I haven’t done a Western Wheelers ride in a really long time, and so I saw my friends Steve and Cheryl leading a ride up Kings Mountain and some interval hills around Redwood City, including Lakeview, I decided to go on this ride. I get to Gunn High School, and see Cheryl, and the first thing out of her mouth is “oh my god, look who’s here”. Yes, Steve and Cheryl, I do exist, and it’s not some silly Facebook entity that shows up in your friend feed. That was too funny. It has been a while.
I just wanted to mix it up a bit … Ride with different people, different route, it’s always a good thing. Going up Kings Mountain … That’s nothing new, but usually we don’t go through Huddart Park … We did this time.
It’s a little more scenic, plus it avoids a section of car traffic. Rumor has it that this stretch is a little steeper than the typical stretch straight up on Kings, but does seem a little more scenic. You can’t go wrong with either route though.
The group stopped at the picnic grounds, to fill up on water and to use the bathroom. I was good to go, so I just continued on. I think the steeper stretch is the climb out of Huddart Park though … There are a few 20% sections although very short.
Everyone was concerned about it being cold at the top, but I was fine with just arm warmers and shorts. The next part of the route was going north on Skyline, and descents all the way to Hwy 92, then another descent to Canada. Ok, I would need my vest, but even then, I felt okay with just a vest and arm warmers. I guess I just got used to the early morning and evening temperatures, so I was fine.
Next up, we go down through parts of Redwood City for some hill intervals … That’s really the best way to describe them. We did Crestview, from the easy side … Yes, there is an easier side, but it was still a tough climb. I usually do this as a night ride, and this is one of the few times I did it in daylight. I thought at first the hill was an optical illusion … After climbing it, no it’s not an illusion, that hill is real.
We then bomb down Crestview … Really steep descent, then over to Woodside, then over to Lakeview. Another steep climb, but not too long. More hill intervals. Only on Steve and Cheryl’s ride, but loving it. And with the disc brakes, not a worry in the world.
It was a great day, riding with old friends, great route … Thanks Steve and Cheryl.