Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SF East Bay
Bikes: Bianchi Eros (06), Bianch Boardwalk (nice old steel commuter), Gary Fisher Gitche Gumee, Trek "Antelope" 820 (ancient!)
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Another question about Diablo
My goal is to ride to the top this year. I used to live near NGR when I was a kid and made it as far as the ranger station once (the junction where NGR and SGR meet). Never could have made it to the top (I was something like 12 the last time we rode up - jeez, can it have been over 30 years ago? I'M NOT THAT OLD!!
In any event, my question is this: when you ride it, do you stop for rest breaks or do you make a straight shot to the top? I do a 20 mile loop just about every saturday (through the hills of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda), plus I try to hit the rollers a couple times during the week and am just wondering how to tackle the mountain.
Hmmm, maybe some of us first-timers should get together to try this?
PS My neighbor is in his early 60's and he rides up once or twice a year. One time he was riding up and he was catching up to this twenty-something stud and thought to himself, "Hey, I'm doing pretty good for an old fart!" He started chatting with the "kid" and it turned out it was his third time up that day!