ridebyshooting:

Get out there. Do dumb things.

Last week, I did the Tour de Tree again. It’s a self invented event. No one pays me to do it. And guess what? All the rules, I made up. 

It takes place over 5 days and is 10 Stages - 5 AM, 5 PM. Basically riding to and from work everyday. Santa Cruz to/from Morgan Hill. That sounds easy, but my commute includes Mt Madonna, which has an amazing tree at the top of it. Rule is, when you get to the tree, you do a ‘tour’ of it i.e. ride a loop around it.

The week for me was roughly 66 miles/5,200ft of elevation gain on average a day. 

I convinced one other person to do ALL the stages with me, and some other folks joined me here and there for a stage or two (I encouraged people from Morgan Hill side to ride to the tree, do their loop, and head back down to complete a stage. A few did it in the afternoon, and two braved the morning and did a stage up to the tree in the fog.)

For the final stage, both Jon - the other person who did all 10 stages and  wearing the Van Dammage kit - portaged a tallboy to the Mother Tree and toasted our victory together. It was an amazing and very tiring experience. Wednesday was the hardest and I took to taking noonday naps on the lawn outside work while everyone was out on lunch ride just to catch up with sleep - getting up at 4:30am every morning does that to you.

I took a lot of photos and some videos for what is a very long week. You can view them all here, included some loops of the Mother Tree and a rather impressive puncture pic —> TOUR DE TREE - AUGUST 2014

Also, here’s an example of a stage. The final PM stage. I did change the afternoon routes from time to time, adding in more climbing generally, but this is the standard afternoon commute. 

This is what life is all about. Think up a stupid but fun challenge if you don’t have one sitting ready.

Love it!

cyclephotos:

Favourite paint job so far at Eurobike

Yes! Mine too…

cyclephotos:

Favourite paint job so far at Eurobike

Yes! Mine too…

Spaghetti. #stelvio #nailedit (bij Passo Dello Stelvio 2760m)

Spaghetti. #stelvio #nailedit (bij Passo Dello Stelvio 2760m)

Only another 46 to go… #stelvio (bij Passo Dello Stelvio 2760m)

Only another 46 to go… #stelvio (bij Passo Dello Stelvio 2760m)

My pre-ordered @curvecycling Grovel is happening. Already thinking about build, looks and adventures I’m going to take this puppy on…

My pre-ordered @curvecycling Grovel is happening. Already thinking about build, looks and adventures I’m going to take this puppy on…

mooiefietsennicebikes:

Super kid

I promise my daughter will not leave the house before she can patch her own tubes.She is six now so I have a bit of time. (The kid in the picture is not her)Being able to repair your own bike is empowerment.

mooiefietsennicebikes:

Super kid

I promise my daughter will not leave the house before she can patch her own tubes.

She is six now so I have a bit of time. (The kid in the picture is not her)

Being able to repair your own bike is empowerment.

onelegmatt:

A-train Cycles Steel Monster Cross.

Fabulous.

via Cycle EXIF

This is pretty close to what I see in my near future. Although much more exclusive and unaffordable to what I have in mind…

deepsection:

rohnerstefan:

The Rapha Continental, Holland, a great weekend …
http://pages.rapha.cc/es/rides-es/hidden-europe-holland

"Dinken van Holland…"
~ The Deep Section

Some of my regular rides are in there…

deepsection:

rohnerstefan:

The Rapha Continental, Holland, a great weekend …

http://pages.rapha.cc/es/rides-es/hidden-europe-holland

"Dinken van Holland…"

~ The Deep Section

Some of my regular rides are in there…

We both knew this wasn’t going to last. Burn a candle from both ends and you are left with ash and scorched fingertips before you know it. She showed me the power that elegance and sophistication can generate. I’d like to think I showed her the beauty in iron determination and getting dirty. Together we lifted eachother to great heights. All 36.500 meters of it. With sweet sorrow I now say goodbye to this beautiful lady. It was good while it lasted and we’ve both come out richer. @canyon_bikes #ultimatecfslx #centcolschallenge #corsica #lovelettertoabike (bij Quai Des Martyrs)

We both knew this wasn’t going to last. Burn a candle from both ends and you are left with ash and scorched fingertips before you know it. She showed me the power that elegance and sophistication can generate. I’d like to think I showed her the beauty in iron determination and getting dirty. Together we lifted eachother to great heights. All 36.500 meters of it. With sweet sorrow I now say goodbye to this beautiful lady. It was good while it lasted and we’ve both come out richer. @canyon_bikes #ultimatecfslx #centcolschallenge #corsica #lovelettertoabike (bij Quai Des Martyrs)

Cent Cols Challenge finishers party. Bunch of hot-looking legs around here! #centcolschallenge #corsica #wemadeit

Cent Cols Challenge finishers party. Bunch of hot-looking legs around here! #centcolschallenge #corsica #wemadeit