Fresno in the Fall

A couple of years ago, I joined Chris Thomas in Fresno for an ALC Central Valley ride, and I enjoyed it so much, that I thought I would ask Chris if we could do another one? So he put together the route, a modified version of the Climb To Kaiser’s Millerton Metric. Chris and I were joined by an ALC8 rider Doug, who met me at Casa de Fruta to carpool, which worked out great for both of us.

We started with a nice flat warm-up through Old Town Clovis on some very clean bike lanes. Heading into the foothills on Watts Valley Road our first climb was Wildcat Canyon, with a wonderful descent afterwards, This was followed by the second but longer climb up Burrough Valley, with great views of the Sierras on both climbs.

Chris at the turn to Wildcat Canyon

We stopped for lunch at Humphrey Station and then it was pretty much a gentle downhill all the way back to Clovis, except for Crybaby Hill; fortunately it did not make any of us cry. Now maybe on the return if I were doing the Climb to Kaiser, but I don’t think that will be happening any time soon.

We had one other RSVP but he had to back out due to a scheduling conflict, a new ALC rider, who did meet us at the end to chat us up about the ride and all. Thanks again Chris for putting together a great ride. We should do this again in the spring!

You can see the complete photo gallery here.

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