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.  All the road closures that affected our routes as a result of the 2017 storms have been reopened. 

 June 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, tablets, and other mobile devices.

SAT JUN 2 LTMB/18.7 Individual Time Trial (repeats monthly)
Leader: William Schultz     (925) 876-4950
Meet at 9:40 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Wildcat & SPDR

First rider is off at 10:01 and a rider a minute after that. Rain cancels. The ITT is the only GPC ride where you have to be a member of the Club (insurance reasons), but you can join or renew right there at the start for $15/year. Pre-registration is appreciated.

SUN JUN 3 1/LT/28 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 JUN 5 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
UPDATE:

This week's TTT (Tasty Tuesday Temptation) for PoE on this wonderful almost-summer weather is something a bit different that goes to Pinole with a stop at Peet's in Pinole. Starts at the firehouse (Oakland #6, Skyline at Colton and Snake).

For those who can't be bothered to read the map, we'll do this: Skyline, Redwood, Pinehurst, Canyon, SPDR, Valley View, Appian, San Pablo, Pinole Valley, Castro Ranch, SPDR, Wildcat, Golf Course, Grizzly, Skyline. 52 miles, 3,900 feet (several obvious connecting roads omitted for brevity).

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27702951

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 JUN 5 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Friendly but hilly workout & skills ride. We have two pace groups — M and B — each usually with its own leader (Mark and Matt). Either group will give you a sustained hard workout and will help develop your skills in climbing, descending, drafting, pacelining, positioning, and sprinting. Please read ride details and route description at http://www.abriz.net/gpc/tues-ride.html. RAIN CANCELS.

WED JUN 6 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 JUN 7 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 JUN 7 4!/TM/26 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Meet at 5:50 pm for a 6:00 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A fast, friendly ride with re-groups for strong TM riders. We’ll ride up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, with the option of “shooting the moon” at the Chabot Observatory, before bombing Shepherd Canyon, then back through Temscal to NB Bart. Please note the time change to meet at 5:50 and roll out at 6:00.

SAT JUN 9 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. 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.

TUE JUN 12 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
UPDATE:

Medical issue limits leader's energy. Today's PoE will be a short (45 mile) not too hilly (2,500 feet) ride with plenty of options to extend it for interested parties.

Depart Moraga Way and Moraga Road intersection at 09:00 (option to start at the firehouse at 08:30) and take SPDR, Castro Ranch to Alhambra Valley Rd. Go to Bear Creek Rd, turn around and go to Pinole (Peet's or Bear Claw), return on Castro Ranch and SPDR (option to go back and over the Bears instead).

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 JUN 12 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Friendly but hilly workout & skills ride. We have two pace groups — M and B — each usually with its own leader (Mark and Matt). Either group will give you a sustained hard workout and will help develop your skills in climbing, descending, drafting, pacelining, positioning, and sprinting. Please read ride details and route description at http://www.abriz.net/gpc/tues-ride.html. RAIN CANCELS.

WED JUN 13 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.

WED JUN 13 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 JUN 14 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 JUN 14 4!/TM/26 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Meet at 5:50 pm for a 6:00 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A fast, friendly ride with re-groups for strong TM riders. We’ll ride up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, with the option of “shooting the moon” at the Chabot Observatory, before bombing Shepherd Canyon, then back through Temscal to NB Bart. Please note the time change to meet at 5:50 and roll out at 6:00.

SAT JUN 16 2/T/28 3rd Saturday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Gary Hsueh     (510) 334-1976
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 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.

SAT JUN 16 4/TM/56 (Web Only) Corralitos Loop
Leader: Jessica Jensen     (510) 508-6389
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Anna Jean Cummings Park, Soquel

Start at Anna Jean Cummings park in Soquel at 461 Soquel San Jose Road. There's free parking all day, and it's situated in such a way where the climbing comes mid-day (you get to end with a big descent, yay!).

This is the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23130677 (roughly 56 miles with ~4000 feet of climbing) 

Join us for this fun, somewhat challenging loop.  We'll stop for sausages at the Corralitos Market, and then a final "lunch" stop at the Summit market before our final descent.  

SUN JUN 17 2/TM/48 Castro Valley BART to Sunol
Leader: Steve Tracy     (510) 881-6042
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
GPC Route: Castro Valley to Sunol
Start Location: Castro Valley BART

Roll at 900 from steps in front of Castro Valley BART - Traverse the Dublin Grade to Foothill and Calaveras and then on to Sunol - Ohlone Regional Wilderness Park for a nice picnic lunch at the visitor's center. Snacks, restrooms and fresh spring water are available at the center. Elevation gain is just over 2000 feet. Lots of beautiful scenery on this route.
At mile 30.7, we will turn left and go .2 mile back into Sunol to the mini-market, then decide if we should return via route or instead (or split up and do both) loop back via Niles Canyon and Palomares road to add scenery and climbing (same distance) to return to start.

TUE JUN 19 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start
UPDATE:

PoE will again take a relatively flat route, this time from the Olympic staging area (end of Olympic Blvd or the lot just below that) to Sunol and back via the usual route through Danville. Brief stop in Sunol, longer stop at Peet's in Danville on the return. 52 miles, 2,000 feet. 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27833754

I may be slow as I overdid it Sunday.

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 JUN 19 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Friendly but hilly workout & skills ride. We have two pace groups — M and B — each usually with its own leader (Mark and Matt). Either group will give you a sustained hard workout and will help develop your skills in climbing, descending, drafting, pacelining, positioning, and sprinting. Please read ride details and route description at http://www.abriz.net/gpc/tues-ride.html. RAIN CANCELS.

WED JUN 20 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 JUN 21 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 JUN 21 4!/TM/26 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Meet at 5:50 pm for a 6:00 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A fast, friendly ride with re-groups for strong TM riders. We’ll ride up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, with the option of “shooting the moon” at the Chabot Observatory, before bombing Shepherd Canyon, then back through Temscal to NB Bart. Please note the time change to meet at 5:50 and roll out at 6:00.

FRI JUN 22 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. This is a no drop ride.

SAT JUN 23 4/TM/52 Nicasio to Drake's Beach
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 423-1873
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Nicasio

A favorite ride – long but not-too-steep hills (well, at least two steep hills, out of Inverness and one out of the parking lot at the beach), lots of wildlife, a pristine ocean, picnic tables and facilities at lunch, and then a great bakery on the return home. We’ll meet in Nicasio and then head out through Olema and Sir Francis Drake through the Pt Reyes National Seashore to Drakes Beach. Bring lunch (or buy at the deli in Inverness Park along the way), snacks, water, and clothing appropriate for the weather (it is generally windy, and oftentimes downright cold out there).  If yes, then a 30% or greater chance of rain will cancel.

SUN JUN 24 4/TM/65 (Web Only) Sonomarin Borderlands
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Helen Putnam Park, Petaluma

This was incorrectly listed on June 24. The actual ride will be on June 30.

Based on the ride with the same name from 75 Classic Rides of Northern California/ Oetinger the start has been reoriented to minimize the driving from the bay area.

Bring plenty of water and some snacks to get you through the first part of the ride.  We break in Freestone at Wild Flour Bread at mile 28 and again in Tomales at Mile 40.  Also note, there are two well known and pretty tough hills after mile 50 (Marshall Wall and Wilson Hill). This makes the ride perhaps a bit tougher than advertised. Pavement quality is mixed with one long decent on rough pavement. Route sheet: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7005649

SUN JUN 24 2!/L/26 Contra Costa & Ygnacio Canals Trails
Leader: John Buenfil     (925) 408-2360
Leader: Karen Street     (510) 356-7081
Leader: Maria Teresa Garcia De La Noceda     (510) 725-8405
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART

We’ll ride a loop mostly on paved multi-use trails through Pleasant Hill, Concord and Walnut Creek, with one short hard packed dirt section. Bring lunch or money to buy. Co-listed with Sierra Club.

TUE JUN 26 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 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 JUN 26 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Friendly but hilly workout & skills ride. We have two pace groups — M and B — each usually with its own leader (Mark and Matt). Either group will give you a sustained hard workout and will help develop your skills in climbing, descending, drafting, pacelining, positioning, and sprinting. Please read ride details and route description at http://www.abriz.net/gpc/tues-ride.html. RAIN CANCELS.

WED JUN 27 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 JUN 28 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 JUN 28 4!/TM/26 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Meet at 5:50 pm for a 6:00 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A fast, friendly ride with re-groups for strong TM riders. We’ll ride up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, with the option of “shooting the moon” at the Chabot Observatory, before bombing Shepherd Canyon, then back through Temscal to NB Bart. Please note the time change to meet at 5:50 and roll out at 6:00.

SAT JUN 30 4/TM/65 (Web Only) Sonomarin Borderlands
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Drew Detsch     (510) 549-9332
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Helen Putnam Park, Petaluma

Based on the ride with the same name from 75 Classic Rides of Northern California/ Oetinger the start has been reoriented to minimize the driving from the bay area.

Bring plenty of water and some snacks to get you through the first part of the ride.  We break in Freestone at Wild Flour Bread at mile 28 and again in Tomales at Mile 40.  Also note, there are two well known and pretty tough hills after mile 50 (Marshall Wall and Wilson Hill). This makes the ride perhaps a bit tougher than advertised. Pavement quality is mixed with one long decent on rough pavement. Route sheet: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7005649