Of course the internet has made it less lonely, and I could share with internet friends, "Hey, I had a PR or KOM." But, unless they're ridden Gold Hill, they don't really understand.
|This is a view from Gold Hill|
Last night I bought a bottle of wine, to celebrate and reward myself for a monster week. I put in over 230 miles on the old bicycle this week and am feeling very great. As wine often does to me, I woke about 3 AM. I wasn't sick or hung over, just not sleeping. Ugh. I started on of my favorite hobbies under such conditions, imagining different routes and courses. I got to thinking, what about a Tour?
- The Santa Cruz County Cycling Tour would take place over four weekends, including seven total rides and a party.
- Minor support would be provided, but each rider is essentially responsible for themselves.
- Riders could participate in any portion of the rides, but a point system will be assigned.
Weekend 1: Date: TBD
Ride 1: Pena Blanca to Kino Springs to Josefina to Pena Blanca (90 miles)
After Gold Hill, there's a fast downhill for another 5 miles or so before the winding Cat 4 climb heading past Kino Springs Golf Course to the village. Then the ride shoots down the very fast and smooth River Road before entering the Rio Rico area where the ride hits a Cat 3 and a Cat 2 climbing on Camino Josefina. The ride finishes by returning to the starting point at the lake.
|Elevation Profile, Categorized Climbs Inaccurate Here|
Weekend 1, Ride 2: Patagonia - Elgin (50 miles)
The route will descend from the canyon and return back up to the observatory's visitor's center, which is a category 2 climb.
Weekend 2, Ride 2 (4th total): Tumacacori to Tubac Loop (22 miles)
Weekend 3, Ride 1 (5th total): Amado to Arivaca (46 miles)
Weekend 3, Ride 2 (6th total): Parker Canyon Lake (60 miles)
This is the only ride I've not personally done, on a bicycle. I've ridden it on a motorcycle several times, as well as in cars. It's a beautiful ride. There's quite a bit of climbing, several categorized climbs. The software MapMyRide uses to calculate elevation is highly inaccurate, so I'm not sure exactly the nature of the climbs, but it's a hilly ride. Certainly not as tough as some of the other rides in the tour though.
Weekend 4, Ride 1 (7th total): The Santa Rita Mountains Loop (115 miles)
By the time it's all said and done, the tour will have covered about 450 miles in seven rides