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I am truly sorry to the pure mountain bikers here. This is a roadie ride. But the last two were awesome and the weather is no bueno.

The ride is Mt. Hamilton. It is an 18 mile 4500 foot climb to Lick Observatory in the east hills of San Jose. If you've done it before, then you're good. Please describe it to others who haven't done this rite of passage.

It is usually climbed in 2 hours. Some an hour and half, some three hours. This is an out an back ride so if you are slow, it's ok. You'll either get a shorter break at the top or we'll snatch you up on our way down. I think most of this group will show up in two hours. If you haven't ridden much, this is not a good idea. You should borrow Jeng's motor bicycle. It's ok to get a head start too.

Just remember to bring lots of food and layers of clothing. And the descent back down can be grueling if you're tired since it's 18 mile and there's a 500 foot climb in the middle.

But it is a good way to get a ride in during this weather. And it's an awesome way to earn your beer for the Superbowl which starts at 3pm.

Time: 9am. Sunday. Feb 7
Meet at: Penitencia Creek Park on Berryessa road. Huge parking lot with restrooms.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...391453,-121.856296&spn=0.011252,0.030899&z=16
 

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Count me in! Francis: I'll pick you up at 8:15am.

Distance: 18.5 miles (Alum Rock to Observatory Parking Lot), Climb: 4,200 feet, Avg Grade: 3.8%
The grade is not bad, but it just keeps going and going ...

John S.: I hope to see you there too!
 

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This is my one and only road ride. I did it a few years ago in February with smw, k-max and crashmaster.
My only comment to those that have not done it is to bring warm clothes. The top had snow when I was there, and all I had was shorts, shirt and vest. The decent down to the 500' climb was grueling. I was so cold I could not feel my fingers, toes, or ears. Back at the bottom it was a pleasant sunny 60 degrees, if not warmer.

If my hand is better I'm game, and I'm sure The Law will come along. She loves climbing.
 

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ill be there. hope to have the real (steel) bike ready by then.

pacing and fueling yourself are the key for this one cuz its a looong hill.
 

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Be sure to save a little for the return trip back to the bottom because it isn't all downhill from the top. There are two small valleys which you have to climb out after leaving the observatory.

For those who need a little caffeine kick after the long climb to the top, bring along some coin for the coke machine at the observatory.
 

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francois said:
I am truly sorry to the pure mountain bikers here. This is a roadie ride. But the last two were awesome and the weather is no bueno.

The ride is Mt. Hamilton. It is an 18 mile 4500 foot climb to Lick Observatory in the east hills of San Jose. If you've done it before, then you're good. Please describe it to others who haven't done this rite of passage.

It is usually climbed in 2 hours. Some an hour and half, some three hours. This is an out an back ride so if you are slow, it's ok. You'll either get a shorter break at the top or we'll snatch you up on our way down. I think most of this group will show up in two hours. If you haven't ridden much, this is not a good idea. You should borrow Jeng's motor bicycle. It's ok to get a head start too.

Just remember to bring lots of food and layers of clothing. And the descent back down can be grueling if you're tired since it's 18 mile and there's a 500 foot climb in the middle.

But it is a good way to get a ride in during this weather. And it's an awesome way to earn your beer for the Superbowl which starts at 3pm.

Time: 9am. Sunday. Feb 7
Meet at: Penitencia Creek Park on Berryessa road. Huge parking lot with restrooms.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sou...391453,-121.856296&spn=0.011252,0.030899&z=16
Sounds good.:thumbsup:
 

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JL, the climb is closer to 4800' to 5000' because there are two descents in the middle of the route. Elevation at the top is 4200'. Similarly the grade is typically 4% on the lower half and about 5% (railroad grade) on the upper half. Unless we go up quimby.

For those that haven't done it in the winter, LAYERS! I wouldn't be surprised if there is snow at the top. And if the wind picks up slightly, it can get very cold! Last winter I had full finger mtb bike gloves a wind jacket and long sleeves. It was sunny, clear, and cold. The climb was fantastic, and I was the perfect temp the whole way up (without the jacket on). But the descent I was nearly frostbitten. I had to stop about every 1-2 miles to stick my fingers in my armpits and defrost them.

oops, just noticed dan had the same experience..
 

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grrrah said:
JL, the climb is closer to 4800' to 5000' because there are two descents in the middle of the route. Elevation at the top is 4200'. Similarly the grade is typically 4% on the lower half and about 5% (railroad grade) on the upper half. Unless we go up quimby.

For those that haven't done it in the winter, LAYERS! I wouldn't be surprised if there is snow at the top. And if the wind picks up slightly, it can get very cold! Last winter I had full finger mtb bike gloves a wind jacket and long sleeves. It was sunny, clear, and cold. The climb was fantastic, and I was the perfect temp the whole way up (without the jacket on). But the descent I was nearly frostbitten. I had to stop about every 1-2 miles to sticl my fingers in my armpits and defrost them.

oops, just noticed dan had the same experience..
Sounds a lot like mount diablo. looking forward to it.
 

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It seems that on the Sierra ride, folks don't believe the photo evidence that I crested Sierra Rd. in first place. :skep:

It's on like donkey kongggggg :D .

Yesterday I joined the morning ride in Woodside and none other that world champ Cadel Evans tries to wheelsuck me. So I put it on the rivet and spit him off the back, while taking a video of him cracking like an egg.

Our spies also report that Gregg is in spin class 3x a day and will be an instructor by the weekend.


Then last night I hit the trainer for three hours and pedaled in anger :madmax:
 

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francois said:
It seems that on the Sierra ride, folks don't believe the photo evidence that I crested Sierra Rd. in first place. :skep:

It's on like donkey kongggggg :D .

Yesterday I joined the morning ride and none other that world champ Cadel Evans tries to wheelsuck me. So I put it on the rivet and spit him off the back.


Then last night I hit the trainer for three hours and pedaled in anger :madmax:
He's digging deep into his suitcase of courage!
 

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in the city of woodside, running a stop sign is punishable by death. Believe me, the residents will have none of it especially on a bike.
 

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Hmm, was looking for a ride to do on Sunday. Maybe I will venture down to the southland!

So it's 18 miles one way?
Yes, but look at it more as 5000' of climbing.

18 miles of road sounds like a 1hr recovery ride.
 

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iRoNeTiK said:
That's a lot of climbing for 18 miles. I'll bring my Tarmac with my helmet w/ sun visor :D
That's 1/2 the ratio of mount diablo
 

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It's been a while since I've ridden Hamilton. Digging into my past ride logs, I've got 37 miles total with 4,730 ft. grrrah and dan51 give good advice. It's no fun freezing and trying to control your speed with numb fingers on the descent!

Here's a few pics to whet the appetite.

You start by climbing away from civilization and heading towards the sky.
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/6mWvDDuBFrHsEmGTod1ikQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_jRfKyXgZ1Zg/SRe0bbDuxFI/AAAAAAAABRw/0_aeeQ5iGq4/s800/IMG_9545.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/w.tburger/2008_11_09_Hamilton?feat=embedwebsite">2008_11_09_Hamilton</a></td></tr></table>

One of the small valleys mentioned above.
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/B9m6vehpOPLcaVlEmXRWuQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_jRfKyXgZ1Zg/SRe0iRdKO8I/AAAAAAAABSI/_33wsQ9yy_4/s800/IMG_9563.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/w.tburger/2008_11_09_Hamilton?feat=embedwebsite">2008_11_09_Hamilton</a></td></tr></table>

Check out the hairpins down there! There's two riders in this photo.
<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XRQs69d9beV1X9mnc3FlFg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_jRfKyXgZ1Zg/SRe09bFpuxI/AAAAAAAABTM/Dx-He0we0EY/s800/IMG_9593.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/w.tburger/2008_11_09_Hamilton?feat=embedwebsite">2008_11_09_Hamilton</a></td></tr></table>
 
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