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FRI JAN 1 - SUN JAN 31 Varies * January GPC Ride Challenges - A Few Epic Climbs Series
Leader: Thomas Fraser     (954) 290-3903
Leader: Thomas Dunscombe     (510) 385-5859
Leader: Patrick Gordis     (510) 524-4318
Meet at 8:00 am

A Few Epic Climbs Series: Complete riding 3 of the 4 rides

Grizzlies we’ve created a series of fun rides you can complete over a calendar month, at your convenience, with your family or friends pod or on your own. These are non-competitive with the intention to simply achieve the completion of the series in which you choose to participate on your own schedule within a calendar month. The series has something for everyone at every level of cycling. When you complete the series you will be entered into a raffle for any prizes. Please see "How It Works" at the bottom of the descriptions of the rides.

East Bay: Palomares (via Niles Canyon Rd) from Fremont BART

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34925169

Marin: Hawk Hill from Pt. Richmond

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34925220

Peninsula: Old La Honda (OLH) + bonus Tunitas from Woodside

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34925273

SF Area: San Bruno Mountain + Scenic Tour of West SF to GG Bridge Plaza overlook

- Start from S. San Francisco BART

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34925393

How Does It Work?

  • Exclusively for GPC members (for insurance and any raffle prizes)
  • Signup & accept the electronic waiver on the GPC Ride webpage
  • Record your ride for insurance* and verification of achievement (use free versions of Ride with GPS or Strava)
  • Share your ride (via email ChallengeRides@grizz.org & share on the GPC Strava Club page)
    • If not a member of the GPC Strava Club please request to join on the GPC Strava Club page
  • Upon achievement of the minimum rides in a challenge series your entry will be included into a raffle for any prizes

* Please note your club can provide the same medical coverage for the ride routes in the series as if you were on a standard club group ride. Recording of the ride assures verification of riding the mapped route. When riding off the predetermined route coverage is not included just like a club ride (e.g., like riding from home to the meeting location).

SUN JAN 3 0/TM/0 Sunday Funday p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 12:45 pm

60 minutes, D pace, 21mph (2.0 w/kg). This ride presented by The Big Ring (TBR) encourages those who want to push their pace a little higher than the standard sub 2.0 w/kg social rides on Zwift. We roll together on the Watopia Waistband route, which is mostly flat. For the best ride experience, please stay by the leader's Yellow Beacon.

Sign up on the Zwift Companion app.

MON JAN 4 0/TM/0 Ascenders Team Social Monday (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, D pace, average 21mpg (1.9 w/kg). This social event is currently on the Watopia Flat course, with 3 sprints during the hour. We run a monthly sprint league with prizes awarded to the top man and woman by points. Top sprints awarded 10 points, down to 1 point for 10th fastest sprint. Fastest sprint time of the month is awarded 5 bonus points. Course changes monthly. Vibe is friendly and supportive, with strong sweepers at the back to help anyone who falls out of the group draft.

Sign up on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/959878

TUE JAN 5 5!/TM/10 Tuesday evening ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Anne Schonfield     (510) 851-4749
Leader: Elizabeth Crocker     (510) 484-1060
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Join us for a weekly Tuesday evening ride. This is a short ride but with a steep climb! We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park once or twice (e.g. we’ll climb S. Park, descend and climb again if the mood strikes us). Cyclists of different paces are very welcome to join. South Park is closed to car traffic, which makes it perfect for winter riding. If we complete 2 round trip ascents up South Park, expect ~10 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain.

NOTE: it will be dark by 5:30 in mid Nov, so this ride is mostly in dark. Come with bright front and rear lights (and make sure they work). 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please contact ride leaders if there's unfavorable weather.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390 (this route shows 3 ascents up South Park, we’ll only do 1-2 ascents. Thanks to Nick Umemoto for the route and inspiration!)

Ride will follow GPC Covid-19 protocol, including mandatory pre-registration for members. Please wear face coverings at the start/end and during all regroups.

WED JAN 6 2/M/21 Knights of Suburbia Happy Hour p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 10:45 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 22mph (2.2 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together with strong sweep support to help those at the back stay in the group. Knights of Suburbia is an Australia-based group that mostly rides outdoors and focuses on promoting mental wellbeing. In our Zwift rides, we work hard to create a positive atmosphere and foster support for mental wellness so everyone enjoys a "happy hour" on the bike.

THU JAN 7 0/M/0 Poursuite de la Lanterne Rouge p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 23mph (2.3 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together for most of the ride, but then given the chance to chase our Red Beacon sweeper (Lanterne Rouge) at 47 minutes and try to catch him before the finish. Our Lanterne Rouge is released at 45 minutes in and given a 2 minute head start. The Yellow Beacon ride leader maintains the listed pace for the full hour for those who do not wish to chase.

Register on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/953170

SAT JAN 9 1/L/10 Bike and Bird The Bay Trail
Leader: Jeffrey D. Black     (510) 526-7068
Meet at 10:00 am   Rain Date: Sat Jan 16
Start Location: Berkeley - Pedestrian Bridge on Addison/Bolivar Dr

Bring binoculars, field guide, water, snack; wear warm clothes. We shall bird Aquatic Park, then head south to Emeryville on the Bay Trail, stopping along the way to view wintering ducks and shorebirds. Rain postpones to following Saturday. Limited to 8 cyclists.

SUN JAN 10 0/TM/0 Sunday Funday p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 12:45 pm

60 minutes, D pace, 21mph (2.0 w/kg). This ride presented by The Big Ring (TBR) encourages those who want to push their pace a little higher than the standard sub 2.0 w/kg social rides on Zwift. We roll together on the Watopia Waistband route, which is mostly flat. For the best ride experience, please stay by the leader's Yellow Beacon.

Sign up on the Zwift Companion app.

MON JAN 11 0/TM/0 Ascenders Team Social Monday (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, D pace, average 21mpg (1.9 w/kg). This social event is currently on the Watopia Flat course, with 3 sprints during the hour. We run a monthly sprint league with prizes awarded to the top man and woman by points. Top sprints awarded 10 points, down to 1 point for 10th fastest sprint. Fastest sprint time of the month is awarded 5 bonus points. Course changes monthly. Vibe is friendly and supportive, with strong sweepers at the back to help anyone who falls out of the group draft.

Sign up on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/959878

MON JAN 11 Speaker Series GPC Speaker Series - EVERESTING
Leader: Thomas Fraser     (954) 290-3903
Leader: Michael Koved     (510) 508-4193
Meet at 7:00 pm

The concept of EVERESTING is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m - the equivalent height of Mt. Everest.

Curious? Want to learn more? Join the GPC Speaker Series to learn about two local female Everesting Hall of Famers.

Our featured speakers Kemi King and Denise Edwards will share their 19+ hour adventure riding up and down Mt. Tamalpais, climbing over 29,029 ft. and 157 miles. A challenge that is beyond taxing, both physically and mentally.

Join the peloton via online or phone:

Meeting ID 667 2907 4067

Passcode 551451

Zoom app: Meeting link

Phone +1 669 900 6833: Press *6 to toggle mute/unmute. Press *9 to raise your hand.

The event is free. Bring a friend or two. Questions? Email SpeakerSeries at grizz dot org.

TUE JAN 12 5!/TM/10 Tuesday evening ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Anne Schonfield     (510) 851-4749
Leader: Elizabeth Crocker     (510) 484-1060
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Join us for a weekly Tuesday evening ride. This is a short ride but with a steep climb! We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park once or twice (e.g. we’ll climb S. Park, descend and climb again if the mood strikes us). Cyclists of different paces are very welcome to join. South Park is closed to car traffic, which makes it perfect for winter riding. If we complete 2 round trip ascents up South Park, expect ~10 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain.

NOTE: it will be dark by 5:30 in mid Nov, so this ride is mostly in dark. Come with bright front and rear lights (and make sure they work). 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please contact ride leaders if there's unfavorable weather.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390 (this route shows 3 ascents up South Park, we’ll only do 1-2 ascents. Thanks to Nick Umemoto for the route and inspiration!)

Ride will follow GPC Covid-19 protocol, including mandatory pre-registration for members. Please wear face coverings at the start/end and during all regroups.

WED JAN 13 2/M/21 Knights of Suburbia Happy Hour p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 10:45 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 22mph (2.2 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together with strong sweep support to help those at the back stay in the group. Knights of Suburbia is an Australia-based group that mostly rides outdoors and focuses on promoting mental wellbeing. In our Zwift rides, we work hard to create a positive atmosphere and foster support for mental wellness so everyone enjoys a "happy hour" on the bike.

WED JAN 13 Meeting Virtual Club Meeting (repeats monthly)
Meet at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm start

Join the club's virtual monthly business meeting at 7:00 pm. Optional social time from 6:45 pm to 7:00 pm. Check your email for an announcement with details of how to join the meeting. There will not be a presentation at this meeting. See the listing for the Speaker Series for monthly presentations.

THU JAN 14 0/M/0 Poursuite de la Lanterne Rouge p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 23mph (2.3 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together for most of the ride, but then given the chance to chase our Red Beacon sweeper (Lanterne Rouge) at 47 minutes and try to catch him before the finish. Our Lanterne Rouge is released at 45 minutes in and given a 2 minute head start. The Yellow Beacon ride leader maintains the listed pace for the full hour for those who do not wish to chase.

Register on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/953170

SAT JAN 16 1/L/10 Bike and Bird The Bay Trail [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Jan 9. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SAT JAN 16 5!/TM/51 * OLH and Tunitas Creek
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (661) 343-5737
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Jan 17
GPC Route: Old La Honda Tunitas Creek Loop
Start Location: Woodside Town Hall

Inspired by our Few Epic Climbs Series*, we're taking on this classic Peninsula loop, featuring Old La Honda, artichoke bread, sweeping views of the coast from CA-1, the Bike Hut, and Tunitas Creek, with breathtaking descents in between.

Lunch and restrooms at Mile 25, and then a quick stop for restrooms again at Mile 36 before our big climb. Bring layers and maybe lights; Tunitas can be pretty dimly lit, even midday.

Average moving speed will likely be ~11 mph, given all the climbing. We'll have many regroups to stick together. COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced! Don't forget your buff or mask. If you need to contact the leader on the day of the ride, please call or text (not email).

*If you have not yet registered for the challenge, do it today!

SUN JAN 17 5!/TM/51 * OLH and Tunitas Creek [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Jan 16. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN JAN 17 0/TM/0 Sunday Funday p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 12:45 pm

60 minutes, D pace, 21mph (2.0 w/kg). This ride presented by The Big Ring (TBR) encourages those who want to push their pace a little higher than the standard sub 2.0 w/kg social rides on Zwift. We roll together on the Watopia Waistband route, which is mostly flat. For the best ride experience, please stay by the leader's Yellow Beacon.

Sign up on the Zwift Companion app.

MON JAN 18 0/TM/0 Ascenders Team Social Monday (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, D pace, average 21mpg (1.9 w/kg). This social event is currently on the Watopia Flat course, with 3 sprints during the hour. We run a monthly sprint league with prizes awarded to the top man and woman by points. Top sprints awarded 10 points, down to 1 point for 10th fastest sprint. Fastest sprint time of the month is awarded 5 bonus points. Course changes monthly. Vibe is friendly and supportive, with strong sweepers at the back to help anyone who falls out of the group draft.

Sign up on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/959878

TUE JAN 19 5!/TM/10 Tuesday evening ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Anne Schonfield     (510) 851-4749
Leader: Elizabeth Crocker     (510) 484-1060
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza

Join us for a weekly Tuesday evening ride. This is a short ride but with a steep climb! We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park once or twice (e.g. we’ll climb S. Park, descend and climb again if the mood strikes us). Cyclists of different paces are very welcome to join. South Park is closed to car traffic, which makes it perfect for winter riding. If we complete 2 round trip ascents up South Park, expect ~10 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain.

NOTE: it will be dark by 5:30 in mid Nov, so this ride is mostly in dark. Come with bright front and rear lights (and make sure they work). 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please contact ride leaders if there's unfavorable weather.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390 (this route shows 3 ascents up South Park, we’ll only do 1-2 ascents. Thanks to Nick Umemoto for the route and inspiration!)

Ride will follow GPC Covid-19 protocol, including mandatory pre-registration for members. Please wear face coverings at the start/end and during all regroups.

WED JAN 20 2/M/21 Knights of Suburbia Happy Hour p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 10:45 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 22mph (2.2 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together with strong sweep support to help those at the back stay in the group. Knights of Suburbia is an Australia-based group that mostly rides outdoors and focuses on promoting mental wellbeing. In our Zwift rides, we work hard to create a positive atmosphere and foster support for mental wellness so everyone enjoys a "happy hour" on the bike.

THU JAN 21 0/M/0 Poursuite de la Lanterne Rouge p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 23mph (2.3 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together for most of the ride, but then given the chance to chase our Red Beacon sweeper (Lanterne Rouge) at 47 minutes and try to catch him before the finish. Our Lanterne Rouge is released at 45 minutes in and given a 2 minute head start. The Yellow Beacon ride leader maintains the listed pace for the full hour for those who do not wish to chase.

Register on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/953170

THU JAN 21 Speaker Series * Come for the Ride, Stay for the Club: Inclusion in Club Cycling
Leader: Michael Koved     (510) 428-0763
Meet at 3:00 pm

Come for the Ride, Stay for the Club: The Major Taylor* Iron Riders (MTIR) is a cycling club based in New York City and it is composed largely of African American, Latino, and Caribbean American riders. The club is one of the most visible ones in the tri-state region, due to its large membership and its stylish kits.

Why is MTIR so successful at bringing People of Color into the sport? It’s a feeling of inclusion and community and comfort, say the club members.

The club’s game plan helps new riders develop a deeper love and appreciation for cycling. Major Taylor Iron Riders has a detailed plan to help novice riders rise up the ranks to become competitive cyclists. It’s a blend of inclusivity, attention to detail, and tough love. Come hear the club’s president, Dereka Hendon-Barnes, describe how they grow membership, engage their members and nurture cycling skills.

Details: Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at 3pm.

Join the GPC peloton via online or phone:

  • Zoom app: https://bit.ly/37D5Tx5
  • Phone +1 669 900 6833: Press *6 to toggle mute/unmute. Press *9 to raise your hand.
  • Meeting ID: 667 2907 4067; passcode: 551451

The event is free. Bring a friend or two. Questions? Email SpeakerSeries@Grizz.Org.

* Note: Major Taylor was the first African American cycling superstar. His fame grew in the late 1800s/ early 1900s. To learn more about him, follow this link to the Major Taylor Association.

SAT JAN 23 3!/TM/47 * Hawk Hill from Point Richmond
Leader: Mary Ann Jawili     (661) 343-5737
Meet at 9:00 am for a 9:15 am start   Rain Date: Sun Jan 24
GPC Route: Hawk Hill from Point Richmond
Start Location: Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline
Optional pre-registration for members

Inspired by our Few Epic Climbs Series*, we're riding up Hawk Hill for an epic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Thanks to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, we'll do it without having to pay the bridge toll. 😄 Stop in Sausalito for restrooms and water (Mile 31) before continuing via Camino Alto.

Average moving speed will likely be solidly 12-14 mph. We'll have many regroups to stick together. COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced! Don't forget your buff or mask. If you need to contact the leader on the day of the ride, please call or text (not email).

*If you have not yet registered for the challenge, do it today!

SUN JAN 24 3!/TM/47 * Hawk Hill from Point Richmond [Rain Date]
See the listing for Sat Jan 23. If that ride was rained out, we will try again today. Contact the ride leader if you aren't sure.
SUN JAN 24 0/TM/0 Sunday Funday p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 12:45 pm

60 minutes, D pace, 21mph (2.0 w/kg). This ride presented by The Big Ring (TBR) encourages those who want to push their pace a little higher than the standard sub 2.0 w/kg social rides on Zwift. We roll together on the Watopia Waistband route, which is mostly flat. For the best ride experience, please stay by the leader's Yellow Beacon.

Sign up on the Zwift Companion app.

MON JAN 25 0/TM/0 Ascenders Team Social Monday (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, D pace, average 21mpg (1.9 w/kg). This social event is currently on the Watopia Flat course, with 3 sprints during the hour. We run a monthly sprint league with prizes awarded to the top man and woman by points. Top sprints awarded 10 points, down to 1 point for 10th fastest sprint. Fastest sprint time of the month is awarded 5 bonus points. Course changes monthly. Vibe is friendly and supportive, with strong sweepers at the back to help anyone who falls out of the group draft.

Sign up on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/959878

TUE JAN 26 5!/TM/10 Tuesday evening ride (repeats weekly)
Leader: Anne Schonfield     (510) 851-4749
Leader: Elizabeth Crocker     (510) 484-1060
Meet at 5:30 pm for a 5:35 pm start
Start Location: Berkeley - Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd - Plaza
Optional pre-registration for members

Join us for a weekly Tuesday evening ride. This is a short ride but with a steep climb! We'll head out along Wildcat Canyon to South Park Rd. From there, we'll climb to the top of South Park once or twice (e.g. we’ll climb S. Park, descend and climb again if the mood strikes us). Cyclists of different paces are very welcome to join. South Park is closed to car traffic, which makes it perfect for winter riding. If we complete 2 round trip ascents up South Park, expect ~10 miles and about 1,800 feet of elevation gain.

NOTE: it will be dark by 5:30 in mid Nov, so this ride is mostly in dark. Come with bright front and rear lights (and make sure they work). 20% chance or greater of rain cancels ride. Please contact ride leaders if there's unfavorable weather.

https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2742955390 (this route shows 3 ascents up South Park, we’ll only do 1-2 ascents. Thanks to Nick Umemoto for the route and inspiration!)

Ride will follow GPC Covid-19 protocol, including mandatory pre-registration for members. Please wear face coverings at the start/end and during all regroups.

WED JAN 27 2/M/21 Knights of Suburbia Happy Hour p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 10:45 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 22mph (2.2 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together with strong sweep support to help those at the back stay in the group. Knights of Suburbia is an Australia-based group that mostly rides outdoors and focuses on promoting mental wellbeing. In our Zwift rides, we work hard to create a positive atmosphere and foster support for mental wellness so everyone enjoys a "happy hour" on the bike.

THU JAN 28 0/M/0 Poursuite de la Lanterne Rouge p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams     (707) 827-6148
Meet at 11:00 am

60 minutes, C pace, average 23mph (2.3 w/kg). In this fun social event, everyone stays together for most of the ride, but then given the chance to chase our Red Beacon sweeper (Lanterne Rouge) at 47 minutes and try to catch him before the finish. Our Lanterne Rouge is released at 45 minutes in and given a 2 minute head start. The Yellow Beacon ride leader maintains the listed pace for the full hour for those who do not wish to chase.

Register on Zwift Companion app: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/953170

THU JAN 28 Speaker Event * Bright Ideas For Bicycle Safety: A Guide to Night Riding
Leader: Michael Koved     (510) 508-4193
Meet at 7:00 pm

Speaker Series: Bright Ideas For Bicycle Safety: A Guide to Night Riding

Whether you are new to the sport or have thousands of hours of saddle time, all cyclists want to ride safely and reduce the risk of injury. The questions are what are best practices and how can I learn?

Our members voted to kick off the Safety Series with a webinar to share best practices about Riding After Dark. Biking after dark can be fun, but is important to plan ahead and make sure you always have the right equipment and techniques to be visible every time you get on your bike. Bike East Bay’s award winning education program is being extended to GPC on Thursday, January 28 at 7pm.

Zoom app link
Phone +1 669 900 6833: Press *6 to toggle mute/unmute. Press *9 to raise your hand.
Meeting ID: 667 2907 4067; passcode: 551451

The event is free. Bring a friend or two. Questions or comments? Email SpeakerSeries@grizz.org.

SUN JAN 31 0/TM/0 Sunday Funday p/b TBR (repeats weekly)
Leader: Holly Brown-Williams  
Meet at 12:45 pm

60 minutes, D pace, 21mph (2.0 w/kg). This ride presented by The Big Ring (TBR) encourages those who want to push their pace a little higher than the standard sub 2.0 w/kg social rides on Zwift. We roll together on the Watopia Waistband route, which is mostly flat. For the best ride experience, please stay by the leader's Yellow Beacon.

Sign up on the Zwift Companion app.

* Rides shown with an asterisk were added after publication of the Wheel Truth newsletter.

January 2021 Statistics
WeekdayWeekendTotals
Rides Published in WT 18 6 24
Rides Added after WT * 3 2 5
Totals 21 8 29