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Mt Diablo photos(7 posts)

Mt Diablo photosDougSloan
Jul 2, 2003 8:06 PM
Here are some photos of and from Mt. Diablo, which is nearly a 4,000 foot climb in the Walnut Creek, California, area. Took them to show where the bike accident took place, but nice photos to look at, too.

http://www.midcalracing.com/diablo/diablo.htm

Doug
Nice pictures - which bike accident ?PeterRider
Jul 2, 2003 8:45 PM
Do you mean the bike accident from Devil Mtn double ? If yes, do you know what type of handlebar he was using ?

Nice pictures, thanks,

Pierre
where handlebar brokeDougSloan
Jul 3, 2003 6:13 AM
This is where the handlebar broke on the descent. Happened in the area where the asphalt is patched over a trench across the road; the bar snapped there, and he collided head first into the clay embankment on the right. Obviously, could have been much worse had it occured in other places, some with 1,000 foot drop offs.

He was using a TTT Prima 220.

Doug
what happened? (nm)globalhelipimp
Jul 2, 2003 9:37 PM
Is this where your clients bar snapped?(nm)Ligon
Jul 3, 2003 5:26 AM
Memories from home...Brooks
Jul 3, 2003 9:28 AM
I grew up in that area and rode up and around Mt. Diablo a number of times. You always have to be careful on the climb and the descents, mostly watching out for cars on the narrow and twisting road. As evident in your photos, the road is not in great shape although that patch job looks pretty good- no vertical displacement, minimal horizontal crack. It certainly doesn't look like it would cause a bike failure.

By the way, when the sun goes down, on a very clear evening you can see Half Dome in Yosemite illuminated. Pretty rare these days with the amount of irrigated agriculture and pollution causing an obscuring haze. Best view from the top is right after a winter storm. Can also see Mt. Shasta to the north and, I believe, the west side of Mt. Whitney to the south. Tremendous view because Diablo is at the edge of California's Central Valley. Sometimes it gets snow, but only every few years or so.
Great photos!! I started Mountain biking there.bnlkid
Jul 3, 2003 11:42 AM
I got into mountain biking in 1998 and rode up mitchell canyon every Sat. for the 8 weeks I was out there for work. Those photos bring back memories. Mountain Biking isn't the same in the Twin Cities. Mainly because there are no mountains. That's probably the biggest reason I became a serious road rider. Only spend about 30 miles a year on the mountain bike now.