2 rides in one, folks! A whole lot of flat to warm up (heat up) on followed by a steadily increasing climb to the finish. Old La Honda has the best of both worlds. Some tough flat trackers will have been having a difficult time in previous races. This is because some do not even bother to add climbing gears to their bikes. Macho? Just afraid to tinker with their bikes? Others just don't like hills. Especially the big folk. Now they shine! If you are only a hillclimber, then just watch them go by. Time trial helmets, aerobars, and perhaps a 56 chainring--finally these people can cut loose! This is what some of them have been doing all year. They are in their happy place. Maybe you are thinking that you can make your stand on the final climb...forget it. This whole course is fast, fast, fast! A great course for the individual time trial format that will be in effect. How many of you were here last year? Did you pass Tracy Colwell fixing a flat on the side of the road. You thought that you wouldn't be seeing him anymore that day. Maybe you felt sorry for him. Maybe you didn't. Then you heard the sound. whoosh..whoosh..whooshThe hammering of big gears as Tracy sailed on by. He was racing...what were you doing? Intense!
|Distance:||7.5 miles (12.2 km) to Pescadero Road
3.9 miles (6.3 km) on to Old La Honda Rd
2.6 miles (4.2 km) on to finish
14.0 miles (22.7 km) total
|Climbing:||340 feet (103 m) to Pescadero Road
770 feet (234 m) on to Old La Honda Rd
580 feet (176 m) on to finish
1690 feet (515 m) total
|Also Used:||1996 week 5|
|Format:||Individual Start (30 second intervals)|
|Start:||Near San Gregorio Store, at the intersection of Highway 84 and Stage Road, approx 1 mile from Highway 1|
|Directions||Check out the Yahoo interactive directions!|
|Finish:||intersection of Old La Honda Road and Skyline Blvd.|
|Reg Time:||10:00 am to 10:20 am|
|Start Time:||10:30 am|
|Fee:||$5 per entry, under 18 or over 65 free!|
|Weather:||Click here for local forecasts|
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Profile from Roads to Ride South; Peterson and Kluge; Heyday Books 1984
Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea!
West Wind blew there; the light upon the Silver Tree
Fell like bright rain in gardens of the Kings of old.
O proud walls! White towers! O wingéd crown and throne of gold!
O Gondor,Gondor! Shall Men behold the Silver Tree,
Or West Wind blow again between the Mountains and the Sea?