Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
Bikes: Domane 4.3
I thought you had done this one before years ago?
I do RS multiple times a month, as it's nearby. Lots of newbies from our shop ride do that hill. It's about 2-1/2 miles. It starts with an easy section just past the store, slight uphill. As you get to the first bumps, it ramps up somewhat with 1/4 mile of 5-6%. The climb flattens out a mile or so in, with a little recovery possible and only 2-3% incline. It then becomes a series of ramps in the upper curves. I find the toughest section to be the last 1/2 mile when the legs are screaming and we hit 9% sections.
Given how many miles you are riding, and the success you've had on other centuries, I would go for it. Will it be hard? Yes. You'll have to battle. But what's the worst that can happen? You'll stop or walk some of it. You won't be alone. Ever year there are walkers on RS at some point during Cruising. Just pace yourself. But only you know your limitations.
You're just in Pasadena. Stick the bike in the car on Saturday, park over at Paramount Ranch on Cornell and come pre-ride the area. I did a lot of that the first time I rode Cruising and I was also intimidated by RS. Come do our shop rides and learn the routes.
Now what you didn't mention, and may be unaware of, is that RS is not the last climb on the route. Once you complete RS, you get a short respite and then a 1/2 mile climb on Mulholland to a rest stop near Encinal. Once you drop down Encinal, you'll catch some additional hills before getting the long downhill to PCH.
The routes for Cruising have changed this year so be aware of that.
For a look at the RS climb, go here:
It starts a few minutes in but gives a reasonable idea. I don't know who shot the video but funny enough, I'm in it riding in front of the videographer!
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