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Over the Hill and up Mt. Diablo

Old 03-26-07, 10:22 AM
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Over the Hill and up Mt. Diablo

Friends came to spend the weekend with us to celebrate my 50. While the girls went hiking on Saturday morning my friend and I went for a ride. First we needed to find a rental place for a decent road bike. Luckily one store, Pegasus in Danville, could help us, the only store that has rentals in the East Bay it seems. I recommend the place, very fancy bikes and super service. The bike, a Scott, was actually a demo and brand new with an alu frame and carbon fork and seatstays, and Ultegra 10 speed.
My friend turned 50 as well 5 months ago so I decided to try something special that I had in the back of my mind for a while; getting up Mt. Diablo. We have a full view of Mt.Diablo from our home but for some reason never tried to tackle it.
I knew the distance (12 miles) and elevation gain (3200') but had no idea about what to expect from our present condition. So I was prepared to back down and go another easier route if necessary.
We started slowly up the south entrance and quickly found a nice, easy rhythm taking a couple stops to enjoy the view. The weather was fantastic, a bit hazy but great sunshine and temperature. This is a fantastic ride, the slope is quite comfy, the views are breathtaking. The North Gate station came earlier than expected and we were doing great so the complete climb was becoming a really. The road gets steeper after the Junction station but still not a leg breaker. Soon enough we reached the last steep 100 yards. These were a bit challenging, it's a very narrow path and it is STEEEEP... but thankfully short.
What a joy a be at the top. Total climbing time including stops was 1h50'.
If you are visiting the SF Bay Area give Mt. Diablo a try, you will not regret the trip. It is a very popular bike ride, we saw dozens of over cyclists yet it never felt crowded. Auto traffic was very light and very respecful of bikes. The climb is a nice, steady effort. Except for the last 100 yards there's no wild pitch. We saw riders well in the 60's or 70's.
I am now planning a ride with my son on mountain bikes; going up on the road and down using the many trails covering the mountain. That should be cool.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:38 AM
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Best place in the world to ride. Traffic was actually heavier than usual Saturday - some kind of Boy Scout event plus more than the usual number of day use vehicles. Bikes almost always outnumber the cars though. I spent all morning up there Saturday.
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Nice - we were riding around the Oakland Hills on Saturday morning, it was still overcast for much of the ride (amazing how much weather that line of hills blocks), but it was a great day for riding! Mt. Diablo is a nice ride, made nicer by the recent re-paving. We're incredibly lucky around here with the quality of rides right outside our door.

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What - no pics? Without pics, how do we know you were really there?

Diablo is fun - I try to get up there at least once a month. I live in San Ramon, and a nice variation for me is to ride from my house up Southgate to The Junction. Sometimes I summit and sometimes I don't, but going down Northgate and looping back home through Walnut Creek is a nice 40 or so mile ride. Lunch at Norm's in Downtown Danville is MANDATORY for me - the Memphis or Cali burger is not to be missed. And the scenery......
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You'll need to do it again in October at the Mount Diablo Challenge. Knock 50 minutes off your time and you'll get a One Hout Tee Shirt. And no excuses with the age thing. A 51 year old bested all 1000 riders last year.
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I'd like to do this sometime this year and am looking for advise on the easiest route to the top for my first time. Is it begin at the south gate or north gate?
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
I'd like to do this sometime this year and am looking for advise on the easiest route to the top for my first time. Is it begin at the south gate or north gate?
South Gate... aka "The Easy Way" (semi joke)
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I'm back on the bike after years off, but did the Diablo Challenge twice... I think in the 80s.
Maybe it's time to try again. In the past it's been on my birthday. Maybe it will be again. Anything online about it yet? I don't even remember who the sponsor is.
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Last question from me; what's the range of grades?
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
I'm back on the bike after years off, but did the Diablo Challenge twice... I think in the 80s.
Maybe it's time to try again. In the past it's been on my birthday. Maybe it will be again. Anything online about it yet? I don't even remember who the sponsor is.
October 7, 2007

It used to be a benefit for the lung association but now the money goes to Save Mount Diablo, who organized it as well. There's a link with a little preliminary info on their web page:

https://www.savemountdiablo.org/home.htm
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
Last question from me; what's the range of grades?
Diablo has a pretty gentle grade; mostly in the 5-7% range. The driveway to the very top is much steeper, but very short.
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
Last question from me; what's the range of grades?
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
What - no pics? Without pics, how do we know you were really there?
Here is the proof. And just in case you are still thinking we drove up there with the bikes on the rack I also have the Polar data.
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wow. I really wish there wasn't thick fog and rain the day I climbed Diablo
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Diablo has a pretty gentle grade; mostly in the 5-7% range. The driveway to the very top is much steeper, but very short.
Wow, I can climb that! I was always scared off because I can see Diablo from my back porch in Benicia and it looks high. Never entered my mind that it's a 12 mile ride up a gentle grade until the peak.
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