Centerville Rd begins near the covered bridge of Honey Run and features a rolling uphill ascent into the town of Centerville. This is always a great option to pursue when one is not quite so motivated to tackle the beastly Honey Run Rd climb. It's challenging because the climbs come in increments or stair steps if you will. But be warned each step is harder than the last! When you cross the creek and the road pitches skyward, you've begun the last segment. When you reach the Cemetery, you're almost there. When you reach the gravel you've gone as far as most are willing to dare. Only a few truly know what lies beyond the pavement of Centerville.
Cohasset is a great climb. It is long, 10 miles or so to the top and it offers a lot of great scenery. The first 4 miles of the climb are on good wide road. After that, the road becomes narrower...and throws some nice pitches at you! Cars do fly up and down this road at speeds too fast for comfort - so it is important to file up when you hear a car coming. Note that the images below depict only half the route; to get home, simply retrace your steps.
Honey Run Rd is the gem of Chico climbing. Steep and narrow, it's asphalt climbs at a steep pitch into the town of Paradise. It's seclusion is what makes it arguably the best climb in Chico as the traffic is often non-existent and motorists have no choice but to ascend/descend the road at a slow pace less they careen off the road into the canyon. The climb is also heavily shaded making it a go-to route on hot summer days. Take head of the decent of this beast however. The upper section has been poorly patched and will likely rattle even the tightest screws loose!
To climb up to the tiny foothill town of Forest Ranch, all you need to do is head up Hwy 32 east of Hwy 99. The climb is mostly steady - and a pretty good road. The pitfall of this climb is the traffic. It is a busy highway and cars do fly by you. Be careful on this road. The images below depict the entire route.
This is the weekly suffer fest that we join when we feel that our lives aren't hard enough already. Dominated by the local powerhouse riders who really just don't know how strong they are. The images below depict the entire route.