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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 October 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.

TUE OCT 2 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:

Ride is on.  There's a slight chance of rain this evening and possibly wet/slippery roads (1st rain of season).   See you at 5:30PM tonight. 

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. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov [http://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. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED OCT 3 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 OCT 4 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 OCT 4 4!/TM/22 Thursday Evening Ride
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 5:20 pm for a 5:30 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 to Shepherd Canyon for a fast descent down to Mountain Blvd, then back through Temescal to NB Bart. Bring front and rear lights as the sunset will be at 6:47.

SAT OCT 6 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 OCT 7 5/TM/42 Grizzlies Backyard
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Starting at North Berkeley BART this route includes several of our favorite climbs: Spruce, Papa Bear, Happy Valley, Pinehurst. It finishes by rolling over Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28649768

SUN OCT 7 1/T/28 miles total First Sunday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Jeffrey R. Kurtock     (510) 326-2953
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 OCT 9 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. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov [http://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. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED OCT 10 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 OCT 10 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 OCT 11 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 OCT 11 4!/TM/22 Thursday Evening Ride
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 5:20 pm for a 5:30 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 to Shepherd Canyon for a fast descent down to Mountain Blvd, then back through Temescal to NB Bart. Bring front and rear lights as the sunset will be at 6:37.

FRI OCT 12 4/TM/about 50-60 (Web Only) Mt. Diablo from Heather Farm in Walnut Creek
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: Walnut Creek - Heather Farm

Meet at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek at 9;30 for a ride up Mt. Diablo. Heather Farm Park (free parking) is off Ignacio Valley in Walnut Creek and close to Pleasant Hill Bart. Ride will leave soon after 9:30, so be prompt. RSVP to ride leader appreciated. Exact route to be determined by the group; I will vote for up South Gate, down North. Optional ride to summit. 

SAT OCT 13 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 OCT 14 5!/TM/28 Backyard Bullies
Leader: David Cone     (510) 684-3874
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:10 am start
Start Location: Domingo Peet's

A short but challenging workout over nearby "bully" climbs: Get out of the saddle, get your heart rate up, get home in time for lunch. Centennial, Papa Bear, Happy Valley and Toyonal/Lomas Cantadas to the steam trains. Optional extension to Redwood/Pinehurst adds 16 miles. There are hills, but we will subdue them calmly (and re-group in between).

TUE OCT 16 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. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov [http://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. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED OCT 17 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 OCT 18 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 OCT 18 4!/TM/22 Thursday Evening Ride
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 5:20 pm for a 5:30 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 to Shepherd Canyon for a fast descent down to Mountain Blvd, then back through Temescal to NB Bart. Bring front and rear lights as the sunset will be at 6:27.

SAT OCT 20 5!/M/67 Billy Goat Ride - Warm Springs BART back to Berkeley via Calaveras Road
Leader: Thomas Dunscombe     (510) 385-5859
Meet at 8:05 am for a 8:15 am start
Start Location: Warm Springs BART
Optional pre-registration for members
UPDATE:

SFPUC has decided that Calaveras Road will remain closed until November 3rd,  therefore the ride will be modified.  The new ride description: 5!/M/57 East Bay Hills Circuit starting at the corner of Spruce and Grizzly Peak.  Meet time 8:05am for a 8:15 start.    Notable climbs will include Grizzly Peak,  Butters Canyon,  Skyline, Redwood Road & Pinehurst which adds up to over 6k.   We'll make an efficient snack stop at the Oakland Zoo picnic area where there are bathrooms and water.  Suggest riders bring a snack so we can keep the stop to about 20 minutes.  We should be able to make it back but there are several watering holes along the way if it's a warm day.  20% chance of rain cancels.  Here is a link to the route,   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28683977     

Billy Goats are the challenging hill climbs of SF Bay Area.   A  comprensive listing of Billy Goats is on the Almaden Cycling Touring Club (ACTC) website at  https://actc.org/routes/bg/index.php#local?region=all.

A GPC Billy Goat Ride will be a friendly yet challenging and scenic ride with approximately 1K of climbing per 10 miles (more or less).  Ride length will be 60 to 80 miles so we can get going and get back in a reasonable amount of time with 1 or 2 efficient stop times to rest & refuel.  There will be regroups along the way to keep us  togeather. 

This month we'll start from the Warm Springs BART near the station entrance.  I'll arrive on the 8:04 Train and be ready to roll by 8:15am.   The ride is 67 miles with 6300ft of billy goats including Calavares, Palomares, Redwood & Pinehurst ending at the corner of Spruce and Grizzly Peak.   There's a bail out at mile 40 at the Castro Valley BART Station.   The 1st stop will be in Sunol and a second in Castro Valley.    Feel free to email me at tdunscom@ix.netcom.com  to let me know you're coming or have any questions.  Here is the link to the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28620136.

Calaveras Road status: Acording to SFPUC, Calaveras Road is closed to all weekday traffic until Sept 30, but open on the weekends. If this information is not correct, there will be a Plan B. You can check with the ride leader ahead of time for more details.

SAT OCT 20 3/TM/52 Morgan Territory from Heather Farm
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Jessica Jensen
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Oct 21
GPC Route: Morgan Territory from Heather Farm
Start Location: Walnut Creek - Heather Farm

Ride through Clayton to Morgan Territory, return via Manning, Highland, Camino Tassajara, through Danville using the Contra Costa Canal Trail and a little or optionally a lot of the Iron Horse Trail. Lunch will be at Draeger's in Blackhawk. It will be a bit late when we ge there, so bring a snack for the stop at the top of Morgan Territory. 

SAT OCT 20 3/T/28 3rd Saturday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Jeffrey R. Kurtock     (510) 326-2953
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.

SUN OCT 21 3/TM/52 Morgan Territory from Heather Farm [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Oct 20. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN OCT 21 4/TM/44 How to get to Union City
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

After crossing the Berkeley flats, we'll head for the hills: Tunnel, Skyline,Redwood, Palomares. Return is on BART, so bring $ or Clipper Card. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28649828

SUN OCT 21 5/TM/66 Half Moon Bay to Pigeon Pt Birthday ride
Leader: Steve Tracy     (510) 881-6042
Meet at 9:50 am for a 10:00 am start
GPC Route: Half Moon Bay - Gazos Creek - Tunitas Creek Variations
Start Location: Half Moon Bay - Fire Station

Start with a scenic 20-mile roll down Hwy 1 to regroup and snack at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, then a bit further south to Gazos Creek Road then north to Pescadero. Leader will share artichoke bread for lunch in the back yard of Norm's Market (sandwiches, etc). Climb north up the old Stage Road with a (rolling) regroup in San Gregorio, continuing on Stage Road northward to Hwy 1. A quick and breezy descent along the highway to turn up Tunitas Creek Road, regroup/refreshments at the Bike Hut. Up the early climbs on Tunitas Creek Road until turning back toward the coast on Lobitos Creek Road. North on back roads (Verde, Purisma Creek, and a final short, celebratory, leg-burning ascent up Higgins Canyon Road) with just enough rolling and flat miles on the home stretch back to Half Moon Bay to work out any lactic acid. Multiple chances to shorten miles and climbing on your own. Print your own route sheet.

TUE OCT 23 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. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov [http://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. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED OCT 24 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 OCT 25 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 OCT 25 4!/TM/22 Thursday Evening Ride
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 5:20 pm for a 5:30 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 to Shepherd Canyon for a fast descent down to Mountain Blvd, then back through Temescal to NB Bart. Bring front and rear lights as the sunset will be at 6:17.

FRI OCT 26 1/TM/34 Bay Trail / E-ville / Point Richmond
Leader: Lucy Glover     (970) 485-1914
Leader: Randy Glover  
Meet at 12:45 am for a 10:00 am start

We will ride to the Emeryville marina, then North on the Bay Trail for a clockwise loop through Miller-Knox Park, Ferry Point Tunnel & lunch @ Little Louie's.  There will be option to bypass the tunnel. This is a no drop ride.

SUN OCT 28 4/MB/110 (Web Only) Charlie and Arnim's Birthday ride - King Ridge from Cotati
Leader: Arnim Polster     (415) 271-3440
Leader: Charles Fineman     (510) 367-3283
Meet at 7:30 am for a 7:40 am start
Start Location: Cotati - Gravenstein Hwy Park-&-Ride (Westside)

Here's the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17288590

There is no convenient lunch stop near the mid-point, so we will stop for a snack at Cazadero, 36 miles in, and again in Jenner (76 miles in)

The plan is to keep up a good pace and finish before dark. However, to allow for any unanticipated delays, please bring lights! 

SUN OCT 28 5/TM/30 (Web Only) Short Steep Sunday Ride
Leader: David Cone     (510) 684-3874
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:10 am start
Start Location: Domingo Peet's

You've been meaning to climb South Park, and now is your last chance before the newts take over. This ride wiggles up the Claremont Hills, coasts down Fish Ranch and onto the freeway shoulder for < 1mi., and crests Mulholland Ridge (Donald Drive) before returning via Toyonal, Wildcat,and South Park (Option: All Wildcat). Faster riders welcome.   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28782775

SUN OCT 28 2/L/28 Roundhill Loop
Leader: John Buenfil     (925) 408-2360
Leader: Karen Street     (510) 356-7081
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART

We’ll ride main streets through Walnut Creek, Alamo and past Danville and then circle back via quiet neighborhood streets. Lunch stop is near end of ride at Countrywood Shopping Center. This is a longer version of this ride than the one which we rode in the Novice Series.

TUE OCT 30 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. Please set your rear tail light to steady and not blinking. 20% chance of rain on weather. gov [http://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. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED OCT 31 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.