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Exploring NOSC

Dragon and I have done some exploring of the North Oakland Sports Center. Last weekend Bevan and I went up to check it out, and found some new cool stuff on a hero dirt day. Not really a destination riding spot but a nice connector.

Mountain unicyclist riding a steep chute over a root

Whipsnaking

Group rides have been pretty much off for the COVID era, but things are getting better, and riding with one or two peeps seems OK, right? New semi-local Adrian came by and I got to show him around the Whipsnake trails a bit. It was beautiful, and we only got crap from two Berkeley busybodies.

Street/Flat/Trials meetup

Well, COVID has really put a dent in our group rides, but California has just relaxed restrictions on socially distanced outdoor sports, which is perfect for a flatland, street and trials meetup. Sarah organized one for San Francisco's newest park, Crane Cove, and it turned out to be a beautiful day for it.

Gala at Rockville

Bevan and I went up to Rockville to crash the BTCEB Gala Ride. There had been some rain overnight, but the morning was gorgeous, really perfect MUni weather. Conditions were pretty perfect, and we messed around in the quarry for a while as both of us got lines we hadn't hit before.

Necropost from Fruita

Our friend Paco who we rode with in Fruita, CO last year put together a video of the trip and forwarded it on to us this week. It reminds us that Fruita is gorgeous riding. I need to stop whinging on lines so often, and for Dragon: Ouch.

Wheeling at Pedalfest

We showed up in force at Pedalfest again this year, running an all-day Learn to Ride workshop (got two new riders! And more to come), and having two sessions on the stage where we demonstrated various one-wheeled contraptions.

Washed away

Josh is moving to Portland, in case you were wondering if it's done as a place for hipsters. [Yes.] We got some time to head out on a ride before he takes off next month, and he wanted to hit the river bed in Dimond Canyon.

Life with a Jenni

Jenni Rinker, world-famous member of the KH Factory Team and the IUF Board, is in town from Denmark for a couple of weeks for a wedding, and we had to take her out to show her some of the awesomeness of California. And this time of year, Napa Skyline is about as awesome as it gets, green and inviting, with gorgeous flowers everywhere and still a hint of a cool breeze.

For those about to Rock

For our second ride of the weekend we headed out to our favorite collection of rocks in Rockville Hills Park, which had been closed because of damage from the heavy rains. It turned out to be a very session-oriented ride; we spent over an hour in the quarry, working on the traverse, the chutes, and a couple of impressive lines from the very top.

Peak experience

We're three weeks from a desert weekend, so it's time to double up on our rides. Saturday we started out with a relatively mellow ride in Joaquin Miller and Redwood. The forecast had been for rain, and things were wet in the early morning, but it started to clear up just as we got on the trail, and turned out to be a beautiful day for riding.