Source: www.caltriplecrown.comOne of the toughest double centuries on the California Triple Crown schedule, the Devil Mountain Double, is also one of the first.  With more than 205 miles of riding and a whopping 18,000+ feet of elevation gain, this ride begs for a long season of preparation.  Riders who choose to tackle it, however, have to make do with whatever riding they can cobble together during the winter months.  So, it's likely that you'll suffer more than a bit when you do the Devil Mountain Double, as we did when we rode this year's Tenth Anniversary Edition (our fifth time around the course).

The 2005 edition was blessed with great weather.  A small rain system cleared out several days earlier, leaving behind some high clouds and very mild temperatures. About 160 riders left the San Ramon Marriott, heading out for a great day of riding.

Presented below, photos from Campy Only's Eric Norris.  Email us if you'd like to have a higher-res version emailed to you.

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We stopped on the way to the ride to visit with an incognito Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek
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Grant's pick for dinner in Walnut Creek: Tullio's restaurant
Tullio's restaurant!
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Mojo Cosgrove at Tullio's
Mojo's Big Fix Ride
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A very appropriate restaurant for Campy Only's Eric Norris (P.S. the food there was great!)
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Ride day: the Campy Only Sachs waits to go.
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Our ride number
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On the slopes of Mt. Diablo
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We rode through this bank of clouds at about 3,000 feet
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Clear skies at the top of Mt Diablo
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The Campy Only Sachs after its first climb of the day
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View from the top
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THANKS to all the rest stop workers!
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The Campy Only grupetto on Morgan Territory Road. Thanks to Tom Milton for his over-the-shoulder shot
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Second rest stop on Morgan Territory Road
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RS 2  THANKS AGAIN to all the rest stop workers
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Heading for Livermore
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Top of the Altamont Pass
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Starting the descent from the Altamont Pass
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Climbing Patterson Pass ...
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... AKA "Oh My God" hill
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The Mojo Cosgrove/ Anny Beck tandem crests Patterson Pass
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Anny and Mojo
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Cosgrove/Beck start the descent
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RS 3 on Mines Road
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Quite an array of performance products
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Cimbing Mines Road
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Views from Mines Road
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Lunch at the Junction!
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Hmmm ... Cloudy skies looked threatening, but rain never materialized
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Gratuitous photo of Eric Norris and the Campy Only Sachs at lunch
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Seas of wildflowers
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Top of Mt Hamilton
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The Lick Observatory 
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View from the top of Mt Hamilton-- the downhill got cold!
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RS 5, outside San Jose
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Mojo and Anny refuel
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The marker in the pavement for ...
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... the infamous Sierra Road!
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There it goes ... about 3 miles of up
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At the top of Sierra Road
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Petting Alto the Goat at the Sierra Road rest stop. He wanted to eat our leather saddle
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View near Calaveras reservoir
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Last rest stop, Sunol
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Mojo, where's Anny?

P.S.  Campy Only's official time for the ride was 16 hours, 46 minutes, good enough to put us in 57th place (out of 126 places).  Our time took 30 minutes off our former PR (from 2003).  Results from Quack Cyclists

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