Some bike rides I've recorded, graphs published
- 1. Scotts Valley to Soquel and back,
(This is most of the 50K route of the
Fun loop, reasonable length to do over a long lunch. About 1800ft of
climb in 27 miles, good climbs and fun downhills.
- 2. Scotts Valley to Corralitos via Soquel and San Andreas Rd.
Long, 51 miles! About 2500ft of climb, feels mostly flat as the
climb is spread over many rolling hills. The only hard climb is the
return to Scotts Valley (which is normally an easy climb but after
almost 50 miles, it wasn't!). Route is open to sunlight so was dry
even after recent rains. This is not a particularly scenic route but was
a decent option to get some longer mileage without too much climbing.
- 3. Scotts Valley, up Mt.Charlie to summit, down to Soquel and back
This is a fun loop.. About 35 miles so not too long. Lots of climbing
but it is nearly all at the beginning, 9 miles up Mt.Charlie Rd. to
the summit. Then a long fun and fast ride down to Soquel.
- 4. Scotts Valley to Hwy. 1 up to Swanton Rd. and back
52 miles but only two meaningful climbs (up Swanton and back up to
Scotts Valley at the end) for just under 2000ft of climb.
- 5. Mt.Charlie Challenge
This was the short route (50km) of the 2010
- 6. 2010 Strawberry Fields 100K
I did the 100km route of the 2010
Forever ride. Turned out to be 66 miles and a bit over 3000ft of
climbing. Some really beautiful roads and also some very bumpy
(the strawberry fields ;-). The hardest part was the long tough
climb near the very end (miles 50-55) after I was already exhausted
from the previous 50 miles!
7. Scotts Valley to Soquel, an alternative route
This is about the same as route#1 above, but substituting Rodeo Gulch
instead of Soquel-San Jose Rd. This makes it a much better route!
Rodeo Gulch has beatiful views and hardly any traffic.
8. Scotts Valley to Corralitos via Summit
Up Mt.Charlie to Summit, then followed Summit through
namechanges of Highland and Eureka Canyon to end up in Corralitos. Then
Freedom/Soquel back up to Scotts Valley. The beginning of Eureka Canyon
is painfully rough, need to go real slow even though it is downhill, but
it gets better later and then becomes a fun fast ride down to
- 9. Lake Tahoe.
Here is the data from my ride around Lake Tahoe as part of the 2010
Beautiful Ride" event. At only ~3300ft of climbing over 72 miles,
it turned out to be much flatter than most rides around Santa Cruz.
Thanks to that I was able to average a much higher speed than usual
at just over 14mph.
- 10. Bean Creek, out and back.
The usual Bean Creek loop, except I went up to Glenwood and back
on Bean Creek again instead of my usual return on Glenwood itself.
- 11. Alba Road/Pine Flat/Ice
I survived Alba Road! From about 300ft to 2500ft in four miles, it
is a relentless climb that never flattens, just up up up.
- 12. 2011 Levi Leipheimer's Gran Fondo
Data from the 2011 Levi Leipheimer's
Gran Fondo. I ran the 'Medio Route' which was 62 miles and a little over
3000ft of climbing.
- 13. 2012 bike2work day (and back home!).
Haven't practiced much this year so far so this ended up being
fairly tough. Going was easy but climbing back up to summit at the end
of the day was harder.
- 14. 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge.
Ran the 100k route (the easiest!). Most of the route went well but the Jamison
Creek climb destroyed me.
- 15. 2014 Levi Leipheimer's Gran Fondo
I again ran the Medio route this year. I was very hot, close to 100F.
- 16. 2015 Levi Leipheimer's Gran Fondo
I again ran the Medio route this year but chose the Willow Creek option instead of the Coleman climb.