Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Shorter Easier Rides

Iif you are looking for something shorter and gentler, try these two rides which repeat each month: the First Sunday ride is 28 miles total and nearly flat. The 3rd Saturday ride, also 28 miles, has some hills. Both rides have at least two leaders, one at the front, and a sweep riding at the back, so no one gets lost. Come join us on these friendly and supportive group rides.

Alex's Second Saturday Ride

Our Second Saturday all-club ride happens monthly, except in May. For details see the ASSR page.  The bridge over Pinole Creek at Alhambra Valley Road and Castro Ranch Road has been reopened. The Larghetto, Andante, and Adagio rides can use their customary routes. Redwood Road is still closed, Allegretto and Presto rides will make alternative arrangements.

 November 2017

Not finding the ride you are looking for? There is a simple solution for that. Any GPC member can lead a ride. See the Lead Rides section for all the information you need to get started. Our Ride Coordinator will be happy to help you choose a ride, create the listing, and prepare to lead.

This schedule is also available in a format for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

WED NOV 1 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

WED NOV 1 4/TM/14-22 Weds Midday Berkeley Hills Climb (repeats weekly)
Leader: Doug Smith     (510) 915-5437
Meet at 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A short hilly TM paced ride from North Berkeley BART up side routes past Indian Rock Park, to the Reservoir, Wildcat Canyon to Golf course road, Grizzly Peak  with various optional return routes back to the start

Possible pickup stop on the UC campus at 12:45 pm RSVP ride leader.

THU NOV 2 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

SAT NOV 4 4/MB/106 Arnim's Birthday Ride - King Ridge from Cotati [Rain Date #2]
See the listing for 2017-10-28. If that ride and the first rain date were both rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SAT NOV 4 3/TM/83 Mines Road Out and Back
Leader: Alison Kuehner     (510) 219-3929
Leader: Elizabeth Crocker     (510) 484-1060
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
GPC Route: Mines Rd from Dublin-Pleasanton BART
Start Location: Dublin-Pleasanton BART South (Pleasanton) Side

This TM paced ride takes Mines Road out and back. Very scenic, lots of miles (80+) without too much climbing (4,000'+), although there are some steep parts.  Word is that Junction Café is closed, so stuff your pockets with plenty of provisions.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1063579

SUN NOV 5 3/T/20 The Pleasure of Climbing. Part 1: From Rockridge BART to Redwood Park via Tunnel Rd.
Leader: Rich Lesnik     (415) 215-0372
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Meet at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am start
Start Location: Rockridge BART

Description: We will start at Rockridge BART, climb Tunnel Rd., descend Redwood Rd, for later to arrive at Redwood Park, 7867 Redwood Rd., where we will have lunch. A gradual climb up Redwood Rd., and Skyline will take us back to Tunnel Rd., Golden Gate, and Rockridge BART.

Link to the The Pleasure of Climbing ride schedule: https://indd.adobe.com/view/032d6d41-93dc-4a87-8d47-436478ac0998

Cancellation Policy: The ride will be cancelled if the probability of rain, according to the weather forecast is 30% or higher. In case of doubt please contact the leader(s).

SUN NOV 5 1/LT/28 First Sunday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Steve Foster     (925) 256-9452
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART

This is a good way to meet others in the club and for new riders to join in. No pressure to complete a long hilly ride. We'll keep this ride super friendly and on pace. Tandem and city bike friendly. Bring food or $ to buy and eat at the fabulous Draeger's Market or other great food spots in or around the plaza. All are welcome and anyone can join this ride. RSVP requested but not required to ride. Route Map and cue sheet at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4189771. Check out Social Biker Group on Facebook,     Join free.

TUE NOV 7 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start
UPDATE:

8:30AM start at the moviehouse in Orinda. 

This year it's a 77 KM (47 mile) birthday ride. Those who want more miles can start on the other side of the hills; this starts and ends in Orinda. Why Orinda? Because I wanted a route that was 77 KM, ended at the Republic of Cake (where I'll buy everyone cupcakes), crossed the new Alhambra bridge, and had a rest stop at Danville Peet's. 

I'm hoping there will be some TM riders as well as some of our usual M crew. I may even ride with the TMs, which I plan on doing a bit more this winter.

Route map may have a few quirks - it was a rush job. But we all know these roads.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26461829

As usual RSVP if coming, non-attendees may remain silent ("Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent" Ludwig Wittgenstein).

The PoE (Peloton of Elders) ride now changes start location and route weekly. M-pace but depending on demand there may also be a TM option. Check the online ride calendar Monday evening for the week's start location, route and rain updates. Despite the name, cyclists of all ages are welcome. Email leader with name, mobile, emergency #, and bike make/color in advance. This speeds up the signin process.

TUE NOV 7 5/M/17 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto     (925) 335-3224
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side

Out and back to the top of Papa Bear.  We'll head out on Wildcat Canyon Road, cross San Pablo Dam and climb Bear Creek Road to the top of Papa Bear.  Please bring lights for this Tuesday evening ride as we may get back after sunset.  Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking.  20% chance of rain on weather.gov cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, Inspiration Point and top of Papa Bear. The ride may continue on Halloween and into November if there's enough interest.  To contact me, please email. 

WED NOV 8 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

WED NOV 8 4/TM/14-22 Weds Midday Berkeley Hills Climb (repeats weekly)
Leader: Doug Smith     (510) 915-5437
Meet at 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
UPDATE:

Weds Hill Rides are temporarily cancelled until 11/22 because Ride Leader is out of town on a family visit. For more info, text or call Doug at 510-915-5437.  Thanks!

A short hilly TM paced ride from North Berkeley BART up side routes past Indian Rock Park, to the Reservoir, Wildcat Canyon to Golf course road, Grizzly Peak  with various optional return routes back to the start

Possible pickup stop on the UC campus at 12:45 pm RSVP ride leader.

WED NOV 8 Meeting Club Meeting (repeats monthly)
Meet at 6:30 pm

Join us for a delicious pot luck dinner and program before the club's monthly business meeting.

THU NOV 9 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

FRI NOV 10 1/TM/35 Bay Trail / E-ville / Point Richmond
Leader: Arleen Sakamoto  
Leader: Kenneth Karda   (510) 530-8389
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

We will ride to the Emeryville marina, then North on the Bay Trail for a clockwise loop to the Red Oak Victory Ship, Miller-Knox Park, Ferry Point Tunnel & lunch @ Little Louie's.  There will be option to bypass the tunnel.

SAT NOV 11 4/LT/23, 4/T/50, 4/TM/34, 4/TM/65, 4/M/77-87 (Web Only) Alex's Second Saturday All-Club Ride (repeats monthly)
Leader: John Buenfil     (925) 408-2360
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Orinda BART

Newsflash: As of Nov 3, 2017 Alhambra Valley Road is open. As much as possible,  ASSR will use the traditional routes. However Redwood Road is still closed. Allegretto and Presto riders will continue to use alternative routes.

The first 7.5 miles all pace groups ride together at a social pace...you'll ride with club members you might not see for the rest of the month. After that, we split into five separate pace groups. The pace groups are named after musical tempi. Click on the tempo for the exact Route. More information about this ride, excluding route details, is posted on-line at http://www.grizz.org/rides/assr.php Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, or for other questions, contact ASSR Coordinator John Buenfil. Leaders TBA.

SAT NOV 11 1/LTMB/46 Kurt Doelling Memorial Ride - with sandhill cranes
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 847-7651
Leader: Sandy Emerson     (650) 743-0524
Leader: Sherie Reineman     (510) 691-3435
Leader: Jessica Jensen     (510) 508-6389
Meet at 10:00 am   Rain Date: Sun Nov 12
GPC Route: Delta Birding
Start Location: Isleton Main Street

To remember Kurt we decided to enjoy one of his favorite places. It's also intended to allow people who aren't riding to join us.

This is a good flat ride to look at birds - especially along Staten Island Road, Cosumnes River Preserve, and Desmond Road.  Binoculars are recommended.  Instead of crossing the River at Walnut Grove, head for Race Track Road and retrace your steps to Isleton.

Riders of all natural paces are welcome, although we'll most likely be crusing along at a rather leisurely pace.

If you want to join us, RSVP to Phil Morton would be welcome.

SUN NOV 12 1/LTMB/46 Kurt Doelling Memorial Ride - with sandhill cranes [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Nov 11. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN NOV 12 1/LT/~15 Birding the Bay Trail by Bicycle
Leader: Pat Greene     (415) 481-5469
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

Meet at the south end of Bolivar Drive in Aquatic Park in Berkeley near the playground and restrooms. (This is a 10 minute ride from North Berkeley or Downtown Berkeley BART; there is also parking along Bolivar). We'll ride ~15 flat miles, birding a falling tide.  We'll go first around Aquatic Park, then take the multiuser bridge to the Bay Trail, possibly head partway to Emeryville, then north past Pt. Isabel to Meeker Slough.  Helmets required. Bring binoculars and snacks; wear layers. Call or email Pat if you want to borrow binoculars. Rain Cancels. If the weather is questionable, send your e-mail address to Pat (pjgreene@sonic.net) to receive early AM news on the status of the ride. This birding ride is co-listed with Golden Gate Audubon with Cathy Bleier as coleader. 

TUE NOV 14 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start
UPDATE:

Weather permitting, and it appears it will permit (but check your email or grizz.org/rides at 7AM Tuesday for weather updates), we'll start at the firehouse (Colton and Snake at Skyline, Oakland) at 8:30 AM and proceed on Skyline to Grizzly, then Fish Ranch through Wilder to Orinda, SPDR to Castro Ranch and Pinole Valley Rd. After coffee and breakfast burritos at the famed Bear Claw Cafe (don't eat the bear claws) we'll return via Alhambra Valley Rd, cross the new bridge and do the bears back to SPDR, then Pinehurst to the firehouse.

Maybe a bit more than 50 miles with a smidgen of climbing. Pace, at least for leader, may be on the low side of M.

RSVP if coming, silence if not.

The PoE (Peloton of Elders) ride now changes start location and route weekly. M-pace but depending on demand there may also be a TM option. Check the online ride calendar Monday evening for the week's start location, route and rain updates. Despite the name, cyclists of all ages are welcome. Email leader with name, mobile, emergency #, and bike make/color in advance. This speeds up the signin process.

TUE NOV 14 5/M/17 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto     (925) 335-3224
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side

Out and back to the top of Papa Bear.  We'll head out on Wildcat Canyon Road, cross San Pablo Dam and climb Bear Creek Road to the top of Papa Bear.  Please bring lights for this Tuesday evening ride as we may get back after sunset.  Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking.  20% chance of rain on weather.gov cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, Inspiration Point and top of Papa Bear. The ride may continue on Halloween and into November if there's enough interest.  To contact me, please email. 

WED NOV 15 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

WED NOV 15 4/TM/14-22 Weds Midday Berkeley Hills Climb (repeats weekly)
Leader: Doug Smith     (510) 915-5437
Meet at 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
UPDATE:

Weds Hill Rides are temporarily cancelled until 11/22 because Ride Leader is out of town on a family visit. For more info, text or call Doug at 510-915-5437.  Thanks!

A short hilly TM paced ride from North Berkeley BART up side routes past Indian Rock Park, to the Reservoir, Wildcat Canyon to Golf course road, Grizzly Peak  with various optional return routes back to the start

Possible pickup stop on the UC campus at 12:45 pm RSVP ride leader.

THU NOV 16 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

SAT NOV 18 4!/TM/70 Berkeley to Danville Peets
Leader: Jean-Marie Enjuto     (510) 495-5754
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Tilden Park - Island Picnic Area

Lots of miles, lots of hills (some short but sharp), and the biker hang-out at the Danville Peet's for lunch.  Bear Creek, Alhambra Valley, Reliez, Olympic, Danville Blvd and back.  Bring water, snacks, money for coffee and/or lunch, and clothes suitable for the occasion.  Leaders will ride a strong TM pace.  20% chance of rain or better cancels.  

SAT NOV 18 3/T/28 3rd Saturday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Wendy Cosin     (510) 813-7061
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start

Ride out to Pinole, along San Pablo Dam Road and Pinole Valley Road.  Our goal is to get some riders who may cringe at riding the hilly 'bears route'; but who would like to do about 30 miles to maybe get back into riding again. Planned destination is the Bear Claw Cafe, a quaint, old-timey family bakery in downtown Pinole, with a visual historical treat in the alcove next to the building. Faster riders are welcome, too...just save me a Bear Claw! Bring a friend. Optional lunch at Orinda Square (Petra's Greek Cafe, Europa Hof-Brau, Nation's burgers, Subway, Peet's and Starbucks). https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14580950 Check out Social Biker Group on Facebook. Join free.

SUN NOV 19 3/T/25 The Pleasure of Climbing. Part 2: From Rockridge BART to Buttters, Robinson, Skyline and Beyond
Leader: Thomas Ayres     (510) 295-8228
Meet at 8:45 am
Start Location: Rockridge BART
UPDATE:


Tom Ayres is co-leading the ride with Glenn Kirby (510.882.6808)

Description: From Rockrige BART, we will pass by Temescal on our way to Mountain Blvd., Monterey Blvd, and Butters, a short and steep climb on a quiet, shaded residential neighborhood, for later to take Robinson to a short section of Joaquin Miller, and to Skyline. On Skyline, we will go to Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, at 6701 Skyline, for lunch, where we will indulge ourselves with a well deserved rest. On our return, after a few feet on Skyline, we will enjoy the gorgeous descent on Tunnel Rd., but pay attention to the road surface, because certain sections are bad. From Tunnel, we will pass by Temescal, and take Golden Gate to Rockridge BART.

Link to the The Pleasure of Climbing ride schedule: https://indd.adobe.com/view/032d6d41-93dc-4a87-8d47-436478ac0998

Cancellation Policy: The ride will be cancelled if the probability of rain, according to the weather forecast is 30% or higher. In case of doubt please contact the leader(s).

SUN NOV 19 0/Clinic/0 Clinic - how to deal with flats
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Leader: David Lipsky     (510) 451-2737
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start
Start Location: Sports Basement, Berkeley6
Optional pre-registration for members

Getting flats comes with riding. After some years, we have learned a few things about how to deal with them. While I was replacing a tube a few weeks ago, I was surrpised that people were interested in my talking myself through the things we can do to get back on the road. We'll meet in the public space at Sports Basement ... come in the main entrance and go round to the right. It's a short ride from Ashby BART. Head north on Adeline, Left on Russell, Right on Milvia. SB will be on your right, in the building that used to be Iceland. Bring your bike if possible. This is about getting back on the road, rather than patching tubes, but if time allows we can also go into that. Disclaimer: I am not an expert, and if you have things to add that I haven't thought about, you are really welcome to join us. RVSP through pre-registration or by email is appreciated. 

TUE NOV 21 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start

The PoE (Peloton of Elders) ride now changes start location and route weekly. M-pace but depending on demand there may also be a TM option. Check the online ride calendar Monday evening for the week's start location, route and rain updates. Despite the name, cyclists of all ages are welcome. Email leader with name, mobile, emergency #, and bike make/color in advance. This speeds up the signin process.

TUE NOV 21 5/M/17 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto     (925) 335-3224
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side

Out and back to the top of Papa Bear.  We'll head out on Wildcat Canyon Road, cross San Pablo Dam and climb Bear Creek Road to the top of Papa Bear.  Please bring lights for this Tuesday evening ride as we may get back after sunset.  Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking.  20% chance of rain on weather.gov cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, Inspiration Point and top of Papa Bear. The ride may continue on Halloween and into November if there's enough interest.  To contact me, please email. 

WED NOV 22 2/TM/32 Pre-Thanksgiving Bears
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: Tilden Park - Island Picnic Area

Rumor has it that Alhambra Valley will be repaired and open by early November. Let’s celebrate by riding the Bears loop in order to get hungry for all that Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and pie. Meet at Island Rest Area in Tilden Park at 9:30. Wildcat, clockwise around the Bears, and return in time for a late lunch and some afternoon shopping and cooking. Pace violators are welcome to start off with the group and then hammer at will. If Alhambra is not available, we’ll do an out-and-back over the Bears instead.  20% chance of rain cancels. Call leader that morning if in doubt.

WED NOV 22 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

WED NOV 22 4/TM/14-22 Weds Midday Berkeley Hills Climb (repeats weekly)
Leader: Doug Smith     (510) 915-5437
Meet at 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
UPDATE:

Please RSVP by text or call 510-915-5437

Ride time and route depends on weather and other factors.

A short hilly TM paced ride from North Berkeley BART up side routes past Indian Rock Park, to the Reservoir, Wildcat Canyon to Golf course road, Grizzly Peak  with various optional return routes back to the start

Possible pickup stop on the UC campus at 12:45 pm RSVP ride leader.

THU NOV 23 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

THU NOV 23 2/T/41-46 (Web Only) Fairfield-Davis one way
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 847-7651
Meet at 9:23 am
Start Location: Fairfield/Suisun City Amtrak

Thanksgiving is a time to add calories. This ride is a way to subtract a few of them. We'll take a route to Pleasants Valley Road.  Cantelow road is an option with nice views. Take Amtrak to return to the start. See https://www.capitolcorridor.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Weekends_Holidays_5_22_2017.pdf for schedule.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/194682 includes Cantelow or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/3742037 for flatter option. Please contact ride leader to manage schedule, and for maps.

FRI NOV 24 3/TM/60 ?Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Burn – Marin One Bakery – Lucas Valley Rd, Marshall Wall, Pt Reyes Station & Return
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Leader: Jean-Marie Enjuto     (510) 495-5754
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: San Rafael - Miller Creek Community Center

Boycott Black Friday and come spend your money on treats at the Bovine Bakery, a local treasure worth supporting. Lots of miles, challenging hills, and rollers through the best of Marin County. Bring snacks to get you through until our late-ride stop at the Bovine Bakery in Pt Reyes Station. Faster and slower riders comfortable following a cue sheet are welcome, but leaders will ride at a fast TM pace with minimal re-groups (Nicasio, Pt Reyes Station). Optional start in Nicasio shortens the distance to 40 miles. 20% chance of rain or better cancels – call leaders by 9:00 that morning if in doubt.

FRI NOV 24 1!/L/26 Bay Trail to Pt. Richmond
Leader: John Buenfil     (925) 408-2360
Leader: Karen Street     (510) 356-7081
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Nov 26
Start Location: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

This is a mostly flat ride on the Bay Trail with a few ugly hills in Pt. Richmond. After lunch at Little Louie’s, there is an optional tunnel that will cut out a few hills. John leads over those hills, Karen through the tunnel. 

SUN NOV 26 1!/L/26 Bay Trail to Pt. Richmond [Rain Date]
See the listing for Fri Nov 24. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN NOV 26 4/TM/48 Sort-of a North Century Loop to the George Miller Trail
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Leader: Jean-Marie Enjuto     (510) 495-5754
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Tilden Park - Island Picnic Area

Join us on a modified North Century loop. We’ll go out Wildcat and head north on San Pablo Dam Road, but then avoid the refineries by taking Alhambra Valley directly into downtown Martinez for a snack/coffee break before heading up the George Miller Trail and getting back on the traditional route for the climb up McEwen and beyond. Lots of climbing, lots of great views, and (hopefully) lots of good company along the way. Bring snacks, money for coffee or treats in downtown Martinez, water, flat repair tubes and tools, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Faster and slower riders comfortable at following a cue sheet are welcome, but leaders will ride at a fast TM pace. Optional meeting point at the corner of Wildcat and San Pablo Dam Road at 10:15-ish for those coming from Orinda BART. 20% or greater chance of rain cancels; call leaders by 9:00 that morning if in doubt.

TUE NOV 28 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start

The PoE (Peloton of Elders) ride now changes start location and route weekly. M-pace but depending on demand there may also be a TM option. Check the online ride calendar Monday evening for the week's start location, route and rain updates. Despite the name, cyclists of all ages are welcome. Email leader with name, mobile, emergency #, and bike make/color in advance. This speeds up the signin process.

TUE NOV 28 5/M/17 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear (repeats weekly)
Leader: Nick Umemoto     (925) 335-3224
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side

Out and back to the top of Papa Bear.  We'll head out on Wildcat Canyon Road, cross San Pablo Dam and climb Bear Creek Road to the top of Papa Bear.  Please bring lights for this Tuesday evening ride as we may get back after sunset.  Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking.  20% chance of rain on weather.gov cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, Inspiration Point and top of Papa Bear. The ride may continue on Halloween and into November if there's enough interest.  To contact me, please email. 

WED NOV 29 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Meet at 10:00 am

Miles and smiles, hills and thrills, lunches and lattes. Meet at 10:00 am (usually) for this ride. Rain cancels. For details join our email list and check the list archives if you missed the current information. You can also contact Mark Sapiro, (415) 388-8910, if you can't get the information from the list.

WED NOV 29 4/TM/14-22 Weds Midday Berkeley Hills Climb (repeats weekly)
Leader: Doug Smith     (510) 915-5437
Meet at 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A short hilly TM paced ride from North Berkeley BART up side routes past Indian Rock Park, to the Reservoir, Wildcat Canyon to Golf course road, Grizzly Peak  with various optional return routes back to the start

Possible pickup stop on the UC campus at 12:45 pm RSVP ride leader.

THU NOV 30 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.