A regular feature in the Tour of California – Mt Hamilton is a stellar climb to the world's first occupied observatory.
With San Jose nestled in-between Mt Hamilton and the equally famous Skyline ridge, the climb starts on the fringes of San Jose. With a steep start at 10% gradient, you ascend quickly above San Jose.
The first 10km – are with big reveals and the gradient averages 5% making for a fast ascent speed.
There are two ridgelines between you and the summit. (Note: the second one feels like you're nearing the summit, but you're far from it). It's up and over the first giving you some momentary leg respite.
Up and over the second ridge for one last fast sweeping descent. From here on in, the gradient steepens and gets its Hors Category badge.
Lick Observatory. 1283m ASL.
Col du Grand Colombier
Col du Grand Colombier dwarfs all of the surrounding landscape. It has serious race history too.
Pic du Midi
(Col du Tourmalet)
You've scaled the mighty Col du Tourmalet, and rightly you should be proud. But beyond this iconic climb lies Pic du Midi. A gravel climb that will take your breath away.