One of my favorite local rides. Don’t be fooled by this one though. One might think of it as 30 miles of riding up a canyon, turning around, and coasting back home. So not true.
You’ll have to work both ways on this one. The ride climbs up a beautiful and rugged canyon. The road is home to rural families and ranchers. Ranch vehicles and motorcycles are common on this route. The ride is fairly remote. At the junction is a little oasis called….The Junction. 🙂 You can refuel here.
The Junction is sort of a hangout for all travelers — including road bike riders and motorcyclist who enjoy racing or tour the twisty roads.
Check out the wonderful late evening descent off Mt Diablo.
Mount Diablo is a mountain of the Diablo Range, in Contra Costa County of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California. It is south of Clayton and northeast of Danville.
It is an isolated upthrust peak of 3,849 feet (1,173 m), visible from most of the San Francisco Bay Area. Mount Diablo appears from many angles to be a double pyramid and has many subsidiary peaks, the largest and closest of which is the other half of the double pyramid, North Peak, nearly as high in elevation at 3,557 feet (1,084 m) and about a mile northeast of the main summit.
The Death Ride, Tour of the California Alps, is recognized as one of the premier cycling events in the West.
Another Monitor Pass descent. This is the west side of the Pass. This side is more technical than the east side. Also, a bit faster and not so much pedaling. I did hit 52.5 MPH about halfway down.
This is from the 2017 Death Ride – Tour of the California Alps. Descending East side of Monitor Pass is one of the best descents around. You can pretty much descend all the way down with very little braking. 12 Mins of fun. This Road is closed all winter so the pavement is buttery smooth.
This was a fun Descent with some friends going down South-gate on Mt Diablo. Few scary moments while going down but we all made it safely.
Mt Diablo – Not something you want to see in your lane.
Foggy Ride on Mt Diablo
This was my first ride on the mountain since I had the Mt Bike crash and surgery. We had a great turnout for such a cool wet day to ride Mt Diablo.