After failing to get the KOM on the Palomar climb Strava segment in Episode 1 of the Worst Retirement Ever, Phil Gaimon headed to Mt. Diablo.
The 15.7km climb that averages six per cent often features in the Amgen Tour of California. It was on Stage 7 of the 2013 Tour of California that Lawson Craddock set the fastest Strava time on Mt. Diablo finishing seventh on the stage. Craddock set the mark at 37:21 averaging 384 watts during the effort. Rohan Dennis has also won a top Diablo in 2014 setting another fastest time but on an alternate route.
In the episode, Gaimon reflects on his Palomar attempt noting that he cares about getting these KOM segments and that the efforts are moving his emotional needle. At the same time he said that he is taking something silly very seriously having fun in the process.
The episode starts in a bike shop in Sausalito, California where Gaimon is getting his bike, “As obnoxious as possible.” By cutting our any extra grams from the build, they get his Cannondale SuperSix EVO down to 13.62 lbs.
Decked out in his skinsuit and with as light as a bike as possible, Gaimon heads for the climb. Watch to find out if Gaimon succeeds at getting the Diablo KOM in Episode 2.