April 6, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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Foiled by the weather forecast last Saturday, so let's try again.
Route: North on CA-1 through Tomales to Valley Ford, then loop through back roads near Dillon Beach and return on CA-1 to Pt Reyes Station. This is for road bikes.
Distance: 49 miles. A 43 mile option is available with 400 ft less climbing.
Climb: 3600 feet total gain
Start: West Marin Elementary School, 11550 Shoreline Hwy (CA-1), Pt Reyes Station, CA.
Meet at 10:15 am sharp at the school, roll soon afterwards. Allow 1 hr driving time from the GG Bridge. Rain cancels.
Pace will be generally moderate (14-16 mph on flats). Not recommended for beginners.
Note: there is little or no shoulder on long stretches of CA-1, if you do not like that kind of riding. Also, the shortcut is north of Tomales -- it cuts off 6 miles and 400 ft of elevation. The rest stop for both routes is Tomales on the return leg.
This IS NOT a guaranteed no-drop ride. You should be a self-sufficient rider and able to navigate by yourself if you get separated. I will supply cue sheets.