I got up early Sunday morning and decided it was time to get back to riding after my letting my shoulder heal after my goof ball attempt to be a cyclo-crosser/mountain biker on my flatbar road bike on my commute to work. Siclista group put the call out for a Mt. Diablo ride. I figured this would be a good time to try out my legs and play around with my Garmin 305 GPS unit.
At around 8:30, Siclistas and guests started arriving at the Safeway parking lot in San Ramon. Our roll out time was supposed to be at 9:00 AM but we ran into some issues with the Safeway parking lot that we had to move a few stalls down so we wouldn't get towed. But by 9:20 AM we were rolling as a group 20+ riders.
The ride was of a moderate pace. This allowed me to be a roving photographer where I could ride up and down along the group taking pictures and meeting new people on the ride. Everyone that had done Mt. Diablo talked about the last 200 or so yards to the peak of the climb. I had my GPS set to display the grade in real time to get an idea of how steep it was. As I approached the gate to the last part of the climb I could feel the resistance increasing on the pedals. As I looked down at my GPS unit, the grade reported 16%....18%.....22%! That was unbelievable!
After getting to the peak, we waited for the rest of the group to make it up. While waiting, I was in shock to see a uni-cyclist make his way up the climb to the peak. The rider, Tom, was using a 29 inch unicycle. We talked a bit and he told me that there were 8 of them coming up on unicycles. Some of the unicycles had bigger wheels, which I think he told me they were something like 36 inches.
After the short rest, we all headed back down as a group back to the start. It was nice to meet new people on the ride.
Total Miles: 38.3 mi
Average Pace: 5:16 /mi
Average Speed: 11.4 mph
Total Ascent: 4431 ft.
Total Descent: 4390 ft.
I put the pictures here Siclista Mt. Diablo Ride at EveryTrail
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Here are the elevation and grade charts derived from the Garmin 305 GPS unit.