Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Century Prep starts on March 5

Get yourself ready to tackle the Grizzly Peak Century. The Century Prep series start with a couple of warm-up rides, followed by 7 rides of increasing difficulty.

Alex's Second Saturday Ride

Our Second Saturday all-club ride happens monthly, except in May. For details see the ASSR page and the Schedule below.   Alhambra Valley Road is closed for an indefinite time. We have found alternative routes. Thanks Mark Abrahams. The extra miles on the Andante, Adagio, and Allegretto route are an option to explore Alhambra Valley Road without any cars.

Larghetto Bear Claw Cafe in Pinole

Andante 45/51 mile route to Crockett and back

Adagio 50/56 mile route to Martinez and back

Allegretto 59/65 mile route to Lake Herman Road, Benicia, Martinez

Presto 85 mile route to Rockville

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.

Individual Time Trial

Alhambra Valley Road is closed for an unknown period of time. Until it reopens the Time Trial Course is not available. There may be a Hill Climb in May or June. Watch this space for updates.

(The following was the normal state of things till Alhambra Valley Road failed) Repeating on the first Saturday of the month, except in the depths of winter, ride a fixed course — the hilly 18.7 mile loop known as The Bears — against the clock. To confirm, check the Ride Schedule or contact the Time Trial Czar

 March 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 MAR 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.

THU MAR 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 MAR 4 3/M/50-100 Web Only Beat the Rain
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 8:00 am for a 8:05 am start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side
UPDATE:

Friday, 9:30pm — Latest NWS forecast for Saturday is PoPs about 25% through 3pm; 80% for 4pm and on.  If that holds (we'll see), we'll aim to be done by about 2:30pm, which should allow for 70 miles or so. Please bring on-bike food so that we can keep our stops fairly quick.

Saturday was originally forecast to be dry. But as of Thursday, NWS says that rain will develop sometime during the day. We will start early (08:00) to take advantage of the remaining dry window. We will ride east. Length and route t.b.d. -- ideally I would say 100 miles, but actual route t.b.d. on Saturday to take the forecast into account. For example, if rain looks to start around 2pm, we'll aim to be back by then. Option to meet at the foot of Wildcat Canyon Rd @ SPDR. Be there by 08:25. RSVP's appreciated (especially if you plan to find us en route) but not required. Check back for status updates. Rain starting before 10am will cancel.

SAT MAR 4 3/TM/58 Livermore, Patterson Pass and some Cinderella to Boot
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Livermore - Nob Hill Shopping Center

Climb up and zoom down the backside of Patterson Pass, then cross the highway and take on Flynn Road (the Cinderella "Challenge" loop) before rejoining the standard Cinderella Century circuit out Manning and Highland before returning on Collier Canyon. Given the extra mileage and elevation, our mid-ride break will be for a quick lunch at the shopping center on Vasco, where several different food options are available. Bring water, snacks, lunch or $$ to purchase, and clothing suitable for the weather. Meet at the Nob Hill Shopping Center (click on the start location listed above for directions). 30% or greater chance of rain cancels.

SAT MAR 4 1/TM/30 Bay Trail / Middle Harbour Park / Treasure Island
Leader: Arleen Sakamoto  
Leader: Kenneth Karda   (510) 530-8389
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Berkeley - Bolivar & Bancroft

We will ride to Middle Harbour Park, then to San Francisco's Yerba Buena & Treasure Islands. Bring lunch/snack (or buy) on Treasure Island. Ride co-leaders: Arleen sakamo2@yahoo.com and Ken (510) 530-8389 (home).

SUN MAR 5 2/L/26 SPDR and Wildcat - Century Prep Warm Up Ride #1
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (661) 343-5737
Leader: Madeleine Loh     (510) 863-0315
Leader: Frank Castro     (510) 209-1163
Leader: Ginny Paton     (510) 428-1905
Leader: Andres Marin     (510) 944-2799
Meet at 10:00 am
GPC Route: SPDR and Wildcat
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
UPDATE:

The ride is canceled. PoP is 30+ %.

Wipe off the winter dust and join us for the first of two Warm Up Rides that will help get you ready for the Century Prep Ride Series. Ride to San Pablo Dam Rd and climb Wildcat Canyon to Spruce; then return to BART. Optional post ride stop @ Peet's before returning to NB BART. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader.

SUN MAR 5 1/T/28 First Sunday Ride
Leader: Dan Tonelli     (510) 409-5145
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART
UPDATE:


Rain, wet roads and debris all add up to unsafe riding conditions.  Today's ride is CANCELED.

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 MAR 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
Optional pre-registration for members
UPDATE:

Note that you can preregister for this ride. Just click on the "Optional pre-registration for members" link above. If you do this, you don't have to email me with your info. Thank you, mark Nienberg, it's a nice enhancement.

Usual time, usual place, one of the usual routes to Castro Valley, Dublin, Danville Peet's for a refresher, then back. 57 miles, 3,500 feet. 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17451206

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 MAR 7 4/M/24 RAD — Ride After Dark
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 6:00 pm for a 6:05 pm start   Rain Date: Thu Mar 9
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Develop your night time group riding skills. Route is Grizzly and Skyline as far as Roberts; regroup and reverse route. We will ride in full dark, so bring descent-worthy front and rear lights which you have set to solid — not blinking. Reflective gear is encouraged — anklebands, etc. Contact me in advance if you have questions about night riding. Inclement weather (rain; significant threat; or starting temps below 45 degrees) postpones. More ride info is at http://www.abriz.net/gpc/rad.html including current raindate status. Please read that page in full before your first RAD ride.

WED MAR 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 MAR 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

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 MAR 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 MAR 9 4/M/24 RAD — Ride After Dark [Rain Date]
See the listing for Tue Mar 7. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
THU MAR 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 MAR 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 - Bolivar & Bancroft

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 an option to bypass the tunnel.

SAT MAR 11 3/LT/28, 3/T/50, 3/TM/45, 3/TM/59, 3/M/85 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

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.  Alhambra Valley Road is closed between Castro Ranch Road and Bear Creek Road. ASSR is offering alternative routes.

  • LT (Larghetto) 28 miles to Bear Claw Cafe in Pinole.
  • T (Adagio) 50 mile route to Martinez.
  • TM (Andante) 45 mile route to Crockett.
  • TM (Allegretto) 59 mile route to Lake Herman Road, Benicia, Martinez.
  • M (Presto) 85 mile route to Rockville.

None of the routes are flat, but they are not as hilly as the traditional routes. 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 MAR 12 3/0/25 Tunnel Rd and Pinehurst - Century Prep Warm Up Ride #2
Leader: Jeffrey R. Kurtock     (510) 326-2953
Leader: Madeleine Loh     (510) 863-0315
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Leader: Janet M. Monks     (510) 534-7621
Leader: Ginny Paton     (510) 428-1905
Meet at 10:00 am
GPC Route: Tunnel Road and Pinehurst from Rockridge BART
Start Location: Rockridge BART

Climb Tunnel Rd to Skyline, continue to Redwood, then climb back to Skyline via Pinehurst, which is the first big challenge of the Grizzly Peak Century! Descend Shepherd Canyon back to Montclair Village.

SUN MAR 12 1/T/17 March Full Moon Ride
Leader: Maria Teresa Garcia De La Noceda     (510) 725-8405
Leader: Steve Mendelson     (510) 506-3162
Leader: Arthur Bloch     (510) 501-5864
Meet at 6:15 pm for a 6:30 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Addison and Bolivar

Join us on our March Full Moon Ride along the coast of the Berkeley, and Richmond Marinas. According to ancient beliefs “the highest energy occurs at the Full Moon, and this is the most powerful time for magical workings”; we would like to use this energy, as we ride our bicycles along the coast, as a tool to materialize our most secret desires. A fresh, savory meal will be awaiting for us at Luca Cucina Italiana, 2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, 510.649.9718, where we will immerse ourselves in a rich tapestry of aromas, and flavors; with a glass of red wine, will have an oblation for Selene, the Moon Goddess to show her our gratitude, and a toast for all the Full Moon Lovers; with this in mind some of the riders may bring wine to share. Please, let us know if you will be dining with us, thus we can let the restaurant know. Bring the bike that it is going to make you feel more at ease. Dress warm, wear bright colors, and bring good lights … We will meet at Aquatic Park, in Berkeley, at the feet of the pedestrian bridge, intersection of Bolvar Dr. and Addison St. We will ride as a Group.. If the weather is dubious please check the listing for a weather update the night before or call the leaders. We are looking forward to seeing you!

TUE MAR 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:

Today PoE WILL NOT START AT FIREHOUSE. We will gather at 8:50 AM at the Community Center, Heather Farms in Walnut Creek, leave at 9:00 AM to attempt to ride Morgan Territory past the washout, which appears to be close to Marsh Creek Road. The route map shows us taking trails to bypass the washout because RideWithGPS won't route us through the washout but we should be able to get through. Map shows 58 miles and 6,000 feet. 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19546791

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 MAR 14 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.  Sunset is still somewhat early in March, so BRING LIGHTS if you plan to do the 32 mile version.

WED MAR 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 MAR 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

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 MAR 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.

THU MAR 16 4/TM.M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A friendly ride with regroups, for strong TM riders and relaxed/casual M riders. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights for the return trip. Ride description updates coming in April!

SAT MAR 18 2/T/28 Orinda BART to Pinole Bear Claw Bakery
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Rebecca Freed     (510) 541-6014
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
GPC Route: Orinda to Bear Claw Cafe
Start Location: Orinda BART

Ride repeats on the Third Saturday of each month.

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 MAR 18 2/TM/48 Castro Valley to Sunol loop
Leader: Steve Tracy     (510) 881-6042
Meet at 10:00 am   Rain Date: Sun Mar 19
GPC Route: Castro Valley to Sunol
Start Location: Castro Valley BART

Options from 36 to 50 miles. Elevation gain is just over 2000 feet. From Castro Valley BART - Traverse the Dublin Grade to Foothill and temporary end of Calaveras. Optional 4 mile and out and back to parking lot of Sunol Regional Park. Lunch is NOT following route 147 cue sheet, but will be in Sunol at Railroad Cafe (mile 31) with picnic optional. Optional return via Niles Canyon and Palomares depending on interest of riders will add a few miles and maybe 900 feet up. Leaderless bailout option at Dublin BART could give 36 miles. Lots of beautiful scenery on this route. Print your own cue sheet from route 147.

SUN MAR 19 2/TM/48 Castro Valley to Sunol loop [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Mar 18. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN MAR 19 1/L/15-20 Bike and Bird the San Leandro Shoreline
Leader: Pat Greene     (415) 481-5469
Leader: Annie Armstrong     (415) 410-5022
Meet at 8:55 am

Meet at the San Leandro BART Station outside the pay area on the west side of the station. Leaders plan to be on trains scheduled to arrive at 8:50 and 8:56. If you drive to the start, be at the station ready to roll by 8:55. We will ride up to 20 flat miles of paved or packed dirt trails and city streets. Bring Binoculars and wear layers to stay warm on this leisurely paced ride. Bring snacks, lunch and water; we won't pass places to buy. We will cycle urban streets to the Bay Trail and then proceed to bike and bird the shoreline down to Winton Ave, stopping to view wintering ducks and shorebirds, as well as raptors and passerines. The Bay Trail south of Grant Ave is unpaved. If you are uncomfortable on hard-packed dirt, join us as far as Grant Ave (where you can retrace on your own to San Leandro BART. This birding ride is co-listed with Golden Gate Audubon. Helmets required. If you do not have binoculars, contact the leaders. Rain Cancels (e-mail Pat for updates if the weather is questionable).

SUN MAR 19 4!/T/21 Century Prep Ride #1 - Papa Bear, Happy Valley
Leader: Frank Castro     (510) 209-1163
Leader: Jeffrey R. Kurtock     (510) 653-1771
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Andres Marin     (510) 944-2799
Leader: Gary Hsueh     (510) 334-1976
Meet at 9:00 am

Alhambra Valley Road is closed. This year ride north from Orinda BART on Camino Pablo. Turn right on Bear Creek Road, After Papa Bear take Happy Valley Road to Lafayette. Continue on the Lafayette/Moraga Regional Trail to Moraga. Return to Orinda on Moraga Way. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18872791.  Finish with optional lunch in Orinda- bring your own or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader.

SUN MAR 19 1/L/27 Dublin Loop
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 Mar 26
Start Location: Dublin-Pleasanton BART South (Pleasanton) Side

We will ride paved trails and mostly back streets from Dublin to Alamo and back Helmets required. Rain cancels.

TUE MAR 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
UPDATE:

Morning update: PoE is cancelled due to early rain, wet conditions. Some of us may start later, perhaps noon, same location (firehouse at Colton and Skyline, Oakland). If interested, email leader before 10AM.

Route to be determined at 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 MAR 21 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.  Sunset is still somewhat early in March, so BRING LIGHTS if you plan to do the 32 mile version.

WED MAR 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 MAR 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

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 MAR 23 4/M/50 Web Only Thursday ad hoc PoE
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start
Start Location: Oakland Firehouse at Colton and Snake

PoE rained out on Tuesday so we'll do the usual firehouse-Skyline-Redwood-CV-Crow-Norris-Danville Peet's-LM trail-Pinehurst ride. Please notify leader in advance so I can have you on the signup sheet.

THU MAR 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 MAR 23 4/TM.M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A friendly ride with regroups, for strong TM riders and relaxed/casual M riders. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights for the return trip. Ride description updates coming in April!

SAT MAR 25 3!/M/120 (or 100) Del Puerto Canyon Loop from Pleasanton
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 7:30 am   Rain Date: Sun Mar 26
Start Location: Pleasanton - Neal & Railroad Ave
Optional pre-registration for members
UPDATE:

Pre-Registration (a new feature) has been enabled for this ride.  If you're coming, please give this feature a try, and pre-register using the link above.  We'll see how it goes.

This is the classic GPC Del Puerto loop from Pleasanton. A fabulous variety of terrain for riding, sightseeing, climbing (including one 1.5 mile steep pitch, hence the "!" in the listing), descending, pacelining (optional), and a bit of craft beer drinking too (also optional).

In 120 miles we'll traverse the Livermore Valley; ride out to the Central Valley; skirt around Tracy and Patterson; climb Del Puerto Canyon to San Antonio Junction; climb away from the Junction and zoom down Mines Road; and finally re-traverse the Livermore Valley back to Pleasanton. (Side note for those who have ridden that "other" bike club's route recently: We follow a classic, different, and IMHO better route through both valleys — including the historic Hwy 33 through Vernalis and Westley.) The route includes 3 rest stops. It has no shortcuts or bailouts. A shorter (100 mile) option is available, starting in Livermore, but for this you must RSVP to the ride leader. RSVP's are appreciated, in any case, for map count.

Be ready to ride at 7:35am — please arrive long enough in advance to get ready. Prompt 7:40am departure. Location: Pleasanton at Railroad Ave just north of W. Neal (between First and Main Sts). Nice public restrooms are nearby, one block south. Be prepared for chilly morning weather. Bring lights in case of a later than planned return. Sunset is earlier than you expect.

NWS PoPs 20% or more will likely postpone to Sunday. If weather is doubtful, contact ride leader by 9:00pm the night before or check the online listings for an update — don't assume anything.

SAT MAR 25 3!/TM/102 Del Puerto Canyon Loop (TM) from Livermore
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 501-5226
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 847-7651
Meet at 8:00 am for a 8:15 am start
Start Location: Livermore - Civic Center
Optional pre-registration for members
UPDATE:

Pre-Registration (a new feature) has been enabled for this ride.  If you're coming, you can try this feature, and save time at the sign in, plus your phone numbers will be legible. 

This is the classic GPC Del Puerto loop from Livermore. 

Ride out to the Central Valley; skirt around Tracy and Patterson; climb Del Puerto Canyon to The Junction. Take Mines Road back to Livermore. The highest paved road in Alameda County is Mines Road at the county line. It's mostly downhill from there to back to Livermore. We will cross paths with the faster riders early in the ride. (See ride listing above.)

The route includes 3 rest stops. It has no shortcuts or bailouts.  RSVP's are appreciated, in any case, for map count. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19048811

Sunset is 7:25 p.m., but lights are never a bad idea.

NWS PoPs 20% or more will cancel.

SUN MAR 26 1/L/27 Dublin Loop [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sun Mar 19. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN MAR 26 3!/M/120 (or 100) Del Puerto Canyon Loop from Pleasanton [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Mar 25. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN MAR 26 3/0/30 Century Prep Ride #2 - Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak Loop
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Frank Castro     (510) 209-1163
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Leader: Bill Hofmann     (510) 387-0952
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (661) 343-5737
Meet at 9:00 am
GPC Route: Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak Loop
Start Location: Orinda BART

From Orinda BART ride Pinehurst, Skyline then Grizzly Peak, following the route of the GPC century. Then drop down Wildcat and return to Orinda BART.

SUN MAR 26 4/TM/72 Two Bridges from Berkeley
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Jessica Jensen     (510) 508-6389
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Come out and help celebrate Jim's 72nd birthday. From North Berkeley BART, ride via Spruce and Wildcat, then head to Pinole, Hercules, Crockett, the Zampa Bridge, Vallejo, Lake Herman, past the ghost fleet in Benicia, cross the bridge into Martinez and head back through Pig Farm, the Bears(optional), and Wildcat! 

TUE MAR 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 MAR 28 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.  Sunset is still somewhat early in March, so BRING LIGHTS if you plan to do the 32 mile version.

WED MAR 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 MAR 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 MAR 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.

THU MAR 30 4/TM.M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

A friendly ride with regroups, for strong TM riders and relaxed/casual M riders. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights for the return trip. Ride description updates coming in April!