PLEASANTON CALAVERAS SIERRRA RD

I found this route as a means to help me get ready for the Half Moon Bay ride. The ride is on back roads and runs about 54 miles long with 4500 ft of climbing. The route is up and back so those who want to shorten the ride can do so by just turning around and heading back. Here's the link http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2207815

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  • Judy

    Neal, thanks for organizing the ride AND being flexible about the route. Really fun ride.

    July 12

  • Russell

    Neal, thanks for making this happen, definitely have to do this route again some time.

    July 12

  • Christine M.

    I really had a good time. Can't say what a shot in the arm it was to ride with fellow 'bent riders!

    July 12

    • Russell

      I think I can speak for the group and say that it was great to have you join us. You got "skillz" for a self-described "old gal"...

      July 12

  • Rich C

    I've pooped out as well, ride well!

    July 12

  • Carol

    Have a great ride. Calaveras is one of my favorites. After a big week at work, I need a slow morning. Catch you on another ride!

    July 12

  • Christine M.

    I know Pleasanton/Livermore area, and will have suggestions for extra mileage if I'm able to attend. My bike is in shop and may not be ready. I'll let you know as soon as I know.

    July 7

  • Neal O.

    For those who are thinking about this ride, the route is flat for about 50% of the ride. That means only 25% of it is up hill and the rest is glorious, exhilarating down hill.

    For those who would like to do this ride I'd like to know if your into a lunch stop halfway or want to ride straight through?

    1 · July 4

    • Christine M.

      I would be interested in that option. I'm pretty sure I can't ride the 'bent up Sierra Road. The other option is to turn left at the bottom of the Calaveras Wall and ride up to the top of Sierra Road. But that would be a strenuous ride, with no bathrooms or water on the way. I've done it often on a DF, but never on the 'bent. I'd rather do as Judy suggested.

      July 7

    • Judy

      What I know to Danville is Foothill/San Ramon Valley Rd. But that would be out and back. There's also Collier Canyon Rd from Livermore to Camino Tassajara into Danville and then south on SRV Rd. Don't know mileage or of a good way to Collier Canyon from Calaveras, though, since I don't know Pleasanton/Livermore area.

      July 7

  • Russell

    Neal, this ride would be MORE difficult than the Half Moon Bay ride. The wall is steeper than Sierra but not nearly as long. Are you SURE you want to do this? The gearing I have on my two-wheelers is not low enough for the two steepest climbs and I'm not in the mood to hike-a-bike for 3+ miles. If I had to suggest a good route closer to you that would make for a good training ride, I'd suggest Mines Rd. from Livermore to the Junction Cafe. ~60 miles round trip. GREAT road with sufficient climbing to train for HMB ride.

    July 7

    • Neal O.

      Russell, How about if we just reverse the loop as Rich suggested. It does not look to be near as steep. I just did the route as far as Ed Levin park and back. Yes, I did encounter the wall, and yes I did have a nice walk but it was a short walk and it was nice to use different muscles (my story and I'm sticking to it). Or we can continue down Calaveras to a lunch stop then head back the way we came thereby avoiding the really steep climbs. What say you?

      July 7

    • Russell

      I'm going to RSVP yes and let y'all work out the route as I'm willing to ride whatever y'all agree to. Any route direction that you choose that includes Sierra (up Felter from the wall or from SJ) is going to be "challenging".­ Felter is the "easier" climb to the top of Sierra.

      July 7

  • Christine M.

    Sierra Road is about as steep as the Wall on Calaveras, but Sierra Road is 3 miles long. Of course, there are places where it flattens a bit, but not much relief.

    July 6

  • daryl

    I don't think you'll find restaurant up there for a lunch stop.it's nice up there though:)

    July 4

    • Dave M.

      At about mile 22 on the route if you continue down E. Calaveras Blvd. there are places to eat in Milpitas.

      July 5

    • Neal O.

      Milpitas for lunch sounds good.

      July 5

  • John

    Darn, sound like fun. My DF gang is doing the 200 mile Seattle to Portland ride that weekend. It's about the same amount of climbing as your ride, but done over two days! http://www.cascade.org/ride-major-rides/group-health-stp

    July 4

  • Dave M.

    Looks like there may be places to eat on Calaveras Blvd. in Milpitas

    July 4

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