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Old 05-03-13, 02:54 PM   #1
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Question regarding Morgan Territory Road

Looking for a bit of advice. I'm driving to the East Bay tomorrow from San Francisco and I want to ride a loop that incorporates Morgan Territory Road. My question is this, does anyone have an opinion on which direction is most fun to ride Morgan Territory? It appears that if you ride north to south, you face a long steady climb; whereas, if you ride the road south to north you face a shorter but steeper climb. Either option is fine by me, but I was curious if anyone had a preference or if there's a general consensus that riding Morgan Territory in a particular direction is better.

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North to South the climb is shady. Going the other way, the shorter climb is exposed and in the sun.
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North to South the climb is shady. Going the other way, the shorter climb is exposed and in the sun.
Good to know! Tomorrow is probably going to be a hot one. I think I'll take the shade and ride North to South. Thanks!
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The shady road on the north side is also the curvy road with a bad surface, so it's fun to ride up. The south end is a smooth surface with great sightlines so it's fun to descend.

Too bad the Amgen ToC isn't going to repave it in the next couple weeks cuz they're doing it south to north.
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Yes, Amgen is definitely doing it in the 'wrong' direction. This is one of the few roads where I have a preferred direction, but I certainly like it better when I get to dodge the potholes at only a few mph on the ascent while enjoying the cool shade of the trees along the winding road and then get the nice smooth road surface and open sightlines on the fast descent heading south.
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Yes, Amgen is definitely doing it in the 'wrong' direction. This is one of the few roads where I have a preferred direction, but I certainly like it better when I get to dodge the potholes at only a few mph on the ascent while enjoying the cool shade of the trees along the winding road and then get the nice smooth road surface and open sightlines on the fast descent heading south.

Last time I went up the north side, a construction truck was coming down, hit a pothole, and a toolbox bounced out of its holder on the back... wrenches everywhere.
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I'm concerned for the ATOC riders coming down Morgan. I hope they all make it safely. They'll be screaming, and that rode us iffy. I know they are pros, but still. If they come down as a group it will be way to "interesting."
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Oh, BBChallenge, do the climb up heading south for sure.
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I'm concerned for the ATOC riders coming down Morgan. I hope they all make it safely. They'll be screaming, and that rode us iffy. I know they are pros, but still. If they come down as a group it will be way to "interesting."
They've been riding roads this spring that are much worse than Morgan Territory. I don't think it's going to be a problem.
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They've been riding roads this spring that are much worse than Morgan Territory. I don't think it's going to be a problem.
I sure hope you're right. It's not so much just the roads, it's the downhill speeds they'll be sure to be moving at.
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They've been riding roads this spring that are much worse than Morgan Territory. I don't think it's going to be a problem.
How cool would it be if one year Flanders went DOWN the Koppenberg?
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We've descended that side of Morgan Territory quite a bit. It's a good out and back ride from the house for us - (might even do it today) .

One thing the pros won't have to worry about is traffic coming up around all those blind corners; they'll be able to use all of that lane and a 1/16.

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How cool would it be if one year Flanders went DOWN the Koppenberg?
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