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Old 09-28-22, 10:23 PM
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Diablo Challenge 2022

I'll be the backpack hauler again this year.
I'll have my cowbell and other noisemakers on The Wall - come say HI.
And MY defined segments are the gold standard for Strava purposes.

https://www.strava.com/segments/7967598



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Nice!
Yesterday my brother and were talking about climbs in the east bay when we were kids. Mt Diablo, Lawrence Hall of Science, Miner Rd in Orinda...50 years ago.
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https://mountdiablochallenge.itsyour...amin=0&amax=98

700 riders and the winner is
Quinn Felton 20 year old male from Belmont, CA
Chip Time 00:45:09.4
Average Pace 4:01/mile


I'll just note that he looks like a climber.
4:01 per mile... I can't even do that on the easy parts.

There were a lot of eBikes this year - I don't know how they categorized them. But the FIRST two people up The Wall were on eBikes and they had registration numbers but weren't even going very fast so I suspect they bypassed the official start somehow.

Quinn was still 4 minutes slower than the Strava KOM Amgen 2014 stage winner Rohan Dennis.
https://www.strava.com/segments/16142858

It was perfect weather and there were some big time gaps in the leaders.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post

https://mountdiablochallenge.itsyour...amin=0&amax=98

700 riders and the winner is
Quinn Felton 20 year old male from Belmont, CA
Chip Time 00:45:09.4

Average Pace 4:01/mile


I'll just note that he looks like a climber.
4:01 per mile... I can't even do that on the easy parts.

There were a lot of eBikes this year - I don't know how they categorized them. But the FIRST two people up The Wall were on eBikes and they had registration numbers but weren't even going very fast so I suspect they bypassed the official start somehow.

Quinn was still 4 minutes slower than the Strava KOM Amgen 2014 stage winner Rohan Dennis.

https://www.strava.com/segments/16142858

It was perfect weather and there were some big time gaps in the leaders.
Holy Toledo! That's just the tiniest hair under 15mph!! As John Madden used to say: I couldn't do that when I could do that.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post

https://mountdiablochallenge.itsyour...amin=0&amax=98

Quinn was still 4 minutes slower than the Strava KOM Amgen 2014 stage winner Rohan Dennis.
https://www.strava.com/segments/16142858

It was perfect weather and there were some big time gaps in the leaders.
It's crazy because Rohan Dennis is a strong rider, but he's not a climber in the pro peloton. And it was at the end of a very long stage, probably 100+ miles and several thousand feet of climbing previous to Diablo. If a truly elite pro climber participated in this event, without being at the end of a long stage race, I'm sure they would easily be under 40 minutes. Under 40 min to the NG JUNCTION is a respectable time, and this segment is from the school, so it's SG + a few minutes of rollers before the start. It's truly remarkable how fast the pros are.
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Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
It's crazy because Rohan Dennis is a strong rider, but he's not a climber in the pro peloton. And it was at the end of a very long stage, probably 100+ miles and several thousand feet of climbing previous to Diablo. If a truly elite pro climber participated in this event, without being at the end of a long stage race, I'm sure they would easily be under 40 minutes. Under 40 min to the NG JUNCTION is a respectable time, and this segment is from the school, so it's SG + a few minutes of rollers before the start. It's truly remarkable how fast the pros are.
Starting in San Jose, it was a big group with Wiggo in yellow pulling the whole Mountain, and it was practically a pack sprint up the Summit Wall.

It was also FREAKING hot that day... and I was there! I think my sub-40 Junction times are behind me now though.




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Did the Diablo Challenge this year and as my first ever supported ride of any sort, I had a bunch of fun. If you saw a guy wandering around with a yellow and blue SPAM jersey, that was me. The Spam jersey garnered quite a few comments from people, someone even wanted a picture of the Spam burger on the back.

Managed to make it to the North Gate junction in roughly a half an hour and got to the bottom of the Wall in 59 minutes but didn't make it up to the top until a couple minutes later, so just outside of an hour. Next year I'll get it though!

My brother put in an impressive ride too. 1 hour 6 minutes in an 80's steel Specialized Allez with Suntour Superbe 2x7 drivetrain. I think he was the first down tube shifter bike to the finish, not like there was much competition there though.

As for the weather, I agree that it couldn't have been better. It was great fun getting a view of the sea of fog coming up and over the cloud layer.
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