Come Ride With Us
Welcome! Grizzly Peak Cyclists is a bicycle club of about 600 members based in Berkeley, California.
We have club rides every weekend throughout the year, and many weekdays too. Roughly half our rides are in the East Bay; the rest are all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Our ride calendar is posted every month on this website and in our newsletter. Our members' riding interests run the gamut. We have novices, intermediates, advanceds, and everything in between. Our rides are correspondingly diverse.
Anyone is welcome on our rides. Each ride is rated to indicate the expected terrain, pace, and distance, so you can choose a ride suited to your abilities. Be sure to review our rider guidelines before your first ride to avoid any surprises. Advance signup is not necessary, but feel free to contact a ride's leader in advance with any questions.
Grizzly Peak Century
Every year since 1975 we have hosted the Grizzly Peak Century. The event is known for its challenging but beautiful terrain and gourmet home-made food. For more information, see our century website. We hope to see you there on the first Sunday in May.
Every year, we make significant donations out of the proceeds raised from our Grizzly Peak Century to organizations and causes that promote or help bicycling in some way — be it advocacy, safety, education, awareness, or the bicycling environment. See our donations page for details.
GPC members are invited to join our Strava club. For more information see our member benefits page.
Century Registration Open, Volunteers Needed
Registration is now open for the 2018 Grizzly Peak Century to be held on Sunday, May 6. Volunteers are always needed to help. We have opportunities on century-day itself and also in the days before and after — so you can both ride and volunteer, if you like. Volunteers get a T-shirt and a Ride-Leader credit.
Century-Prep Ride Series, Mar 4 - Apr 29
Join us for a series of nine weekly rides for intermediate bicyclists who want to build stamina, increase range, and get ready to ride a Century. They are on consecutive Sundays, from March 4 up to the week before our Century. They gradually progress in distance from about 25 to about 50 miles. All are over moderately hilly terrain, similar to that of the Grizzly Peak Century. Those who complete the series should be well-prepared to ride at least the 76-mile (metric century) route. For more information see our Century Prep Series page.
Club Meeting, Wed Apr 18 - Diablo Access
Our next club meeting is Wednesday, April 18 (third Weds of the month, not the second Weds as usual). Dave Campbell from Bike East Bay is seeking advice on how to deal with attempts in the community of Diablo to limit public access to roads which are currently signed as “Private”. Al Kalin from Diablo Cyclists will also speak. A lawsuit between homeowners has been filed. If successful it would result in no public bicycle access through the community to Mt. Diablo’s Southgate entrance road. Bicycles bound for Southgate would need to use Diablo Rd or Blackhawk Rd instead. As usual, the potluck dinner is at 6:30pm, the presentation at 7:15pm, and business at 8:00pm. See your Wheel Truth for the address and other details.
Mountain Hardwear discount Apr 6 to Apr 29
In addition to other benefits listed on our website, GPC members have access to the Mountain Hardwear / Columbia Sportswear Employee Store in Point Richmond during 3 specific time periods per year. Here is the invitation to GPC members to shop at the store between Apr 6 and Apr 29. The store has sportswear and outdoor equipment at deeply reduced prices.
You will need to provide the invitation (either a printed copy or a digital copy on your mobile device) AND a copy of your current GPC membership card AND and personal photo ID to gain entry to the store. If you don't have a copy of your membership card handy, you can get your card here.
Each GPC member can bring up to 4 guests each time you shop during the invitation period. See the invitation for the store hours and address.
Road Closures From Winter Storms
Many of our favorite roads were washed out and closed in the winter of 2016-17 due to heavy storms. By now, most have reopened but not all. Redwood Road reopened on March 30, 2018. Calaveras Road is still closed; currently expected to reopen in late 2018. BikeEastBay has a web page with (reasonably) current status for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. It includes links to various County web pages for more up-to-date info.
Bear Creek Rd and Camino Pablo - EBMUD Truck Traffic
EBMUD will be running heavy truck traffic near Orinda, on Camino Pablo and Bear Creek Rd, from Hwy 24 to about halfway up Pumphouse Grade. Dates are April 16 through October 2018. Hours are typically 7am-3:30pm, M-F. More information and a map are here.
Let our motto be your guide —
Ride to Eat and Eat to Ride!