In July, Alexis Berthillier gave us a cracking series of rides from the golden state of California.

Alexis’ signature sun-soaked rides are known for their blue skies, epic climbs, and stunning Californian routes.  

This series features some familiar faces such as Mt Diablo and Mt. Umunhum and a few unique local rides such as Bonny Doon which cruises along the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Add these to the favourites list and keep those legs turning.

Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon starts out hard from Pacific Coast Highway 1. It averages 9.5% grade for the first stretch before the short descent and merges with poorly-named Pine Flat Rd. A relatively flat area with many ponderosa pine trees is east of this road. While not as steep as its lead in, Pine Flat continues on endlessly at a constant 4% grade on its way to Empire road. 

12.53KM
DISTANCE
00:54:52
DURATION
626M
ELEVATION GAIN

Mt. Diablo South Gate

Mt. Diablo towers over the East Bay area with the summit altitude of 3,849ft. On a clear day, views from its summit stretch more than 200 miles. Mount Diablo has the largest view shields in the United States and second in the world (the first one is Mt. Kilimanjaro). The grade increases constantly but the view is spectacular and more than compensates you for your efforts. You can even see Santa Cruz mountains on the other side of the bay. The very finish is quite steep – way over 10% and will demand some prayers!

16.55KM
DISTANCE
01:23:02
DURATION
982M
ELEVATION GAIN

Felter

Felter Rd (named after another early pioneer) connects Calaveras Rd in Milpitas to Sierra Rd and runs through sun-drenched and exposed Los Buellis Hills.

It is a quiet road with a steady gradient, frequented by cyclists, so drivers who use them are expecting to see cyclists. It is used more often as a descent for those brave souls who climbed Sierra Rd on the other side.

15.27KM
DISTANCE
00:58:12
DURATION
689M
ELEVATION GAIN

Hicks North and Umunhum

Mt. Umunhum is named after the local First People’s name for hummingbird. The radars (now removed) from USAF atop the concrete cube that remains, led to contamination and the road was closed for many years.

Hicks road is a brutal short climb which then without any time to catch your breath leads to the long brutal ascent of Mt Umunhum with plenty of 10-15% sections.

10.53KM
DISTANCE
01:06:29
DURATION
892M
ELEVATION GAIN

Hicks South Mt. Umunhum

Mt Umunhum is one of the four major submits of the Bay Area and this route comes up from the South. Hicks road start with a brutal short warmup climb then without any time to catch your breath leads to the long brutal ascent of Mt Umunhum which has plenty of 10-15% sections.

 

11.32KM
DISTANCE
01:09:07
DURATION
897M
ELEVATION GAIN