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for San Jose area ridersThe Human G-Nome
May 30, 2003 7:49 AM
my girlfriend is a producer for Bay Area Backroads and i'm going on a shoot with her on Saturday in San Jose. i will have some time to ride (i'm going to miss my normal saturday ride) and was curious if anyone knew about routes that would take me from downtown San Jose to Mt.Hamilton. it's about 20 miles away i think? either that, or what would you reccommend as far as riding in that area. never been. if anyone knows of any online cylcing maps, that would be great as well.

thanks for the info!
Pretty simplemohair_chair
May 30, 2003 8:02 AM
If you are downtown, Santa Clara street turns into Alum Rock Ave at Hwy 101. Alum Rock will take you right to the bottom of Mt. Hamilton Road. That can't be more than 5 miles, no map required.

I'm not sure I would ride this route, myself. There could be lots of traffic and billions of traffic lights. In the morning it probably isn't too bad, but coming back you'll be in the thick of things.

If you have a car, just drive to the bottom of Mt. Hamilton Road. From there it's 20 miles to the top. Bring a jacket, because you'll be 4000 feet higher, and it is usually chilly at the top.
Pretty simpleThe Human G-Nome
May 30, 2003 8:14 AM
Like the show, but am sick of the theme song.Lon Norder
May 30, 2003 11:26 AM
Now it's stuck in my head. Arg!
just raced it last weekendFender
May 30, 2003 11:53 AM
For a course profile, check out under the Road section. It's not a tough climb, but it is long. Don't do the descent on the back side. Road it too narrow, gravely and bumpy. Plus then you had to climb back up. Make sure you have a vest or jacket to protect you chest from the wind chill.
You think you're getting near the top...Lon Norder
May 30, 2003 12:05 PM
and then you see a "Mt. Hamilton 7 Miles" sign. I think the large size of the domes at the observatory create the illusion that you're close.

I rode it on Monday - saw lots of riders.
You think you're getting near the top...The Human G-Nome
May 30, 2003 2:44 PM
thanks for the info... i'm definitely really excited to ride it now. some of my friends did the race last weekend as well, but i haven't heard back from them yet. it's always exciting to go on a new climb.