Davis to Oroville

Davis to Oroville – Rolling for Time Mile 0 to Mile 103.1 My plan for the Gold Rush Randonnée (GRR) was to break it into thirds of roughly 250 miles (or 400 kilometers) each: Davis to Susanville, Susanville to the turnaround at Davis Creek (near the Oregon border, by Goose Lake) and back again, then… Continue reading Davis to Oroville

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Oroville to Taylorsville

Oroville to Taylorsville – The Steady Grind Mile 103.1 to Mile 194.6 From Oroville, the route turns northeast into the hills. It starts with a rolling 7-mile stretch to get to Interstate 70, climbs to Oroville Dam, then climbs further up to the town of Yankee Hill and over Jarbo Gap. From there, the road… Continue reading Oroville to Taylorsville

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Taylorsville to Susanville

Taylorsville to Susanville – Bonking Mile 194.6 to Mile 254.3 I rode out of Taylorsville the same way I rode in: happy, confident, and feeling well-rested. I had not experienced falling asleep on the bike as I had in the 600k. And I felt much better at this point in the ride than on that… Continue reading Taylorsville to Susanville

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Susanville to Adin

Susanville to Adin – Freezing Mile 254.3 to Mile 321.8 I rode slowly out of Susanville control. I still wasn’t entirely convinced I was okay to ride, so I wanted to take it easy. The course quickly turned onto Highway 139 and started to climb over Antelope Grade (elevation 5472′). I seemed to feel fine,… Continue reading Susanville to Adin

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Adin to Davis Creek to Adin

Adin to Davis Creek to Adin – The Paradox of Momentum Mile 321.8 to Mile 449.3 I rode out of Adin control at 4:50am. The sky was light, though the sun wasn’t up yet. And it was still cold. I was glad I had all of my clothes on. Immediately out of Adin, the road… Continue reading Adin to Davis Creek to Adin

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Adin to Susanville

Adin to Susanville – This Can’t Be the Same Route Mile 449.3 – Mile 516.8 Even as I left Adin, I knew I wasn’t all there. I rode very, very slowly, so as not to get too far if I needed to turn around. Wind was light and swirling: it felt hot when it was… Continue reading Adin to Susanville

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Susanville to Taylorsville

Susanville to Taylorsville – Facing the Wall Mile 516.8 to Mile 576.5 I was up with the alarm, dressed, packed, and back up the street to Susanville control by 4:30. There were still a few riders hanging around when I arrived, though as I suspected, most who had spent the night left already. I left… Continue reading Susanville to Taylorsville

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Taylorsville to Oroville

Taylorsville to Oroville – Downhill, Upwind, and Narrow Mile 576.5 – Mile 654.8 felt good rolling out from Taylorsville. I was rested, fed, and knew the prevailing grade would be down hill from here through Feather River Canyon. There were rollers, there would be headwind. But this was the route I had ridden one month… Continue reading Taylorsville to Oroville

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Oroville to Davis

Oroville to Davis – 600k Brevet Redux Mile 654.8 to Mile 745.7 The ride south from Oroville started out nice. The temperature was warm and pleasant, the roads easy. Again, I felt energized by the long stop. Mario was being extra cautious not to get in front and pull me. We had made an unspoken… Continue reading Oroville to Davis

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