Grizzly Peak Cyclists
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.

Larghetto Bear Claw Cafe in Pinole

Andante 45 mile route to Crockett and back

Adagio 50/ mile route to Martinez and back

Allegretto 59 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

 April 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.

SAT APR 1 3/TM/~65 Foolish Marin Ride
Leader: Michael Tigges     (510) 220-0593
Leader: Susan Jacobson     (510) 693-5254
Meet at 7:15 am for a 7:30 am start   Rain Date: Sun Apr 2
Start Location: Mill Valley Middle School

Start at: Mill Valley Middle school (on Camino Alto near the Safeway on Miller Avenue)

Join us in a Marin ride to celebrate a 65th birthday, climbing from Mill Valley onto Mt. Tamalpais, along Panoramic and Ridgecrest to descend Bolinas-Fairfax into Bolinas. Stop Pt Reyes Station for lunch at Bovine Bakery / or store, returning via Nicasio and Fairfax. Early start to miss traffic.

SAT APR 1 3/T/80 Not So Rushin River Ride
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Jessica Jensen     (510) 508-6389
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Petaluma - Walnut Park

This long-time Grizzly Peak classic ride goes through Valley Ford, Occidental, Monte Rio,  along Bohemian Highway and through Guernville to lunch at the Korbel Champaine Cellars. Return is through Forestville and Bloomfield, with a few hills to liven things up.  This will be a slower-paced version of the ride, so slower riders are welcome (and everyone will be expected to keep to the pace of the group.)

SAT APR 1 2/TM/15 Solvang Time Trial Loop
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 3:00 pm
Start Location: Solvang - Royal Copenhagen Inn

If you are in Solvang and can be ready to roll by 3:00 PM, meet in the parking lot of the Royal Copenhagen Inn 1579 Mission Drive.  We will head out to Los Olivos and come back Ballard Canyon on the Tour of California Solvang Time Trial Loop.  Please RSVP for this ride.  30% PoP may cancel.

SUN APR 2 3/TM/~65 Foolish Marin Ride [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Apr 1. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN APR 2 4/0/35 Century Prep Ride #3 - East Bay Hills
Leader: Frank Castro     (510) 209-1163
Leader: Gary Hsueh     (510) 334-1976
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (661) 343-5737
Leader: Bill Hofmann     (510) 387-0952
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Meet at 9:00 am
GPC Route: East Bay Hills
Start Location: Orinda BART

From Orinda BART ride north on Camino Pablo, climb Wildcat Canyon, Grizzly Peak Blvd, Skyline Blvd, descend Redwood Road, then return via Pinehurst, Canyon, Moraga Way.

SUN APR 2 2/T/TM/46 Solvang Four or Five Canyon Loop
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Solvang - Royal Copenhagen Inn

We will start with the ride above and do a slightly shorter and easier loop that includes Ballard Canyon, part of Foxen Canyon, Aliso Canyon, and Drum Canyon. Lunch will be Bell Street Farm in Los Alamos.  We have many cue sheets, routes and possibilities, you are welcome to extend, shorten, or lead an additional ride in competition with this ride.  If you plan on joining us, please let us know in advance, you must attend the happy hour / route planning meeting the night before, or check in with us, so that you are aware of any changes to the route, start time or start location. 30% PoP may cancel.
 

SUN APR 2 1/T/28 First Sunday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Steve Foster     (925) 256-9452
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
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 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.

MON APR 3 5/T/49 Solvang, Mt Figueroa Loop Adventure
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Solvang - Royal Copenhagen Inn

We will ride to the Summit of Mt. Figueroa via the east side, which is very remote with one mile of rough dirt and water crossings.  It is less steep then the West side, but has more climbing. After the summit, we will descend down the West side to Los Olivos for lunch at Panino.    Return to Solvang via Alamo Pintado or Ballard Canyon.  We have many cue sheets, routes and possibilities, you are welcome to extend, shorten, or lead an additional ride in competition with this ride.  If you plan on joining us, please let us know in advance, you must attend the happy hour / route planning meeting the night before, or check in with us, so that you are aware of any changes to the route, start time or start location. 30% PoP may cancel, but since this is an adventure ride, temps above 90 and below 30, and hordes of locusts will still allow the ride to continue.

TUE APR 4 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:

Your overworked PoE leader is unable to lead on this day. PoE riders will start at the usual hour at the firehouse on Skyline and Colton in Oakland and will take the closed but bikeable Redwood Road to Castro Valley and other locations. Micky Bloom will "lead," others may follow.

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 APR 4 2/TM/78 Solvang, Santa Rosa Road, Jalama Beach out and back
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start
Start Location: Solvang - Royal Copenhagen Inn

Many bailouts or starts closer to Jalama Beach are possible.  We have many cue sheets, routes and possibilities, you are welcome to extend, shorten, or lead an additional ride in competition with this ride.  If you plan on joining us, please let us know in advance, you must attend the happy hour / route planning meeting the night before, or check in with us, so that you are aware of any changes to the route, start time or start location. 30% PoP may cancel.
 

TUE APR 4 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Leader: Eric Chodoroff  
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 for M; Matt and/or Eric for B). 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 APR 5  3/TM/41 Pozo Loop
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Santa Margarita Community Park

On the way north to Paso Robles we will stop in Santa Margarita and do this loop.  This loop does leisurely rolling hills in the vicinity of Lake Santa Margarita and Pozo.  I have many cue sheets, routes  and possibilities, you are welcome to extend, shorten, or lead an additional ride in competition with this ride.  If you plan on joining us, please let us know in advance, you must attend the happy hour / route planning meeting the night before, or check in with us, so that you are aware of any changes to the route, start time or start location. 30% PoP may cancel.

WED APR 5 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 APR 5 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
UPDATE:

This weeks 12:30PM ride is changed to 2PM for the start (from the usual place: North Berkeley Bart). We will take an alternative route to meet Jessica Jensen and then do some hills from there. Hope to see you there!

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 APR 6 2/TM/48 Hog Canyon Loop
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: Paso Robles Inn

Meet in front of the coffee shop at the Paso Robles Inn.   This should be a nice ride, but I have not ridden it before.  It is a favorite with BAC and other clubs.  I have many cue sheets, routes and possibilities, you are welcome to extend, shorten, or lead an additional ride in competition with this ride.  If you plan on joining us, please let us know in advance, you must attend the happy hour / route planning meeting the night before, or check in with us, so that you are aware of any changes to the route, start time or start location. 30% PoP may cancel.
 

THU APR 6 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

THU APR 6 4/TM+M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART, with optional extensions on Skyline depending on the available light, weather, and leaders discretion.  Please bring lights for the return trip just in case.

Starting April we will have separate M and and TM ride leaders and some separate regroups.  We will all ride at a ‘social’ TM pace from BART till the steep part of Spruce, and again from the top of Spruce to Centennial.  After Centennial the M and TM groups will have separate regroups, with a full regroup at the top of Shepherd Canyon before the trip back to BART.

FRI APR 7 3/T-TM/27/35 Paso Robles: Peachy Canyon loop
Leader: Brian Aldrich   (510) 693-0603
Leader: Janet Noble   (510) 205-9004
Meet at 8:45 am
Start Location: Paso Robles Inn

Meet in front of the coffee shop at the Paso Robles Inn,  1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles, for an early start so that you could check out by noon.  We will ride a beautiful loop around the wine country of Paso Robles. I have many cue sheets, routes and possibilities, you are welcome to extend, shorten, or lead an additional ride in competition with this ride.  If you plan on joining us, please let us know in advance, you must attend the happy hour / route planning meeting the night before, or check in with us, so that you are aware of any changes to the route, start time or start location. 30% PoP may cancel.
 

SAT APR 8 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
UPDATE:

The Presto route this month will be: Crockett, Diablo Junction, Diablo Deli (assuming the ride is not rained out).

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 APR 9 4/M/90 Presto Raindate Ride
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 8:30 am
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - north side
UPDATE:

Saturday 9:30pm update: It rained this morning, but Sunday looks sunny; so the ride is ON. The route: Crockett, Diablo Jtn, Diablo Deli - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20097706

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 APR 9 3!/T/47 Century Prep Ride #4 - Two Small Walls and Carquinez Scenic Drive
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Ginny Paton     (510) 428-1905
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Leader: Jeffrey R. Kurtock     (510) 653-1771
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: El Cerrito Del Norte BART

Ride San Pablo Dam Rd to Appian Way, through Pinole and Crockett, climb McEwen (small wall #1). Lunch in Martinez. Return by Carquinez Scenic Drive/George Miller Trail (no cars on the trail), and retrace our steps from Port Costa to San Pablo Dam Road. Return via Hillcrest (s.w. #2). No drop. Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18872850 Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader.

MON APR 10 1/T/17 April Full Moon Ride
Leader: Maria Teresa Garcia De La Noceda     (510) 725-8405
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 April 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. With the new daylight savings, when the sun slowly begins to initiatiate his decline, until his complete disappearance beyond the horizon, we will be able to watch the magical metamorphosis of the sky, going from a soft blue, to a palid blue tinted of reddish-orange overtones, lavender, violet … And at that moment we will see the the magnificent rise of the Full Moon. 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 APR 11 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Leader: Eric Chodoroff  
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 for M; Matt and/or Eric for B). 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 APR 12 4/T/80 Melissa's 50th Birthday Ride
Leader: Melissa Kasnitz     (415) 254-4962
Meet at 7:20 am for a 7:30 am start
Start Location: Domingo Peet's
UPDATE:

Because Redwood Road is closed indefinitely, we will substitute the Century South Loop as the route to Castro Valley (Skyline to Golf Links, past the Oakland Zoo and up Lake Chabot Road).  This does not meaningfully change the total milage, the amount of climbing, or the anticipated time to meet up at the Castro Valley Peets.

Meet at 7:20 for a 7:30 start.  Or join later at Castro Valley


Join Melissa K. for some or all of her birthday ride of 50 miles + 50 km.  Meet at Peets at the Claremont Hotel.  Tunnel, and Redwood to Castro Valley, then over the Dublin Grade and up the Iron Horse Trail to Pleasant Hill.  From there, it's over the hills and back to Berkeley, including Pig Farm, the Bears and Wildcat.  Rest stops at Peets in Castro Valley, lunch in Danville, and another stop at Pleasant Hill.  Bring food too, since there are no supplies once you start to climb Pig Farm.Enjoy coffee, beer, or other refreshment of choice on Solano Avenue at the end of the ride to celebrate.

Lots of options to cut the ride short if you can't take off a whole day during the week.  Meet up for a later start at Castro Valley Peets at 10 am.  If you want to meet further along the way, coordinate with the ride leader.  Company for the final climbs particularly appreciated!

WED APR 12 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 APR 12 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 APR 12 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 APR 13 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

THU APR 13 4/TM+M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART, with optional extensions on Skyline depending on the available light, weather, and leaders discretion.  Please bring lights for the return trip just in case.

Starting April we will have separate M and and TM ride leaders and some separate regroups.  We will all ride at a ‘social’ TM pace from BART till the steep part of Spruce, and again from the top of Spruce to Centennial.  After Centennial the M and TM groups will have separate regroups, with a full regroup at the top of Shepherd Canyon before the trip back to BART.

SAT APR 15 3/M/126 Lucas Valley to Russian River
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Meet at 8:00 am   Rain Date: Sun Apr 16
Start Location: San Rafael - Marinwood Community Center

A delightful tour of Marin and southern Sonoma counties. We'll ride via Chileno Valley, Valley Ford, and Occidental to the Russian River for lunch at Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery in Duncan's Mills. Out to the coast, Highway 1 south via Bodega Bay, and return via Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd and Nicasio.

Be ready to ride at 8:05am — please arrive long enough in advance to get ready. Prompt 8:10am departure. Location: across the street from the Marinwood Community Center on Miller Creek Rd. Be fully prepared, bring a bomb-proof bike (or a racing exotic, but at your own risk), and carry plenty of on-bike calories. This should not be your first self-supported 100+ mile ride.

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. RSVP's are appreciated, for map count.

SAT APR 15 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.

SAT APR 15 2/T/28 Orinda BART to Pinole Bear Claw Bakery
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Adele Madelo     (510) 773-0693
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.

SUN APR 16 3/M/126 Lucas Valley to Russian River [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Apr 15. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN APR 16 2/0/56 Century Prep Ride #5 - Bovine Lasso
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Andres Marin     (510) 944-2799
Leader: Gary Hsueh     (510) 334-1976
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Leader: Janet M. Monks     (510) 534-7621
Meet at 9:00 am
GPC Route: Bovine Lasso
Start Location: Mill Valley Safeway

Do not park in the Safeway parking lot. There is some street parking on the south side of Miller Ave. There is also parking on Sycamore Ave either side of Camino Alto or by Mill Valley Police/Fire department buildings on Hamilton Drive. We will ride through Fairfax and Nicasio to Pt. Reyes Station. Return via Bear Valley, Samuel P. Taylor and Fairfax. Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader.

SUN APR 16 2/L/27 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   Rain Date: Sun Apr 23
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART
UPDATE:

Ride is Cancelled for today due to POP of 80% during the time we would be riding. We'll try again on our Rain Date of April 23rd.

We'll ride through Walnut Creek and down Danville Boulevard, circling back through the neighborhoods of Danville, Alamo & Walnut Creek. Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop, helmets required.

TUE APR 18 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Leader: Eric Chodoroff  
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 for M; Matt and/or Eric for B). 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 APR 19 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 APR 19 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 APR 20 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

THU APR 20 4/TM+M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART, with optional extensions on Skyline depending on the available light, weather, and leaders discretion.  Please bring lights for the return trip just in case.

Starting April we will have separate M and and TM ride leaders and some separate regroups.  We will all ride at a ‘social’ TM pace from BART till the steep part of Spruce, and again from the top of Spruce to Centennial.  After Centennial the M and TM groups will have separate regroups, with a full regroup at the top of Shepherd Canyon before the trip back to BART.

SAT APR 22 4!/TM/70 Spruce/Wildat to Danville and back
Leader: Jean-Marie Enjuto     (510) 495-5754
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start

Let's ride to Peets in Danville, starting from top of Spruce via Bear Creek, Alhambra Valley, Reliez, Olympic, Danville Blvd and back. Lunch in Danville.

https://ridewithgps.com/users/554676/routes

SAT APR 22 1/LT/28 Spring Picnic - Creekside Ride
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Union City BART

We will be on the Alameda Creek Trail with some street riding getting to and from the entrance. We will also make a loop around the BayView Trail at Coyote Hills Park and stop at the visitor's center area for a nice picnic lunch. Bring a sandwich or an entire picnic spread depending on how hungry you are. This is a very flat, easy, social ride and ALL are welcome. Lots of beautiful scenery along the creek and in the park. Bring a camera or binoculars and catch the local birds and wildlife doing their thing. City bike / tandem bike friendly ride. Join us for a fun day on the Alameda Creek Trail! This is a great ride to introduce you to new friends with a common interest; Cycling! You can View The Ride Route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6608413 - Ride Leaders: Nick Worthington, Jamie Nikkel, Mary Ann Jawili, Jim O'Melia. Please text your RSVP to Steven Louie 510 541-1378 (Hosting, riding but not officially leading)

SUN APR 23 2/L/27 Roundhill Loop [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sun Apr 16. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN APR 23 4/0/44 Century Prep Ride #6 - Century, South Loop, from Orinda BART
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (661) 343-5737
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Andres Marin     (510) 944-2799
Meet at 9:00 am
GPC Route: Century, South Loop, from Orinda BART
Start Location: Orinda BART
UPDATE:

Update to the update: Canyon Road is closed in Moraga. The ride will start at Orinda BART as published.  The route is online at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20513149

From Orinda BART ride to Redwood Rd. and the Grizzly century South loop through the zoo, past Chabot Park and back.

TUE APR 25 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 APR 25 5/M,B/24,32 The Tuesday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Mark Abrahams     (510) 524-1294
Leader: Matthew Mc Hugh  
Leader: Eric Chodoroff  
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 for M; Matt and/or Eric for B). 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 APR 26 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 APR 26 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 APR 27 3/TM/60-80 Duros West (repeats weekly)
Meet at 9:00 am

This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see our online calendar. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

THU APR 27 4/TM+M/20 Thursday Evening Ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: David Brown     (510) 654-7806
Leader: Dean Lobovits     (510) 701-6784
Leader: Tara Madsen-Steigmeyer     (510) 684-9904
Leader: Joel Ager     (510) 418-6462
Leader: Rick Patterson     (510) 978-1786
Meet at 5:20 pm for a 5:30 pm start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART
Optional pre-registration for members

Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART, with optional extensions on Skyline depending on the available light, weather, and leaders discretion.  Please bring lights for the return trip just in case.

Starting April we will have separate M and and TM ride leaders and some separate regroups.  We will all ride at a ‘social’ TM pace from BART till the steep part of Spruce, and again from the top of Spruce to Centennial.  After Centennial the M and TM groups will have separate regroups, with a full regroup at the top of Shepherd Canyon before the trip back to BART.

FRI APR 28 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 APR 29 2/LT/~20 San Francisco Birding by bicycle
Leader: Pat Greene     (415) 566-6637
Leader: Annie Armstrong     (415) 410-5022
Leader: Chris Witt     (415) 200-8193
Meet at 9:00 am

Meet in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park near the restrooms just west of Ashbury St (https://goo.gl/maps/nyczZNPN7h22). We’ll ride about 20 miles through Golden Gate Park, where we will pass nesting Great Blue Herons at Stow Lake, then south along Ocean Beach and around Lake Merced, looking for other nesting birds and migrants. The route is not flat like our usual creek and bayshore rides, but there are no large or steep hills. We will ride mostly multiuser paths and streets with bike lanes or low traffic. Bring binoculars, water, and snacks. (If you need to borrow binoculars, email Pat). This birding ride is co-listed with the Golden Gate Audubon Society. Helmets required. Rain cancels (e-mail Pat for updates if the weather is questionable).

The best way to come from the East Bay is via BART. The Panhandle restroom is about 2 miles and 200’ of climbing from Civic Center BART. Chris Witt will meet riders who email him by 6 PM Friday (ctwitt@sonic.net), and escort them to the ride start (cell morning of the ride to facilitate contact at BART: 415 200 8193). Plan to arrive on the 8:31 or 8:36 Bart trains, and exit to UN Plaza to meet the escort between the elevator and the top of the escalator. Here is the RideWithGPS route from BART to the Panhandle that Pat likes: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16292705. An alternative well marked route takes Market St. to the Duboce bikeway and follows the “wiggle” to the Panhandle (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19701224

SUN APR 30 4/T/48 Century Prep Ride #7 - Grizzly Peak Century North Loop
Leader: Jeffrey R. Kurtock     (510) 653-1771
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Leader: Andres Marin     (510) 944-2799
Meet at 9:00 am
Start Location: Orinda BART
UPDATE:

Note: Please BRING YOUR LUNCH.  There is not a convenient place to stop for food where you won't have to ride a good mile or two out of the way to buy it.  

We will ride the Grizzly Peak North Loop starting with San Pablo Dam Road, Castro Ranch Road, scenic San Pablo Blvd, Carquinez Scenic Drive, McEwen, Alhambra Valley followed by the 3 Bears. Don't let this ride's low mileage fool you: it is hard! Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader.

SUN APR 30 2/TM/35 Vacaville to Winters via Hwy 128
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 558-9614
Meet at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start
Start Location: Pena Adobe Park

Come enjoy one of the standard Wednesday Ride routes from Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville out to the bike mecca of Winters.  We'll do a lollipop loop, going all the way out Pleasants Valley Road to Hwy 128 before heading east to Winters for a short coffee/snack break before heading back via Putah Creek (no climb up Cantelow Road due to the road being washed out).  Coffee/snacks at Steady Eddy's on the green in Winters.  Expect some low rolling hills and lots of lush green landscape.  Meet at Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville, just off I-80 (plenty of parking along the street just outside the park entrance).  Bring clothing suitable for the weather. 20% or greater chance of rain cancels.  Leader rides a fast TM pace, but everyone comfortable following a cue sheet is welcome.