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Old 09-20-10, 12:50 PM
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Similar to Pierce Rd for hill repeats?

Been trying to feel better on hills (maybe, less worse is the better phrase?). I did Pierce - Rt 9 - Saratoga Sunnyvale loop a few times yesterday. If anyone is familiar with that, I'd appreciate suggestions on similar length/grade routes.
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Old 09-20-10, 02:43 PM
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Redwood Gulch.
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Old 09-20-10, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
Redwood Gulch.
he said "less worse."

there are lots of repeatable options available. strava.com has a climb search which you can filter by category to find something close to home and/or similar.
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Old 09-20-10, 09:15 PM
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Go to www.actc.org and click on "billy goats" . This gives the hill , the profile (distance and elevation), and a difficulty rating. Another club near you is Western Wheelers (www.westerwheelers.org) . Both clubs have rides listed for every day of the week. Just show up and you can ride as a guest.
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Old 09-20-10, 10:34 PM
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Thanks guys. Between strava.com and actc I can find a few more rides that fit where I'm at right now. Redwood Gulch actually looks doable from the hwy 9 side, though not sure about from the Mt. Eden side - only one way to find out...
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my first thought would be kennedy/shannon. i don't know how far that is for you, but between the two you have four climbs you can go back and forth on.

https://www.strava.com/rides/181145
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Yo, the dude wants to feel less worse not more worse, lol.

So are you just climbing Pierce to 9, and then turning left and going down to S-S, turning left and going back to Pierce? If so, you could also try Mt Eden Rd, which you ride by on the way to the winery, anyway. It's got a steep pitch about a quarter mile after you turn right onto it, but, no pain no gain, right? I've seen guys just ride up and down either side of it for repeats (which is kind of annoying if you're just trying to get up it), but the loop for that will either take you back to Cupertino via Stevens Canyon, or you'll end up doing Redwood Gulch like johnny99 suggests, which ends up being a loop, too. For a shorter loop, you can go up 9 through Saratoga, hang a right on Tollgate Rd, grunt up that, and down the other side, which comes out about halfway down the descent of Pierce between the winery and Mt Eden Rd.
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i'm in san jose - distance isn't an issue, just climbs. hence the hill repeats.

kennedy/shannon looks like a nice short loop with bunny hills just my size. that is, as long as i remember to turn. walked up parts of hicks already; that was before i realized how badly i suck at hills.
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t4mv, yep, you got the route. 3 times around was just enough pain for me for a day. seems kinda nuttty, but i got faster each time. i guess i learned when i could push and when i'd need to conserve a bit. nice rest stop right at the edge of Saratoga with a working water fountain too.

the Redwood Gulch profile looks a bit nasty for me now, but I might do it anyway. heading up through to Cupertino looks like a nice ride to add some distance on the way back home if i don't kill myself with too many repeats.
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Mt. Eden coming from Pierce is pretty popular, nice and twisty not unlike Pierce but with one wall in particular that I often see people walking up. Lotsa wineries for the necessary refreshments.
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Well, you should try going the opposite direction you've been going and go clockwise up 9 (Congress Springs), hang a right on Redwood Gulch, go down the steep stuff (unless you actually want to test yourself), then hang a right on Mt Eden, go up to Pierce, hang another right, and repeat to your hearts content. Have you tried Montebello Rd? That's not a loop (unless you off road it to Page Mill and complete a BIG loop), but it's a pretty good workout for a hill.
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thanks for all the routes. there's plenty here to keep me occupied for quite a while with enough variety that i can "move up" as i improve.

haven't tried Montebello, but I prefer loops where i could. just something about the out and back that doesn't feel as fun.
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I am not sure that you could consider Montebello fun even if it was in a loop unless you are fit enough that Kennedy-Shannon or loops over Pierce are easysauce
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Old 09-22-10, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by deep_sky View Post
I am not sure that you could consider Montebello fun even if it was in a loop unless you are fit enough that Kennedy-Shannon or loops over Pierce are easysauce
Just rode Los Gatos Blvd south to Shannon - Kennedy during lunch today. Not easysauce.
Shannon was good, could actually keep up an acceptable cadence over 3/4 of the hill. Kennedy was a bit of a slog. Seemed longer than I thought it would be. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks bam.

There was nasty headwind (ok, probably, headbreeze) heading home. I'm fine with hills, don't like wind!
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Old 09-24-10, 03:56 PM
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Montebello is a loop. Go through the gate at the top (bicycles are allowed). Follow the dirt road a couple of miles (decent surface) until you reach a paved driveway. Continue on that to Page Mill Road. Turn right to return to Foothill Expy.
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I'm not a huge fan of Pierce because some turns leave you about an away from cars (though it's not usually too busy). I much prefer a loop where I take Camden Ave to Hicks and turn right, then climb Shannon Road. That will put you back down towards downtown Los Gatos. You can really haul on the downhill there and not be too worried about traffic. Shoot me a message if you'd like to ride it one of these days with me and a few guys from my work. :-)

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