Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Burlingame, California USA
Bikes: Trek 5000, Novara Randonee, Meridian Cascade
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Originally posted by skiwolf
From the south bay and usually ride on Foothill Exp...
One attempt at Mt Hamilton last year drained me completely, so I would like to start working on some hills this season.
Welcome! When I lived in Mountain View and worked in Belmont, I used to commute along Foothill regularly, but at first never really went into the foothills or mountains to the west. Eventually, though, I decided I wanted to add hills to my cycling life, and started poking around. The nice thing about Foothill Exp (and its extensions, Junipero Serra Blvd and Alameda de las Pulgas) is that there are miles of great routes with excellent climbing just off it. If you want advice on ride routes to work on your climbing, I'm sure SteveE, Sailguy, me, and many of the other Peninsula/South Bay riders could come up with suggestions if asked.
Also, one of the fastest ways to learn fun routes through the Santa Cruz Mountains is to join a club like Western Wheelers. After I joined, in a very short period I was introduced to a variety of ways to get up to Skyline, or get over to the coast (or to avoid Skyline, etc.), and so on.
Looks like our late, wet Spring is ending!