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Old 02-19-20, 08:50 AM
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Fully exposed climbs in the Bay Area

Hi folks
iím training for a hot weather ride and need to find an uninterrupted climb thatís at least 1500ft and fully exposed in the blazing sun.

My plan is to go to Diablo, but do you have any recommendations in Marin? Could be tarmac or off road

Thanks!
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Old 02-19-20, 05:39 PM
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Mount Tam on the Fairfax-Bolinas Road then turning south on Ridgecrest then left again on Panoramic to the summit is pretty exposed but with some shady parts. Not as exposed as Diablo though.

Mount Hamilton from the east is an epic and very exposed road. However, it's a very long ride. I generally start at Pleasanton BART and ride Mines Road to The Junction and then west on San Antonio Valley Road. Once you get to the top, it's a great descent into San Jose, then you have to either continue back to Pleasanton (over 100 mile loop) or catch BART from Warm Springs (still about a 70 mile ride). This is a hard ride, any way you slice it.
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If you're willing to go to Marin, Cavedale in Sonoma is a tough one. 1,900ft, and very exposed.

https://www.strava.com/segments/954038

If you continue over the top and descend Trinity Road into Napa, there's climbs like Mt Veeder and Oakville Grade too. Veeder is shaded, but Oakville Grade westbound is shortish, very steep, with no tree cover. The Sonoma side of Trinity is pretty exposed too.
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Originally Posted by Cursive View Post
Hi folks
i’m training for a hot weather ride and need to find an uninterrupted climb that’s at least 1500ft and fully exposed in the blazing sun.

My plan is to go to Diablo, but do you have any recommendations in Marin? Could be tarmac or off road

Thanks!
South Gate Road has a lot more shade than North - Summit Road has a few longer shady sections like in the Blue Oak area. I advise North Gate repeats in the late afternoons.
And when it's hot, it's hot, full sun or not...it's going to be a while before that happens though...

Bonus: The poppies are blooming!
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
South Gate Road has a lot more shade than North - Summit Road has a few longer shady sections like in the Blue Oak area. I advise North Gate repeats in the late afternoons.
And when it's hot, it's hot, full sun or not...it's going to be a while before that happens though...

Bonus: The poppies are blooming!
Seems to me that the South Gate of Diablo is only shady at the very bottom. But I haven't been up there for a year or two. Going down the North Gate BE CAREFUL of large cracks in the asphalt. I was having some physical therapy for some reason or other and the Dr. was a cyclist. Turns out that he was descending the North Gate with a friend who caught his wheel in a crack and went down breaking his neck and becoming a quadriplegic. The odd thing is that I had gone down that way just two weeks after that, caught my wheel in the same crack and just rode it out. As I was about to go down I hit the end of the crack, popped out and caught my balance. The moral of that story is that wider softer tires have advantages over thinner higher pressure tires.
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I went up North Gate one afternoon last summer and it was brutal.
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The climb up Morgan Territory Rd from the south is exposed and a wee bit steep. Very challenging in the heat. An alternative to Hamilton would be an up and over and back again from the west side.
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I don't know enough about the routes in and around Tam, but I'm sure you can put together quite a ride that is exposed, and a mix of pavement and gravel. Won't necessarily be hot though.
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