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    Veni, Vidi, Vomiti SteveE's Avatar
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    Finally bit the bullet ...

    and rode up the infamous Bohlman Road in Saratoga, CA.

    This is a local killer climb of 2,050 ft. in 4.3 miles. The average grade is 8.9% but the lower section, after an easy first quarter mile, pitches up to a sustained 11-12% for the next 2.5 miles or so. Some of the switchbacks are 22-24% on the inside of the turns. Needless to say, I took the outside of these turns where the grade was only 16-18%. After that there is a mix of ups and downs until you reach the end of the pavement. Supposedly there is a way to go down a mile of dirt road to pick up a paved road that takes you down to the Lexington Reservoir where you can catch a bike path into Los Gatos.

    I evidently missed the turn and wandered around on some fire roads before I reached a chain-link fence where I could see paved road on the other side. Fortunately, there was a well-worn track to my left and I was able to walk the bike around the fence and get back on the road. I did not see another cyclist (in either direction) on either the climb or during my wanderings in the wilderness.

    I wimped out and decided not to do the optional On-Orbit Rd. section that is even steeper with a stretch of 3/10ths of a mile at 18-20%!
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    Nice.

    Used to ride the hills around Saratoga a lot. Miss it up there.

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    Looks fun. You'll have to plan the B ride around this one of these days so we can have a bunch of fun struggling to the top.

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    Cool!! good for you!
    I still straggle going up Old La Honda road.. which takes me just under 30 min.. and I can almost go up Page Mill without stopping to rest.. ..
    "With a bent derailleur, shift happens"...

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    Veni, Vidi, Vomiti SteveE's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFloppyLlama
    You'll have to plan the B ride around this one of these days so we can have a bunch of fun struggling to the top.
    Yeah sure! And when we get to the top there will probably be a vote to select a new rider leader!
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    Thank God New Jersey is flat!

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    need to go out and ride.. ruirui's Avatar
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    damn... that looks very steep... i'll probably die just trying to get up the hill. but if you go downwards.. it looks to be fun...

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