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Witnessing Heroics On the Tierra Bella – BionicOldGuy

Annually my bike membership, Almaden Cycle Touring Membership, places on the Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour, yesterday being the forty fifth annual model. The climate round right here has been very good currently, springlike and sunny. Till yesterday, when Mom Nature determined to have chilly rain all day. I used to be volunteering on the Gilroy Scorching Springs relaxation cease, which CalFire lets us placed on at their fireplace station means up on Gilroy Scorching Springs Highway. This distant cease is reached solely by riders who do both the 74 mile (120 km) or 100 mile (161 km) routes. As we have been organising within the rain within the early morning, I believed to myself this was an train in futility as we’d in all probability don’t have any clients! I couldn’t have been extra flawed, as at the least 50 intrepid souls fought their means out our means within the pouring rain. Luckily we had propane heaters and scorching drinks, and so they may heat themselves for some time earlier than having to return out into it. We gave out plenty of plastic gloves as a result of their bicycling rain gloves have been no match for this climate. I used to be impressed by the show of toughness by all these women and men, and delighted to have the ability to assist out just a little.

Riders on the Tierra Bella journey final yr, having fun with rather more typical climate
That is our relaxation cease. The image doesn’t do justice to how arduous the rain was. The open fireplace truck bay provided a heat refuge to sit down down and eat. The screened in tent to the correct was for meals prep.
This exhibits the setting. Close to the nook the place the porta-potties are is the place I had my crash final October.
Our first clients arriving. The propane heater within the foreground was the primary one they might see, and was very talked-about
This was in all probability at our peak. We additionally had a motorbike restore arrange within the again. Largely it was altering punctured tubes, though our volunteer mechanic Tony additionally tuned someones gears for a few riders- your don’t need to be pedalling within the rain in these steep hills along with your gears not working correctly.
Extra riders exterior arriving, taking a look at bit depressing
These guys had on shorts and no rain jackets. My pal Linda noticed them shivering and made them these makeshift ponchos.
We had radio communication arrange at varied locations alongside the route (there was no cell protection at our cease and another distant factors). The 2 radio guys at our cease are speaking to a motorcyclist volunteer who patrolled the course in search of individuals who wanted assist. We additionally had automobiles circulating as “sag wagons” for individuals who wanted them. One of many sag volunteers got here by our cease a couple of occasions, and we’d shout out asking if anybody wished to be pushed out. Surprisingly I solely keep in mind one individual taking him up on the supply all day.

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