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Old 05-07-11, 09:20 PM   #1
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More steep climb videos-Max 20% grade

Thanks to one of my YouTube subscribers, I found two more good, steep, painful climbs to have fun on. These are in El Dorado Hills, CA. The first one, Hollow Oak Drive, has a maximum grade of 16%:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/84143204

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaaFCbwxCGE


view from top of Hollow Oak Drive climb by kittyz202, on Flickr


Hollow Oak Drive & Spinning Wheel Ct by kittyz202, on Flickr

The second one is quite a bit shorter, but steeper and more painful. This is Boulder Ridge Road. I measured a max grade of 22%, but the reading was so quick that I'm gonna go with the more consistent 20% readings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWRVLM-pgUk


view from top of Boulder Ridge Road climb by kittyz202, on Flickr


my Specialized Sirrus at top of Boulder Ridge Road climb by kittyz202, on Flickr

Here's my first borderline A&S video. I got chased by a dog near the top of a climb. As you will see, my usual tactic of making puppy sounds at barking dogs to calm them failed miserably. :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JHqmrRUcJ0

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I live in the area (off Auburn-Folsom) and enjoy your videos. Gives me ideas for new routes to ride. Thanks.
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Great vids - very inspiring. Do you do all rides on your pictured bike ?

Last ride out I had a dog come after me too - it really is a toss-up whether to try to ignore the animal or yell at it. Depends on the dog I guess. I accelerated away from the dog but he sure came close
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I live in the area (off Auburn-Folsom) and enjoy your videos. Gives me ideas for new routes to ride. Thanks.
Thank you While looking for the Boulder Ridge Road climb, I discovered another very steep, painful one, Marble Ridge Road. I climbed it before I found Boulder Ridge Road. When I climbed Boulder Ridge I found out that it dead ends at Marble Ridge. How convenient!

Screech Owl Creek Road is another good one I discovered. Very steep, and longer than the other two climbs, especially if you ride all the way to the end and back like I did.

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Great vids - very inspiring. Do you do all rides on your pictured bike ?

Last ride out I had a dog come after me too - it really is a toss-up whether to try to ignore the animal or yell at it. Depends on the dog I guess. I accelerated away from the dog but he sure came close
Thanks I've been doing the last few rides on that bike because it climbs so well, but I'll probably go back to the road bike now and keep the Sirrus as a backup for the road bike.

This dog sure picked the perfect place to chase someone! Uphill I have absolutely zero chance of escaping, so I had to yell. I think the "GO HOME!" command worked this time, or I left the dog's territory.
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Wow, you're alot nicer than I am, I would have hopped off, used the bike as a shield then whacked the dog in the nose with the rear wheel. Last time a dog charged me he was surprised with a swift kick in the head. Unleashed dog on the bike trail. Owner got upset, he almost got a swift kick in the head too.
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Wow, you're alot nicer than I am, I would have hopped off, used the bike as a shield then whacked the dog in the nose with the rear wheel. Last time a dog charged me he was surprised with a swift kick in the head. Unleashed dog on the bike trail. Owner got upset, he almost got a swift kick in the head too.
Owner would definitely have had words with me if I did that. I heard the owner yell something at his dog as it was running towards me, which is why you hear me yell "GET YOUR DOG AWAY FROM ME!". I was watching it really close and was ready to hop off my bike and use it as a shield if necessary. Luckily for me the "GO HOME!" command may have worked (or I left the dog's territory).

What's really dumb is that the owner lives in a multi-million dollar house with a nice wrought-iron fence and gate. How the hell did the damn dog escape in the first place? Also, the owner has a lot more to lose than most of us if his dog mauls someone. Common sense, he haz none.
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Heck, you could have had a house up on the hill. Of course after getting mauled, who knows if you'd stil be able to ride a bike.

I was thinking the owner was there since the scene only lasted a few seconds.
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Heck, you could have had a house up on the hill. Of course after getting mauled, who knows if you'd stil be able to ride a bike.

I was thinking the owner was there since the scene only lasted a few seconds.
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I value my health more than money, so I will do everything in my power to protect it. I have heard that some sue-happy people are so greedy they purposely try to get hit by cars so they can sue. If that's true, that's just pathetic! Is it really worth getting paralyzed, possibly from the neck down, just for money?

I didn't see the owner, but I definitely heard him call out to his dog when it escaped.
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i have a quick question.
where do you find the info on the grade of your climbs?
i don't have a GPS on my bike, just a Cateye V3 (cadence, speed, HR, etc). i use MapMyRide, and they use the scale for climbs, but it's unreliable (sometimes it gives me a climb ranking, other times it doesn't, for the same road).

thanks in advace, i'll try a search again.
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i have a quick question.
where do you find the info on the grade of your climbs?
i don't have a GPS on my bike, just a Cateye V3 (cadence, speed, HR, etc). i use MapMyRide, and they use the scale for climbs, but it's unreliable (sometimes it gives me a climb ranking, other times it doesn't, for the same road).

thanks in advace, i'll try a search again.
I use my Garmin Edge 500. I have found that mapmyride isn't accurate.
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