After Saturday's sufferfest on Snows Road, I went up to Nevada City yesterday to watch and record the Nevada City Bicycle Classic criterium. I brought my heavy, low-end Trek 7000 WSD hybrid with rack, rack trunk, lights, and kickstand so I could carry my extra cameras, stuff I bought, and swag. I climbed about 720' just riding around trying to map out the course and find the best spot to record from.
Since I had another 2 hours before the start of the first race, I decided to explore Nevada City's climbs. Right away I found Red Dog Road, which was a long climb with grades up to 17%. It was a real sufferfest due to the bike I was riding.
After watching and recording the Masters men 35+/45+ 1,2,3,4 and Women's Pro 1,2,3 races, I was motivated to do another 1,200' of climbing. This time I found Willow Valley Road, which is another long climb with grades up to 15%. It also turned into a sufferfest near the end. Since I didn't know how long the road was, I turned around when the road leveled out right before another steep section. When I got home and looked at the map on my Garmin Connect page, I found out I was near the top. Damn!
Total amount of climbing recorded was 3,471'. It would be higher, but I forgot to start the timer for a while after watching the races. When I discovered that at the top of Nevada Street, I turned around and climbed back up to the same spot to fix that.
Here's the Garmin Connect data. Note the abysmally low average speed, partly due to time spent riding around the course trying to map it out: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/93643130
Here's the video of the sufferfest climbs:
Here's the bike I rode:
Trek 7000 WSD at top of Red Dog Road climb by kittyz202, on Flickr