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Los Altos Hells (9/3/2012)

Date: Monday, September 3
Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Parking lot at Villa and Franklin streets, Mountain View (across from the Tied House) (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 4 - very steep hills
Miles: 28

The cyclists flock to tiny little Los Altos Hills. But most of them stick to the same old tired routes that we've done so many times -- Foothill, El Monte, Elena, Purissima -- that we can practically do them with our eyes shut. (But, kids, please don't try this at home.)

This is not one of those rides.

Your friendly ride leader has chosen seven climbs in Los Altos Hills that all have grades of at least 10%: Highlands, Mora, Quinnhill, Viscaino south, La Barranca, Altamont, and Viscaino north. He's done them all before, but never all on just one ride. None of the hills are longer than half a mile, so you can always cross-train them. And there's an easy ride back to Mountain View from almost anywhere on the route, so you can call it a day after you've conquered just one, two, three, four, five, or six of the hills.

The entire ride is only about 28 miles and has only about 2,400 feet of climbing. (Other than the seven hells, the route is merely mellow to moderate.) No food stop is planned on this ride, although we go near downtown Los Altos just before the halfway point. No SAG or sweep coverage is anticipated, so be ready to challenge yourself.

(Note: This is NOT part of the DBD2 training ride series. There are no hills this steep on Double Bay Double.)

This ride is Caltrain-friendly; the first southbound train from San Francisco arrives in Mountain View at 9:29 a.m.

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