I am seeking to get Mrs. Ritterview more acclimated to cycling in general, and hill climbing in particular. We've both signed up for the Death Ride, and she might do 1-2 passes, while I do all 5 again. So, I am looking for some training to work up to Monitor Pass. My wife goes to spin 5-6 days a week, has a svelte BMI of 19, and has no problem with the watts/kg needed for climbing. Her problem is lack of confidence, dread fear of descents, and being spooked by traffic.
I've tried Old Santa Cruz Highway, which isn't that steep, and fairly lightly trafficked. It was nonetheless harrowing for her, and Summit Road at the top has a lot of traffic. I am thinking of Mount Hamilton, which has light traffic and a very steady moderate grade. We'll start out at the County Park, to cut down on the climb. Anybody have some other ideas? I'd like to keep the grade at less than 6%.