Bike the Bay August 28, 2011

The one time a year when bicyclists get to ride across the Coronado Bridge. These riders are anxious to get on the road.

Waiting for the word

Waiting for the word

Like many rides, the organizers let the riders go in waves to spread them out. For safety and to leave breaks, so other vehicles can maneuver through the crowds of riders. Also this allows the traffic control to clear the intersections between waves.

Early morning preparations

Early morning preparations

Here are the trusty bike marshals. Each platoon of riders was led by a bike marshal. Our job is to set the pace, help riders that have broken bikes or physical injuries and stay with them until help comes or they are back underway. We are representatives and ambassadors for the ride.

I dealt with two flat tires. The first had slime in his tube. Since you can’t patch them, I waited until a bike mechanic came to bail him out. I have 40MM tires and tubes and so my spares wouldn’t fit his racing bike. The second flat was a blind stoker and his captain. They were suffering from a separation in the sidewall. We were attempting to patch it with a dollar bill, when the mechanic came along. He had a used tire that would get them back and helped them change it.

Riding up the bridge

Riding up the bridge

The ride take us over the bridge going the wrong direction. We entered the bridge on an exit ramp and rode on the left all the way across. Many of the inexperienced riders had trouble downshifting before climbing “the hill”.

Coronado and Point Loma

Coronado and Point Loma

We weren’t allowed to stop on the bridge. Taking picture while riding can be quite a challenge. This is looking from the apex of the bridge toward Point Loma. You can see the point and in the foreground you can make out the high rise condos on Coronado. You might even be able to see the Hotel Del Coronado to the right of the condos.

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego

Some of the views you would miss if you blinked, in a car. I think the speed limit is 55 mph. on the bridge, so it probably only takes two or three minutes to cross in a car.

Another view of downtown

Another view of downtown

This is why we do it, great views unique to the bridge. Once a year we get a chance to see these views and raise money to benefit San Diego County Bicycle Coalition our bicycle advocacy group.

Not all views are expansive

Not all views are expansive

This is the Salt plant on the south end of the bay  in Chula Vista. I wonder how long this plant has been in operation.

Bike The Bay is a great ride and raises money for all rider’s benefit. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition advocates for improvements that make bicycling in San Diego safer and more enjoyable year after year.

This year had far fewer mishaps than previous years, I understand, and the ride just keeps getting better. I look forward to next year! See you there!

 

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