The ClimbWith a low point of about 300 feet above the ocean and a high point of about 3800 feet, the total net elevation gain ran about 3500 feet. Strava reports closer to 4200 in total elevation over the 24 mile round trip.
|Sam set against the southwesterly ocean view.|
The SpecsI was riding the blue Cannondale (pic, right), which I bought in 1989 at age 16 and Sam has maintained in his garage for the past 15 years or so. The Cannondale has become my go to west-coast bike for those trips when I don't want to carry my own. It currently has somewhat odd gearing -- 50-39 front and 12-25 rear. (There would surely be a story there if anybody could remember how it happened.)
As the picture shows, Sam was on the new Ti Cycles frame built with Ui2 gearing, Dura Ace wheels, Enve fork, stem and bars, Specialized Cobble Gobbler post, and Compass tires. It's a lovely build. And, apparently, a nice ride.
Of course, much of the time on the ascent I was in 39-25, and at that, out of the saddle. But I've always ridden hills that way anyway. The result, Strava tells me, is a fairly high estimated wattage for the two hour ride. I've never seen Strava estimated wattage to be anything other than inflated by a good 10-20%.
|Be assured, I'm not in that good of shape.|