School Your Climb
Anyone who has spent some time cycling here has realized the roads tend to favor those who like to climb. It’s no wonder so many cycling greats have practiced here. Sure, there are other places where one can school their climb and I’m not saying things are necessarily better here than anywhere else but there are some things that make this place special. Of course our geography, which gives us all these beautiful mountains and valleys, gets most of the credit but without all of those winding torturous roads that sometimes seem to go nowhere I wouldn’t be writing this. Many times as I’ve been on some desolate back country road I’ve wondered why the road was built here, and also been glad that it was, and to those who haven’t experienced these roads, like King Ridge, The Geysers, Coleman Valley, Ida Clayton, Cavedale, etc., it’s really not possible to put into words the feeling one gets riding them. Sure, you get the fantastic mountain, ocean and valley views but you will also roll by bubbling creeks and through densely wooded sections but while you are doing that for miles and miles and miles you may be able to keep count of the cars you encounter on one hand. But enough about the geography and roads, the people here are often an unseen factor to what makes cycling here great. Having a mechanical on a long and desolate road may intimidate some from venturing there but to those I would gladly tell them of the times when I’ve been stopped on the shoulder admiring the view only to have a car slow down next to me and the driver ask me if I need any help. So if you like to ride fast and ride far and are always looking for places to school your climb then this area should be on your list!
We may be better known more for wine here but I don’t doubt that the day will come that we will be known just as well, if not more, for cycling.