Witnessing Heroics On the Tierra Bella – BionicOldGuy

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Every year 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 excellent these days, springlike and sunny. Till yesterday, when Mom Nature determined to have chilly rain all day. I used to be volunteering on the Gilroy Sizzling Springs relaxation cease, which CalFire lets us placed on at their hearth station method up on Gilroy Sizzling 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 had been establishing within the rain within the early morning, I believed to myself this was an train in futility as we’d most likely don’t have any prospects! I couldn’t have been extra improper, as not less than 50 intrepid souls fought their method out our method within the pouring rain. Luckily we had propane heaters and scorching drinks, and so they might heat themselves for some time earlier than having to return out into it. We gave out loads of plastic gloves as a result of their bicycling rain gloves had 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 a bit.

Riders on the Tierra Bella journey final yr, having fun with far more typical climate
That is our relaxation cease. The image doesn’t do justice to how arduous the rain was. The open hearth truck bay provided a heat refuge to take a seat down and eat. The screened in tent to the proper 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 prospects arriving. The propane heater within the foreground was the primary one they’d see, and was very talked-about
This was most likely at our peak. We additionally had a motorbike restore arrange within the again. Principally 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 together with your gears not working correctly.
Extra riders outdoors 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 numerous 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 searching for 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 number of instances, and we’d shout out asking if anybody needed to be pushed out. Surprisingly I solely bear in mind one individual taking him up on the supply all day.



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