OVER THE HUMP: GATES PASS.
It’s “Hump Day” so I’d like to write about one of the more memorable hills in my cycling life.
If you head west out of Tucson on Speedway Boulevard, under the highway and past, well, everything, then you’ll eventually begin the long, gradual climb toward Gates Pass.
It’s not particularly challenging, as climbs go, but it’s unrelenting in the heat.
If you’ve got to suffer in those conditions, you may as well do it with a view.
It was my first legit hill conquest as a cyclist.
It was the first time I got “you climbed that? On a bicycle?” from a passing car.
The one that allowed me to identify juuuuuuust a little with my cycling heroes as I watched the paltry, half-hour, weekend Tour recap on Wide World of Sports.
I haven’t done it in over 20 years and I doubt I’ll ever get another shot at it.
But I’d like to thank that hill for all the good times.
Now go punish some other young, upstart cyclist.
They’ll thank you later.
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