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That Dorky Mirror Saved My Life

OK, I admit that this is a misleading headline.  I was skimming through some news articles and started reading one where the headline had little to do with the article’s contents.  I thought I would try the eye drawing trick… Jonathan and Jim Just Before Iowa Hill I have been cycling with a rear-view mirror…

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Death Ride Tune Up

Joe and Enrico applying bar tape As the Death Ride nears, a group of Cycle Folsom’s riders got together to give their bikes a final tune up to make sure their rides were in top working order. Most of the work was similar – brake/shifter cable replacement and new chain installation. Cable replacement takes some…

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What Does It Take To Be A Racer

The Tour De France is just around the corner and just a month ago we were able to experience the Amgen Tour of California in our own home town.  Seeing these amazing riders compete in such an epic way may fuel your own thoughts about taking your cycling to a new level – racing.  What would…

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A Tale of Two Rides

Yesterday, we completed the 10th and final century ride in the Train for the Tours (TftT) series for 2016.  This one was an out and back from Sly Park to Carson Pass and included more than 10,000′ of climbing, riding at altitudes above 7,500’ for much of the ride and some tough climbs like Carson…

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Riders – Know Your Route

Several weeks ago, I was with a group riding a route that used very common roads.  I noticed the rider(s) in front looking back occasionally and asking “which way?”  We weren’t in a remote area or on an unusual route by any means.  They clearly didn’t know the route.  After a short while, I spent…

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Fox ‘n Hound, Cameron Park

“Chase or be chased” is one of the Cycle Folsom motto’s. For this ride, the Peloton group were the sly foxes, and us Performance riders would be the hungry hounds trying to chase them down. I did the math. It would be nearly impossible to catch the foxes with their 30 minute lead over a…

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Tuesday Climbing Ride

I think we all had a great ride Tues night! The route was cut a little short due to the waning daylight, but what we lacked in distance and climbing was made up with speed. We all rolled out of Folsom on time. I really only had one goal for the night even though the…

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Folsom Lake Loop

The plan for the Folsom Lake Loop ride was stated this way in brief: “Both the Peloton and the Performance groups will be doing this ride together. The plan for the Performance group ride leaders is to keep this ride mellow and provide some pacing, encouragement, & coaching for Peloton riders should they want it.…

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Tuesday Climbing Ride

Tonight’s evening climbing ride of 14 riders split-up into two groups (OK, maybe 2 1/2 groups): the Billy Goats doing the full clockwise route, the Easy Riders opting for the easy clockwise route, and the Junior Billy Goats knocking out the easy clockwise route, but at a faster pace than the Easy Riders. I opted…

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Coon Creek via Garden Bar Road

My ride stats: 68 miles in 3:46 ride time for an average speed of 18.0 mph and 4,300 ft of climbing.We had a good group with 7 of us setting out on the ride to see where Coon Creek was at and to see what riding Garden Bar had to offer for cycling. The weather…

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