Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: northern California
Bikes: Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
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Members of the Santa Rosa Cycle Club have one or more spring and summer time trials up Pine Flat road in Alexander Valley. Each year there is usually a tandem doing this heroic climb. So tandems are welcome. The manager of a bike shop in Windsor is the guy to contact. I helped with the timing in April and times were between 1 h 5 min and 1 h 45 min. Levi Leipheimer is said to have done it in under 46 minutes. Most of the riders start at the Piner HS in Santa Rosa and ride to the start as a warm-up. Then ride back.
The climb is something like 3,000 feet in 12 miles with the steepest pitch being over 15%.