Climbing, again, would be the order of the day. The climb started within a block, just to get out of Golden. A few miles north of town we took a left turn onto Golden Gate Canyon Road and went mostly up for about 20 miles. The tour had classified Golden Gate Summit at 9,050 feet as a category 1 climb. The only tougher climb would be an HC, for " hors categorie", a french term meaning beyond classification. The aid station at mile 15 after a brief downhill stretch was a welcome respite on this grueling climb. Getting off my bike to catch my breath did afford some fantastic views.