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Quite A Climb…

While making my way on bicycle this week north on Canada Road from Woodside, I improvised a new route in order to get around current bridge work on Skyline between Bunker Hill and Crystal Springs.  My iPhone-assisted plan took me east into San Carlos and then north toward Belmont, planting me unexpectedly on one very intense and exhausting climb.

Such topography is hardly unusual in the area, but this steep upward path certainly made a lasting impression, perhaps for the intimidating fact of being able to see most of it all at once.  I decided when I got home — and yes I did get home — to do an internet search for “Crestview Drive.”

Here’s what I found, most academic and thorough to say the least.  “The southern end of Crestview climbs up from Edgewood to Melendy in San Carlos. The street is very wide and fairly straight, so the 30+ mph traffic can leave you room to climb.(Courtesy: Lucas)  Obviously my impromptu “discovery” already exists as an established cycling feat.

Suffice to say, I’m always happy to acquaint myself with yet another cycling challenge.  This one was, to say most simply, quite a climb.  And for once at least, this is not just my opinion!

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Cycling

 

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A Quick Spin

For a relatively short yet satisfying bicycle workout, I highly recommend Canada Road, starting at the junction of Highways 280 and 92, next to the Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir.

This stretch has been a part of my longer treks on several occasions, most notably via a few Alto Velo club rides.  Most recently, I’ve been making the easy jaunt down from San Francisco for a quick spin on what’s proven to be some satisfactory nearby open road.  Following Canada Road into Woodside, then adding a short loop around Sand Hill Road before heading back to the start point, will give you a whopping total distance of 20 miles.  Do it twice, or three times, if you have the energy and aren’t bored with scenic repetition.  I have yet to add of few legs onto the route, which I hope to do on my next visit, possibly over into Belmont and back.

Perhaps the best, yet most crowded, time to cycle on Canada Road is on “Bicycle Sunday,” when a good stretch heading south from Hwy 92 is closed to all motor traffic from 9am to 3pm.

This is merely a small, very easy, yet relatively enjoyable cycling suggestion, if you’re unfamiliar with the area or just tired of pedaling through the city!

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Cycling

 

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Another Great Climb

My knowledge of the many challenging cycling routes of the Peninsula continues to expand.  Considering that Alto Velo seems rather lax in posting their ride routes ahead of time, the Saturday morning “B” ride definitely hands me a surprise as far as where we’re headed for the day.

Last weekend’s particular climb out of Cupertino was a first for me.  Stevens Canyon Road, Mt. Eden Road, Hwy 9 all the way up to Skyline Blvd:  Altogether this was a hell of a lot of uphill pedaling, but of course I survived it well intact!  I won’t complain, as this kind of extended physical exertion is exactly what I need these days.  In fact, this route is worth a repeat performance, if not several!

Talk about a cycling workout!

Needless to say, I’m happy to have been introduced to another great cycling climb in the Bay Area, especially on a day of such ideal weather conditions.  Perhaps you’ll join me next time.  As far as getting dropped by the main group, well… we’ll just let that go, for now.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Cycling

 

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