3.1.2 – Riding Circles Around Reservoirs

Our Training Ride Around Uvas Reservoir

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Read about our ride up Mount Hamilton
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 1.3.2.2.2  Uvas Loop (Completed 21 May)

 Morgan Hill lies south of San Jose, California.  It is within easy biking distance.  We have ridden there many times.  West of Morgan Hill are two reservoirs.  A road network forms a circuit around them.  The 20 mile circuit has 900 feet of rolling hills.  This was the perfect ride to begin hills training with touring loads.

P1 - The Uvas Loop is slightly more than 20 miles, and easily accessed from the Morgan Hill Park.

The Uvas Loop is slightly more than 20 miles, and easily accessed from the Morgan Hill Park.

P2

The Uvas Loop climbs are attention getting. The hardest climb comes early, on Sycamore.

Our original training sequence was to do Weights, Thresholds, Loaded Hills, Loaded Flats.  Because Pat’s bike had to go into the shop, we moved the Threshold ride to the end of the sequence.  While the total effort was probably about the same, we did the two loaded rides with fresher legs than we had planned.

Our ride went well.  Our legs were amazingly fresh.  It was our first loaded hill ride.  We had delayed our threshold ride to the end of the week.  Everything seemed so easy.  We avoided weekend traffic.  On the north end of the loop, a few days earlier, the AmGen Tour had used Oak Glen Road.  The streets and roads were clean, a welcome change.  In addition, we discovered a large cache of port-a-pottys stored at the Uvas Reservoir ramp.

The wind blew down from the north, which will continue until October.  The hill on Sycamore Road was very steep.  Unloaded, on my Mountain Bike, it has been almost too much.  On my Surly, loaded with 60 pounds, I walked half of it.  On tour, I have walked lesser slopes.  The other hills were more in the nature of just grinding them out.

P3 - Uvas Reservoir is a smaller reservoir west of Morgan Hill.  Water levels were as low as we have seen.  This boat ramp is usually partially submerged, with a boat dock to assist in boarding.  The second year of drought has taken a toll on our stored water.

Uvas Reservoir is a smaller reservoir west of Morgan Hill. Water levels are as low as. This boat ramp is often submerged, with a boat dock for boarding. The drought has taken a toll on our stored water.

 On Wednesday, we rode the Guadalupe Trail, riding from our house to the trail head at Virginia Avenue.  We rode to the end of the trail at Gold Street.  We went over to the San Tomas Acquino Trail, intending to make an easy loop back to our house.  Construction at the 49’er stadium forced us to change our plans.  Santa Clara, a self-proclaimed bike friendly city, had blocked the trail and forced bikers and pedestrians onto extremely busy streets.  The detours were poorly marked, lending an air of danger to the unexpected journey.

P4 - The future home of the 49'ers, as seen north of Tasman Avenue in Santa Clara.  The stadium is next to the bike path.  Rather than make simple accommodations for bikers and hikers, the Bike Friendly City dumps everyone out onto busy streets in a poorly marked, dangerous detour.

The future home of the 49’ers, as seen north of Tasman Avenue in Santa Clara. The stadium is next to the bike path. Rather than make easy provision for bikers and hikers, the Bike Friendly City dumps everyone onto busy streets in a poorly marked, dangerous detour.

A few weeks after we performed this ride, there was a tragic accident at the stadium.  An elevator contractor fell to his death down one of the elevator shafts.  We were sad to hear this, knowing he was 63, one year older than Pat is.

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Read about our training ride along Elena Road
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2 responses to “3.1.2 – Riding Circles Around Reservoirs

  1. Pingback: Training: Paragraph 1.3.2.2.1 – Mount Hamilton – Surely You Can’t Drag A Surly Up There, Can You? | pchtraveler

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