Cali is Not California™ – I Offer Thee Upon Gibralter

If #NatureIsMetal, then Gibralter is a barrage of blast beats. This iconic climb is located in Santa Barbara, California. Just the word, Gibralter, carries a certain mystique. As a cyclist, there are a few climbs that carry connotations of pain. For me, I think of Diablo, Cloud Burst and Gibralter.

Depending on how you start, you can climb from sea level to 3,600′ in just 12 miles. The road itself, up to the summit is about 7 miles. What makes Gibralter so magnificent though is the weather. One minute, you’re riding in the scorching morning sun and the next, a weather system will move over the crest and down the roads, creating an eerie and really fuckin’ metal vignette.

A group of us during the ATOC got in a quick ride before rushing to the start at Santa Barbara’s stage. We climbed fast and because of the ominous fog, took the descent slow. The whole time I was descending, I felt like I was entering some lost world… It was brutally epic! See for yourself in the Gallery!

Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4 / Pro 400H

  • sygyzy

    My backyard!

  • Michael

    Nice set of photos. Regrettably I never rode Gibraltar while going to school there. Luckily I am still close enough to escape for a day.

  • wilis johnson

    HOLY SHIT JOHN

  • Jamie McKeon

    those roads look seriously gnarly

  • Jim C

    Next time hit me up – it would be great to show ya around! ..o even just drop by the shop.

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    That last photo is ridiculous.

  • Matt

    My hometown climb! Every year on Christmas morning, I climb Gib up to La Cumbre peak. Pretty damn hard to beat!

  • Richard Dreyer

    Stunning shots!

  • Albert Lagunas

    Haha. Pictures of weeds. Yep, California is awesome.

  • James Acklin

    #30 is so brutal.