Friday, April 9, 2010

Go Lee! 30 yrs old, 30 hours in the saddle, $30,000...

Touchstone Climbing is proud to be sponsoring Lee Briggs as he attempts to ride his bike 30 hours to commemorate his 30th birthday. He's calling it 30for30th. He was going to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel but decided this was too tame. He's got moxie.

In addition to testing the limits of endurance and sanity, Lee is also using this ride to raise money for Bike Club members may recall that Touchstone is a long time supporter of BORP and its programs, which provides sports and outdoor recreation opportunities for physically disabled athletes, mostly children. Funds raised from Lee's ride will go to benefit BORP's annual cycling fundraiser "The Revolution" held each fall in the wine country.

Touchstone invites you to join in the effort to support Lee and BORP by donating to this effort. Befitting the ride, the suggested donation is a modest $30. But if you can give more, go ahead! Donate right here:

Lee will be leaving his home in Marin County at 6am on April 17th. He will be heading north to Sonoma County, then to Napa County, then Yolo County, then Solano County, then Contra Costa County and finally Alameda County. He figures he will cover close to 300 miles. He plans to conclude the ride at the BORP bike house in Berkeley at noon on April 18th. BORP riders and others will guide him home and help him celebrate with a little birthday party and some soft pillows.

And even if you can't support Lee and BORP financially, we encourage you to send Lee some positive messages and follow his exploits on April 17 and 18. He will be Twittering, Facebookering, Bloggering and suffering like an animal. You don't want to miss it. Check out his 30for30th site for how to be social mediatized.

Spread the word. Go Lee!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ride! Sunday, 2/28/10

Mellow Touchstone Club ride will depart on Sunday, 2/28 at 9:45 am from Peet’s on Domingo Ave. (across from the Claremont Hotel and next door to Rick and Ann’s). We’ll ride up Tunnel and then who knows where. Plenty of options for everyone. Weather is supposed to be good (or at least better than what’s predicted on Saturday).

Please let us know if you plan to come. Thanks!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2/13/10 - East Bay Ride! 2 hours

First ride of the year! Easy two-hour ride Saturday! Meet at Peet's (Claremont Hotel) at 9:45. Leave by 10am. Please post if you plan to attend. Thanks!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Death Ride 2010 Registration

Get ready! On December 10th, 2009 registration will open through starting at 10:00 am PST.

We will not be adding a second day for registration. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar so you don't miss out on this early and easy registration process.

Register, pay the entry fee and receive your confirmation all on the same day. No lottery, no waiting!Helpful Hints for Registration Day:

* Event entry fee is $105. This will include your postage fee for your registration materials to be mailed to you before the event. The entry fee DOES NOT include the processing fee. For further information, please go to

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

!!!Court Win for Cyclists!!!

Well, it looks like there is some justice in the world when it comes to motorists and cyclists. No justice for Ed Weiss, no justice for Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson, and so on. It's been sitting like a malaise on the cycling community, but the LA case will hopefully set a precedent that cyclists are not just obstacles to be run over by drivers crossing the center line (frequently double yellow), falling asleep behind the wheel,texting/talking on their cell phone, drunk, or just plain upset at cyclists and the world in general.,0,761131.story

Friday, October 30, 2009

Mines Rd Ride Sat Oct 31st


I'll be riding Mines Rd to the Junction Cafe and back tomorrow, Oct 31st. Distance is about 56 miles

Meet 9:30 at the roadside pullouts just past the entrance to Joan's Farm. (See: (Joan requests that we don't use the pullouts before the entrance, since it leads folks to park in the wrong place and cut across her field.) This sounds complicated, but the road is desolate, and you'll see our cars easily (one is a large green Honda Element).

The ride starts and ends at a pumpkin patch, so anyone lagging in holiday decor can get their carve on afterwards.

See you there. Jenn: 510-861-6654

Thursday, October 15, 2009