- Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Brigham Distributing (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979257123
- ISBN-13: 978-0979257124
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Guide to Climbing (By Bike) in California Paperback – February 1, 2010
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Living in the Northbay/Wine Country, the climbs in this guide are okay, but, not really the typical climbs....in fact, the epic climbs aren't even in the book. Trinity is okay and the review is okay, but, how do you not include Cavedale, Vedeer, Sugarloaf, Sonoma Mountain? How do you include Ft. Ross Rd., but not King's Ridge or Coleman Valley? Howell Mountain, okay, but no Atlas Peak or Spring Mountain?
Further, if you did use this as a guide, thinking from the point of not knowing the area, the description of Oakville Grade was totally misleading. The author sends you up from Napa on Hwy 29. You do not want to ride on 29 when you can ride adjacent to it on Solano Ave without having freeway traffic blowing by you. Also, how about putting more accurate mileage to the Oakville Grade turn versus saying travel north from Napa for several miles, especially if he has you on 29. Then he says, left on Oakville Grade, go 3.2 miles and at the bottom of your descent is the beginning of the climb....you actually just completed what is considered by most, the most difficult climb in the Napa/Sonoma area getting to the back of Trinity that he refers to as the Oakville Grade....(Page 61). Once you've completed this climb, at the bottom of Trinity at Hwy 12, does he expect you to turn around and go back the same way? That's another flaw that I found is you may have conquered the climb, but then what? In this case, you have the Trinity Grade climb to go back over and then another short climb to get back to Napa.....Read more ›
The data is all there, it's just difficult to get at.
Stats on the book are that it includes 200 climb descriptions divided into 4 regions of CA. Each climb is well laid out with as much data as you could want. The book also has multiple ratings and rankings and I particularly like the regional rankings. Each region has a map that locates each hill climb. A lot of pictures are included which may motivate you to get out and ride.
It is hard to believe that this book may be better than the author's nationwide climbing book (The Complete Guide to Climbing by Bike) but I think it is. The book points out many climbs close to those I have done but just did not know they were there and has made me change my choices of which climbs to tackle in the future. I got several copies to give to other riders.
I would add Iowa Hill: Two miles of living heck (or something), followed by 16 miles of rolling up. Scenic and much more challenging than Honey Run.
I would add Oxbow Corkscrew Wall; 5 miles from 1,200 feet to 3,600 feet, followed by 20 miles of climbing to 6,500 feet. Your reward: An epic 18 mile descent from 6,500 feet to 1,200 feet. But don't be too proud of yourself, because you're then punished by a 9 mile climb back to Foresthill. The Mosquito Ridge-French Meadows loop is a full-day, 12 mph 75 mile ride with far too much climbing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Packed with all the pertinent information for climbing, could have used some more color photos though. A must have for climbing in California.Published on April 1, 2012 by J. Rindgen
Looking for new hills to climb? Interested in data on rides you already do? This book is a great resource. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Jim
Although not a 'complete' guide (it's missing most of the climbs north of San Francisco and Lake Tahoe), I still found it an excellent reference for some of the most challenging... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Brooks A. Sizemore
This book is great. Although not containing every great climb in California it covers almost all of them and opens you up to new climbs so that when you're on
a trip you can... Read more
Detailed and informative book for all those cyclists who love the challenge of a good climb! It is especially helpful when exploring a new area. Highly recommended.Published on August 7, 2010 by Carmen Allison
The book is just what I had hoped for. It is a comprehensive compendium of the best climbing road bike rides in California. Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by oenomikey