April 29, 2006--Glorious weather for this year's Devil Mountain Double Century!  We've done this 208-mile ride a number of times, and have endured cold, rain, and snow, but 2006 dawned warm and mild, with highs in the low 80s. A great day for riding.  

This year, we were using a GPS-based cycle computer, so the first few images show some charts of elevation, speed vs. elevation, and a map. The unit's batteries only last 12 hours--enough to get to the 150-mile mark, but not quite enough for our complete 16:25 trip (about 25 minutes faster than last year, a new PR for us!). Did we mention that the ride has more than 19,000 feet of elevation gain? Click here for finishing results from the Quackcyclists web site

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GPS-generated course profile for the first 150 miels
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Altitude + speed overlay
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The route
Click here to download a route that you can view with Google Earth
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The Big Fix's Mojo Cosgrove cleans his "gearly" bike the day before
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View from our room at the San Ramon Marriott
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Checking in Friday evening
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Gratuitous shot #1 of Campy Only's Eric Norris. Peet's Coffee in a thermos for the morning
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Dinner! "Dos Manos" burrito = plenty of carbs!
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Snacks
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Bikes at the ready. We rode our Teschner to take advantage of its 34x28 low gear
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5 am start
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Taillight in the dark on the slopes of Mt Diablo
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It really wasn't foggy at the top of Diablo--only our lens was
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On Mines Road
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Mines Road peloton
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Mines Road
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Tony was still smiling despite crashing on Mines Road. We went back to help after he and two other riders went down
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Almost at lunch!
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VIDEO!
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Bottled water--one of the many nice touches that the Quackcyclists put into this ride. They really do a great job.
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Lunch shot
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Gratuitous photo #2
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Tired rider gets a massage
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The Junction, hosts to us and scores of motorcyclists
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View from lunch
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After lunch, fields of wildflowers
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Two riders coming back from the top of Mt Hamilton
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These gals looked great. The weather was nice and warm here
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A descent before the start of the big Mt Hamilton climb
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Campy Only's legs
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Whew! Made it to the Mt Hamilton water stop
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Ice cold drinks really hit the spot
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View from the water stop
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... but you're not at the top yet!
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The Lick Observatory
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First view of San Jose from the top of Mt Ham
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The Crothers Road rest stop returned this year
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View from the Crothers Road restroom.
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Sierra Road was closed to cars, but we were able to walk past the washed-out section of road
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A big chunk of roadway slid down the hill
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Only a small section was left to walk on
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Another view of San Jose
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Rider ascending near the top of Sierra Road
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Lots of road art from the recent pro cycling race up Sierra Road
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Cows take a dip at the top
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Way off in the distance is the summit of Mt Hamilton
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Pet the Goat!
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Here we are, petting the goat at the PTG rest stop. He is a very friendly, clean goat
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This girl and her mother came just to see the goat 
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Calaveras Reservoir
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The dam at Calaveras Reservoir
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Heading for Sunol
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Sunol Rest Stop
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The Campy Only Teschner
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Rider arriving in Sunol
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Storm runoff rushing down the stream after Sunol

VIDEO!
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Heading down the canyon
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Campy Only Guy and Big Fix Guy at the finish (gratuitous photo #4)
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Finish shot--another foggy lens

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