Meetup time: 9:00am
Rollout time: 9:30am
Distance: ~45 miles
Pace: B (yes, most likely I'll be "sweep")
Total elevation: ~5,100 feet
Route: RWGPS Mt Hamilton in the Fall route sheet
Description: It's time for the club's traditional and fabulous ride up Mount Hamilton! Enjoy the fall colors, cool weather, and fantastic scenery. The climb is a constant 5-6% grade for about 18 miles (not difficult, but loooong). This is an annual club event, started by Sharon Lum, in 1991! If you have never done Mt. Hamilton, the fall (or the spring) are the best times, the cooler weather makes for a much nicer climb (but can make for a chilly descent). This is one of the classic Bay Area climbs (Mt. Diablo (3,849 feet) and Mt. Tamalpais (2,571 feet) are the other two well know climbs). This one goes up the highest to 4,265 feet (1,300m).
Bring warm clothes for the descent!!
Meals/Snacks/Water: There is a regroup at about mile 11 at Joseph D Grant Park staging area (portapotty and water), and again at the top at Lick Observatory. Bring your lunch or a hearty snack. (Also, vending machines in the lobby, coffee for sale in Lick Obs.)
Sweeps? Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please either know the route or bring a map in case you get dropped from the group.
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