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Saturday, July 16 – Hwy 9, Skyline, Summit, Loma Prieta, OSC, LGCT

July 16 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club (See Strava Group Event)

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This is a dual start.  Starting from Peet’s in Los Altos, rendezvous at Mt. Winery. 

Loma Prieta is the tallest mountain in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range, and it’s right in our backyard.  This time we are going to get there via Highway 9 and Skyline and so only one trip on the LGCT.

Near the end of Loma Prieta, there’s a 0.2 mile dirt section.  It’s not good dirt, either.  It’s quite chunky.  Usually, it’s smoother off to the side.  Past the junction of Summit Road, there’s a MidPen Sign warning that this is a Closed Area. MidPen Rangers have been known to stake this area out to issue tickets, so, we’ll want to be careful and not stumble into a citation-fest.

As you can see below the MidPen land below is in red, it does not include Loma Prieta Rd until past the sign, so it’s only 0.3 miles or so into MidPen road.  There’s no private property issues here, just MidPen stating a road’s closed for no particular reason.    A fair number of cars use this road, the traffic for Loma Prieta and the housing you can see on that ridge.  You don’t have to venture into the Closed Area section, but it’s totally worth it, with great views.

Something else that can be explored is the entrance to Mt. Umunhum-Loma Prieta [dirt] Road.

When: 8:30 AM 

Where: Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company, 101 W Main Street, Los Gatos

Notes on Loma Prieta- Mt Umunhum Road.

The Loma Prieta Road extends to the Mt. Umunhum-Loma Prieta [dirt] Road.  This would complete a super cyclocross bike route, as has been blazed by Eduardo (see pics below).   Unfortunately, MidPen keeps it closed and issues tickets.  It’s such a waste that we can’t use it.  One more reason I loathe MidPen.

Here’s the Eduardo Loop I mentioned above,  a lotta time on top of the world.

Here’s a detail of Loma Prieta- Mt. Umunhum Road route along the ridge.

Segments

Name Distance Elev. Diff. Avg. Grade
N Santa Cruz Ave: W Main St to Hwy 9 0.44 mi 26 ft -0.9%
Dealing with more bad drivers 0.14 mi 7 ft -0.9%
Rte 9 Launch: Santa Cruz to Rose 0.36 mi 68 ft 3.5%
Rte 9 Bump To Grandview: Just The Climb 0.65 mi 112 ft 3.2%
Daves to Austin 0.43 mi 18 ft -0.8%
HWY9 – Saratoga Bump – Austin to Fruitvale 0.73 mi 117 ft 2.9%
Hwy 9 – Fruitvale Ave to 3 Oaks Way 0.43 mi 22 ft -0.9%
Hwy 9 – 3 Oaks Way to Douglass Ln 0.52 mi 39 ft -1.4%
Highway 9 to Redwood Gulch 3.78 mi 1,027 ft 5.0%
Hwy 9 Climb – Saratoga to Pierce Rd 1.28 mi 223 ft 3.2%
Hwy 9 Climb – Saratoga to Skyline 6.74 mi 2,017 ft 5.7%
Highway 9 (Low-Key Hillclimbs) 6.80 mi 2,085 ft 5.8%
threshold push interval 1.71 mi 400 ft 4.4%
Don’t run me over! 0.35 mi 81 ft 4.4%
Construction- single lane 0.33 mi 74 ft 4.2%
Hwy 9 – Pierce to Top 5.43 mi 1,908 ft 6.6%
Hwy 9 Bridge to Black Road 11.83 mi 2,426 ft 2.8%
Hwy 9 Climb – Bridge to Redwood Gulch 2.26 mi 745 ft 6.2%
Saratoga Repeats 3.21 mi 1,114 ft 6.5%
Hwy9 Interval 1.35 mi 465 ft 6.5%
Hwy 9 Climb – Redwood Gulch to Skyline 3.00 mi 1,122 ft 7.0%
Big Basin Way Climb 0.73 mi 276 ft 6.3%
Highway 9 – mile 0.51 to top 0.56 mi 260 ft 8.7%
sprint to the top of 9 0.06 mi 34 ft 8.5%
Skyline, Hwy 9 to Black Rd 6.27 mi 598 ft -0.3%
Skyline – 4 Corners to Castle Rock 2.23 mi 356 ft 2.9%
Skyline Peak to Black Rd DH (RXDX) 3.17 mi 654 ft -3.9%
Skyline straightaway before Black 0.43 mi 73 ft -3.2%
35 Black Rd to Bear Creek 3.80 mi 352 ft -1.6%
Descent – Xmas Trees to Bear Creek 1.44 mi 264 ft -3.3%
Bear Creek Down – 35 to Summit 0.63 mi 146 ft -4.3%
Summit Road 2.02 mi 213 ft 1.1%
Summit: OSC – Morrill 1.39 mi 70 ft -0.7%
I’m hungry, OSC to Summit Store 2.45 mi 82 ft -0.2%
Loma Prieta(from MtMadonna to dirt) 0.87 mi 269 ft 5.4%
Highland road quick DH 1.61 mi 322 ft -3.7%
Summit – Morrill to OSC 1.32 mi 66 ft 0.6%
Full decent from Summit Rd. 4.44 mi 902 ft -3.8%
Old Santa Cruz Descent 2.54 mi 593 ft -4.4%
Lower Old Santa Cruz Twisty’s 0.70 mi 201 ft -5.2%
Slingshot to Lexington 0.51 mi 101 ft 3.7%
OSC bump (to dam) 0.49 mi 117 ft 4.5%
Suicide Dive 1.51 mi 127 ft -0.4%
Lexington to Trail Head 0.63 mi 120 ft -2.4%
Full Bridge sprint 0.70 mi 140 ft -3.1%
Bear Creek to Dam Entrance. 0.95 mi 24 ft -0.1%
Alma Bridge – Black Creek Connector: Bear Creek Rd to Alma Bridge Rd 0.48 mi 28 ft 0.2%
Down N Up (RXDX) 0.26 mi 141 ft -10.1%
The Sprint 0.26 mi 62 ft -4.4%
LG Creek trail – Dam to Main St 1.44 mi 175 ft -2.3%

 

Details

Date:
July 16
Time:
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Organizer

William von Kaenel
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