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I floated the idea of a CX loop through Coe a while back and got some interest. Anyone up for a New Year's Eve CX ride?

[edit: added Diesel's suggested Harvey Bear route]

Meetup: El Toro Brewpub in Morgan Hill
Date: Sat 31 Dec 2011
Time: 9am

GPX: here
Planned route:
- Main St > Hill Rd > E.Dunne > Thomas Grade > E.Dunne > Coe HQ (water)
- Manzanita Pt > China Hole > China Hole (south) > Mahoney Meadows > Coit (down) > Anza > Coit > Coyote gate (I could be talked into Grapevine if there's interest)
- Gilroy Hot Springs Rd > Roop > Harvey Bear (water) > E San Martin > Foothill > Tennant > Hill > E.Dunne > Monterey > El Toro

Distance/ascent: 45 mi / 5000'

I think we can park in the El Toro lot, but if it looks a problem, park on the streets nearby. The goal would be to rehydrate with their fine brews post-ride, of course!

No super-steep climbing so whatever gears you need to get up E.Dunne should do for the Coe part. No water after HQ, although there is the opportunity to filter at China Hole (if you bring a filter). Anyone know if there is water available at the Canada Rd Calfire?

Regroup at HQ and the usual spots in Coe and paceline along the flats.

RSVP here if you can make it. Would be a weird kind of fun to have a group of CX bikes ripping through Coe :)
 

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How can you do that route and not cut through Harvey Bear, dropping out at San Martin? Gotta make the most of the dirt!

Not sure about water at Cal Fire, but the water under the bridge at the GHS entrance is looking really clear, due to the cold weather. You can get water at Coyote Lake as well.

-D
 

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Not that it matters, but if I wasn't struggling with jet lag, an airplane cold and a hangover in my near future, I would have joined you. Have fun out there and report back with some good stokage for the new year...
 

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Not that it matters, but if I wasn't struggling with jet lag, an airplane cold and a hangover in my near future, I would have joined you. Have fun out there and report back with some good stokage for the new year...
Just Diesel and me but what an awesome ride! We were talking about how you would have been there if not for jet lag, etc. It's a route worth repeating! Writeup coming...

 

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Ride recap

We made pretty good time up E.Dunne (for me :) ) - just a little slower than my PR (which was on a much faster bike). The climb goes so much faster when you have someone to chat with!

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-5buNE_xrz5P-nPAJKtL6dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-4BOV1jZyswA/Tv---RYP-qI/AAAAAAAAm54/YYcGTO0JNWo/s800/P1050102.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/CXHenryCoeDec2011?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CX Henry Coe - Dec 2011</a></td></tr></table>

After a break and water refill at HQ, we ripped down Manzanita Point Rd - so fast on CX with the brilliant conditions out there at the moment! Diesel pointed out that the real beauty of CX is making otherwise boring fire roads fun! So true.

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Straight down China Hole Trail - again. a fantastic descent for CX, especially the upper manicured part. Diesel cleared the final switchback, impressing the hell out of me!

Brief stop at China Hole - there was a thin layer of ice across the water which I didn't realize for a while! Had to take this photo - just seems so out of place :)

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ckXDO1PeeXsYMAyOPH0fvNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--sBtKawIllA/Tv--_F9IjoI/AAAAAAAAm6A/hYS_6uFiUPg/s800/P1050106.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/CXHenryCoeDec2011?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CX Henry Coe - Dec 2011</a></td></tr></table>

Diesel had a brake problem so I passed him and began the climb up China Hole South, fully expecting him to catch me up. I did manage to beat him to the top, but I'm pretty sure there was some soft pedalling involved :)

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Again, the fire road was fun as we climbed up and over Mahoney Meadows Rd. Predictibly, on one of the descents, I hit a small rock and pinch-flatted - 2 CX rides in Coe, 2 flats.

At Coit Rd, we debated extending the ride over to Wasno and drop down JDT. That would have been fun, but I was a little unsure about my fitness for that and, most importantly, I had to keep Diesel away from the Wasno Wall to protect my KOM!

So we dropped down Coit a way, then Diesel had the bright idea to descend Cross Canyon down to Coit Springs Rd - so we climbed back up Coit and made our way to Cross Canyon. I was a little worried about the final descent, as I've OTBed there before! In the end, it wasn't a problem.

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UApS4ERnRC0xupBuMSizc9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-XPWeQV1Ojpo/Tv-_AyD7q4I/AAAAAAAAm6Q/c-WKR-J9WAo/s800/P1050112.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/CXHenryCoeDec2011?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CX Henry Coe - Dec 2011</a></td></tr></table>

Coit was a very fast descent, my Garmin saying 53 mph, amusingly, but it felt like 40 mph (Strava says 33 mph, so who knows :) Up Grapevine Rd to Anza - I was having trouble keeping grip on the steep parts of Anza, and my legs were definitely feeling it now, so I was careful applying torque (ie plodded up :) At the top, however, the Star Wars descent was before us and we let fly! Enjoyed it so much we missed the sharp right at the crates! That was fun!

Out at the Coyte Creek entrance and sad to put Coe behind us. We ran into knobs on the road and chatted briefly! We saw familiar cars & trucks in the Hunting Hollow lot - too nice a day to not be out in Coe! We stopped at the Cal Fire station so I could refill water - the faucet was on!

Diesel powered us along Gilroy Hot Springs Rd to the Coyote Lake turnoff and we began his suggested addition through Harvey Bear County Park. Unbelievable, in hindsight, to think my route wasn't going through here! A steep climb at the start setup a hugely fun rollercoaster ride down a new trail (whose name escapes me) that seems purpose built for CX - fairly smooth, lots of fun reversals to jump, and wide to distribute the impact of horses, etc. And it seemed to go on forever. If there was a place to shuttle for a CX ride, I think this might be it!

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/L_d84ansiS2LCncCaBMwydMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-9YdiYhcGN6E/Tv-_BQP8ZuI/AAAAAAAAm6Y/kl6O0XC4HFc/s800/P1050117.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/CXHenryCoeDec2011?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">CX Henry Coe - Dec 2011</a></td></tr></table>

A few horses on the trail so we slowed and/or stopped for them as the riders wished.

Back on the road, a 4 mile ride into the wind awaited us to get back to our cars. Diesel, living up to his monicker, took the lead and steamed us home. It took all my reserves to just stay on his wheel (and my reserves ran out at the end!).

I was so excited about this ride that I dreamed about it the last few nights. This just has to be done again!
 

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I wish I could claim that but we saw no balloons and ripped past Hunting Hollow with just enough time to look left :)

Happy Birthday? ;)
Hmmmmm.... must have been another one of the usual suspects.

I found this one on Willow Ridge Road and composed this still-life which I titled Mylar Happy Birthday Balloon in a Precarious Situation:





Thank you for the excellent ride report, ratpick.

Happy New Year everyone, and as the snowman on the Gu pack says "REV IT UP 2012"

///Charlie


 

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Great ride, Ratpick! Thanks for coming up with it.

I already know which small tweaks I'd make for next time. We'll definitely have to loop in ElHombre.

-D
 

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Epic ride! Thx to both of you for posting about this place. And good job ratpick on having the reserves (including Diesel....) to bring you back in after the extra 6 mi and 1,600' of climbing!
 

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That sounds like a really cool ride. I really need one of those bikes. Thanks for the report. Very entertaining. I felt like I was there. By the way, did you happen to notice the sunset? Truly incredible. I guess you didn't have time to photo it.

Roy.
 
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