Cali is Not California™ – ATOC Cruz to San Jose

Ever have one of those rides where a crazed redneck kicks you off “his mountain” and you end up somewhat lost, having to re-route yourself? Yeah. This was one of those rides. Not that I’m complaining. If Santa Cruz is dirt heaven, then surely the roads are worth a mention.

During the ATOC this year, a few of us got together and rode from Santa Cruz to San Jose. Leading the way was Garrett Chow on his FEA Venge. He promised a big climb, some poaching, a little dirt and heat, heat, heat. All of which were delivered. Then our route was truncated short by the above-mentioned, real king of the mountain…

60 miles and 4,000′ later and we were in San Jose, just in time to watch the last TT and drink a few beers. It’s a bummer we missed the stage, but so it goes. Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!

Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4
Fuji Pro400H

  • Peter Sagan

    Jeepers…that bike never gets old.

    • Ace Metric Cycles

      agreed!

  • Jamie McKeon

    That sign sprinting photo has to be one of the best I’ve ever seen here.

  • Scott Newman

    Love it! Some of the most beautiful roads I’ve ridden!