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BTCEB Gala Ride

The Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay invites you to our monthly Gala Ride. We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month for a casually paced social group ride at one of the many great parks in the area. This is a 'no-drop' group ride (we won't leave you behind or let you get lost).

Rides generally last 2 to 3 hours and are great opportunities to meet other East Bay mountain bikers at your skill level and to discover the best trails without having to do it on your own.

Rides are free and open to the public and led by experienced local mountain bikers familiar with the trails.

Groups for ALL skill levels!

Skill Building Beginner Group (C): The group starts off slow, and tapers back from there!
Relaxed Intermediate Group (B): We stop to regroup and enjoy the view once in a while.
Fast Paced/Advanced Group (A): You'll get a chance to catch your breath, every now and then.

We start gathering at 9:00am at the Foothill Staging Area and hit the trails promptly at 9:30am. Join us for refreshments and snacks after the ride.

Please note: As we are currently in the winter riding season, inclement weather can result in the Gala being postponed. As such, BTCEB will confirm via email the status of the ride by 5pm Friday before the Gala.

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  • Mike P.

    Great video Jose!

    2 · December 18, 2013

    • Jose A.

      Thanks you. Was a fun ride. Happy Holidays and see you at Rockville.

      December 18, 2013

  • Jose A.

    Here are some footages last GALA RIDE at Pleasenton Ridge.
    http://youtu.be/5c6f6maK6hs.

    2 · December 17, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    A Rockville pre-view for those who've yet to go!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73rHRb4aiE0

    2 · December 16, 2013

    • Byron

      Nice! Looks like fun, can't wait for this ride. Pleasanton Ridge was my first ride with the group, had a lot of fun! Been to the Ridge twice previously and never knew about all the single track there! Byron

      December 16, 2013

    • Jeff "Banzai" B.

      It's out there, ya just gotta explore a bit. But it certainly helps goin with those in the know!

      December 16, 2013

  • Rich A

    Had a great time! Didn't particularly care for the long warm up climb in the beginning but rest of the ride was fun especially the single track. First time riding with the ETCEB. The people are great and its a wonderful way of learning various trail around. Definitely will be back again. Rich (on a red Klein)

    December 16, 2013

  • Jeremy F.

    Thanks for letting us Modesto guys hang out with you cool kids. Glad I could tailgun the B + group. I loved the challenge.

    December 16, 2013

    • Jeff "Banzai" B.

      Nice to have you along in my group Jeremy. Challenges are how you progress!

      December 16, 2013

  • Michael M.

    It was great top have you aboard.

    On to Rockville in January!

    December 15, 2013

    • Michael M.

      Just posted a shot of the bike, Larry. Anthem Advance 1 from Josh at Hank and Frank.

      December 16, 2013

    • Will

      Test rode the Scott Genius the other day. Great bike! The remote lockout for front and rear shocks with a single 2 position switch is awesome!

      December 16, 2013

  • Kim S

    great to ride in a new area...I would not have done that ride alone, it is waaaaay too much climbing! Fun going DOWNHILL, that I can say was worth the climb. Love that we went to the other bike club's food fest at the end by mistake! :)

    2 · December 14, 2013

    • Will

      Those guys were super cool too, luckily I speak fluent tagalog as well. Overall great day of riding with awesome folks!

      December 15, 2013

  • Marty S.

    Great Ride. Never knew there was so much singletrack at Pleasanton Ridge. Thanks for the tour,Jeff.

    December 15, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    Always enjoyable

    December 15, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Rosebud?

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Thanks for putting together a great ride.

    December 15, 2013

  • Mathew E.

    SYD BARRETT!!!

    December 15, 2013

  • Mike P.

    Good ride and great people.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Great time, nice bunch of riders, my legs are shot!

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Phil W.

    Great fun! Thanks to all.

    December 14, 2013

  • Eric0MTB

    Lots of people, nice trails choice. Thx

    December 14, 2013

  • Jaime A. Z.

    As much as i get tired i'm still loving it , GREAT RIDE

    December 14, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Great leadership, good weather and a warm social hour.

    December 14, 2013

  • Ken W.

    Great as always!

    2 · December 14, 2013

  • Will

    Way too much climbing

    1 · December 14, 2013

    • larry p.

      Now I remember how it feels...lol.

      2 · December 14, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    If you see yourself in a picture please tag yourself!

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    Another great ride!
    Thanks to all who joined me in the B/B+ group. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did. We did just shy of 20 miles with something like 3300ish feet of climbing.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Will

    Great group to ride with! You guys rock!

    December 14, 2013

  • Sandeep

    Just myself

    December 13, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    72 and counting! Thankfully it's big park

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    A small taste of this Saturdays Gala. The weather will be excellent. Don't dress to warmly, ya won't need it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oV013pTXVQ

    4 · December 12, 2013

    • Will

      Those descents looks awesome! I hope theres a lot of them.

      December 13, 2013

  • Davin

    Unable to ride on Saturday!

    December 13, 2013

  • Will

    Almost there folks! Can't wait to meet you all and ride! It's my first Gala ride.

    December 13, 2013

  • Kim S

    who wants to carpool from Oakland/ Glenview neighborhood, leaving at 8:45 am? I can carry one other bike on my rack, or go with you. [masked]

    December 10, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    You know it's cold when:
    1) No bodies at the trail head.
    2) You wearing three layers.
    3) You can stand on water!

    Pleasanton Ridge today. See ya Saturday! Hehehehehehehehehe

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202100585469163&set=vb.1623412407&type=2&theater

    2 · December 9, 2013

    • Jeff "Banzai" B.

      Looks like it's warmin up for Sat. Relatively speaking.

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • Jaime A. Z.

      It will be just the perfect weather for a nice ride.

      December 10, 2013

    • Mike P.

      You are a lucky man, Jeff!

      December 9, 2013

    • Jeff "Banzai" B.

      nah, it was at least a foot thick all the way to the bottom

      December 9, 2013

  • Kike R.

    My favorite gala at the place where i started mountain biking!

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Jaime A. Z.

      Ok then !!! it will be "0 degrees" not too hot or not too cold.

      1 · December 8, 2013

    • Ken W.

      '0' degrees!!! Forget it brrrrrrrrr! lmao

      December 8, 2013

  • Jeff "Banzai" B.

    Right on P-Ridge my local trail!!! I know oh so well. Hey Udkow, I hope to take a B+ group out.

    3 · November 14, 2013

    • Will

      Most definitely! 50+ members joining this ride, sounds like a blast!

      December 5, 2013

    • Jeff "Banzai" B.

      A conga line

      December 5, 2013

  • adalid P.

    Im from modesto my group is dctr ill bring 2 or 4 members

    4 · December 1, 2013

    • Mike U.

      Yes, come ride and party with us

      December 2, 2013

    • Jeremy F.

      One of Adalid's group from Modesto (Dry Creek Trail Riders). Looking forward to this ride. Rode the ridge for the first time last week.

      2 · December 2, 2013

  • Michael B.

    Awesome, another backyard location. I will be bringing 4-5 people from Livermore, we ride the ridge regularly and can lead an advanced group if needed.

    December 2, 2013

    • Mike U.

      Wow, I love it when people like you step right in to help. More people have volunteered for this ride then any other. I'm sure we can use you to lead an advanced group. Could you send me your e-mail address so I can put you on my list of ride leaders for future rides? [masked]

      December 2, 2013

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