Half Moon Bay to Davenport & back

9:00 AM SHARP ROLLOUT FROM HMB START!

Meet on Seymour Street (plenty of street parking) across from the Coastside Baptist Church on the west side of Hwy 1 in Half Moon Bay. Ride back roads and Hwy 1 to Davenport, where we will have lunch at the Whale City Bakery before returning to HMB. Dinner in HMB afterwards?

Distance: 84 miles

Climbing: Estimate 5,000'

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4993814

Shorter (~60 miles) option 1: Meet us at the San Gregorio General Store, 7615 Stage Rd., San Gregorio, CA 94074. We will be rolling up there around 10:00AM. This selection eliminates the tough northbound climb between San Gregorio and the intersection of Stage Road/Hwy 1 and climbing total is about 3,000'. If you select this option, please post your intention so we know whether to look for anyone at the store! 

Shorter (~50 miles) option 2: Meet us at the Pescadero Country Store,  251 Stage Rd. Pescadero, CA 94060. We should be rolling up there around 10:45 AM. This choice eliminates the two hardest climbs of the route, total climbing about 2400'. If you select this option, please post your intention so we know whether to look for anyone at the store!

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  • FMJohnson

    John took photos(?), video (remote control, helmet mount!), (maybe even some psych profiles?).

    August 13

  • FMJohnson

    Great ride. Good route plan, thanks Russell.

    August 11

  • Mick J.

    Nice to meet all you folks. We seemed to be a pretty compatible gooup pace-wise down to Davenport. I certainly got hills on the way back but no headwinds and very light traffic. I always forget that Boulder Creek is only 500' so two climbs to 2500' to get to the Bay. Very thankful for my disk brakes on the Jamison Creek descent. http://www.strava.com/activitie...­

    August 10

    • Russell

      Heck Mick, your riding with us to Davenport was nothing but a warm-up for you! Have fun in England, look forward to riding with you again!

      August 10

  • Judy

    This was a really fun ride, even with the drizzle, the headwinds and the unadvertised hills. Thanks for organizing it Russell. And was great to meet yet more bent riders.

    August 9

    • John

      And 5400 feet of climbing. We climbed a mile!

      August 10

    • Russell

      Tease away mi amigo! :-)

      Let's see... between:

      1. "Unadvertised hills"

      2. Underesimating the amount of climbing

      3. Failing to wait for riders

      4. Insisting that the headwinds weren't "that bad"

      My reputation as a ride organizer is sullied! lol

      -------------------
      Are you SURE that invisible force holding you back wasn't fatigue? :-P

      August 10

  • Russell

    We rolled out of Half Moon Bay at 9:00 AM sharp, a light mist hanging in the air, mostly noticed by its gradual buildup on our sunglasses as we rode (the mist would disappear by the time we got to San Gregorio). We were missing Frank at the start, but 4-5 miles up the road Rod passed us in his truck on his way to Pescadero, pulled over and said that Frank was not too far behind us. We stopped so that he would catch up. We got into San Gregorio at 9:50 where we planned to meet Mick. We left at 10:01 AM without having seen Mick.

    We arrived in Pescadero about ten minutes late and met Rod. No longer having a schedule, we were hanging about the store, chatting and taking restroom breaks when Mick caught up with us, having just missed us in San Gregorio.

    (Continued next post)

    August 10

    • Russell

      Now that our group was whole, we all left Pescadero and made our way south on Cloverdale Rd., connecting with Gazos Creek Rd and riding it to its intersection with Hwy 1. It was here that the sun had completely burned through the overcast sky and we enjoyed the sunshine all the way into Davenport.

      The ride back to HMB did have some headwinds (maybe 10-12 mph) until we got to around Pescadero and back to overcast skies. From there the headwinds started to wane, and the last part of the ride was pretty much free of them. It also was a bit chilly (mid-upper 50's) for the last part of the ride and we cut off the Purissima/Higgins part of the route to finish the ride at 80 miles.

      August 10

  • Russell

    Hopefully everyone who attended enjoyed the ride. Thanks for coming! My apologies to Frank and Mick--let me assure you both that it was a desire to arrive at the posted meeting places on time and not impatience or inconsideration that resulted in our not waiting for you at our meeting spots past the posted time. Most rides do not have multiple meeting spots and on those rides we always wait for anyone who we believe is participating on a ride.

    August 10

  • John

    Sadly, I'm bowing out of this ride for a number of reasons - this is becoming a pattern for me and the HMB rides- darn!

    August 8

    • Tony P.

      I wish that I could go too. My thanks for the wonderful ride. Hope to be more available in the future. Have a great ride.

      August 8

    • Russell

      Tony, I'm 100% certain we will do this ride again sometime in the not too distant future... maybe start in Santa Cruz? These roads have too much going for them not to revisit before year's end...

      1 · August 8

  • Russell

    OK folks! Looks like everyone is starting in HMB except:

    1. Mick, who is riding over the hill from the bay-side of the Santa Cruz Mtns., meeting us at San Gregorio, 10:00 AM

    2. Rod, who has to be back in SF by a certain time, meeting us at Pescadero, 10:45 AM

    C-Y'all tomorrow!

    August 8

  • John

    I'm going to start in HMB rather than San Gregorio but I don't think I can do 84 miles on the trike. So if you see a big guy with a bright yellow helmet and neon shoes tagging along on a Trek road bike, be kind to him.

    August 8

  • Mick J.

    I plan to join at San Gregorio. I'll be coming over the hill from Palo Alto and probably going back up Tunitas Creek at the end.

    August 5

    • Russell

      Will be good to have you along Mick! We met once awhile back. Definitely not a requirement, but it'd be great if you RSVP'd for the ride. We'll look for you at San Gregorio Store around 10:45 AM.

      August 6

    • Russell

      Opos, I meant 10 AM. 10:45 is for any folks starting in Pescadero.

      August 6

  • rodjava

    I need to be back in SF around 6. So I either have to cancel or take option 2. Since I never turn down riding with a bunch of bents, I will see you guys at the Pescadero County Store. I'm riding a yellow Ran Xstream.

    August 3

    • rodjava

      Sorry, but not me .

      August 3

    • Russell

      Looking forward to riding with you again Rod. Last time was the Davis to American River Trail... that must've been at least a year ago...

      August 3

  • rodjava

    Russell,
    Ok, I will hang with the gang and start 9am. The pizza century is blast but it's also a "dash" The headwinds on the return will be a big factor. What's your best estimate back in HMB?

    July 31

    • Russell

      My best estimate would be back at HMB start at 5:30-6 PM for those riding the 84-mile option. As often as I've ridden this ride (5-6 times), I've never encountered headwinds that I thought were that bad and I've wondered what all the fuss was about... hope I didn't just jinx us...

      July 31

    • Russell

      Perhaps the headwinds have been lighter on the days I've ridden this... most of my experience on this route has been on days when it is super hot inland and maybe those are days when the prevailing winds are lighter than usual...

      August 1

  • rodjava

    I plan to start from HMB, but might get a jump start before the official 9am kick off.

    July 30

    • Russell

      Rod, you are welcome to start early but there will be a lot more regroups compared to a ride such as the Pizza Century. Plan is for us all to take our break in Davenport as a group. Please confirm if you decide to start early--we'll swap numbers so we can make contact if need be.

      July 31

  • John

    5000 feet is a lot of climbing for a trike so I'll probably do the 60 mile route. Is anyone else starting from the San Gregorio general store at 10:00am?

    July 20

  • Rick

    looks like there is a big parking lot on hwy1 near hwy84, that would cut the route down to ~37 miles round trip

    June 11

    • Rick

      I thought the route was up and back on hwy1, didnt see the complete route.

      June 12

  • John

    I'm not sure that I'm up to the route as Russell has planned it. I may just stick to the highway and have some chance of eating with the rest of the riders in Davenport and HMB.

    June 12

    • Russell

      A route from the HMB meeting spot to Davenport and back that sticks to Hwy 1 is 76.1 miles.

      A route from the HMB meeting spot to Davenport and back that sticks to Hwy 1 has 70% of the climbing total compared to the route posted in the link.

      If one chooses the shorter ~50 mile option starting at the Pescadero Country Store and follows the route posted, the climbing total will be about 2500' and eliminates the two hardest climbs. This is my suggestion for a starting spot for those preferring less mileage and/or less climbing. You will thank me for suggesting you to ride this part of the ride on the posted route rather than Hwy 1 I promise...

      June 12

    • John

      Well, there's time to think. Maybe I'll choose to ride the back roads, but a shorter route.

      June 12

  • Carol

    Okay. Any chance we could revisit the date at the BBQ on Saturday's ride? August 16 or 17 for example?

    June 11

    • Russell

      We'll discuss at the BBQ.

      June 12

  • Russell

    Another shorter option added!

    June 12

  • Tony P.

    The backroads are great. I love doing them but don't know if I'm up for 84 miles. I might meet others part way into the ride. I'd certainly do the Old Stage Road and Coverdale Road portion.

    June 12

  • Carol

    Darn! Aug. 9 is the day before the Tour D'Organics out of Sebastipol and I'm due in Santa Rosa that day. Oh, well.

    June 11

  • Russell

    I think we have a winner. Saturday, August 9th it is!

    Zach I hope you find our company preferable to the GPC wedgie crowd... :-)

    June 11

  • Dave M.

    Either July 19th or August 9th would work for me.

    June 11

  • Rick

    Sounds like a great ride but not sure I can do the full 84miles. Maybe multiple starting points along the way could work?

    June 10

    • Russell

      A Pescadero start would be a good option for those looking for a ride of about 50 miles (and eliminate the toughest climb of the route). Perhaps others may chime in with their interest in something like this and we can organize a second starting point?

      June 11

  • Paul H.

    I vote for the 8th

    June 10

    • Paul H.

      I meant the 9th, We all should look at a calender sometime. LOL

      June 11

  • Neal O.

    Aug. 9th or 10th sounds good to me (Sat. or Sun.)
    Note to fellow members:
    At this point in time there will be 6 to 8 weeks of training time to get ready for this ride. While this ride may not be for everyone I urge you not to count yourself out to quickly, nuff said.

    June 11

  • Zach

    I can do the 12th or 19th of July with a slight preference for the 19th as that would leave the option open for doing the Grizzly Peak Cyclists Second Saturday ride. 5 August is a Tuesday.

    June 10

    • Russell

      Oops, Aug. 2nd or 8th then as add'l options

      June 10

    • Zach

      The 2nd won't work for me as that is the same date as the Mt. Tam Double Century, but the 8th will work.

      June 10

  • Alice S.

    Too tough for us!

    June 10

  • Carol

    I'm thinking about this ride. I'm also trying to figure a way to do one way, if I can't manage the whole thing. Let you know.

    June 10

  • Russell

    Several times last year when it was really hot inland I started at the meeting spot and rode the route posted. SO much better to ride in 70-degree weather than 100! There are 3 places between the start and the lunch stop to get water, etc. along the way. The toughest climb will be the ~1.5 mile section of Stage Road between San Gregorio and Hwy 1 which is about 8%. The rest of the climbs aren't as steep. IMO this is a much nicer route than riding Hwy 1 all the way...

    June 10

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