Ben picked me up at 6:45am today for a trip to Half Moon Bay, CA for the annual TCV Customer Acquisition Forum. Little did we know that a host of problems (including a plane with mechanical problems) would turn it into a 9 hour trip (with no food!).
Since the TCV event didn’t start until the evening, we stopped in Palo Alto to go for a ride (Ben had arranged rental bikes from Palo Alto Bicycles). We did the Kings Mountain Road loop. As you can tell from the elevation profile below, this route includes a big climb up Kings Mountain — 1,800 feet of elevation gain in about 5 miles.
As soon as we hit the climb, I lost sight of Ben — he’s a really strong climber and a “clydesdale” like me has no hope of keeping up on on a ride like this. It was a tough climb, with great scenery, smooth roads, and temps in the 70’s. I wish we had routes (and weather) like this in Fort Worth.
After the ride, we turned in the bikes, grabbed dinner, and headed to the hotel. Soon after checking in, I realized that I had left all of my shirts in Fort Worth. It would be really impressive to walk into tomorrow’s meeting with our investors wearing a t-shirt and jeans (or, as Ben suggested, my cycling bib).
The good news is that I’m staying at the Ritz-Carlton, so they opened the gift shop for me so I could buy a shirt. The bad news is that I’m staying at the Ritz-Carlton, so I now own a $225 Robert Graham shirt.
Time for bed.