Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:16 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:10 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:40 am
Posts: 872
Location: California
Since the story doesn't change from year to year, I'll just link to last year's versionand save myself a lot of typing.

A thousand or so mountain bikers, lots of beer and food, no entry fee and no leadership. Works for me.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:59 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:40 am
Posts: 872
Location: California
The ride took place yesterday. Two days earlier it had been raining, but the morning of the ride dawned bright, clear and COLD. It was below freezing when I left my house a little after seven and only a few degrees above for most of the day.

Nevertheless, a horde turned up and I never got a count because I tried to stay ahead of most of them with an early start.

Rolled out with Gary Fisher, Jacquie Phelan and Dirt Rag publisher Maurice Tierney. Gary was riding with his son Nick, and they must have had an appointment, because they pushed on while the rest of us relaxed on the grassy hilltop known as "Smoker's Knoll." I had been embarrassed last year sharing other people's food, so I hauled oranges, beef jerky, chocolate, bananas and Clif Bars and passed them around.

The first big downhill on the route is Pine Mountain, a descent of about 1000 vertical feet, and at the bottom I found Joe Breeze and son Tommy, both wearing team jerseys from Sir Francis Drake High School, where Joe is one of the team sponsors.

At the top of the second big climb, called "Scorcher" for its southern exposure during the summer but hardly that yesterday, the Clif Bar sponsors passed out goodies. Further up the road LBS mechanic Josh had set up a bar and a campstove where he served coffee, pancakes, and coffee with a whiskey kick.

By the time I got to Repack our group had dissolved, with Gary and Joe out in front, Jacquie behind, and just myself, Maurice and a couple of others still riding together amid the endless parade of mountain bikers on the dirt track.

The rangers were out in force to monitor the ride. Years ago they tried to stop it, but it was probably the first"critical mass" ride, where individually everyone was out to go for a ride and all just happened to be going the same way. The ranger even admitted that if there was a leader or an organization, the ride would not be permitted. Strike a blow for cycling anarchy!

Repack, as my handle suggests, is a favorite hill, and the ride finishes with an exhilarating run down it. Normally I don't have to share my run with dozens of other riders who haven't practiced on the hill for 30 years or so. No matter. I must have passed fifteen of them in the two miles, every time moving out of the sweet line and passing with a bad line.

Back in town there were more sponsors for the unorganized event. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition had set up a couple of tents, one where they sold memberships, the other where they gave away beer supplied by the local Broken Drum Brewery. The beer was more popular, and the line of a dozen or so waiting for a brew had to wait a couple of seconds longer, because I took full advantage of my local notoriety and connection with the ride to bypass them. Good thing, because it ran out soon afterward, and the drinkers moved across the street to the MTB pub, the Gestalt Haus, where the inside bike parking was saturated immediately and bikes piled up outside.

Riders line up to dive off the top of Pine Mountain.

Image

The Gestalt Haus is a pub catering to mountain bikers.


Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:16 pm 
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:16 pm
Posts: 9609
Location: brigg, home of the gypsies
8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:58 pm 
Section Moderator & South West AEC
Section Moderator & South West AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:33 pm
Posts: 8168
Location: new forest
"Normally I don't have to share my run with dozens of other riders who haven't practiced on the hill for 30 years or so. No matter. I must have passed fifteen of them in the two miles, every time moving out of the sweet line and passing with a bad line."

but there is nothing like overtaking someone who has the line on a bad line, it's like saying i AM faster than you even on the rougher stuff!! :D

8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:05 pm 
The Guv'nor
The Guv'nor
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:19 pm
Posts: 23177
Location: Retrobike HQ
Great report as ever, thanks for sharing CK 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:56 pm 
Retro Guru
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:16 pm
Posts: 3711
Location: #2058
Nice. Thanks for sharing :D

8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 5:00 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:40 am
Posts: 872
Location: California
Flickr collection from this year's ride. I'm in it, wearing my Velo Club Tamalpais jersey.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:44 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:40 am
Posts: 872
Location: California
One of the riders just posted a brilliant video of the ride. "Repack" starts at 6:40 and goes to 7:50. The editor sped up the downhills.

Remember as you see the various commercial entities that this is unorganized, and has no leader. It just happens.

Can't seem to embed, but here's the link: http://vimeo.com/17439848


Last edited by Repack Rider on Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:39 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:06 pm 
Anglian Deputy AEC
Anglian Deputy AEC
User avatar

Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:13 pm
Posts: 6928
Location: Livin' in a dust bowl
Thanks CK for sharing. :D The beer at the end looks very refreshing


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group