hey guys, new to the forum would like to know where is a good newbie friendly route around martinez/concord area. I'm not too familiar with the names but I have done Pinole-> Alhambra -> Franklin Canyon ->Cummings Skyway and back home to Hercules. another route I have done is along side the Iron Horse trail from Pleasant Hill bart all the way to Dublin.
I have some experience with longer rides with some incline, I am training along with my gf though who is pretty much new to road bikes and long distance. She can do the Iron Horse trail (30 plus miles) with no problem, shes done the Pinole through Alhambra to Hercules ride once but I know she struggled. We'd want to improve our climbing and would appreciate all the advice thanks!
I can probably do 40-50 mi roundtrip rides but I definitely need some work on my climbs, where would be a good ride for someone wanting to improve their climbing skills.