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ALC 9 – Day 2 – Santa Cruz to King City – 107 miles traveled – 187 miles total



We got up early and out to the bikes and rolling by 7:30am. We thought we got on the bikes early enough but it took us over an hour just to get out of Santa Cruz due to poor traffic control for 2000 bicyclists leaving the city. Once we got out of Santa Cruz we had a great ride. Unfortunately we always found ourselves rolling into the rest stops when they were going to close in 30 minutes. Day 2 was the first time I had ever ridden over 100 miles in a single day and thankfully the day was flat with some good tail winds. Towards the end of the day we were greeted with some very steep short hills that just wiped out any remaining energy I had. Luckily after battling the hills we were greeted with a nice tail wind and a flat ride all the way into King City. Luckily camp 2 was way better than Camp 1. This time we had grass to set our tent up on instead of sleeping on hardpack! After getting our gear and setting up our tent we grabbed a shower and headed to dinner where we listened to the daily announcements.

Day 2 route recorded by Garmin Edge 705

Official ALC day 2 photos

Other event images


June 18, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Day 1 – SF to Santa Cruz – 80 miles traveled

Dinner Tent

Dinner Tent

Opening Ceremonies were pretty amazing. I have never seen so many riders in one place at one time. When we got to Cow Palace we promptly visited our bikes to check air pressure in the tires, fill our water bottles, and attach our handle bar bags to the bikes. Unfortunately we had skipped breakfast so we went in search of food. We were fortunate to find a snack area with various fruit, pop tarts, power bars and energy drinks for riders to fill up on before the ride started. After a quick bathroom stop we gathered in the waiting area to get into the main arena for opening ceremonies. For several minutes we got to watch all the different riders wander by with their loved ones in a rainbow of different jerseys and costumes. As 6 am rolled around we were finally let into the arena where opening ceremonies opened with a group stretching session then the riderless bicycle was led into the arena by the Positive Peddlers. We then filtered out of the arena and back to our bikes to prep for roll out. Luckily they shut down one of the roads leading from the Cow Palace so we could leave the city as fast as possible. It was so foggy for roll out that I swear we swam from SF to hwy 92. Once we hit 92 it was clear blue skies and tons of climbing. I probably hit speeds well over 40 mph while descending highway 92 to PCH 1. Rolling into camp 1 was pretty crazy. There was a massive bike parking area for all the bikes to park in and we were then instructed to pick up our gear from the gear trucks so we can set up our tents, shower and get some dinner in us after a long hard day of riding. We got stuck setting our tent up in hard packed dirt so our first night was a bit rough. On top of that it was really hot riding into Santa Cruz so it took a long time before our tent was cool enough to lay down in.

My Day 1 pics

Day 1 route recorded by Garmin Edge 705

Official ALC 9 Day 1 Photos

Other event images

June 17, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Links and stuff

Here are some various links for AIDS/Lifecycle that may be of interest to folks.

Wikipedia Article

Billy and I’s pics from ALC 9

My Garmin Edge 705 GPS Data

Billy’s Garmin Edge 705 GPS Data

AIDS/Lifecycle Flickr Group

AIDS/Lifecycle Facebook page

Finish Line Photos – Day 7

Logo TV’s write up of AIDS/Lifecycle

June 17, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , | Leave a comment

ALC 9 – Orientation Day

Bike Parking

Bike Parking

We arrived at the Cow Palace just after lunch for ALC 9 orientation. We dropped off our bikes and they stuck a sticker with a number on it on the stem of the bike and another identical one on our shirt. This number represented where our bikes were parked so we could attach our bib number to our frame and come back to it tomorrow for ride out. We had some time until the next safety video was going to play so we made our way to the schwag booth to buy some hats, jerseys, socks and the like. After our shopping spree we made our way to watch the safety / orientation video where we received a plastic wristband stating we watched the video and were an ALC rider. After this we picked up our packets that contained our tent assignments and bib numbers for our bike frames and helmets. We also received another plastic wrist band designating us as meat eaters for the chow line.  I didn’t realize when I received my packet I was supposed to receive a chain with a blue chip with my tent grid number for my luggage and an orange chip to wear around my neck so I didn’t forget where my tent grid square is. Later in the week I went to Info Services in camp and they had my tent assignment packet that I should have gotten at orientation. In the next room we received a “goodie bag” with the sponsors listed on it and some advertisements from the sponsors on the inside. After this there was nothing left to do except attach our bib numbers to our bikes and go home to double check what was packed for our epic trip! Tomorrow begins the first of many very difficult days but I’m sure it will be an amazing experience!

ALC Orientation Day Photos

My orientation day images. Courtesy of aidslifecycle.org

June 16, 2010 Posted by | ALC 9 | , , | Leave a comment