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Old 03-07-11, 11:02 AM
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Evora road grade??

I've been using the part of Evora Road that goes over Willow Pass just West of Pittsburg, CA for hill repeats, mainly because of it's proximity to my home. Seems challenging enough for me, especially on the 4th or 5th cycle, but I have no idea how much of a climb it really is. I think it's about 300' of vertical in roughly 3/4 mile, but I'm not sure.

Anyone have more reliable info on this little pitch?

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Old 03-07-11, 11:25 AM
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Thanks! Exactly what I needed.

Hmmm, not as much of a hill as I thought (hoped). Gotta start somewhere, I suppose.

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Try Avila Rd on the other side of the freeway and on the Concord side of the hill.
That is my special treat when I do hill repeats. Steeper and longer than Evora and with almost no cars.
It dead ends at the Concord police academy so the cars you do see are either police or cadets.
They give me a wide friendly pass when they go by.

My best is 12 Avila Rd repeats in one session.
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I'm familiar with Avila Rd. The Mount Diablo Astronomical Society, of which I'm a member, has it's monthly meetings in a building adjacent to the police academy. And I agree, it's a bigger climb than Evora, but I'm still working on getting my legs under me after having been a couch-potato for the past 20-something years. I started riding again last July, and 4 Evora repeats is about the best I can muster so far.

I have lost 50 pounds in the past 8 months, and I've gotten to where I can hold a 15+ mph pace on the flats fairly comfortably (depending on the wind ). So I'm getting there. With that in mind, do you know of a bike-friendly route to get over to Avila from the Pittsburg side of the hill?

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I have lost 50 pounds in the past 8 months
Yeah! That's impressive. Carry on!
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
Yeah! That's impressive. Carry on!
Thanks! There was a time, way back in the 80's when I worked myself up into the "fast group" of the old Chico Velo. I was forced to move away from tha by career changes and kinda lost my way. It's a long story, but to keep it short, I had a little cardio-vascular wake up call last June that made it clear I had no choice but to get back on the path and "carry on" with a vengeance.

Don't know if I'll ever return to my old form, but I'm sure as hell going to find out.

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Originally Posted by bsektzer
... With that in mind, do you know of a bike-friendly route to get over to Avila from the Pittsburg side of the hill?
Thanks,
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Have you tried going to Avila Rd on the Delta-DeAnza Trail?
It runs right between Evora Rd. and Hwy 4.
It is a nice little climb, not too steep and gets you over the hill without cars.

Here is a map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/316456

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^^ That looks perfect!! Thanks a bunch. I think I must have gone past the entrance to the Delta-DeAnza trail a hundreds of time, but I never noticed it. Is it off Evora or Willow Pass?

Believe me, it's very, very good to be back in the saddle

Thanks again...
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The Delta-DeAnza trail head is right at the corner of Evora and Willow Pass. It is up the sidewalk a little bit. Up the hill as Evora bends to the right and joins west bound Willlow Pass. Not hard to find now that you will be looking for it.
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Sounds like I shouldn't have any trouble finding it. Now, if the weather would just cooperate... Looks like rain for every day I've got off from work for the next 10 days

Oh well, that's what the trainer is for...
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