The Pedalera Bicycle Club
Major Features of These Tours
The Challenge Tour is a strenuous tour for the experienced cyclist with hill climbing ability. There are four distinct challenges: The 4000 ft. climb to the top of Mt. Hamilton, the 1000 ft. climb of Eylar Ridge on the "back side" before the run to Livermore, the 1000 ft. climb past Calaveras Reservoir, and finally the real test - the finishing 10 miles - usually into the teeth of a 20 mph gale! The distance is about 125 miles; total climbing is over 8000 ft.
The Ascent Tour is the hill climbing tour for those with limited time or less experience or stamina. (Wise Challenge riders who find that they have overtaxed their endurance change their plans at the top and complete the Ascent.) With its ride to the top of Mt. Hamilton, descent of the front side and pull back against the headwind, this 70 mile ride is easily the equal to any "flatland" century.
Start / Finish Location & Time: Adrian Wilcox High School at 3250 Monroe St, Santa Clara will be the tour headquarters and start/finish. It is located just south of US 101 and Central Expressway between Lawrence Expressway and Bowers Ave. See the map below for directions. Headquarters will open at 6:00 A.M. Last allowable start is 8:00 A.M.
Riders Bring Food: Bring the food you will need securely packaged in separate packages for the three different rest stops, each marked with your name. At the start you will put your food packages into the appropriate delivery bags. The food will be delivered to the rest stops. Water and drinks at each stop will also be provided.
This is not a race and no record of times is kept. No prizes for speed. Relax and enjoy the wildflowers!
Finding Adrian Wilcox High School in Santa Clara: The map locates Adrian Wilcox High School. at 3250 Monroe St. in Santa Clara, just south of Central Expressway between Lawrence Expressway and Bowers Ave. It is the start/finish, and will be tour headquarters for the entire day of the ride. Parking is available in the school parking lot. In driving to the area on Bayshore (US 101), take the Lawrence Expressway exit south to Monroe Street and turn left to the east. Wilcox HS will be on your right after a half of a mile.
Times: Headquarters will open at 6:00 A.M. The last allowable Ascent and Challenge start is 8:00 A.M. Checkpoint #1, Lick Observatory on top of Mt. Hamilton, will not open until 8:30 A.M. Ascent riders may not start their return descent from CP#1 before 11:00 A.M, and must leave there by 2:00 P.M. Challenge riders must leave CP#1 by 12:00 P.M, must leave CP#2 (Arroyo Mocho) by 2:45 P.M, and must leave CP#3 (Pleasanton) by 4:45 P.M. The last allowable finish is 7:30 P.M. Please check in when you finish, or notify us if you abandon the ride; we keep track of every rider.
Patches: Year - 2014 date Tags will be given to the first 300 registrants finishing either tour. Colorful Ascent and Challenge patches will be sold at near cost.
Riders Bring Food: Here's how it works: Bring your food bags to the start (3 for the Challenge, 1 for the Ascent) marked with your name. At the start put your food packages into the plastic shipping bags marked for Mt. Hamilton, Arroyo Mocho, and Pleasanton. Each destination will have several numbered bags - note the numbers of your bags for easy recovery at the rest stops. The food, plus water and drinks, will be delivered to the rest stops before your arrival.
Additional Support: SAG wagons, first aid units, and radio communication vehicles will be stationed around the course. All will carry water. If you have a problem, stop at the first support vehicle you encounter or tell a fellow rider to convey the message. If the people in the first vehicle contacted can't help you they will find someone who can.
No Private SAGs: Each car on the miles of narrow winding roads with many blind curves is an aggravation to cyclists, and cyclists are a frustration to drivers. If you feel you must be supported by a private SAG, you are not ready for Mt. Hamilton!
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