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Climb Descend Repeat

Climb Descend Repeat

INCASE YOU MISSED OUR FILM NIGHT AT THE CASCADE HERE IS THE LOCAL FILM CLIMB DESCEND REPEAT. WE REALLY DO HAVE SOME AMAZING RIDING HERE! 

Redding Rolls Out the Green Lanes!

Redding Rolls Out the Green Lanes!

Intersections can the most dangerous place on the roads for people, whether you walk, bike or drive. 

Designs for intersections should minimize conflicts between people in vehicles and vulnerable road users, people walking and biking, by heightening the level of visibility, denoting a clear right-of-way, and facilitating eye contact and awareness with other road users.

Intersection treatments, such as using colored pavement markings, can help resolve both queuing and merging maneuvers for bicyclists, highlight proper lane positioning, increase motorist yielding behaviors, and is a more attractive facility for many people on bikes.


Colored pavement within a bicycle lane increases the visibility of the bike lane, identifies potential areas of conflict, and reinforces priority to bicyclists in conflict areas. Colored pavement can be utilized either as a corridor treatment along the length of a bike lane or as a spot treatment, including bike boxes, conflict areas, or for intersection crossing markings. 

Colored Bike Facility Benefits

  • Promotes the multi-modal nature of a street corridor.
  • Increases the visibility of bicyclists.
  • Discourages illegal parking in the bike lane.    
  • When used in conflict areas, raises motorist and bicyclist awareness to potential areas of conflict.    
  • Increases bicyclist comfort though clearly delineated space.    
  • Increases motorist yielding behavior.    
  • Helps reduce bicycle conflicts with turning motorists.    

Typical Applications

  • Within bike lanes.
  • Across turning conflict areas, such as, vehicle right turn lanes.
  • Across intersections, particularly through wide or complex intersections where the bicycle path may be unclear. 
  • Across driveways and stop or yield-controlled cross-streets.
  • Where typical vehicle movements frequently encroach into bicycle space, such as across ramp-style exits and entries.

The City of Redding is trying two different products of the green pavement markings to see which one better performs in our area.

The first are preformed thermoplastic pavement markings that contain uniformly distributed glass beads is designed to be used in heavy traffic locations. Anti slip and skid resistance is built in. 

The second is a liquid hot process that is applied in a similar way as thermoplastic striping like edge-lines and crosswalks by doing a controlled pour while in motion. It contains anti skid materials designed to provide continued anti slip and skid resistance as the material wears down. 



Preformed Thermoplastic Pavement Markings Process

The "green stuff" actually isn't paint at all, it is thermoplastic. It comes in sheets.

The "green stuff" actually isn't paint at all, it is thermoplastic. It comes in sheets.

Handle with care. The sheets are brittle and can break.

Handle with care. The sheets are brittle and can break.

After cleaning the surface of debris and moisture an adhesive is rolled down as a pre-treatment. 

After cleaning the surface of debris and moisture an adhesive is rolled down as a pre-treatment. 

it is a tedious process.

it is a tedious process.

Sheets must be cut carefully and placed, much like a jigsaw puzzle. 

Sheets must be cut carefully and placed, much like a jigsaw puzzle. 

The sheets get heated so they melt into the asphalt. 

The sheets get heated so they melt into the asphalt. 

Immediately after they are heated, an additional layer of tiny glass beads are thrown on for reflectivity. 

Immediately after they are heated, an additional layer of tiny glass beads are thrown on for reflectivity. 


Hot Applied Process

Guide lines applied.

Guide lines applied.

Taping off the edges for a clean finish.

Taping off the edges for a clean finish.

The hot thermoplastic pours from the hopper in the truck into the applicator machine.

The hot thermoplastic pours from the hopper in the truck into the applicator machine.

Rounded glass beads poured into the hopper.

Rounded glass beads poured into the hopper.

Checking consistency of the mixture.

Checking consistency of the mixture.

Getting it up to a temperature of 390-420F

Getting it up to a temperature of 390-420F

Applying.

Applying.

Removing the tape for a clean straight edge before it cools completely.

Removing the tape for a clean straight edge before it cools completely.

It is time to Ride Lassen Car Free again!

It is time to Ride Lassen Car Free again!

Socialize with us!


It is that time of the year again when Lassen National Park clear the snowpack from the road and give the community a chance to experience the Park car free so don't miss it!  

Unsupported, just come ride with friends! Dress warm, you can always take it off! 2 main options to chose from, or just come and ride as much or as little as you want, all abilities welcome!
 

May 2nd, 10am North entrance parking lot
 

3 Options to chose from! 

 

Summit & Back 

41 Miles

4,263FT Elevation Gain

http://www.strava.com/routes/277152

 

Up, Over N Back

55 Miles

6,026ft Elevation Gain

http://www.strava.com/routes/277112

 

Up, over the lower loop and back

85 Miles

8,846FT Elevation Gain

https://www.strava.com/routes/2192870

 

 

 

Or just come and roll around with the family and have fun!

 

Link to Facebook event

Foothill Highschool Graduate Chris Jones to Compete in Paris-Roubaix this Sunday!

Foothill Highschool Graduate Chris Jones to Compete in Paris-Roubaix this Sunday!

Hell of the North

Paris–Roubaix is one of the oldest and most prestigious races of professional road cycling. It was first run in 1896 and has stopped only for two world wars. It's nickname l'enfer du Nord, or Hell of the North though aptly named is not because of the difficulty or danger of its cobble sections for which the race is famous for but because of WW1. 

"We enter into the centre of the battlefield. There's not a tree, everything is flattened! Not a square meter that has not been hurled upside down. There's one shell hole after another. The only things that stand out in this churned earth are the crosses with their ribbons in blue, white and red. It is hell!" -The real Hell of the North

Chris Jones

Seriously one of the nicest and toughest guys in the peloton got his cycling start here in Redding. I remember watching him do a max heart rate test on the trainer in the parking lot of Sue's Java, when his heart rate got up to around 220bpm the coach shut him down, I believe to say, 'you might want to get that looked at' or something to that effect. He quickly started dominating the group rides and learning from the more experienced local riders, always with a smile he worked hard and rose to become a pro. 

"Now in his fifth year with the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, eight-year veteran Chris Jones returns to the Team following an impressive solid 2014 campaign. Jones was unquestionably a key member of last year’s squad, playing a major role not only supporting in his Teammates and delivering them to multiple top podium results, but also as an aggressive breakaway opportunist. Jones earned 4th place on Stage 5 of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California, as well as an impressive 4th in the 2014 US Professional Road Race, his second top-10 result in the race. In 2012, Jones finished 5th Overall in the Tour of Britain, scoring the Team’s best European GC result to date at that point. One of the toughest men in the sport, Jones experienced a severe crash during the 2012 Amgen Tour of California which required 20 plus stitches a lacerated knee, only to push through the balance of the Tour and shepherd his Teammates to success. The dependable, dynamic and selfless Northern California native continually delivers for his mates, whether it is in the mountains, the narrow roads in Italy or the cobblestones in Belgium. -United Health Care Cycling Team

If you want to follow Chris you can find him on STRAVA  or TWITTER If you want to watch him race live at Paris-Roubaix live this sunday cyclingfans.com has you covered!

 

“This wasn't a race. It was a pilgrimage.” 

— Henri Pélissier, speaking of his 1919 victory