After seeing the awesome trails (and 15%+ climbs) at Pleasanton Ridge yesterday, I unracked my cyclo-cross bike (a Specialized Tricross). A cyclo-cross bike is basically a road bike but has bigger tires and bigger brakes and stuff. Basically, it’s a mountain bike that’s been optimized for the road. Anyway – hooked it up with some new pedals (which had been stripped and redeployed to its brother, my Specialized Allez), strapped on some new treads, and added a rear rock-to-ass protector.
After that, I took a quick ride on the trails to make sure everything was set. I was blown away at some of the climbs (literally too steep to ride, and I need more fitness). There had to be some 30% climbs!!! I knew I still had to ride home, so I tapped, vowing to return, shaking my fist at the mountain.
Quick elevation profile – climbed 1,010ft in a little less than 2 miles. Insanity.