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Old 01-01-11, 11:28 PM   #1
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East Bay Berkeley Hill Repeats?

I just moved to Oakland from Santa Cruz and I miss the UCSC hill repeats that team bicycle trip would do every wednesday. Does anyone know of something similar in the east bay, where people meet up and then enjoy the agony of climbing hills together? It's way more fun to chase other riders rather than riding alone, and then you can talk about it at the end, if you're not too busy puking up your eggo waffles...
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Honestly, I don't really know. But if you ever want to meet for a Redwood loop, I'm in San Leandro.
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Ride up to Berkeley and ride up tunnel road to grizzly peak a few times with me? or perhaps we could do claremont. I found this guide to some climbs in the area..
http://www.calcycling.org/?q=node/367#tunnel
what's the elevation gain and mileage for redwood loop?
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The loop I do is 25miles and I couldn't tell you the elevation gain. I thought it was around 1300 feet.

I must warn you, I climb, but from more of an endurance standpoint (read: I'm slow). But I'd love to do some rides and get my butt kicked -- good learning experience.
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The OP might be out of luck with regards timing. Grizzly Peak Cyclists do a couple of ass-kicker rides during the week, but probably not starting until March at the earliest. Powpow and I did several of their Tuesday evening rides that start at the corner of Wildcat and Grizzly, and then do what sounds like DRietz's route - skyline->Redwood->Pinehurst->canyon->Pinehurst and back. great route, and a strong pace. They also did some hill repeat work in Berkeley, but I didn't partake of those.

How long/steep were the UCSC climbs?
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I was thinking about trying to do something like this one or two nights per week. For hill repeats, I was thinking about something shorter that could be done 5-10 times for real punishment (and NOT something long like Tunnel or something that requires you to get into the high hills/Grizzly/Redwood to do it). Since this would be at night, it would be better to do on a quiet neighborhood road than one with more/faster traffic. I actually have a hill in mind, here are the stats:

Distance = 0.6 miles
Elev = 183 feet
Avg. Grade = 5.9%
It is on a very quiet neighborhood street and has only one stop sign with minimal traffic

This hill is not far from Rockridge BART (exact location is top secret). It usually takes me somewhere around 3:30 to climb this hill. If I did it 6 times, that would be about 1,100 feet of climbing and around 24 minutes of HARD climbing (obviously you have to descend between intervals, so I'd guess a total time of around 35 minutes). 10 times would mean 1,830 feet of climbing and somewhere between 45-60 minutes of climbing (total riding time maybe 1:20). I actually have no idea how much I would slow down by the 3rd, 4th (not to mention 9th or 10th) interval, so my estimates may be way off.

Will give it a try, perhaps tonight or tomorrow night and let you know how it goes. Let me know if you are interested in joining at around 7 or 8 tonight or tomorrow night. I could also do it early one morning (around 6:30).
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Check the ride calendar at www.grizz.org . Matt and Patrick have been doing weeknight circuits twice a month. These have been in Albany and El Cerrito during the dark times, but were in the Berkeley and Oakland hills over the summer. Next ride is on 1/5, weather should be good. 15 laps, 1600' in an hour.

In the spring, Mark's Tuesday Night Ride is a fun tune-up. ~40 mile semi-loop with plenty of KOM spots, usually 8-12 riders.
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I was thinking about trying to do something like this one or two nights per week. For hill repeats, I was thinking about something shorter that could be done 5-10 times for real punishment (and NOT something long like Tunnel or something that requires you to get into the high hills/Grizzly/Redwood to do it). Since this would be at night, it would be better to do on a quiet neighborhood road than one with more/faster traffic. I actually have a hill in mind, here are the stats:

Distance = 0.6 miles
Elev = 183 feet
Avg. Grade = 5.9%
It is on a very quiet neighborhood street and has only one stop sign with minimal traffic

This hill is not far from Rockridge BART (exact location is top secret). It usually takes me somewhere around 3:30 to climb this hill. If I did it 6 times, that would be about 1,100 feet of climbing and around 24 minutes of HARD climbing (obviously you have to descend between intervals, so I'd guess a total time of around 35 minutes). 10 times would mean 1,830 feet of climbing and somewhere between 45-60 minutes of climbing (total riding time maybe 1:20). I actually have no idea how much I would slow down by the 3rd, 4th (not to mention 9th or 10th) interval, so my estimates may be way off.

Will give it a try, perhaps tonight or tomorrow night and let you know how it goes. Let me know if you are interested in joining at around 7 or 8 tonight or tomorrow night. I could also do it early one morning (around 6:30).
OK, so I gave this a shot last night. I did the climb eight times, for total climbing of more than 1500 feet in an hour (including the 1.5 miles to get there from my house). The interesting thing is that all my repeats were within about 10 seconds of each other (except for the final cool-down repeat) even though I felt like my effort varied quite a bit from time to time. Will definitely try something like this again soon. That El Cerrito workout with the GPC group also sounds good.
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Well, there's "the hill ride" that the cal team does sometimes: http://www.calcycling.org/?q=node/197
Almost 5000 feet of climbing, less than 30 miles.

I like to do repeats of tunnel road (starting from the gateway gazebo thing), it has the least traffic in the area. When I get bored of that, I do a loop of redwood-pinehurst.
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Bummer to hear that a small town like Santa Cruz has twice weekly hill climbing sessions and this big bicycle region doesn't! Maybe I'll just start hollering at the roadies I see on Claremont and Tunnel and ask them if they know of anything..

The UCSC climbing repeats were like 400ft in 1.3mi, we'd do them 6 times, 5 minutes to 6 minutes per climb depending if there's a brutal head wind.. after the 3rd repeat, 4 5 and 6 made me want to vomit on my handlebars exponentially more.

And on Saturdays we'd ride out down the coast to a brutal mountain climb, 1500feet in 3 miles or so, 3 repeats.. very very steep.

I really miss the group suffering! let me know if you guys see any packs of people climbing!
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Bummer to hear that a small town like Santa Cruz has twice weekly hill climbing sessions and this big bicycle region doesn't! Maybe I'll just start hollering at the roadies I see on Claremont and Tunnel and ask them if they know of anything..

The UCSC climbing repeats were like 400ft in 1.3mi, we'd do them 6 times, 5 minutes to 6 minutes per climb depending if there's a brutal head wind.. after the 3rd repeat, 4 5 and 6 made me want to vomit on my handlebars exponentially more.

And on Saturdays we'd ride out down the coast to a brutal mountain climb, 1500feet in 3 miles or so, 3 repeats.. very very steep.

I really miss the group suffering! let me know if you guys see any packs of people climbing!

Check the Grizzly Peak Cyclists site for their evening climbing circuits. I did one on Wednesday night and it's pretty much exactly what you're looking for. They'll pick up again when daylight savings starts.
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Old 03-06-11, 08:52 AM   #12
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I'd be up for a meetup for repeats (without much traffic) I'd suggest South Park Drive and/or Centennial.
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