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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 January 2019

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 JAN 1 5!/TM/33 New Year's Day on Mt. Diablo
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART

Start the year off with our traditional climb up Mt. Diablo. We ride through the eastern part of Walnut Creek before reaching Northgate Road. Weather on January 1 is unpredictable. It can be shorts weather or it can be really cold. Please check the weather and bring suitable clothing, especially if you're headed for the summit. We'll retrace our steps to get back to BART, stopping for well deserved resfreshments at Ygnacio Valley Plaza, where you can find burritos, sandwiches, or coffee. Any ?? Contact the ride leader.

WED JAN 2 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 JAN 3 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 5 ?/TM/TBD (Web Only) Decide and Ride
Leader: James Scott     (510) 847-3948
Meet at 10:00 am
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

This is a revival of a now long-forgotten Grizzly Peak Cyclists tradition: a group of riders meet and decide to do a ride that suits the group. We will meet at The Corner (Spruce and Grizzly Peak Blvd). I will be open to anything up to 40-50 miles, with the pace to be determined by what will be comfortable for the slower riders. (When people ask me about the pace of one of my ride, I always say that I never leave anyone behind.)  For a shorter ride, maybe to Lafayette for lunch, then back via Pinehurst. Longer might be the century south loop or out to Martinez and back (or a return on Bart, for a shorter ride.) 

SUN JAN 6 1/T/28 miles total First Sunday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:20 am start
GPC Route: Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza
Start Location: Pleasant Hill BART
UPDATE:

The First Sunday Ride from Pleasant Hill BART (Jan 6th) is CANCELLED.

https://www.wunderground.com/hourly/us/ca/danville/date/2019-01-06

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 JAN 8 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:

Final Update:  Ride is on, but it will be a shorter ride.  1 or 2 ascents up the closed South Park Drive.  Weather forecasts rain showers beginning 7PM.  The ride should finish by 6:30PM.  

As of Monday evening, weather forecast predicts 40% chance of rain during day and 90% chance of rain Tuesday night.  Ride will likely be postponed to this Thursday.  Check back by noon Tuesday for final update.  

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 and prepare for cold weather. 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.  Rain date will be the following Thursday, two days later (check back for an update to see if the ride has been postponed or cancelled).  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED JAN 9 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 JAN 9 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 JAN 10 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 12 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 JAN 13 4/TM/36 (Web Only) Patterson and Altamont Passes
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 423-1873
Meet at 10:15 am for a 10:30 am start
Start Location: Livermore - Nob Hill Shopping Center

This ride is on the short side, but the two passes and the in-between roll through the countryside will get your heart pumping.  Meet at the old Nob Hill shopping center in Livermore (corner of Livermore and Pacific Avenues).  We'll roll through the wine country and up the pass, then descend and stop at the Mountain House for drinks, snacks and to warm up if needed before heading to the Altamont and the rolling return to town.  Since in previous years we've gotten to the Mountain House before it opened, this year we'll meet at 10:15, roll at 10:30, and hope we hit it just right.  20% or greater chance of rain cancels -- call the leader by 9:00 that morning if in doubt.  Food options are limited at Mountain House, so bring your own if you're picky.

TUE JAN 15 3/TM/30-60 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 9:20 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: Oakland Firehouse at Colton and Snake
UPDATE:

Rain happening, ride not happening. Enjoy your indoor trainers. 

PoE returns, now that your fearless leader is recovering from several health issues. For January PoE will be TM but M riders are free to join us and charge on ahead. 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 15 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:

Weather forecasts rain Tuesday and Thursday evenings this week.  Tuesday evening ride scheduled for 1/15 is CANCELLED. 

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 and prepare for cold weather. 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.  Rain date will be the following Thursday, two days later (check back for an update to see if the ride has been postponed or cancelled).  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED JAN 16 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 JAN 17 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 18 3/T/42 (Web Only) Camino Tassajara to Windemere Parkway Loop
Leader: Wendy Cosin     (510) 813-7061
Meet at 10:00 am
Start Location: Walnut Creek - Heather Farm

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26897260

A loop through San Ramon, combining boulevards and residential streets. 

We will meet at the Heather Farm parking lot in Walnut Creek located 1/3 mile from San Carlos Road, by the far ball fields on the right.

If arriving by BART, exit the Pleasant Hill station, turn right on Jones, enter and turn right on the Iron Horse Trail adjacent to Harvey Drive, follow the trail for .5 miles across the bike bridge, then turn left on Contra Costa Trail, go .6 miles and turn right over the first wooden bridge, then straight on San Carlos.  We will be in the first parking lot on the left.

SAT JAN 19 3/T/28 3rd Saturday Ride
Leader: Jim O'Melia     (925) 262-3882
Leader: Wendy Cosin     (510) 813-7061
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 JAN 20 1!/L/26 Bay Trail to Pt. Richmond
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: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

Start on east side of Berkeley's Aquatic Park (come down Bancroft, take a left at Aquatic Park and go 'til you run out of road). This is a mostly flat ride on the Bay Trail with a few ugly hills in Pt. Richmond. After lunch at Little Louie’s, there is an optional tunnel that will cut out a few hills. John leads over those hills, Karen through the tunnel. 

SUN JAN 20 2/T/43 South SF to Union City BART
Leader: Glenn Kirby     (510) 882-6808
Leader: Kent Lewandowski     (510) 759-6646
Meet at 10:00 am
Start Location: South San Francisco BART

This ride is a picturesque ride from South San Francisco BART to Union City BART. The BART Schedule for Sundays begins late in the morning. Please check the schedule to arrive by 9:45 for a 10:00 am start.  You may need to change trains at Balboa Park for a train that stops at South San Francisco,

We will ride the Centennial Trail to San Bruno and then go up Sneath to Skyline. Then we will ride the San Andreas and the Sawyer Camp Trails along the reservoirs. We will then enjoy Bicycle Sunday on the closed Canada Road. After a lunch stop in Woodside we will ride through Woodside, Menlo Park and across the Dumbarton Bridge. There are a couple challenging climbs. This is not a beginner ride.  The total distance is 45 miles.  You need to be self sufficient and able to ride this distance as this is a point-to-point ride with no bail-out options.

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29098781

MON JAN 21 2/TM/53-58 Healdsburg Harvest -- The Un-birthday Ride
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 423-1873
Leader: Phil Morton     (510) 852-9663
Meet at 10:00 am for a 10:15 am start
Start Location: Healdsburg - W. Matheson St and Vine St

Well, we tried to run this ride in December, but the rain intervened. Now we'll take another shot at it. 

This is my favorite ride of the year when Deb and the Wednesday Group head up to Healdsburg to take in the fall colors.  This year was particularly fun -- great group, good roads, nice colors -- so fun, in fact, that I decided to ride it on my birthday.  And since the mileage is close to my age, we will throw in a few extra miles after lunch to hit the magic number.  The counter-clockwise loop seemed to work well, putting the bulk of the mileage before lunch.  So we will begin with Westside Rd and then head over to Windsor and onto Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley to Jimtown. We will return through Geyersville, Canyon Rd, and finish up on West Dry Creek Rd and hope that some of the fall colors are still there. Lunch will be at Jimtown store at 31 miles so you may want to bring a snack to tide you over, and you can even call in your order that morning or the day before so that it is ready when you get there. The ride has a few hills but no major climbs. It is about 53 miles, but one can skip the afternoon loop and go straight back from Jimtown to Healdsburg for a total distance of about 37 miles. Take the Central Healdsburg exit off 101 North. This becomes Healdsburg Ave. Go a couple of blocks to Matheson and turn left. The lot is on the right about another block down, and should be available because the Farmer's Market ends in November.  But if the lot is full, there is parking just past it on Grove and on various side streets.  Look for the leader -- wearing GPC gear, of course!  Bring some warm layers -- January mornings in the wine country can be cold. There are bathrooms near the bridge to the shops.  20% or greater threat of rain will postpone to another time -- it's too far a drive to risk riding in the rain. Call the leader by 8:15 that morning if in doubt.

TUE JAN 22 3/TM/30-60 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 9:20 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: Oakland Firehouse at Colton and Snake

PoE returns, now that your fearless leader is recovering from several health issues. For January PoE will be TM but M riders are free to join us and charge on ahead. 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 22 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 and prepare for cold weather. 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.  Rain date will be the following Thursday, two days later (check back for an update to see if the ride has been postponed or cancelled).  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED JAN 23 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 JAN 24 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 25 1/TM/35 Bay Trail / E-ville / Point Richmond
Leader: Lucy Glover     (970) 485-1914
Leader: Arleen Sakamoto     (415) 279-6248
Meet at 9:45 am   Rain Date: Fri Feb 8
Start Location: Berkeley - Aquatic Park Playground

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.

SAT JAN 26 4!/TM/60 (Web Only) Marin - One Bakery
Leader: Stephanie Clarke     (510) 423-1873
Meet at 9:30 am for a 9:45 am start
Start Location: San Rafael - Miller Creek Community Center

A classic ride -- lots of rollers, some big climbs, and the perfect bakery at the end.  Those wishing to cut off 20 miles from the total can meet the group as it rolls through Nicasio sometime between 10:30-10:45.  Minimal regroups, and leader will ride at a fast TM pace, but all those comfortable following a cue sheet are welcome.   Bring plenty of water and snacks to see you through until the Bovine Bakery in Pt Reyes Station.  20% or greater chance of rain will cancel - call the leader by 8:30 that morning if in doubt. 

SUN JAN 27 1!/T/30-ish Bay Trail to Point Molate
Leader: David Madson     (415) 722-5885
Meet at 9:01 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: North Berkeley BART

Enjoy the bicycle over crossing over the freeway before taking the Bay Trail to Point RIchmond an on to Point Molate. Rumor has it that there's a new place to eat out there. Return via Miller-Knox Park and the trail that avoids the climb by Brickyard Cove.

TUE JAN 29 3/TM/30-60 Peloton of Elders (repeats weekly)
Leader: Bill Bagnell     (510) 504-5401
Meet at 9:20 am for a 9:30 am start
Start Location: Oakland Firehouse at Colton and Snake

PoE returns, now that your fearless leader is recovering from several health issues. For January PoE will be TM but M riders are free to join us and charge on ahead. 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 29 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 and prepare for cold weather. 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.  Rain date will be the following Thursday, two days later (check back for an update to see if the ride has been postponed or cancelled).  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18304258

WED JAN 30 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 JAN 31 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.

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