Tuesday, March 31, 2009

HillJillys MTB Ride:
Saturday, April 4th, 9:30am

Spring has sprung!--and the HillJillys are climbing onto their mountain bikes to make the most of it.

Annadel. Saturday. 9:30am.

Meet on Channel Drive, at the bottom of Cobblestone. Beginners welcome and no one left behind!

Friday, March 27, 2009

HillJillys: What to do this weekend?

Our handy-dandy calendar tells us it's time for a HillJillys MTB ride on Saturday morning... but, since we haven't yet figured out how to be in multiple places at once, this weekend's agenda is a bit different.

Most of our fearless HillJillys MTB ride leaders will be testing their mettle up in Cobb at Boggs IV 8-hour on Saturday, and if you wanna soak up the atmosphere at one of the best races around, c'mon up to spectate. There's a great raffle with all sorts of swag, and all food & beer sales benefit the Sonoma County Trails Council.

Closer to home, there are still a couple of ride options:

MTB: Kristy will be leading an early afternoon HillJillys-friendly ride in China Camp. This one is not women-only, but she swears that the guys she invited are relaxed and easy-going. Meet at 12:30pm on Saturday at the Back Ranch Meadows Entrance guard shack.

Road: Mariko at Echelon Cycle leads a women's road ride early on most Saturday mornings, rolling out from their parking lot at 8:30am (show up a little early if you need any supplies from the shop). Average pace is a bit faster than most HillJillys rides, but it does regroup at the top of every climb—anticipate some West County hills.

Service: The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is moving offices this weekend, they're doing it by bike, and they need help. Details: Saturday, 10am-4pm & Sunday, 11am-'til it's done (that is, if they don't finish up on Saturday). They'll be making trips back & forth between 655 First Street in downtown Santa Rosa to 750 Mendocino Ave (just north of college near the JC). It's about a mile each way—so, pretty darn close. They'll provide bagels and coffee in the morning, lunch around 12:30, and beer. You bring your bike (and bike trailer/cargo bike, if you have it), bungee cords/rope, layered clothing, and a water bottle. Many hands make light work!

If none of these options appeal, don't let that stop you. Find a friend or head out on your own—ring in spring on your bike!

Friday, March 20, 2009

HillJillys Double Up:
MTB Ride, Saturday, March 21st, 10am

Wooohoooo! At long last, the HillJillys double up!

In addition to the intro-level bike path excursion that's happening Saturday, Kristy will be leading a second HillJillys-friendly ride: mountain bikes in Annadel.

Meet on Channel Drive, at the bottom of Cobblestone, at 10am. Ride level: Intermediate to Advanced. Rain cancels!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

HillJillys Bike Path Ride:
Saturday, March 21st, 9:30am

Ask, and you shall receive. Are you a HillJilly who's just getting started? This week, we've got the ride that's just right for the neophyte. We'll meet at Andy's in Sebastopol (at the My Friend Joe coffee stand) at 9:30am and do a little gentle bike path exploration. This is a great outing for folks who are a bit nervous about riding on the road, have questions about shifting, or want to get reacquainted with two wheels on flat terrain.

As always, and especially so on this excursion, beginners welcome and no one left behind. Rain cancels!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HillJillys MTB Ride:
Boggs is ON! Saturday, March 14th, 10:30am

Yippee! After a too-long hiatus, the HillJillys hit the dirt again--and at Boggs! This oft-requested field trip has been in the planning for weeks, and the weather looks as if it's going to cooperate.

Cheryl will be leading this excursion, and getting in a bit of a pre-ride before Boggs IV. Meet at the first parking lot in the Boggs Demonstration State Forest at 10:30am on Saturday, March 14th (an hour later than usual, due to the location). If you've never been to Boggs, or have been meaning to go back, this is a great opportunity to explore with some wing(wo)men. Carpooling for this one makes a lot of sense, so if you're not in the HillJillys Facebook group, check it out for chatter and planning on ridesharing.

No Boggs for you? There appears to be a good deal of interest in doubling up this weekend, and having a concurrent HillJillys road outing closer to home--we're just looking for someone interested in leading the ride. Drop us a line if you'd like to volunteer.

As always, beginners welcome and no one left behind--come one, come all! (Rain cancels.)