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Mt. Hamilton ride report(11 posts)

Mt. Hamilton ride reportThe Human G-Nome
May 31, 2003 2:21 PM
ok, it's not a report but just reflections from the day. started out from 1st St., near the airport at about 7:30 a.m. the "horrible" traffic conditions i heard about from other people were overstated (at least compared to SF). very easy ride to the beginning. 20 miles of straight climbing (with the brief respite thrown in here or there) really is longer then i'm accustomed to. i kept thinking to myself, "dam n, this climb is so easy", but then it keeps going, and going, and going. i was able to keep my speedometer in the 11-14mph range for the whole climb (which is good for me), but toward the very end, the last two miles or so, i started to slow up just a little and the fatigue of something new started to set in. the descent was absolutely wonderful except for the flat tire. a couple of other roadies explained that normally the road isn't so clear of rocks and debris, but that they had cleaned it prior to the race last weekend. wasn't very crowded except for some club ride of about 30 riders or so. they left a little after me so i only saw 3 other riders the whole time until the descent.

a few things i learned about this trip:

- it's very easy to commute on CalTrain and it makes sense to start taking advantage of the wonderful rides that are just south of me.

- although i might be a decent climber, i don't have the legs to maintain yet on longer distances of continuous climbing (over 15 miles). i kept hearing in my head "and one by one the riders are cracking."

- San Jose is a nice place to visit, but i wouldn't want to live there.
re: Mt. Hamilton ride reporturaqt
May 31, 2003 5:19 PM
once a month..... that is a great pace, the last five miles are very tough.
re: Mt. Hamilton ride reportsnapdragen
May 31, 2003 5:38 PM
"San Jose is a nice place to visit, but i wouldn't want to live there."

I so agree with you! Unfortunately, I do live there.......

re: Mt. Hamilton ride reportThe Human G-Nome
May 31, 2003 6:21 PM
oh, i'm sorry. well, look on the bright side... if you ever get in trouble with the law, you can always get bail bonds at what seemed like 250 bail bonds stores on 1st st. alone. geesh. got crime? i saw 5 separate drug deals go down just while waiting for the train at about 9 pm.
Glad you enjoyed it! Site of my first _very_ bad bonk.PseuZQ
May 31, 2003 9:03 PM
Two years ago today. It was a study in sheer stupidity. I was hung over, it was really, really hot, and I ran out of water. Breakfast was a protein shake and I'd only had half a power bar between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A guy rode up to me who had *no* bottles, and I gave him one of mine, thinking that a SAG wagon was gonna come by, and it didn't. I got about mile from the top, and basically shut down. I could only go a quarter of a mile before my heartrate would rocket up and I had to stop. Finally I ran in to some folks I was riding with, and they had to call the car to bring me down the hill. (I was starting to get those chills and see stars.)

That was my first time attempting Hamilton. It was a defining moment. I vowed that would never happen to me again, and it hasn't.

The ride down the back through the San Antonio Valley is one of my favorites. There's nothing between the observatory and The Junction (Mines, DelPuerto, San Antonio rds.) Then nothing between The Junction and Livermore. (Some ranches and houses, but no services.)I actually like climbing the back side. It's a lot steeper and I've yet to ride it in really hot weather, but I've heard the pavement bubbles.
re: Mt. Hamilton ride reportmohair_chair
Jun 1, 2003 7:10 AM
Hey, glad you enjoyed the ride, and glad you wouldn't want to live here. We don't want you San Francisco scum coming down here to San Jose invading our private lives and stealing our women. And stay off our mountains, too! There's nowhere else to ride in San Jose. It's a cycling wasteland.
re: Mt. Hamilton ride reportThe Human G-Nome
Jun 1, 2003 8:53 AM
well, on a postive note, the riders i ran into were VERY, VERY nice. when i flatted on the descent. one guy insisted on waiting with me and he chatted it up until i changed it out. on the way up, some old guy offered up all his "inside" knowledge of the ride and what i should be looking out for and what i should be paying attention to. the folks up at Lick were really nice as well.

i will be staying off your mountain though... at least for awhile. you've got a good thing going there.
11-14mph up Hamilton is slow ? hmmmmm.... BS ?PeterRider
Jun 1, 2003 6:30 PM
As far as I remember, Hamilton is not easy at all. When I did it last month, I was at 5-6mph from the start... to the top. OK, this was after 150 miles of mountains, but if I was doing only this climb during a day I would go 8-9mph, maybe 10, but definitely not 11-14.

On a comparable climb here (Mt Wilson) I've seen only ONCE 2 people going that kind of speed.

Back side (DMD route) lots steeper than the front. (nm)PseuZQ
Jun 1, 2003 7:31 PM
I see. I'll go the other side next time :-) (nm)PeterRider
Jun 2, 2003 9:15 AM
11-14mph up Hamilton is slow ? hmmmmm.... BS ?The Human G-Nome
Jun 1, 2003 9:05 PM
read it again.... i didn't say that was slow. that's a good ride for me. out of 30-50 people on my club ride, i'll normally be 1st thru 3rd finished at the top of any climb. and as i wrote in the original post, i slowed down from that speed over the last couple miles.... more like 8-9mph.

but as far as difficult climbs go, no it's not a particularly difficult one (just long). very moderate grades except for a few short stretches. again, this isn't the backside of which i've never been (i hear that's steeper).