37th Mount Diablo Challenge
Sunday, October 13th, 2019

On Sunday, October 13th, cyclists will participate in the iconic 37th Annual Mt. Diablo Challenge Cycling Event, an 11.2 mile, timed bike race that climbs 3,249 feet to the summit of Mt. Diablo up South Gate Road. The ride is open to competitive and recreational cyclists - young and old alike. Mt. Diablo State Park is closed to traffic for this event and the first waves can ascend without any descending bike traffic. It's a once a year opportunity to enjoy riding the mountain without cars!

At the top, there is food and drink that is much needed after that epic climb. Then cyclists descend and ride over to Monte Vista High School to pick up their goodies, and celebrate winners in 16 age categories, including King and Queen of the Mountain. There is great food, beverages, vendors and music for a grand celebration!

The Event is held to help benefit Save Mt. Diablo, which helps to preserve the mountain, one of the 3 highest peaks in the San Francisco Bay Area with views of the Farallon Islands and the Sierras.

What the media says about this event!

"Best and Hardest Climbs in the United States" - Bicycling.com

"Top 10 US Hill Climbs" - GranFondoGuide.com

"The Climb Club: The 23 Toughest Ascents in the US" - Mens Journal


Preparing for the Ride

There are many local rides up Mt. Diablo during the week and on the weekend. We recommend riding up the Mountain during the week if at all possible to avoid the weekend cars. If you cannot ride during the week, an early morning ride up the mountain can be nice especially on an overcast day because most drive up the mountain for the view. Just remember to stay as far right as safely possible and use pullouts when cars are behind you. When you descend, stay close to the right because many cars try to pass cyclists on blind curves.

Here are some training rides to help prepare you for the Challenge

Valley Spokesmen MDC Training Rides
Check the www.Valleyspokesmen.org ride calendar for up-to-date information
Tuesday mornings @ 9:00 am

Six-fifteen Cyclery Mt. Diablo Rides
3430 Camino Tassajara Rd.
Danville, CA, 94506
www.6fifteencyclery.com
(925) 217-4563
Thursday nights
Wave 1 5:45 Wave II 6:00 Wave III 6:15
All skill levels

Here are some climbing tips to help you improve your technique:
https://www.bicycling.com/training/a20006985/climbing-tips/
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/climb-hills.html
https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/training/improve-your-climbing-353501

Event Day

Everyone arrives and checks in for the event early at Monte Vista High School located at Stone Valley Road, Danville, CA. Then cyclists ride over to Athenian School on Mt. Diablo Scenic Blvd. to get ready for their wave. Cyclists are grouped by the time they think it will take to finish the climb.

The first wave starts at 8 am and continue every few minutes. The first waves get to ascend using the whole road. Later waves must stay to the right.

At the top, there is a mini-celebration with food and beverages to replenish after the climb. Then cyclists descend in waves and ride over to Monte Vista High School for a grand celebration with lots of delicious food, drink, music, goodies and awards plus vendors with cool gear! Invite the family to join you there for the festivities!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mark Dedon at director@mtdiablochallenge.org
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