Oakland to Norris Canyon (San Ramon) with Castro Valley BART return

This is one of my favorite, scenic, moderately difficult, "Bike to BART" loops.

Meet: 9:15 AM  Ready to roll: 9:30 AM

Miles: ~40  (~64 if you want to ride up Redwood Rd. back to start)

Ascent: ~2700 feet

12-16 MPH on flats.  We will congregate for 10 minutes at the top of hills and intersections, but please be able to keep up the advertised pace.  Bailout West Dublin/Pleasanton BART.

The ride starts off on Park Blvd. and Leimert with a climb to Redwood Rd. with some fine bay views. Next is a long forested descent and rollers to Castro Valley, and up and over the gradual Dublin grade into San Ramon. After a lunch break, we finish with a short but steep ascent to the top of Norris Canyon and are rewarded with a long, gradual descent to the Castro Valley BART. There is rural land and scenery sandwiched between San Ramon and Castro Valley, an interesting juxtaposition.

Bring:

Spare tube, water, lytes, snacks, money, ID, and HELMET.

There are rest stops along the way as needed and we have one planned lunch stop.

Activity Fee:  2.00 for non-organizers 

12th Street BART to Ultimate Grouds, 3 miles

http://goo.gl/maps/eNxhi

AC transit Bus #18 stops at the cafe:

http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php?quick_line=18&Go=Go&version_id=21&maps_line=18&current_schedule=10849

3 extra miles from my house.


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  • Andy

    I"m sorry I didn't make it despite planning on it. I had family in town and didn't get up in time. Next time

    April 14

  • Franny

    Thanks for coming out, everyone-sorry we dropped so many riders, by choice or by lost! Be sure to take my # that I send out before the ride. I know several of you had it. Anyway, 5 of us finished the ride, but I hope everyone had an enjoyable day. 3 of us rode back to the start. My stats from my home are ~62 miles and 5300' climb. Here's the link which includes the whole route:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes...­

    April 13

    • Jeff P

      Thanks again for organizing! It was a great ride. I can pull anytime. :)

      1 · April 13

    • Franny

      Well, Jeff, you're the designated puller then!

      April 13

  • Peter A.

    Cleaned up route with some photos as well:

    http://usca.rideleader.com/rout...­

    1 · April 13

  • David H.

    have to cancel... thumb is pretty weak. It's best to give it one more week.

    April 13

    • Franny

      Okie--we missed ya!

      April 13

  • Robert H.

    hey franny- after adjusting my shoe i just went straight on Center and never saw anything resembling a cafe, so i'm assuming you guys took a turn somewhere that i missed. i ended up doing the loop counterclockwise- i'm thinking you were doing it clockwise perhaps (at least that's what it looked like from the posting), but i never saw anyone from the group coming the other direction during my ride. was fun nevertheless- thx for the ride!

    1 · April 13

    • Franny

      Aww, we were on Castro Valley Blvd at that point, and there was a small shopping center with the cafe. Well, at least you got some good riding in. We missed you! Well, til next time!

      April 13

  • Franny

    We'll be in Pleasanton at Foothill soon.

    April 13

  • Franny

    On our way to San Ramon, Robert. Not sure where we lost you!

    April 13

  • Franny

    Jeremy, were at Bodhi's in Castro Valley.

    April 13

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists, Please update your RSVP to "No" if you are unable to attend tomorrow's ride. I'll email you my cell # for any delays, or post a comment on the app.

    April 12

  • Justin B.

    Argh. Cracked my clavicle. Gonna have to miss this one. :-(

    April 8

    • David H.

      I'm crossing my fingers this is my comeback ride after breaking my thumb. I see the doc tomorrow to see if I get a thumbs up (pun intended) get well soon Justin

      2 · April 9

    • Franny

      Hope for good news, Dave. It's a good little reconditioning ride!

      April 10

  • billy t.

    I am a maybe but i'll try to make it

    1 · April 9

  • JulieS

    Sounds beautiful! I really want to come AND I have a late night the night before, so I will try to motivate to get up early on Sunday. Have always wanted to ride in the valley areas more.

    1 · April 8

    • Franny

      I tend to start my rides later than others, Julie, for the same reason! And I'm not a morning person! Hope you can make it, we have an excellent group of cyclists.

      1 · April 8

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