Terrain: Mild hills at 5% grade with a few short sections of 7%
Distance: approx 18 Miles
Pace: 13-14mph on the flat, whatever it takes to get up the hill.
Rider Level: Beginner hill climbers and up.
Meet 12pm - leave 12:15!
Welcome to Beginner Hill Climbing 101!
This is a ride for all the "Tweeners" who are ready for something with a little more bite but are not quite ready some of the harder/faster rides. At the same time, this ride is all about camaraderie and being social. If you are looking for a fast ride, this is not it.
So what can you expect? The route is entirely on the bike trail, no road crossings of any kind. We will start at the Fish Hatchery and head up to Beals Point via the trail on the north side of Lake Natoma. The ride is 18 miles in length and includes some hills on the back end. These hills are mild but present enough of a challenge to help build technique and confidence for the longer more difficult rides, if that is your goal. We'll take one brief stop on the way to gather up the group, then begin our climb. Once we arrive at Beals Point/Folsom Lake we'll take a nice break and everyone can compare war stories. There are bathrooms and water on site.
While this is a beginning hill ride it is not meant for beginners. You should be comfortable riding for more than 30 minutes without stopping. I will sweep (bring up the rear of all riders) as long as you are meeting the 13-14mph minimum speed on the flat. If you discover you have bitten off more than you wanted you are free to turn around at any time, we take the same route in both directions.
Rain will cancel.
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