Photos By: Maxfield Bonta
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Cycling Fort Ross Road - from the west
View west from top of western climb - Pacific Ocean covered with fog
This climb is the shortest in the Tri-County Top 10, but has the steepest average grade at 10.9%. During nearly the entire ride you are surrounded by redwood forest making for a private and very unique climb. The smell of the coast and redwoods coupled with the mild temperatures make for a very enjoyable ride (aside from the double digit grade over the entire ascent).
Traffic/Roadway surface: This is a narrow effectively one lane road that has very little traffic. The road is in fair condition. Descending can be a bit harrowing as the road has many sharp turns, rough and gravel surface and is so steep it is very difficult to keep your speed down.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 4.3 (11.3%)
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - FORT ROSS ROAD
Peter Sagan (SVK) outsprints the field
Santa Rosa, Stage 1 2012 Tour of California
Photo: Kent Porter / Press Democrat 2012
Fort Ross Road has been featured once in the Tour of California:
That’s a wrap!!