Discussion in 'Gravel Grinders' started by Cyclotourist, Oct 23, 2018.
Something mixed today... state park services still not cleared Chino hills as of yet.
I decided on a bit longer than typical after work ride, worked up the motivation, and got out the door. Not sure what the deal was today, but I was fly-ING!
I got a bunch of PRs on some climbs and flats (took it easy on the DH), added some extra miles I wasn't planning for, took a route I've never been on... wow, it was fun!
I guess this is what this whole thread of mixed-surface riding is about. Having fun on the dirt and the tarmac, not just using it to get to a trailhead. A GREAT time out this evening, that's what's it all about!
I wanted to get in some climbing today so I talked 3 buddies into joining me for a ride up Nate Harrison Grade and down South Grade road from Palomar Mountain. Nate Harrison is a dirt road and South Grade is pavement. South Grade is the usual road route up to Palomar. The climb up was a good one. It’s rated as the #7 most challenging climb in California. An 8.2% average with many spots in the high teens. It’s pretty much up from the get go. The climb is 10.3 miles/ 4,440 feet. Stopped at Mother’s market for a drink and a fresh baked cookie. The descent from the top back to the cars is a blast! Overall a good way to spend Father’s Day. Overall ride was 29 miles, 4,800 feet.
That looks great!!!
Twenty nine miles (I'm rounding up to 30!) and 3,200ft this morning. Started a little after eight, finished at noon. Road up to Crafton, which takes about an hour. Then another hour to go up and over, ending up in Yucaipa Regional Park. Meander through Yucaipa and Calimesa to the dirt, then wide open plateau all the way back to Redlands. Temps were great, some sun at the end. I was not feeling great, and wasn't sure if I could pull this off several points in the ride. But geared down, and spun the last bit to make it happen! Glad I did, as everything came together to make a nice ride!
More of a combo but still a blend so I'll post here. Saturday I did another JRA/Crazy Bear Rountain Bike Challenge. Three segments consisting of road, mountain then road to finish it off.
We started off at the shop and headed out to the Reagan Library then over to Wildwood Park where Xavier from Crazy Bear would be waiting with our MTB's. We did about 12 miles and 1800 feet covering a good portion of the park. This was definitely the toughest segment of the ride.
After that we again met up with Xavier where we'd jump back on our road bikes and head over to JRA for the finish.
It wasn't a race but I had the lowest overall time with 3 hours 24 minutes and change. This one was a lot of fun and it actually kicked my butt. Maybe I should take the challenge part more seriously and not turn it into a race. Looking forward to the next one.
You should toss some Shwalbe G-One's on the Roubaix and not have to change bikes.
I think that's the same ride a friend Robert did. Didn't here about it until his FB post - sounds interesting.
Haha! A couple of the guys had contemplated doing it on their gravel bikes and after the Wildwood section they were glad they didn't. One of the climbs was constant rock steps. It was tough enough with an MTB.
Robert Sandoval by chance?