In preparation for the Tour de Big Bear we needed to get more climbing in. We have a fair amount of hills available to us in the Santa Monica Mountains but we were looking for a change of scenery and a bit of a longer climb. So we decided to go ride up to Mount Baldy Village.
The night before the ride we were invited to see a friend, Louis Lotorto, to see a production of The 39 Steps that he was in. It was a great show and we enjoyed it a ton. If you are in the LA area I would highly suggest you catch it in the next couple weeks before it is gone. After the show we all grabbed a bite to eat and a yummy martini and then it was off to bed.
In our usual fashion we were a little slow to get up and get moving but we made it to the base of Glendora Mountain Road a little after 9:00 and we were rubber down just before 9:30.
Best riding food! Hawaiian rolls with PB&J
It was a tough climb that was broken into three sections; climb for 9 miles, roll on the ridge for 5 miles, then climb for 7 more. See elevation profile above.
Happy rider at this point!
It was am amazing climb! The road was not super busy (but, I almost got creamed by a motorcycle a little too far on my side of the road). The views were amazing! And as always the company was fantastic!
Following Quadrathon along the ridge road.
The first two sections were not too bad but about halfway through the last one (around mile 16) I was getting a little tired of going up!.
Please make the climbing stop!
At the top we stopped near a house that had the sweetest dog who came a greeted us through the fence.
After a quick break to take some silly pictures and videos we turned around and headed back. As I am sure you can imagine, it took MUCH less time to go down then it did to go up. (see below)
Elevation profile by TIME
Overall it was a great day (shocker). Click here for the Garmin details of the ride. I feel pretty good about how the Tour will go in two weeks. The only unknown is how we do with the altitude!