We finally got to ride up the Placitas hill.  It was warm, but we had no issues.  Took us less than 2 hours (with stops) to get to the top (22.5 miles) so not bad.  The climb is very mellow, there are several places where it levels out and even a stretch of down.  I don’t think I saw anything over 5%.  The road has been newly paved so is super smooth and for at least 75% (maybe more) there is a very ride-able shoulder where it has been fully paved, edge to edge.  Yeah Bernalillo county!  The total climb from the turn was 8.5 miles.  Return down was very pleasant due to the nice pavement and the mellow grade, no need to ride the brakes.  A bit of cross wind today.  We had 15? riders in the A A- combo, we just rode together.  Even the stretch of the ride on the east side of I25 was decent pavement.  So, all in all, a ride that we will want to keep in the stable.  A few pics below from the regroup at the top.

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