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At about 7:45 a.m. on April 4, 2014 a bicyclist has just rounded a blind corner and is riding into the face of pedestrians on Paseo De San Carlos, the same path where Ching-Tsun Nee, an 89-year-old San Jose woman, died from head injuries after a bicyclist collided with her on Thursday, March 20 at almost 6 a.m.

This is after years and years of complaints about pedestrian safety on campus sidewalks. I just learned about this yesterday and am very sad but not surprised.

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Sunday April 6 Bicycle Ride

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Cycling

Sun, 6 Apr 2014

Steeevo’s Mellow Ride

Click here for a PDF version of route sheet

11:00 am
30 mi, 4 LM

Billy Goat
Mt Eden/Pierce

30 miles, 4LM, 1522 Feet of climbing. This will be ridden at a social pace. Route sheets will also be provided at ride start. Meet in the Blossom Hill Square Shopping Center, at Los Gatos Bicycles, Los Gatos, California – Corner of Harwood and Blossom Hill.
Steve Sloan

 

Ride start – Corner of Harwood and Blossom Hill (Map)

(408) 605-0692
steve@ssloan.net

Why I rarely do event rides

Posted: February 26, 2014 in Cycling
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Elaine and I on the SLO Wildflower Century in 2011

Once, long ago, I was a big fan of event rides. I did them regularly. There was one event ride year after year I used to go on that lasted a week. I was away from my wife and my family for a week, the ride was hard, I was riding alone and I finally realized, after doing this six times in eight years, I was not having much fun anymore.

Normally, even when I am riding alone, I am having fun while riding. So, that was not it. It’s not the rides; I changed.

Preparing for these rides meant I had to train for them. I had to ride my bike to train. After pondering the whole thing, I realized that cycling had become like work. When cycling became something I had to do, that took a lot of the fun out of it for me. It was like, well, work. I want to ride my bike because I want to ride my bike, not because I have to ride my bike.

The one great exception to this was the 2011 SLO Wildflower that I rode with Elaine Whitebook. We rode at the slowest riders pace and when one of us got tired we grabbed a SAG. That was spending a day with a friend on a bike ride. It was one of the best bike rides ever. Oh yea, we did not train for the ride. We just did it.

Amy’s Ride

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Cycling

I am forwarding an e-mail from our friend Amy Marsh. As you probably know Amy is leading ACTC’s Whine and Dine road rides this year. On the last day of the rides for 2013, (Wed. Sept 18th, 6pm Summit Bikes Los Gatos) after the ride there will be a raffle and the proceeds will go to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Amy is riding the Waves-to-Wine ride on Sept 21 and 22nd. I did this ride myself two years ago. It’s a great cause. When I did Waves-to-Wine I rode for a good friend.

My friend has MS. She has been battling the disease since before I knew her. She is still going strong and is now even doing triathlons! She was a great friend and support for me when the doctors thought my own neurological disorder was MS. It turned out not to be MS, but I learned a lot about MS in the process. The only reason I am not doing the Waves-to-Wine ride myself this year is how much I really struggled with the bike ride two years ago.

I finished the ride two years ago, and, thanks to Amy, was able to put up my tent and get some food. But, I was unable to ride on day two. I guess we all get by with a little help from our friends. So, instead of riding this year I am supporting Amy.

I urge you to read Amy’s e-mail and to consider supporting her ride and this worthy cause. Please help her and some great folks who are fighting this disease.
Regards:
~Steve

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Amy’s e-mail follows:

Hello Friends and Family!

The final Whine and Dine of the season is coming Wednesday, September 18th. We will be riding the traditional Bullwinkle ride, even though the moose has moved. Meet in front of Summit Bike Shop at 6pm ready to roll.

After the ride, we will have a dinner at Una Mas Mexican Grill in Los Gatos with a raffle to raise money for The National MS Society’s Waves to Wine with prizes including:

Two gift certificates donated by Summit Bikes in Los Gatos valued at $25 each Two 50 dollar Ticketmaster Cash Codes A set of mountain bike tubes from Trail Head Cyclery.

Tickets will be one for $2, three for $5 and seven for $10.

When: Wednesday September 18th 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Una Mas Mexican Grill 15724 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (408) 358-8680

The Waves to Wine bike ride is a two-day, 150 mile journey through San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma Counties September 21st and 22nd . I am hoping you will help me by donating money to help find a cure or treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

All are welcome. Spread the word and bring your friends!

If you are unable to join us, but would like to contribute, please click on the link below to go directly to my personal fundraising page. No amount is too small. Every dime makes a difference.

[Link Here]

Why I Joined the Movement

Our bodies are in constant motion–moving information from the brain to the body. MS stops people from moving by attacking the myelin that protects normal nerve tissue. This damage can cause symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling in the limbs to paralysis and blindness in the most severe cases. People with MS know something about moving that most of us don?t understand – moving is not a guarantee.

Why I Ride

I’ve registered for Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2012 because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – NOW! Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.

Why You Should Sponsor Me

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.  The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.  In 2009 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted over $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Thank you for your support!

Best Regards,

Amy Marsh

Mountain Biking Again?

Posted: August 16, 2013 in Cycling

Amy Marsh and I on a mountain bike ride in May 2011.

Amy Marsh and I on a mountain bike ride in May 2011.

 

I have been riding a lot, mostly to and from work. That’s working out great, both as exercise and as a stress reliever. But, it has not helped me do things like climb. Even after loosing 30 pounds I still find myself struggling up steep hills at the back of the group. Yea, I know, age may have something to do with it too.

I have found that fitness for me tends to be exercise specific. That’s why I like to mix it up: cycling, yoga and swimming has been a good mix for me. I have decided to add some intensity to my cycling as well as to try to mix it up a bit more. Mountain biking is mostly climbing (in terms of time) plus it’s a heck of a lot of fun.

Yes, and mountain bikers are great people too. Time to dust off my mountain bikes I think!

Planned ride for Sat. May 11

Posted: May 10, 2013 in Cycling
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UPDATE I am sick and will not make this ride

Sat, 11 May 2013, Easy Rider, 9:30 AM, 32 mi, 4 LM Billy Goats: Westridge, Alpine East:
Steve Gruber is leading this ride that meets at Shoup Park at 400 University Ave, Los Altos, CA 94023 near University Avenue in Los Altos for a two-goat ride through San Mateo County. We will stop at Roberts after the second goat. This is a social ride with lots of regroups and an LM pace (the leader doesn’t go much faster than that).

Snail Rides Anybody?

Posted: May 10, 2013 in Cycling

Since I have let go of Whine and Dine if I do start leading rides again I may indeed go with something like “Snails Climbing Hills Slowly and Descending Sanely.” These would be dedicated LM, nobody left behind rides with the expectation being, “LM riders are expected to ride together at the pace of the slowest rider on the Mellow LM ride with all riders being rested at regroups.”

It’s a salute to Marcia’s great rides without being an outright name ripoff!