So, have to preen about this.
After the recent discussions about hill climbing on the clyde forum, I decided to see how high up Mt. Hamilton I could get. And I figured I had to conquer the mountain alone so that I could take it at my pace and stop when I ran out of steam. So I packed a bunch of my cookies and energy gels and biked all out.
I made it up to the point where the police were turning people around because there was snow, and Californians risk an exploded cranium whenever it *gasp* snows in Silicon Valley and also like to sue if they slip on the ice atop the mountain.
2782 feet of climbing. It was awesome, although I spent most of the climb in the granniest of granny gears (smallest chainring in front, biggest sprocket in back) riding at maybe 5mph. I got dropped by roadies and an old guy on a full suspension mountain bike.
Hardest part was biking all the way home afterward with my climbing muscles aching.
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