On Sunday, 13 ActiveXers including friends and families, KAREN YANG (QA Lead, IS),FOD SHADBAKHT (English Trainer), EDA ZHAO (Config/Release Engineer, IT), CASH XU (Controller), WESLEY WANG (Software Engineer, ACR), BRUCE XU(QA, ActiveTrainer), TONY CHEN (QA, IS), COLIN LI(Associate Manager, IT), DYLAN HAI (Sys Administrator, IT), STEVEN LIU (Dev, Class) finished our first official bike race in Xi’an, 2011 UCC & ZOOM National Cycling Series, on the symbol of great significance of the famous historic cultural city of Xi'an, the Xi'an City Wall. This is the first and very rare opportunity you can ride your own bike on the City Wall, but it was not that pleasant as you saw or you thought, because it was so bumpy!
The team finished the all the MTB categories safely, most of us rode 2 laps (27.4KM) and plus 4 finished a group ride. The speed winner in the team is Eda, who finished at 56’50’’. The distance winner is Dylan, who finished 4 laps totally. It was funny to have a day like this, we made some stupid mistakes, but we finished pretty awesome, as a team. Also thanks for ANSON ZHAO, JESSIE JI, LILY BU, SUSIE HOU, VERA MA AND JANE SHI’s volunteering and supporting at the start/finish line! They’re real pro photographers, bike mechanics, and logistics! Luckily I noticed we’re the only team with our own volunteers and supporters in the race!
April. 12th night, it was the first night ride in 2011 for the team, together with Bruce and Cash, from home to Chanba district, great ride since really felt the weather turns for the riding season! Stats will be pulled later on with photos.
13 Xers, Colin Li (IT), Karen Yang (CRM), Eda Zhao (IT), Steven Xue (IT), Kelly Yang (IT), Jimmie Jiang (BA), Rui Zhang (Class), Jason Qu (IT), Wesley Wang (ACR), yesterday spent a great ride day to Dayu Valley from Xi'an High Tech Zone, totally 52.5 miles including 6 miles uphill and 5 miles downhill. Definitely an exhausting day spending 6 hours on bike, but all the fatigue disappeared when lying on the bed and recalling what have been challenged. It’s the first team ride this year and it was epic! The weather changed their original XLove ride plan, which was riding to the mountain and pick up the trash thrown by tourists, but it’s now on the team’s next ride schedule.
Yesterday, 7 ActiveXers - Eda, Dylan, Cash, Bruce, Colin, Jimmie and Eric from Xi'an office took a 70 miles challenge ride to the top of the Qinlin Mountain, the whole course was amazing and was one of the most difficult courses in Xi'an for the cyclist. The ride started from Xi'an Electoric Mall, 20 miles road race to the mountain foot, 15 miles uphill to a 1,300-meter latitude high, 15 miles downhill along the same course back to the mountain foot, then the last 20 miles flat road back home.
It was definitely the team's best ride so far, based on the distance and difficulties. Such a memorable experience since first time gathered so many Xers in a ride, when you feel this the team unified spirit stuff, you felt proud of being in the team. But there was a little regret, Only Eda made to the top of the mountain at the point of 998, Jimmie, Colin, Dylan and I was stopped at 991, 7km to the final point, while Bruce and Cash stopped at 985, but when making up to 980, every meter is a challenge to your determination and physical, whatever how much you up to, every meter at that level is a success for your break through!
The whole ride was perfect, but expect Colin's injury, he fell down his bike when passing a deceleration strip in the downhill, luckily he was OK. I was close down hilling with Dylan, and saw his bike was almost lost control from my eyes, so scary, because the cars are passing by all the time.
I would add up something I learned from this ride: Get enough clothes and protections, Take enough food and water, don't waste too much time for lunch (Especially when pausing at the roadside restaurant), Try to avoid downhill at night, control your speed when downhill (Especially passing by the deceleration strips), Follow your team and don't get lost, Take your teammates, Encourage more.
This is not just a tough ride, but also we made to the goal committed in April, which set to challenge it April, 2011. It obviously we need a higher goal. Thanks to my great riding team and all the teammates, I never think I could get so much improved comparing what I was in April.
First time ride to Xianyang, like always, another awesome ride. Pretty smooth for the whole thing, and the dinner we had is called "Tiger Duck"??? Didn't track the ride stats, but estimated at least 40miles tonight. Well, one thing need to mention here is, it was sooooo cold, especially wearing ActiveX cycling gears. Remind to put on the long sleeves, and not shorts.
Tomorrow, I'll go for my 3rd Hash Run, it's gonna be fun, since I'm gonna hare the event this time, and some of my Active buddies will come as well. On On!