OK, after seeing the "official" starting points (1. lower hand rail 2. fire hydrant) I decided to go up for the first time in about 2 months.tobu said:Okay, so I haven't really gone hard on this thing for over a year, but todays time was 13:56 from the fire hydrant to the intersection, under light wind conditions. Add 10-15 sec to that if you're timing from somewhere lower down. I could easily have lowered the time by 30-45 seconds if I had a wheel to follow.
As a point of reference for riders who are looking to see where they stand, that 13:56 is about the time of a slightly above average cat 3 racer or masters rider or an average elite non-climber.
Good reporting with details which are important for comparisons-(age, weight, bike setup, warmup). Certainly you've got some extra weight on that HT MTB. And more important I think would be the 50 hard miles on Saturday. I know personally I need about one, or better yet 2, days off prior to a very fast run. Competition also helps even if you don't get to draft much of the distance. Just having a rider 30 or 40 seconds up ahead and closing the gap seems to help my mental effort.gremelm said:Whenever I'm in Berkeley, I always ride up Old Tunnel and this last weekend I wanted to see how fast I can ride up to the intersection. Standing start from the fire hydrant (Firestorm Memorial) to Grizzly/Skyline 15:54. Pretty good I thought. My girlfriend on her 18lb road bike was under 25min. She did great! My time of sub 16 will be my baseline time and to shoot for sub 15 is realistic with more hill climb training. (I did however 50+ hard miles in the Montrose ride Saturday morning and finished top 10 so my legs were a little fatigued but felt good.) My warmup was riding from Ashby/Deacon to the Memorial. Bike is 25+lb MTB hardtail. Age is 41. Weigh is 148lbs. I don't race but think I'm good enough for Cat 5 (and maybe Cat 4). I'm from SoCal and if I had my race bike (sub 15lb road bike), I know I can break that time easily.
Would be great if other posters kept this tread updated with their improvements. Try to keep it honest though. I think my times are kind of conservative.