Bostic and I were trying to arrange going up to see Sierra Rd KOM with uspspro ... but that didn't happen. I guess Marco couldn't get time off of work. So Bostic and I took off for Sierra. Left Santa Clara around 11 am.
Bunch of people convened at the base of the climb, at Piedmont and Sierra. However, the gas station didn't have restrooms ... oh well, I guess it will have to wait till we get to the top.
This is a tough hill. Had to stop 3 times, and walk it for about 100 feet, but wanted to get to the top before the pelaton arrives. I didn't want to get stuck in the middle of Sierra ... so that was my motivation to keep plugging away.
The weather was great. It turned out to be a nice day, and I brought way too much stuff with me. Had two sets of long fingered gloves, skull cap, shoe boots, fleece vest ... I even covered my saddle and bag with plastic, preparing for rain. Luckily, it didn't come, and was actually quite pleasant at the summit. I wonder how things were at Mt. Hamilton.
Distance: 34.69 miles
Elevation Gain: 2473 feet
Average Speed: 12 mph
Okay, here are the pics:
Beginning of climb up Sierra
Bostic after hill repeats of Sierra
Spingineer relaxing after the hard climb
Nelson Vails in Amgen car, announcing latest status of race
Mavic support vehicle
Gesink leading Levi up the summit of Sierra Road. Gesink is KOM