Thursday, February 26, 2009

HillJillys Road Ride (Again):
Saturday, March 7th, 9:30am

I'm just going to come out and say it: I miss my mountain bike. A lot. But our little trailside birdies tell us that all this rain has put the kibosh on off-road fun for a bit longer still.

So, it's back to the road, tried-and-true. Kristy will be leading our next ride out of Healdsburg on Saturday, March 7th. Meet at the Flying Goat at 9:30am for a Chalk Hill Loop. Rain cancels!

Also, mark your calendars: March 14th, Boggs MTB. March 21st, Bike Path Exploration--"Just right for the neophyte."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

HillJillys Road Ride:
Saturday, February 21st, 9:30am

Word on the street is that I'm not the only one who's been spending most of the last few days getting cozy with a blanky, a thermometer, and a bottle of Nyquil. It's going around.

That being the case, I'm calling for something gentle on Saturday. I need to take it easy, but I have a road bike in my garage i'm dying to test ride. So: Dry Creek loop. Meet in Healdsburg at the Flying Goat, 9:30am. We'll go out Westside to West Dry Creek up to Yoakim Bridge Rd and back down Dry Creek Rd, throwing in Lytton Springs if we're feeling it. As always, beginners welcome and no one gets dropped.

Rain cancels! --kimdow

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A break from our regularly scheduled program.

The calendar tells us that this Saturday, February 14th, should be our regularly scheduled HillJillys mountain bike ride. The forecast says otherwise. Winter seems to have kicked in (better late than never), and we're looking at days of rain through Saturday. The HillJillys call: let's treat Annadel right and stay off the muddy trails.

Happily, there are plenty of other bike-lovin' events on deck this weekend. In case you've been under a rock, a lil' race called the Tour of California is rolling through Santa Rosa on Sunday, and it has served as the impetus and kick-off for anything and everything bike. Soak it all up at the various Velove Festival events, starting with the Bike Monkey CXSR race on Saturday. Lots of choices for watching the prologue on Saturday night, including a shindig at the Sonoma County Bike Coalition and a party at the Sweet Spot.

Downtown Santa Rosa is the place to be on Sunday, with festivals in both Railroad Square and Courthouse Square. The Railroad Square shenanigans are many (Goldsprints, beer garden, booths from our local faves--Bike Monkey, Sycip, Luce Goods, and more), and that's where this HillJilly will be. Come on out.

Lots of bike valet options in downtown SR this weekend (and lots of road closures, too), so pile on the rain gear and ride to the festivities!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

HillJillys Road Ride:
Saturday, February 7th, 9:30am

This time of year and this kind of weather just seems to call for a bit of hill climbing: it's cool enough to keep from overheating and a good way to work on fitness (also not a bad way to get rid of those lingering holiday pounds!)

So: Sweetwater it is. We'll meet at Roasters in Forestville (right at the end of the bike path) and do a loop. There'll be a good, fairly long, steep climb, but a very mellow pace--as always!

Sound like way too much? Don't fret! We've got some upcoming nice&easy bike path rides for HillJillys who are still getting comfortable on two wheels. Stay tuned!