Last week as I came north on Hwy 395 along the east side of the Sierras I got a nice ride up Lower Rock Creek rd. the first climb included in the Everest Challenge race, a killer racecourse near Mammoth Mountain and Bishop. The 2-day race climbs the equivalent of the elevation of Mt. Everest.
My ride profile I included below is just the first "pitch" on the Saturday profile shown on the Everest Challenge link above. A few years back I tried the E.C. race on a whim. I'd had a good summer and felt pretty fit...but that year the race was snowed on. I dropped out with hypothermia during Saturday's stage..and I've always wanted to go back and give it another try. I've since ridden most of the climbs as I pass through the Owens Valley and I really love the area.
The weather last Saturday (My Garmin missed Leap Year Day) was super...I was headed home to near Mt. Hood, Or. but I simply had to stop and 'stretch my legs' a bit on that gorgeous morning. Couple of pics below