Date: Oct 02, 2022
Location: Danville, CA
Region: California - Southwest
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Mt Diablo Challenge
October 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Valley Spokesmen Bicycling Club is sponsoring the 39th year annual Mt Diablo Challenge, a 11.2 mile ride that climbs to the summit of Mount Diablo, one of the highest peaks in the Bay Area. It is 3,249 foot climb up South Gate Road through Mount Diablo State Park that is closed to cars or cyclists not involved in challenge. It is the one time of year that riders can enjoy the course without external traffic. The ride starts at Athenian School in Danville, CA which is a 2.9 mile from registration location at Monte Vista High School. It is important for riders to plan check-in times and registration guidelines.
There are various waves and the first wave is often descending as other waves are still ascending. The first wave starts at 8:30 am and next waves begin every few minutes. For those interested in using the whole road, please plan to participate in first waves as later waves must stay to the right. The end of the ride is a descent to Monte Vista High School, check-in location, where there is food, drink, awards, vendors, and music for a great celebration. The final wave of riders are encouraged to descend by 12: 45 pm to join the festivities. Water and food is not available during the ride but options available for purchase to plan for the festivities after the event. There are no SAG vehicles along the curse but there will be bike mechanic stations at the starting area. 2022 Mt Diablo Challenge available for purchase as well.
Unique to this cycling road ride, many types of bikes are allowed; tandem or single road bikes, fixed gear, mountain bikes, unicycles, and even outdoor Elliptical bikes. Riders can use Class 1 e-bikes but will not be eligible to compete for prizes or awards. E-bikes will start in non-elite waves. Adults with children in a tow-behind are also allowed. Note registration details for bike type and count of children for tow-behinds. Riders are able to establish teams of at least four riders to compete against other teams for best combined time up the mountain. Co-ed teams allowed. Team names set with registration under Event Questions.
Danville has multiple restaurant options for visitors; Revel Kitchen & Bar and The Peasant & The Pear. Mount Diablo also has many dining options with lodging near the summit. Restaurants like Moresi’s Chophouse and Ed’s Mudville Grill are local owners and open. Lodging options in the area include Embassy Suites, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, and public campgrounds like Live Oak and Juniper located in Mount Diablo State Park.
Mt Diablo Challenge was previously hosted by Save Mount Diablo but has been taken over by Valley Spokesmen Bicycling Club since 2017 to broaden the participation emphasizing family participation. Mt Diablo Challenge benefits Save Mount Diablo through donations made during registration.