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Hi Folks, I will lead a group ride to the summit of Mt. Diablo on Sunday. No beginners please. The ascent is long and hard, but your reward is a great road through the park, great views from the summit, the satisfaction of climbing one of the Bay Area's highest peaks, and a fun, curvy descent.
Weather is projected to be 86 degrees on Sunday afternoon, which to me means it will be 90 lower down the mountain. So you will sweat a lot.
Please make sure your bicycle is in good working order. Do not come with a mountain bike or hybrid (you can use those on your own, but not on this group ride please.) There will be cars, and some of them will drive too fast, and some will drive too slow. So exercise your patience.
Bring a helmet, sunscreen, spare tube and 2 full bottles of water. I called the park and there is water on the mountain to refill your bottles, at the back of the junction house (mile 7) and again at the summit (mile 13).
We will ride the 2 miles from Pleasant Hill BART to North Gate entrance together. I will wait for most stragglers at Junction, but if you're not feeling well, you can bail anytime without checking in w/ me and if I feel you are far behind the rest of the group, I reserve the right not to wait for you.
Here is a one-way, google map that provides some info. https://goo.gl/maps/rDXFNM8tgKtkLmYA8
I will post a downloadable gpx version of the route for your cycling computer Friday or Saturday.
Meet at Pleasant Hill BART station, east side of entrance, at 9:30. A train departs 19th St. Oakland at 9:03.
Thanks and I hope to see some of you on Sunday.
Putting this on the calendar since I talked to a couple riders who are interested to participate. This is a timed, one-way event up the mountain, bottom to top. No rest, no feed stations (until after you finish.) It's a great way to support a good cause, and to test yourself on one of the Bay Area's most scenic mountains, and beautiful roads. Please check the event website for details.
From the event promotional announcement:
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 38th Annual Mount Diablo Challenge Cycling Event will open June 15th. This year’s Challenge is limited to 1000 riders so register before July 31st to save your spot and get the best registration price. This year’s proceeds will benefit charities that benefit Mt. Diablo and the safety of cyclists on the mountain. Go to Mountdiablochallenge.org to register!
Note, there is no need to RSVP since no one will be "hosting" this event. It is information-only. I intend to participate, and once I sign up, I will confirm on this page. Then we could communicate about ride sharing and potentially, a training ride.