First of all, do not take off the Friday before the double. Taking off that Friday will just leave you relaxed and refreshed for the Double. It will also leave your co-workers in the lurch and you like them.
Secondly, go ahead and do your usual Thursday ride. Don’t take it easy. The ride on Saturday will suck no matter what, so you might as well have a good time on Thursday.
Third, go ahead and ride 10 days in a row, with the 10th day being the Devil Mountain Double. The double is not more important, just because it impresses other people more than your short little rides up Diablo.
Pictures from Thursday’s Duros West ride out of Yountville. The ride goes out by Spanish Flat and Pope Valley. Ride was on the Thursday before the DMD.