Grizzly Peak Cyclists
Shorter Easier Rides

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

Alex's Second Saturday Ride

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

 January 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.

MON JAN 1 5/M/70-80 New Year's Day on Mt Diablo, from Berkeley
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:25 am start   Rain Date: Sat Jan 6
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side
UPDATE:

Here is the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26651360. Paper maps will be available for the Mt Diablo and Walnut Creek portion (only).

Start that new year right! Meet 8:20am, ready to ride, at Spruce St and Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley (plenty of on-street parking, or just ride there). Prompt 8:25am start. We'll ride to the summit of Mt Diablo — an essential New Year's tradition — via Southgate.  With luck, we'll converge with other GPC rides there. Wear your GPC attire to help your fellow club members identify you among the multitude of riders on the mountain. Descend Northgate for an optional hot lunch at Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center (choice of pizza, burrito, Peet's, etc) and then return to Berkeley. Return route depends on how long we schmooze at lunch.

RSVP's appreciated (but not required) for map count. Rain or significant chance will likely postpone to Saturday. If weather is doubtful, contact ride leader by 9:00 pm the night before — don't assume anything.

MON JAN 1 5/LTM/30-39 Mount Diablo on New year's Day
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 847-7651
Meet at 9:20 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART
UPDATE:

The route to the Junction and straight down Northgate is 30 miles. The climb to the summit adds 9 miles. 

Meet at Pleasant Hill Bart and leave fairly quickly.

Head south along Iron Horse Trail and Danville Blvd, to Stone Vally Road. Head up Southgate to the Junction. Optional climb to the summit, and down Northgate to stop for food at San Carlos and Ygnacio Valley. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26632885.

To save time at the start, it will help if you use the online registration. 

TUE JAN 2 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:

PoE returns after a holiday break with a ride to the Bear Claw Bakery in Pinole. Leave the firehouse (Colton and Snake at Skyline, Oakland) at 8:30 AM, take Pinehurst and Canyon Road to Moraga Way and Moraga Road. Pick up additional riders there at 8:55. Proceed to Castro Ranch and on to Pinole. Return either Wildcat or the way we started, depending on group's desire.

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 JAN 2 5/M/18 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear
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  (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 JAN 3 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 JAN 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.

FRI JAN 5 1/TM/35 Bay Trail / E-ville / Point Richmond
Leader: Arleen Sakamoto  
Leader: Kenneth Karda   (510) 530-8389
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

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

SAT JAN 6 5/M/70-80 New Year's Day on Mt Diablo, from Berkeley [Rain Date]
See the listing for Mon Jan 1. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN JAN 7 1/LT/28 miles total First Sunday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Adele Madelo     (510) 773-0693
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART
UPDATE:


Wendy Cosin will replace Adele Madelo as co-leader.  Thanks.

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 JAN 9 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:

Rained out, it seems. Of course, weather being what it is (unpredictable), there's always the possibility we'll wake up to a sunny day. In the unlikely event that Tuesday is clear and rideable, I'll post an update early tomorrow. In the more likely event that it is raining in the morning, you will not hear further from me about this matter.

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 JAN 9 4/M/24 RAD — Ride After Dark
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 5:30 pm   Rain Date: Thu Jan 11
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza
UPDATE:

Today is too wet for a good ride. We will use the raindate, Thu Jan 11.

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 JAN 10 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 JAN 10 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 JAN 11 4/M/24 RAD — Ride After Dark [Rain Date]
See the listing for Tue Jan 9. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
THU JAN 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.

SAT JAN 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
UPDATE:

The Presto route this month is to Rockville http://ridewithgps.com/routes/19473018 (this does not apply to the other groups).

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.

SUN JAN 14 4/M/90 Presto Raindate Ride (repeats monthly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 8:30 am for a 8:35 am start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side

If the ASSR was rained out, then we will ride the usual Presto route of the month, but with no stop at Orinda BART and no all-club social segment. Your meetup choices are: (1) Spruce St & Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley (meet 8:30am sharp, ready to ride; roll 8:35am); or (2) Wildcat & SPDR (be at the northeast corner, ready to ride, by 9:00am); or (3) arrive at Orinda BART on the 08:45 train, meet any other Prestos who were also on the train, and ride together to Wildcat/SPDR. If coming by BART, please RSVP so we'll know to wait a bit if the train is delayed.

This ride will happen only if the ASSR Presto was rained out (or significantly shortened) and if Sunday's weather is ok. To confirm, or if Sunday's weather is doubtful, contact ride leader by 9:00pm the night before — don't assume anything.

SUN JAN 14 3/T/44 Portola Valley Loop
Leader: Arleen Sakamoto  
Leader: Kenneth Karda   (510) 530-8389
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Fremont - Visitor Center, Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge

We will ride across the Dumbarton Bridge to Menlo Park, then clockwise to Robert's Market in Portola Valley.  The return is thru Woodside, Redwood City to the Dumbarton Bridge.  Start location is accessible from Union City BART via Alameda Creek Trail (9mi).

MON JAN 15 4/TM/57 MLK Day at Pierce Point Ranch
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 9:30 am for a 9:45 am start
Start Location: Nicasio

Celebrate the holiday by riding out through the endless rollers and some short but steep pitches to see the Tule Elk at Pierce Point Ranch in the Pt Reyes National Seashore.  Route will be Nicasio, Platform Bridge Road, Olema, Bear Valley, S.F.D. to Pierce Pt Rd.  Return via Pt Reyes Station.  Weather could be very chilly, so be prepared with appropriate layers.  Bring lunch or $$ to buy at the deli in Inverness Park along the way (note:  the deli can be slow).  There is no water out at the Ranch, so bring plenty and then re-stock in Inverness Park.  Late ride stop in Pt Reyes Station on the return to hydrate, refuel, warm-up and socialize outside the Bovine Bakery.  True TM pace, which allows for a variety of actual paces.  Optional (leaderless) start in Miller Creek at 9:00 for those needing to add another 20 miles to their day.  30% chance of rain in Marin will postpone to another time.

MON JAN 15 2/L/22 OrLaMor
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 Jan 28
GPC Route: Novice Ride #4: OrLaMor
Start Location: Orinda BART NW corner of parking lot

Looping from Orinda through Lafayette, Moraga and back to Orinda

TUE JAN 16 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:

Rain overnight should end early Tuesday morning. If the weather goddess cooperates, we'll leave the firehouse (Skyline at Snake and Colton, Oakland) at 9:30AM and take the zoo route to Castro Valley, then Crow and Norris to Danville Blvd, stop at Peet's for coffee, and return on the LM trail and Pinehurst. I'll update early Tuesday morning after consulting said goddess.  

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 JAN 16 5/M/18 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear
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  (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 JAN 17 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 JAN 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.

FRI JAN 19 1/LT/20 (Web Only) Cycling Promenade Along the Bay Trail
Leader: Maria Teresa Garcia De La Noceda     (510) 725-8405
Leader: Thomas Ayres     (510) 295-8228
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Join us for this leisurely paced bike ride along the Bay Trail, where we will have the chance to immerse ouselves in the peaceful surroundings … on the way out, at our left, vistas of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and beyond … will emerge progressively ahead of us, on a clear day … in contrast, on a foggy day, mysterious silhouettes will manifest themselves on the horizon.

This bike ride is a promenade, a warm up for future bike rides, where we will be eventually riding a little bit longer, and perhaps at a slightly faster pace. And it is all about living the moment, and being alert of our surroundings to avoid any potential hazards, as we are enjoying nature, exercising, honing our cycling skills, and ultimately it is about having fun, in company of other people with whom we share the love of cycling.

We will meet at the North Berkeley BART, and over the Pedestrian / Bicycle Bridge we will get to the Golden Gate Fields … to the Richmond Marina … and eventually to the end of the trail, where will stop for 15 or 20 minutes for people to have enough time to use the restrooms, take pix, drink water, eat snacks, stretch, do yoga, of just laying on the grass (the grass maybe wet, though). After our break, wee will return to North Berkeley BART. There will be bathrooms and water along the way. We w

This ride is co-sponsored with the Bicycle Section of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club.

SAT JAN 20 3!/M/120 (or 100) Del Puerto Canyon Loop from Pleasanton
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 7:30 am for a 7:40 am start   Rain Date: Sun Jan 21
Start Location: Pleasanton - Neal & Railroad Ave

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 (but if you might need the restroom, please arrive 10 minutes earlier). Be prepared for chilly morning weather. Bring lights in case of a later than planned return. Sunset is earlier than you expect. The route: ridewithgps.com/routes/26625111.

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 JAN 20 3/M/72 (Web Only) PoE Peregrination to Sunol via Palomares
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Leader: Russell Montello     (510) 303-1815
Meet at 8:50 am for a 9:00 am start

An option for those wanting a medium distance M-pace in the east bay hills. We'll start close to the intersection of Skyline and Redwood and take the zoo route (to avoid the Redwood Road closure, which can be traversed in the weekend, but is muddy) to Castro Valley, Palomares and Niles Canyon (be careful here!) and return on Foothill, San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville Blvd, the LM trail, Canyon Road, little Pinehurst, and Redwood. Optionally, some may choose to return on big Pinehurst. The store in Sunol and Peet's in Danville will be rest stops.

Please RSVP to ride leaders so we can pre-print the ride sheet and speed up the start. Pace is listed as M but we will regroup for slower riders (including one of the leaders) at several points. TM-ers welcome.

Weather looks good for Saturday but check here for a Saturday morning update if the weather changes.

SAT JAN 20 3/TM/46-49 Mt. Veeder - Sonoma County Loop
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Meet at 9:30 am
Start Location: Solano - Hwy 12 and Ramal Rd

From the intersection of Ramal Rd. and Hwy 12/121, ride around Ramal and Duhig Roads, up to Browns Valley, then over Mt. Veeder and return via Dry Creek and Browns Valley. Option at end to add a few extra miles on Duhig and Cuttings Wharf.

Cue sheet: www.grizz.org/cue_sheets/Mt_Veeder.txt

SAT JAN 20 3/T/28 miles total 3rd Saturday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Dan Tonelli     (510) 409-5145
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Orinda BART NW corner of parking lot
UPDATE:


Danimal and Gary Hsueh are the ride leaders on Saturday, January 20th.Thanks.

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 JAN 21 3!/M/120 (or 100) Del Puerto Canyon Loop from Pleasanton [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Jan 20. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
TUE JAN 23 4/M/50 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start
UPDATE:

Weather looks good for Tuesday. PoE will start at 8:30 AM from the Fire Memorial at the foot of Tunnel. Route is: Tunnel, Grizzly, Fish Ranch, Wilder, SPDR, Castro Ranch, Pinole Valley, coffee at Bear Claw, return on Pinole Valley, Castro Ranch, SPDR, Wildcat, Shasta, Golf Course, Grizzly, Tunnel. 50 miles, 4,200 Feet.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26756218

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 JAN 23 4/M/24 RAD — Ride After Dark
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 5:30 pm   Rain Date: Thu Jan 25
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 JAN 24 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 JAN 25 4/M/24 RAD — Ride After Dark [Rain Date]
See the listing for Tue Jan 23. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
THU JAN 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.

SAT JAN 27 2/TM/95 One way Berkeley to Davis Amtrak
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 847-7651
Meet at 8:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
Pre-registration closed (sign in at the start)
UPDATE:

The route is at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26434128. We will tak  McGary Road instead of Lake Herman Road. 

Return trains leave Davis at: 2:25, 4:10, 5:10, 5:55, 7:50 pm.

Unfortunately tandems are not allowed on Amtrak back to the Bay Area :-( The route to Davis is still tandem-friendly, if you have a way to get your bike back.

Meet at North Berkeley BART, for a tandem-friendly ride to Davis. The biggest hill is the climb up Spruce. We'll ride through Vallejo, and take Lake Herman Road to Lopes and through Cordelia. After Fairfax we'll take Pleasants Valley Road to Putah Creek Road and on in to Davis. Depending on the train schedule we may find time to eat something before catching the train back to the Bay Area. Bring lights and current ID for the train ride home. Pre-registration is appreciated. 20% chance of rain cancels.

SAT JAN 27 4!/M/30 Saturday Morning ride in the Oakland Hills
Leader: Steven Payne     (210) 867-6728
Meet at 8:20 am for a 8:30 am start   Rain Date: Sun Jan 28
Start Location: Oakland Firehouse at Colton and Snake
Pre-registration closed (sign in at the start)

Need to get back for lunch? This is the ride for you. It takes in some of the best roads in the Oakland hills. We'll head down Pinehurst, come back up Redwood and traverse along Skyline to the Oakland Zoo. We will loop back to the start via Campus Drive (this is a challenging hill, hence the "!" rating) and the beautiful Butters Canyon. (Route map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1866669695)

SAT JAN 27 1/T/25 (Web Only) Cycling to the Red Oak Victory Ship
Leader: Maria Teresa Garcia De La Noceda     (510) 725-8405
Leader: Thomas Ayres     (510) 295-8228
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

DESCRIPTION: We will ride at a gentle pace along the Bay Trail, with views of the marshes and the Bay, including San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge - past the end of the Bay Trail we will take streets to reach the Red Oak Liberty Ship and view the osprey nest.

This bike ride is a promenade, a calm ride along the Bay, as we are enjoying nature, exercising, honing our cycling skills, and ultimately it is about having fun, in company of other people with whom we share the love of cycling.

We will meet at the North Berkeley BART, and over the Pedestrian / Bicycle Bridge we will get to the Golden Gate fields … to the Richmond Marina. We will stop for a restroom break at Rosie the Riveter museum, then we will take a 15 minute rest at the Red Oak to drink water, eat snacks, and relax.

This ride is co-sponsored with the Bicycle Section of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club,

SUN JAN 28 2/L/22 OrLaMor [Rain Date]
See the listing for Mon Jan 15. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN JAN 28 4!/M/30 Saturday Morning ride in the Oakland Hills [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Jan 27. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN JAN 28 1/L/~14 Bike and Bird: Arrowhead Marsh--Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline
Leader: Pat Greene     (415) 481-5469
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: Coliseum BART

Meet near the ticket machines.  BART trains arrive at 8:47 or 8:52 depending on your origin; drivers should allow time to park and join the BART riders by train arrival time. We will cycle to Arrowhead Marsh where high tide occurs at 8:45 AM. We will look for wintering ducks and shorebirds, and hope for rails at Arrowhead. Then we'll bird the Shoreline over to Alameda. Bring Lunch. Depending on timing, we will stop for lunch/snack at Shoreline Center along the trail or at the Elsie Roemer Sanctuary on Alameda. From Elsie Roemer there is a short, direct route to Fruitvale BART (or cycle back to Coliseum BART). Bring binoculars; wear warm layered clothes and helmets.  This birding ride is co-listed with Golden Gate Audbon, with co-leader Cathy Bleier. Rain Cancels; if the weather forecast is questionable, send your e-mail address to Pat the night before to receive news on the status of the ride in the morning (pjgreene@sonic.net).

SUN JAN 28 1/T/23 (Web Only) Quarry Lakes & Coyote Hills Bike Ride
Leader: Maria Teresa Garcia De La Noceda     (510) 725-8405
Leader: Glenn Kirby     (510) 882-6808
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: Union City BART

Meet at the Union City BART Station at the south end of the bus zone. We will ride on local streets to the entrance of Quarry Lakes Regional Park where we will ride on hard-packed gravel trails around the lakes. These lakes are on the flyway for migrating birds and we should see many varieties of water birds such as pelicans and geese, as well as raptors.

We will then cross Alameda Creek and travel west toward the Bay on the paved Alameda Creek Regional Trail. Turning into Coyote Hills Regional Park we will circle the park’s hills, rich in views of wetlands and the Bay. The park is also popular with migrating birds. This is an easy ride that is mostly level, with some climbing in Coyote Hills. With the exception of the hard-packed gravel trails through Quarry Lakes, the ride is on paved asphalt and much of the ride is on trails separated from auto traffic.

More information about the parks and trails in this ride can be found at the East Bay Regional Park District website at ebparks.org

This ride is co-sponsored with the Bicycle Section of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club

TUE JAN 30 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 JAN 30 5/M/18 Tuesday Evening Papa Bear
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  (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 JAN 31 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.