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Old 07-31-16, 06:28 PM
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Diablo in July

As of this morning, my first Diablo ride is in the bag. Last year in April when I started to get into road cycling, on our first ride we joked "Let's do Diablo" and today we did it.
I'm sure my chubbyness costed a ranger some money for making it to junction, then again to the summit.

https://www.strava.com/activities/659912923

I have to say, Diablo is beautiful in a car, but it's absolutely stunning on a bicycle. I have a new favorite ride.
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It was just my great honor to give you your 1st Strava Kudo on your 1st Diablo.

Great job, welcome to the love affair many of us, myself included, have with Mt. Diablo.
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I almost wish I could see it again for the first time
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And now that I have time, for a more of a useful ride report... We arrived to scenic drive a bit before 8 and the ranger truck followed us up to the gate. 4 or 5 cars waiting, but overall there was a lot less traffic than I expected for a beautiful summer day. Started up, took me 5 minutes to clip in the left foot (new pedals and new shoes *sigh*) but eventually everything returned to normal.

As the first Diablo climb it was hard to gauge effort, but the elevation markers were great. I wish they were every 500 feet rather than 1000, but then it's my job to learn the mountain.

Got to junction feeling really good with legs still feeling strong. Took a short break there and after we decided it would be better to have 11/54 gearing with 11 in the front, we started on summit road.

Summit road felt a whole lot harder to me. Maybe a combination of steeper sections and the morning starting to heat up, but this is when it felt like I was climbing a mountain. Clearly tiring from a physical standpoint, but I know a lot of it was psychological because it became 'easier' when someone mentioned the slope eased off after the rocky outcrop (around mile 9 if I recall).

At the bottom of the wall I stopped for a few minutes. This break was NOT optional. After some recovery I started up the final effort. I got to half way when I had to step off the bike and walk up the rest. This did not affect my speed very much I'll make it up next time.

Scenery was amazing, the weather was great, cars were sparse. It definitely smelled smoky most of the way. If anything, that added to the experience.

For next time up:
Gauge effort better Save more sauce for summit road. There an easier recovery section after the ranger station.
Faster overall time.
Climb the whole wall on the bike.
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Nice report, thanks for taking the time to write it up.

You will have faster times, better Walls, and lots of good times on Diablo, but you never forget your first.
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Originally Posted by slimyfrog View Post
As of this morning, my first Diablo ride is in the bag. Last year in April when I started to get into road cycling, on our first ride we joked "Let's do Diablo" and today we did it.
I'm sure my chubbyness costed a ranger some money for making it to junction, then again to the summit.

https://www.strava.com/activities/659912923

I have to say, Diablo is beautiful in a car, but it's absolutely stunning on a bicycle. I have a new favorite ride.
Congrats on the monumental achievement and welcome to the club!
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Originally Posted by slimyfrog View Post
Summit road felt a whole lot harder to me. Maybe a combination of steeper sections and the morning starting to heat up, but this is when it felt like I was climbing a mountain. Clearly tiring from a physical standpoint, but I know a lot of it was psychological because it became 'easier' when someone mentioned the slope eased off after the rocky outcrop (around mile 9 if I recall).
Did you your friend happen to have a Bianchi Infinito? If so, I was the guy who gave you the heads up about Devil's Elbow.

Congrats on making up the first time! It's a great ride.
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Did you your friend happen to have a Bianchi Infinito? If so, I was the guy who gave you the heads up about Devil's Elbow.

Congrats on making up the first time! It's a great ride.
Haha. I was behind those two guys and overheard you. Thank you for the heads up. It helped

This is me at the summit, feeling alive again when my HR returned to humane levels.
https://goo.gl/photos/Bt1EQbo1UB2QW4SFA
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Originally Posted by slimyfrog View Post
Haha. I was behind those two guys and overheard you. Thank you for the heads up. It helped

This is me at the summit, feeling alive again when my HR returned to humane levels.
https://goo.gl/photos/Bt1EQbo1UB2QW4SFA
Great picture! Congrats on completing your first ascent.
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Originally Posted by slimyfrog View Post
Haha. I was behind those two guys and overheard you. Thank you for the heads up. It helped

This is me at the summit, feeling alive again when my HR returned to humane levels.
https://goo.gl/photos/Bt1EQbo1UB2QW4SFA


Nice photo, but for future reference, the proper place to take a photo is in front of the Elevation = 3849 FT sign.

Seriously... that's why it's there.

Do over.

Not me below


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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post


Nice photo, but for future reference, the proper place to take a photo is in front of the Elevation = 3849 FT sign.

Seriously... that's why it's there.

Do over.

Not me below

Hahaha. The elevation sign was busy with someone else taking a picture, so yeah, I'll definitely have to do over. Darn
And yet, can't look *this* heroic next to that sign. https://goo.gl/photos/kyKHuatVewGd224i9
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BTW - construction going on in the Upper Lot - not sure if it'll be accessible for a while - they might make you walk to the visitor center or something from the Lower Lot.


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Any idea what they are doing? Bathrooms maybe? A bike shop that sells 12-42 cassettes?
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Any idea what they are doing? Bathrooms maybe? A bike shop that sells 12-42 cassettes?
Something to do with Americans Disability Act - maybe ramps or special parking or something.
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No bike parking, no bathrooms or water - plan ahead Diablo Riders.
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Anybody know how long this is estimated to last? I looked at the State Parks website for Diablo and couldn't find anything about this. Maybe I'm not good at looking, but this seems like sort of a big deal for the park that they would make obvious.
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Anybody know how long this is estimated to last? I looked at the State Parks website for Diablo and couldn't find anything about this. Maybe I'm not good at looking, but this seems like sort of a big deal for the park that they would make obvious.
I've just been reading about it on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Diabl...2040059025878/
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post


Nice photo, but for future reference, the proper place to take a photo is in front of the Elevation = 3849 FT sign.

Seriously... that's why it's there.

Do over.
I messed up again, sorry I just can't seem to get this picture thing right. Darn it... I guess I'll have to ride up another time... <sigh>

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