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Pocket Companion at top of Monitor Pass
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Pocket Companion at top of Monitor Pass 2
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Pocket Companion at top of Mt. Rose
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Monitor Pass and Mt. Rose on a Bike Friday

Last weekend was another rental car trip up to the mountains for some climbing and descending bliss with my Pocket Companion.

On Saturday I climbed Monitor Pass. On the way back down, I set a PR for speed -- 51.1 mph! My previous fastest descent was 50 mph down Beatty Drive in El Dorado Hills on my regular road bike (watch the video).

On the way back to Sacramento in the car, I saw a number of Alpine County Sheriff, fire, paramedic, and CHP vehicles responding towards Ebbetts Pass with lights and sirens going, so I hope somebody didn't crash. I've heard that Ebbetts is dangerous.

Here's the Garmin data for the Monitor Pass ride:

Sunday I drove back up to Mt. Rose to watch and record the riders in the Sierra Nevada Hill Climb time trial, which goes up the longer side of Mt. Rose from Reno.

After watching the riders suffer, I was of course all gung ho to do some suffering of my own. I climbed the Incline Village side of Mt. Rose from Country Club Drive, which is much steeper than the Mt. Rose Highway.

Country Club Drive is almost 3 miles long, and it gets steeper as it goes on. It intersects with the Mt. Rose Highway, which is only between 4% and 9% compared to the 10%-18%

I measured on Country Club. Here's the Garmin data for Mt. Rose:

Here's video of the climb up Monitor.

Here's the 45-51 mph section of the descent. I added data telemetry from my Garmin using DashWare.

Here's the Mt. Rose Hill Climb TT riders.

Here's my climb up Mt. Rose.