Today I rode to the top of Relay Peak above Lake Tahoe. You may remember that I tried it last year but stopped before reaching the top because of all the snow. I encountered no snow today, but that isn't surprising considering the meager snowfall this year.
I rode nonstop to the top so I have no pictures, but it was a mix of dirt and pavement. I don't remember doing too many climbs much tougher than this one. Climbing for two hours straight is not something I am used to these days.
The last few miles were steep, rocky and loose. About 100 yards from the top my rear wheel spun on a rock and I went down on my left hip. Pretty frustrating to fall short after cleaning everything else for two hours.
Once at the top I stopped to take a few pictures. The 360-degree view was incredible. You can barely see Lake Tahoe in the first one.
The trip down was a little sketchy at first, but after the first couple miles it mellowed out and became more enjoyable.
It was a climb I always wanted to try, I did it, but I won't do it again for a while. There are far too many great rides around here I would rather do.