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Alex's Second Saturday Ride

Our Second Saturday all-club ride happens monthly, except in May. For details see the ASSR page.  All the road closures that affected our routes as a result of the 2017 storms have been reopened. 

Shorter Easier Rides

If 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.

 Ride Schedule for December 2018

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 and other mobile devices.

SUN DEC 2 5!/TM/30 Short Steep Sunday Ride [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sun Nov 25. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN DEC 2 3!/T?59 Return to Berkeley from Fremont
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Jessica Jensen     (510) 508-6389
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Dec 16
Start Location: Fremont BART

Smoke is gone, but Calaveras is not yet open. Wah!  Let's start at Fremont BART and ride Palomares and Dublin Grade toward Danville for lunch. Continue through Lafayete and Moraga to climb Pinehurst before droppping down Tunnel to Berkeley. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28976286

SUN DEC 2 1/T/28 miles total First Sunday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Gary Hsueh     (510) 334-1976
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
GPC Route: Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza
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 Blackhawk 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 DEC 4 5/M/18 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
UPDATE:

As of Monday 12/3, There's an 80% chance of rain Tuesday evening.  Ride postponed to Thursday 12/6, same place and time.

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 ride and prepare for cold weather. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov (5-8PM) cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, San Pablo Dam Rd (east side) and top of Papa Bear.  To contact me, please email.  Repeats weekly until December 18.  Then we'll take a two week Tuesday evening break for Christmas Day and New Years Day.  Then hopefully the ride will resume Tuesdays ride in the New Year.  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED DEC 5 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
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.

THU DEC 6 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 DEC 8 4/LT/23, 4/T/50, 4/TM/34, 4/TM/65, 4/M/77-87 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 NW corner of parking lot

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: Largo, Adagio, Andante, Allegretto, and Presto. 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.

SUN DEC 9 3/TM/37 Around & Over & Back By Lunch
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (415) 935-3113
Meet at 8:30 am for a 8:35 am start
GPC Route: Around Richmond Hills & Over Oakland Hills
Start Location: El Cerrito Plaza BART

Join us for a solidly TM-paced ride around and over the East Bay hills. We'll have quick regroups as needed; water and bathrooms are available at Mile 18, Orinda Oaks Park. Bring all the snacks you'll need. We recommend you wear layers for cooler weather.

We'll aim to be back at El Cerrito Plaza BART by 12, 12:30pm so we can get on with the rest of our Sunday!

TUE DEC 11 5/M/18 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 ride and prepare for cold weather. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov (5-8PM) cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, San Pablo Dam Rd (east side) and top of Papa Bear.  To contact me, please email.  Repeats weekly until December 18.  Then we'll take a two week Tuesday evening break for Christmas Day and New Years Day.  Then hopefully the ride will resume Tuesdays ride in the New Year.  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED DEC 12 5/TM/49 (Web Only) Deb's Diversions - North Berkeley BART to Golf Course
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 9:15 am for a 9:25 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

We'll meet at North Berkeley BART at 9:15, and ride up Spruce to Grizzly Peak Boulevard where we'll regroup between 10:00 and 10:10 to let folks who drive to Island sign in.
There will be a further regroup at about 11 at Sibley. Then it's Skyline to Redwood Road to Redwood Canyon (formerly Willow Creek) golf course for lunch. Return via Pinehurst and Tunnel Road.

If someone who is starting at Spruce and Grizzly Peak Bring can bring a signup sheet that will keep the time there to a minimum. Please contact me directly.

To same time at the sign in, I have made this a separate ride, and you can pre-register onine.


Phil (510-847-7651)

WED DEC 12 Regular Club Meeting and Potluck Dinner (repeats monthly)
Meet at 6:30 pm

Join us for a delicious potluck dinner, a program presentation, and the club's monthly business meeting. This month's details are in your Wheel Truth newsletter.

THU DEC 13 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 DEC 15 2/TM/53-58 Healdsburg Harvest -- The Birthday Ride
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 423-1873
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Healdsburg - W. Matheson St and Vine St

This is my favorite ride of the year when Deb and the Wednesday Group head up to Healdsburg to take in the fall colors.  This year was particularly fun -- great group, good roads, nice colors -- so fun, in fact, that I decided to ride it on my birthday.  And since the mileage is close to what will be my new age, we may even throw in a few extra miles at the end to hit the magic number.  The "reverse" route seemed to work well, putting the bulk of the mileage before lunch.  So we will begin with Westside Rd and then head over to Windsor and onto Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley to Jimtown. We will return through Geyersville, Canyon Rd, and finish up on West Dry Creek Rd with its spectacular colors. Lunch will be at Jimtown store at 31 miles so you may want to bring a snack to tide you over, and you can even call in your order that morning or the day before so that it is ready when you get there. The ride has a few hills but no major climbs. It is about 53 miles, but one can skip the afternoon loop and go straight back from Jimtown to Healdsburg for a total distance of about 37 miles. Take the Central Healdsburg exit off 101 North. This becomes Healdsburg Ave. Go a couple of blocks to Matheson and turn left. The lot is on the right about another block down, and should be available because the Farmer's Market ends in November.  But if the lot is full, there is parking just past it on Grove and on various side streets.  Look for the leader -- wearing GPC gear, of course!  Bring some warm layers -- December mornings in the wine country can be cold. There are bathrooms near the bridge to the shops.  20% or greater threat of rain will postpone to another time -- it's too far a drive to risk riding in the rain. Call the leader by 8:15 that morning if in doubt.

SAT DEC 15 3/T/28 3rd Saturday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Jim Clara     (510) 527-6099
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
GPC Route: Orinda to Bear Claw Cafe
Start Location: Orinda BART NW corner of parking lot

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 DEC 16 3!/T?59 Return to Berkeley from Fremont [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sun Dec 2. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN DEC 16 1!/T/30-ish Bay Trail to Point Molate
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Meet at 9:01 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Enjoy the bicycle over crossing over the freeway before taking the Bay Trail to Point RIchmond an on to Point Molate. Rumor has it that there's a new place to eat out there. Return via Miller-Knox Park and the trail that avoids the climb by Brickyard Cove.

TUE DEC 18 5/M/18 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 ride and prepare for cold weather. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov (5-8PM) cancels ride. Regroup at Inspiration Point, San Pablo Dam Rd (east side) and top of Papa Bear.  To contact me, please email.  Repeats weekly until December 18.  Then we'll take a two week Tuesday evening break for Christmas Day and New Years Day.  Then hopefully the ride will resume Tuesdays ride in the New Year.  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED DEC 19 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
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.

THU DEC 20 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.

SUN DEC 23 1/L/26 San Leandro Marina and Bay Farm Island
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 Dec 30
Start Location: Fruitvale BART

Along Martin Luther King Jr Regional Shoreline, out and back to San Leandro Marina, then a loop around Bay Farm Island. Most of the ride is next to water, mostly on paved trails. 

SUN DEC 23 4!/TM/58 Martinez Farmer's Market/McEwen Loop
Leader: David Cone     (510) 684-3874
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:10 am start   Rain Date: Sun Dec 30
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side
Optional pre-registration for members

Out to the Martinez Farmers' Market (via SPDR, Pig Farm) for a healthy snack. Carquinez Scenic to McEwen, Franklin Canyon, back over Pig Farm to the Bears and home. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28976098

MON DEC 24 1/T/28 Not working on Dec 24? Ride out to Point Richmond
Meet at 10:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Head west to use the overcrossing to get to the Bay Trail. Head out to Point Richmond for lunch, Return via Miller Knox Park, and skipp the climb up Brickyard Cove.

WED DEC 26 2/L/35 to 5!/T/60 Deb's Diversions (repeats weekly)
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
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.

THU DEC 27 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 DEC 29 1/T/46 BART to Montezuma Hills. Return from Fairfield
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:15 am
Start Location: Antioch BART

BART leaves Rockridge at 9:19. 

A chance to try the new BART extension, and get some first hand experience on the Antioch Bridge and the Delta, After Rio Vista we will ride through the windswept Montezuma Hills before hitting Hwy 12 at Shiloh Road, This takes us on into Fairfield where we will take Amtrak back to Berkeley.  Please bring cash and  a valid photo ID for the train. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28968728. 20% change rain cancels.

SUN DEC 30 1/L/26 San Leandro Marina and Bay Farm Island [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sun Dec 23. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN DEC 30 4!/TM/58 Martinez Farmer's Market/McEwen Loop [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sun Dec 23. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
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