Is it even possible to have a social ride, climbing up Page Mill Road? Well, after Sunday, I have to say, yes, it is possible.
It was a pretty good size group, and I think we were all around the same skill level, so that made the ride even more pleasant.
I normally would make my way to Arastradero and Page Mill, or even start from Foothill and Page Mill, but on this ride, we wound our way through residential neighborhoods, and a climb up Taaffe Road … nice alternative to Altimont. We got onto Page Mill at Altimont, and that’s where the social conversations stopped, and the breathing began.
We did have a short water stop right before the ramp, and last hard climbing on this stretch. It was surprising to hear a lot of people didn’t even know about this water spiggot. Personally, I don’t really find it’s critical if all you are doing is just the Page Mill climb … the only climbing left is just the ramp after that, and the rest is fairly flat … but that’s just me.
We proceeded to head south on Skyline towards Hwy 9. Now there is chipseal on Skyline, but it is still rideable … a little rough but actually rideable.
I was trying to upload this to Strava, but it had problems. I had previously, erroneously, exported a video file onto my Garmin … I had the Garmin loaded as an external drive, and I forgot that it filled up the flash drive on my Garmin. As a result, it could not upload the data, as it could not write. Oops … Oh well …. it would have been nice to see the data, but shit happens.