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Old 03-01-08, 10:42 PM   #1
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Birthday Ride - 3/8

Seeing the pics from the 3/1 ride made me so bummed that I couldn't join everyone. So I'm going to lead one 3/8, which happens to be one day before my birthday. So this is going to be my birthday present to myself ... a birthday ride.

There's also the Triflow Grand Prix races being held in Menlo Park, and there will be an option to ride there to see it too, if anybody wanted. So I plotted three possible routes:

Option A: Ride to the races, then climb King's Mountain - 57 miles, 3983 feet climbing
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...over-Kings-Mtn

Option B: Climb King's Mountain, then ride to the races - 62 miles, 4663 feet climbing
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...ay-Ride-Plan-B

Option C: Climb King's Mountain, not going to the races - 53 miles, 4957 feet climbing
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...ay-Ride-Plan-C

Start: Chain Reaction Parking Lot on corner of Homestead and Foothill Expy in Los Altos
Time: 9 am
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We'd ride with you, but we'll be riding the Solvang Century instead. So we'll hoist a glass of an adult beverage in your honor, post-ride.

Hope you have terrific weather and great company for your ride. Birthday rides are the best!
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Seeing the pics from the 3/1 ride made me so bummed that I couldn't join everyone. So I'm going to lead one 3/8, which happens to be one day before my birthday. So this is going to be my birthday present to myself ... a birthday ride.

Haven't decided yet where, but I figured on "scenic" routes like Moody, King's Mountain, Emerald Hills, Swett Rd., Old La Honda ... or if anyone has any other ideas, I'd love to hear them.
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Me likem Kings Mtn! up/down
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I guess I'll have to tell everyone ... it's not my birthday yet ... but will be next sunday. Anyhow, thanks guys.
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I was on my OLH / Skyline / Kings ride today, and its plainly obvious I am in "winter" shape. Even my decent down kings was sluggish and goofy. Props to all of you who stayed in shape during the cold season.
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happy happy birthday, it's your special day....

I am so in, i think. let's see some routes and starting time. I'm going to Kooza the night before. And it'd be great to start near CalTrain.

Can't wait to put some real miles on the new roadie.
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I should be available that day! I'd love to join you.
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Here is the route I was thinking of.
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...over-Kings-Mtn
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Replace Westridge with Golden Oak. It's much shorter.
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Replace Westridge with Golden Oak. It's much shorter.
Ya don't like Westridge??? I can't remember the Golden Oak climb. I choose Westridge, only because I'm familiar with that climb.
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I always wondered what the grade on walkin' Joaquin is.
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That's a great graph!!
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Ron: Are you getting ready for a birthday or a funeral ?

That's one intimidating ride!!!
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Hey that's not my ride. I guess Ramon wants to do that ride!
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Yo, Yo, Yo, Let's ride already! details? Logistics?
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The route Ron has mapped out climbs Westridge on the 11.5% side. My silly sense of humor immediately thought of swapping that with a nice little ascent up Golden Oak then back to Alpine, Portola Road. I actually have not gone up Westridge from that side before so it will be a first for me next weekend.

That graph is from the Palo Alto Bicycles website. It's the Ring of Fire on their list of local ride maps.
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Here is the route I was thinking of.
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...over-Kings-Mtn
It's a long drive to Cupertino, and that rather large bump in the middle of the elevation graph looks... daunting. I could be a maybe, though. Is that climb as bad as/worse than it looks?
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The primary climb is King's Mountain. As long as pace yourself comfortably it never gets too steep but it is a longer climb. Westridge is not as bad as that blasted hill McEwen but it's steeper than that hill section from Saturday where the pictures were taken by mtnwalker. HW 35 has some climbing to it as well before a nice decent to Sky Londa. On the way back there is a gradual hill on Sand Hill up to 280.
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It's a long drive to Cupertino, and that rather large bump in the middle of the elevation graph looks... daunting. I could be a maybe, though. Is that climb as bad as/worse than it looks?
you'll be so distracted by the scenery that you won't even notice the hills
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It's a long drive to Cupertino, and that rather large bump in the middle of the elevation graph looks... daunting. I could be a maybe, though. Is that climb as bad as/worse than it looks?
The bump is Kings Mountain, one of my favorite climbs.

It's not as steep as the "Hill of Death" from this weekend.

I think the average gradient is about 10%. It does go on for about 4 miles though.
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I might be in depending on what time you'll be starting the ride. Oh and how far from a Bart station it will be.
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