20 Michael Curtis     
10/13/04 Reverse Explorer - Coffee    3LM   20 Karen Bishop       
12/30/04 Reverse Explorer - Coffee    3LM   20 Karen Bishop       
10/17/04 Steroids - Los Alamitos Path 2MB   50 Joanne Grimaldi    
12/26/04 Steroids - Reservoirs        2MB   50 Joanne Grimaldi    
10/17/04 Epicenter - Eureka,NiseneMar 5LM   50 Paul Greene        
10/23/04 Academy Grad. - Canada Loop  4LM   62 Jayme James        
10/28/04 Thursday Mora                5MB   35 Tyler French       
11/10/04 Wednesday Mora               5MB   35 Tyler French       
12/08/04 Wednesday Tour               5M    30 Tyler French       
11/10/04 Hills R Us -                 5M    50 Van Whitis         
11/16/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Pamela Downs       
11/23/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Pamela Downs       
11/30/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Pamela Downs       
12/07/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Pamela Downs       
12/14/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Pamela Downs       
12/21/04 Sh/Kennedy Coffee Ride       3MB   25 Pamela Downs       
11/16/04 Autumn Amble - Coffee        2LM   44 Pat Grilione       
11/20/04 Academy Training - Lunch     1LM   15 Harry Lichtbach    
11/27/04 EmeraldHills - PortolaLoop   3LM   58 Jerry Schonewille  
12/30/04 EmeraldHills - PortolaLoop   3LM   40 Jerry Schonewille  
12/07/04 Twosday Tuesday - Lunch      2LM   30 Bob Thompson       
12/27/04 MM Mocha Mooch - Coffee      1LM   25 Don Burnett

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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Book Review: Breaking the Limit

Larsen, Karen (2004). Breaking the Limit. New York: Hyperion. (ISBN 9-7868-6870-8)

[My Rating, 9] If you liked Robyn Davidson's book, Tracks, you will like this book. In my opinion this is a great adventure book, a great feminists book and a great travel book. It is about one woman's two-wheeled trip from New Jersey to California to Alaska and return on a motorcycle. One her journey she met fellow travelers (including bicyclists), local folks and her birth family. Larsen is an excellent writer and her trip, like all good journeys, led her to a lot of self-revelations. If you can't make the journey yourself you should at least read the book. It is a great trip!