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Old 09-28-21, 04:15 PM
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Mt. Diablo Challenge this Saturday

Anyone going? Ive never climbed Diablo before. It took me an hour and 20 min to climb Tunitas from the Bike Hut this weekend, and I think Diablo will be harder.
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Originally Posted by returnoftheyeti View Post
Anyone going? Ive never climbed Diablo before. It took me an hour and 20 min to climb Tunitas from the Bike Hut this weekend, and I think Diablo will be harder.
No, I won't be going but you consider doing it..

If you can climb Tunitas, you should be able to climb Diablo with the possible exception of The Wall (the last 200 yds or so of roughly 17* to the top that is just plain nasty after ten miles of climbing), but I don't think there is any shame in walking up that. Including rest stops, it takes me about 2.25 to 2.5 hours to get up Diablo (Southgate). (It takes me a lot less time to get back down.)

Remember, we don't have to get there fast, we just have to get there.
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It's an amazing event. It took me 5 tries, but I finally got a 1-hour t-shirt a few years ago. One of my most prized cycling mementos.
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I'm chugging my way up this Sunday.. 1:20 is my best time. No way in hell I do sub 60min (Caloso that is a very nice achievement)

Might be warmish... which will slow me down.
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Old 09-28-21, 06:28 PM
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Good luck all of you. Try not to cause a big parking/traffic jam at the bottom. Thanks.
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Old 09-28-21, 10:00 PM
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we park at MVHS then ride over
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Nope, not going, can't make me !
Not just no, hell no.

I'm off to do the Sacramento Century simply because it is FLAT, really flat..... really really flat

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It's an amazing event. It took me 5 tries, but I finally got a 1-hour t-shirt a few years ago. One of my most prized cycling mementos.
Congrats, that's a great accomplishment! I'm about 1:30 from T-shirt level and it's a race between improving my fitness, and age getting to me . One of these years I will try and devote a season training specifically for this event. Not sure I can get there, but would be the biggest highlight of my cycling life for sure!
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Old 09-29-21, 08:58 AM
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I'm volunteer staff. I should be hauling backpacks to the top, and driving escort back down.
Look for me in my DiabloScott T shirt... or they might make me wear a volunteer T shirt, not sure.
I'll be the guy at the bottom of The Wall playing COWBELL... not one of those dinky free things, a real Cuban percussion kind of one.
Here's my video from the 2019 version:

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I'm riding Saturday, but I thought the challenge was on Sunday? Looking at the website it says Oct 3rd
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its Sunday
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https://1bvcds2l78kp3btc1c45z7tx-wpe...ntury-0929.pdf

Haha 700 ft of elevation.

I could do that. 😳
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Originally Posted by musicjunky View Post
I'm riding Saturday, but I thought the challenge was on Sunday? Looking at the website it says Oct 3rd
yeah, Sunday. I am not always that smart.
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Old 10-01-21, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by returnoftheyeti View Post
https://1bvcds2l78kp3btc1c45z7tx-wpe...ntury-0929.pdf

Haha 700 ft of elevation.

I could do that. 😳
All of the elevation change is up and down levee roads. You could do it on a track bike.
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Old 10-03-21, 03:49 PM
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I think Tunites is more difficult.

This was a really fun ride, for sure going to do this again.
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Originally Posted by returnoftheyeti View Post

I think Tunites is more difficult.

This was a really fun ride, for sure going to do this again.
Well done! Glad you had a good time.
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It was some great weather, and there were big gaps in the leader groups. This guy climbed The Wall like a goat on crack.
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I was busy this year when it happened but next year my brother and I are definitely going to do it. We're both hoping to do it in about an hour.
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It was some great weather, and there were big gaps in the leader groups. This guy climbed The Wall like a goat on crack.
The winner was 44', which is insane because that's almost sub 40' from the tire poppers. The record from the poppers is held by pros in the Amgen Tour, something in the 38 min range, so his time for this event is bonkers.
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The winner was 44', which is insane because that's almost sub 40' from the tire poppers. The record from the poppers is held by pros in the Amgen Tour, something in the 38 min range, so his time for this event is bonkers.
Here's my officially branded segment for The Challenge
https://www.strava.com/segments/16142858

Everybody in the top 16 is either a pro during one of the Amgen stages, or an elite rider doing a previous Diablo Challenge.



Czech climber Leopold Knig won the Amgen Diablo stage in 2013 but must not have a public Strava profile.
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Jeez that's impressive.
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