My toughest climb to date-Mix Canyon (pics & video)
Well, I finally got around to climbing Mix Canyon. I joined a women's cycling club that just so happened to have a ride up Mix/Cantelow today, so I drove down to Vacaville for some good old fashioned steep hill bliss!
I felt sorry for one of the riders. She forgot that her road bike with a triple only had platform pedals, so she ended up sacrificing her socks to make a pair of redneck toe straps. This worked okay for her until the steepest section near the end, where she had to walk. I got a call from her while I was waiting at the summit. She told me to start descending and she would turn around and descend when I got to her.
It was a stair-step climb for a while, then the extended 15% and up started and during the last half-mile or so I finally had to shift to my lowest gear-a 24x34 on a road triple with mtb gearing. I'm not strong enough to rock a compact double up grades in the teens, so I stick with a triple.
Rallison's website says it's a 4 mile climb, but it's actually 4.7 miles.
I didn't have to stop as many times to let my rims cool on the way down as I thought I would. Once the steepest section is over, it's not too bad. I stopped a couple times to take pictures, and once to let my rims cool.
This climb is harder than the one I did last weekend-the 5-mile Corkscrew Wall near Foresthill. My speeds dropped to 2.5 to 3 mph on the steepest sections.
On the way back to Vacaville we rode over Cantelow, so that's another hill I was curious about that I finally got to climb. It reminds me of some of the El Dorado Hills climbs.
Here's the video.
A sign of the suffering to come? :p This is right before the last steep section.
Redneck toe strap
The California Triple Crown awards breakfast took place at the same park my group ride started from.
Screenshot from descent part of ride video
More pics are here: http://s149.beta.photobucket.com/user/hardmf1/library/