Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Santa Barbara
Bikes: 2011 Surly Cross Check
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Riding in the snow in Santa Barbara
We have had a couple cold fronts move through recently that left a bit of the white stuff in the upper elevations. The topography of Santa Barbara is ocean, town, foothills, mountains that peak out at 4000 feet. OK, for most 4000 feet elevation is not really a mountain, but when it is less than 10 miles from 0 feet elevation, it is a pretty healthy climb.
The mountains are so beautiful this time of year I got the itch to ride my mountain loop, which is up Gibraltar Road, west on Camino Cielo, then down Painted Cave and Old San Marcos Road. Camino Cielo runs along the ridge of the mountain, with views of the ocean and town to the south,and the back country with more mountains to the north. It is a fantastic road to ride, and you really have to pay your dues to get there. Anyway, I digress significantly.
Up near La Cumbre Peak, I encountered a 1/4 mile section of road (still climbing fortunately) that was solid ice/snow. I have NEVER ridden my bike in the snow before, so fortunately I fell only once going about 2 mph. Almost walked to the top from there, but decided to find a spot where the snow was thicker and managed to get back on and ride through it. There was a second 1/4 mile section just past the peak, and fortunatley I was able to follow another cyclists tracks on the side of the road, no falls here.
I gained a new appreciation for those who commute in these conditions daily, my hat is off to you!!