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November 17, 2009

Becky’s Carlmont Drop Challenge

Filed under: MTB Travel, San Francisco — anotherheader @ 8:31 pm

Josh checks out the first of the seven drops in Becky's Carlmont Challenge

New date–January 9th.

After a successful, or at least partially successful, test run we are now ready for Becky’s Carlmont Drop Challenge.

The Date:

Saturday, January the 9th for the event, weather and soil conditions permitting.

The Time:

1:15 pm at our house (1622 Ralston Ave); 1:30 at the Carlmont entrance to Water Dog.

What is “Becky’s Carlmont Drop Challenge?”

We have scoped out a collection of 7 of our favorite drops at Carlmont.  We’ve ridden them all.  Most of the time, but not always, we’ve avoided major stackage.  We will head up the hill and drop them all.  Can you ride all of Becky’s Drop’s?

Josh entering the hardest drop

What does “major stackage?” look like?

(Click on the black square to trigger the stop action movie.)

What should I bring?

It would be a good idea to bring your biggest hit bike and every piece of protective gear that you own or can borrow or steal.

Something doesn't look quite right here

Are the drops really that hard?

Nope.  Hey a woman in her advanced years* and a middle-aged retiree can ride them.

How hard can they be?

The truth is, for a rider with decent downhiller skills, these drops would be trivially easy.  We don’t know anyone who fits that description.  If you do fit the description, you might find this one boring.  For us, there remains some serious pucker-factor in these drops or we wouldn’t do them.

Can gawkers come along?

Sure, why not.  It is possible that some of the riders will turn into gawkers anyway.

This time, Becky choses not to test the soil conditions at the bottom of the hardest drop


Those who are not touring the local emergency room to get yet another x-ray or updating their Vicodin prescriptions can stop by our house for beverages and snacks.  It is possible that there might be more.  We’ll figure that out later, but let us know whether plan on coming so we can plan appropriately.


Let us know if you plan on attending by email or phone.  And remember to ride responsibly-don’t let peer pressure or seeing Becky do something ill advised encourage you ride something you shouldn’t!

Dave, Becky, and the ghost of Nick


*My lawyer advises me that this statement may not be devoid of personal consequences.

The full picture set from our test run:


  1. I’m in!

    Comment by Scott — November 17, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

  2. Did I see some air under Becky’s rear tire on her successful run on the hardest drop??
    You go Girl!!!!

    Comment by Berry for Buster — November 19, 2009 @ 5:48 am

  3. wouldn’t miss it…

    Comment by kevin — November 29, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

  4. Bob (and maybe Lily) will attend. A good excuse to see if I still remember how to ride a bike.

    Comment by bob — December 6, 2009 @ 12:39 am

  5. Thanks for leading us on the tour of Becky’s Drops.
    I guess I remember how to ride, at least on the drops. Not that I didn’t contribute some stackage between the drops.

    BTW, Just for comparison, here’s one of the drops in this week’s Dakar Rally:

    Comment by Bob — January 18, 2010 @ 8:50 am

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