Monday, July 17, 2017

Weekend's Ride: July 15 & 16 - Time to get the miles!

Another great weekend of rides!  This is usually the worst ride of the year in terms of pure feeling like you are cycling through an oven set on slow roast. But it was not as bad as in previous years, so cheers all around.

Saturday:  Today we headed out for the Jemez Dam Ride* - a 65 mile out and back through the picturesque Rio Grande Valley, then back through Corrales and then back home (route here).  We were 15 strong as we headed out of O'Neill's early, and picked up another 4 riders as we headed out 313 heading north.  After our first rally in Bernalillo, we surprisingly picked up an additional 2 riders represented by the Los Alamos contingent of the team (more on them later) just before heading up to the dam.

Or rather, tried to head up to the dam.  Last summer the ride was cut short by a gate and guard who informed us that a dispute between the Pueblo and the Corp of Engineers had closed the road.  I hoped for the best this year, but this year they actually closed more of the road.  Boo!  Need to find a new route for next year.
At the aborted attempt to ride to top.
After this we headed out into Breaking Bad vistas for the 20 mile loop out through the dusty high desert before heading back into the valley near Corrales.  The biggest surprise of the ride was the impromptu stop at the wonderful Hardy house just before our traditional refuel stop.  We were treated to fresh baked cookies and plenty of water.  

At this point the group split into two, with the first group (those who didn't get cookies) rolled on just before the second group caught up to them.  The second group had two flat tires in the space of about 5 miles which delayed them significantly.  But all arrived safely at back at the ride start where a few stayed for a post ride brunch at O'Neill's.  The captain is happy to report that the Bloody Mary's are as delicious this summer as last!

*Dam not included.
Yay cookies!
Sunday: A quick jaunt around the city (route here). Ali, Rhea, Ryan E, Blythe, Cap, and Liz started out from O'Neills at 6.  A beautiful and cool morning.  We picked up Stacey at the start of the diversion channel and headed north.  We had a surprise meetup with Greg about half-way up Tramway and Nellie at the top.  A brave few headed up the base of the tram.  Kudos to Nellie for her first-time climb!  A great ride, with great company.  Thanks to all for joining.
Headed up the tram spur

Regrouping at Tramway before heading home.  We missed you Gary!
Editors note: due to a miscommunication Good Gary headed in the opposite direction and cranked out the full city (50-mile loop) like a rock star!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Weekend's Rides 7/8 & 7/9 - While the captains away....

Thanks to our two volunteer ride captains - Ryan H. on Saturday and John M. on Sunday.  I appreciate that you wanted to step in and guide the cat circus through Albuquerque!

Saturday's Ride:   As relayed by ride captain Ryan!

First Officer's Log, July 8th, 2017 AD

We had as many as 21 riders at the start. We followed the course down to University Blvd where one of us developed a flat tire. After fixing the tire outside of Wise Pies Arena a.k.a. The Pit, we continued down University Blvd, crossing the dirt at Kirtland Park (as they do on the Albuquerque Century). We didn't have to wait long for all the riders to arrive at the University & Rio Bravo intersection, from where we continued down to the south loop of the Bosque Trail. There were many other riders, runners and walkers out on the Bosque this morning, making it difficult for a group to ride through. We took relatively short breaks at the train station at Tingley Beach and the Alameda/Rio Grande Open Space. From there, one of us took Rio Grande Rd to go home, and the rest of us cut through Guadalupe Trail and Camino del Bosque where we saw two bikes being offered for free (there were no takers). Continuing up Roy Avenue to Tramway Rd, some of us stopped at the Bien Mur Travel Center, where Laura's front tire went flat and had to be repaired. The rest of us continued up Tramway Road to the County Line Steakhouse where Carollan stayed behind to direct riders. I went up to the terminal, got water, waited for some other riders, headed back down and waited for everyone who had not broken off to go home. Good Gary had to add pressure to one of his tires before heading back down. On our way down Tramway Blvd, I had a tire blow-out myself. While we were repairing our fourth flat, Laura's rear tire burst and had to be repaired. Followed was the easy part of the ride, downhill along Tramway Blvd and down through the neighborhoods on the southeast side of town. 

After 52 miles and 5 flat tires, a few of us arrived back at O'Neill's. A handful of those riders joined us there for brunch.

Thanks everyone for riding. As a team, we need to work on staying together, and both keeping in a single file and slowing down and waiting until it's safe to pass on the Bosque Trail.

Artist rendition of Saturday's ride

Sunday's Ride: 

Reports of an uneventful ride.  Sometimes that is a great enough report.  And they took a photo:

From the base of the tram!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekend's Rides: 7/1 & 7/2 - A fine windy NM morning

A great weekend of training.  Then again, I always think heading out for some exercise with friends is great, so call me biased.

Saturday's Ride:  This weekend we did the modified counter clockwise city loop (route here) - a 37 mile jaunt around the city, heading north on Tramway with a little punishment of heading up to the base of the tram.  This is followed by a long descent back to the valley floor before picking up the diversion channel and back to the ride start.  We had 15 riders total head out for the ride from different locations.

Those of us that started at O'Neill's faced a fierce headwind (a sustained 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph) for the first 7 miles until we got to the fist rally spot at Smiths at Tramway and Central. We picked up another 5 riders at headed north, sideways to the wind.  At the top of Tramway, some of us headed up to the base of the tram up the steep 1 mile road for a challenge, while others headed on their way.
Heading up to the base of the tram.
Special thanks to Ryan who rode at the end of the group and ensured everyone made it to where they were supposed to go!  We got pretty spread out as we departed the top of the tram, but eventually all made it back to the ride start.
At the top!

Sunday's Ride:  4 of us started out on beautiful morning to do the inner city loop.  Kudos again to Evil Gary and Ryan for doing both training rides this weekend.  We had a peaceful ride along the Bosque, and probably the least busy I've ever seen.

At the 25-mile mark, Bex peeled off to head home, having cleverly staged a car at the Paseo train station.  Congrats on doing your longest group ride!

Gary, Ryan, and Ali headed back, and many thanks to those two for letting me draft until we hit a wind break.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Other Rides 2017

At the Taos Gran Fondo 2015
One of the great things and new things for me is branching out from the Pedal los Pueblos to do some other great rides in the area.  Last year a few of us did the Fall Blaze (RIP - they have changed the ride, click the link below to see) and it was great to go up with some great teammates and friends to do a destination ride.  I would like to do something similar this year!  Anyone have any favorites in the list below?

Ride
Location
Date
Day
Distances
Enchanted Circle Century
Red River, NM
9/10
Sunday
25/50/100
Tour de Acoma
Acoma, NM
9/17
Sunday
25/50/100
Canon City Bike & Brew/Royal Gorge Century Ride
Canon City, CO
9/23
Saturday
31/62/100
Mountain to Desert
Telluride, CO
9/23
Saturday
70/100
Tour de Ruidoso
Ruidoso, NM
9/23
Saturday
45/62/100
Tour of the Rio Grande
ABQ, NM
9/24
Sunday
39/62/100
Santa Fe Gourmet Classic
Santa Fe, NM
10/7
Saturday
65
Day of the Tread
ABQ, NM
10/29
Sunday
12/24/54/64/80/100
El Tour de Tuscon
Tuscon, AZ
11/18
Saturday
40/55/75/104

Weekend's Rides: 6/24 & 6/25 - Not quite so hot

Another great weekend. This weekend we had both our Saturday and Sunday rides head out!

Saturday's Ride: The Saturday ride met bright and early at O'Neill's at 6 am.  It was a brutal week, with a heat wave parking itself over ABQ and slowly sizzling us with a few days in a row of 100+ degree temperatures.  But by Friday, the heat wave had broken, and we all gathered in the cool morning for a quick ride around the city, taking the inner city loop (route here).

There were 14 of us that headed out: David, Andrew, Olga, Evil Gary, Matt H., Becky, Dennis, Rhea, Tina, Ryan E (nickname needed!), John, Celeste, Brian, and Gordie.  El Jefe caught up with us half way and finished out the ride.  Overall a good ride, a good way to stretch our legs and get a little mileage in.  Didn't get any group photo this week (bad captain!), but I did get a good team picture of everyones shadow!

A picture of all our shadows waiting for the light on Rio Bravo.


Sunday's Ride: Sundays ride left a bit later and featured quite a few repeat riders from Saturday.  Ryan E., Brian, Celeste, Blythe, Bobbie(sp), Rhea, Bex, and Evil Gary headed out for a quick out an back to Balloon Fiesta Park.  Another cool morning and a bunch of balloons launching along the way.
From Balloon Fiesta Park, two riders wanted more mileage and headed off for more fun and the rest of us headed back.  Half the back got distracted by the smells coming from the Waffleria and opted to stop for breakfast and the rest of us broke off for home.  A beautiful inaugural Sunday ride and, for some of us, first ride of the season.  Looking forward to more fun Sundays!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekend Ride 6/17: A quick jaunt for coffee....

Yeah!  Training season!  Waking up before dawn!  Sore butts!  Sunburn!

Wait.  I need to make this sound appealing.

Yeah!  Training season!  Getting exercise! Meeting great people! Enjoying the sunrise! Adventure! Camaraderie! Exercise induced euphoria!

It's that time again!  We headed out for first training ride - a quick 26 mile ride up the diversion channel over to the diversion channel, then south on the Bosque trail until at mile 19 we hit up the wonderful Bike in Coffee.  We stopped there for some food and refreshments, before heading uphill on Indian School to get back on the Diversion Channel trail and then south and back to the beginning.

For a first ride we had an impressive turnout!  We had 22 riders join us for the ride, including 8 brand new riders to the Penultimates.  A great start to the 2017 training season.

Drinking and eating and resting and getting bit by mosquitos

The crew!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Who We Are - 2017 season!

We are The Penultimates – a team of Albuquerque, New Mexico cyclists. Our primary focus is cycling in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “New Mexico Pedal Los Pueblos” Bike MS, a two-day, 150 mile cycling tour through northern New Mexico. This event raises money for research, education, and support of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis – including those within our community.  (For a quick primer on MS, check this out). Our team includes several members riding for friends and family with the disease, and we also have two cyclists that live and ride with MS.

The Penultimates formed in 2010 with 5 riders, raising over $7500 for the Bike MS150 event. In 2016, we and raised $26,281!  We have had over 60 different riders join us through the years and  have raised over $150,000 since our first year the fight against MS.  We’re reaching out to our families, friends, and the community businesses we actively support to help our fundraising reach the next level.  We are organizing a few fundraisers this year, including our Seventh Annual Paired Whisky Dinner hosted by Two Fool's Tavern (the 2015 even is detailed here) and our Second Annual Happy Hour at Matanza sometime in June (last year we raised over $700 drinking beer and eating!).  These events raise money directly for the MS society, but the proceeds go toward your rider totals, so if you think fundraising will be difficult - we make it easy!
From the start of the 2016 ride!
Our team has always been about the joy of cycling, the friendship of teammates, and riding or volunteering for a fantastic cause.  We may not finish first, but we will finish, and have a great time doing it!  We start training in earnest in mid June, and we will try organize two rides every weekend to get you ready for the ride depending on interest.  We welcome new riders - either new to this event or new to long distance riding. Every year we pick up new riders that end up riding more than they thought they were capable of - completing from 80 miles to the full 150 miles. Whether you are new to cycling, a grizzled veteran, or just looking to volunteer your time for a good cause, this is the team for you!  Go Domo!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Training Season 2017!

Here is the first draft of the training schedule for the 2017 year. The general plan is that if you ride this long ride schedule plus maybe get a few extra rides in you will be ready for the full 150 mile Bike MS at the end of August.   We will also contemplating doing a short training ride on each Sunday too that will build to ~50 miles by the end of the season, so those that want to ride the short ride can get some team rides in too.  For those of you new to the team, riding is great, but riding with a team is so much more fun!  As always, we will following most of the rides with a team breakfast, and now that they offer brunch this year the destination will be O'Neill's (food + beer + Bloody Mary's make recovery so much better).
From a rainy ride to Santa Fe 2016 with the Gearitos!
The tentative schedule (all are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted): All rides will leave from O'Neill's on Central as early as we can (6 am) unless otherwise noted.  There are several riders that are planning on doing the Taos Grand Fondo on August 5th (anyone interested in riding with us please let me know)!

6/17
25
6/24
36.1
7/1
36.7
7/8
53
7/15
65
7/22
65
7/29
26
8/5
66
8/12
63
8/19
Recovery weekend
55
8/26
The Ride
150
* This is the only ride that is in flux right now depending on reports of road conditions on the roller section (NM 217)