On Saturday I did the Low-key Hillclimb of Hicks and Umunhum roads. I rode to the start and got there about 50 minutes early so after checking in and donating my $10, I headed out for a warm up ride. With time on my side and without a destination I explored a little:
The weather was gorgeous and I could see snow across the valley on Mt. Hamilton. Alas I had no camera with me, not even a cell phone ("weight savings").
The climb itself went pretty well. I kept my pace in check on the initial steep part of Hicks Rd even as many riders passed me. Then on the upper half of Hicks I started reeling people in one and two at a time.
Here's a picture of me making the turn from Hicks onto Umunhum (credit Jon Degenhardt):
After that turn onto Umunhum road the gradient is more reasonable. I somehow passed a few more folks despite being very close to blowing up. Somehow I didn't manage to check the climb stats before hand and I had no idea how much farther until the finish. I was pleased to hold off everyone to the finish line except for one guy who passed me with a pretty impressive sprint.
At the finish (credit Phil Dubach):