East Bay Epic 4 - Delta Fast & Flat

  • June 23, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Please see the updates. What has changed?

1. The meeting place and time. We are now meeting at Concord BART, arriving on the 9:02 train and rolling at 9:05 sharp.

2. The route. It is at 90-95 miles. We start by riding south-east on Clayton Rd, which becomes Marsh Road. We turn left onto Deer Valley which takes us straight into Antioch. This route includes the least stop signs, lights and traffic. If there is time and interest we can add five miles of river riding in Sacramento at the end. Without this it is a 90-mile route.

3. My longtime friend Mark Dawson will join us. He can pull at 20+ mph all day and will be a big asset. We will be five.

4. The giant climb at the start is actually only a 1.9% grade for 10 miles with a couple of short steeper pitches. The hard part of this route is the 60-mile flat section. With no hills to roll down, it's pedal, pedal, pedal all the way.

If you wish to download the .tcx file to your Garmin, it is here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2725540.tcx

Wind conditions look like they will be just about OK. It's looking like a 10-12 mph SW wind, which will generally be a 3/4 crosswind. It's a winding route so there are sections where it won't be behind us, but overall it should be 40-50% favorable (0% favorable = 90 degree crosswind)

We will have one water stop at Walnut Grove, and we can only afford five minutes for this break. Riders will be expected to eat on the move, starting about 10 miles into the ride (those that don't start eating early won't be able to hang in the final 30 miles). I suggest eating half a salami or avocado sandwich or similar on Deer Valley Rd, the other half around Rio Vista, then hit the gels/bars, etc. north of Walnut Grove.

For transport home, we will aim for the 2:25 p.m. Amtrak train, which arrives in Jack London Square at 4:06 p.m.

Be sure to purchase your Amtrack ticket before boarding the train. It costs 50% more from the conductor on the train. You can use your smartphone at Amtrak.com at the station or on the train. It's the Capital Corridor train. The station codes are SAC and OKJ (Jack London Sq.).

Route plan

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2725540

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  • Michael R.

    I have to second Paul's comment. Big thanks for Paul and Mark for helping me to get back home on time. My wife really appreciate that! I think I am going to fall asleep during dinner.

    June 23, 2013

  • Paul

    That has to be one of the funnest, rides I've done in a long time. It's a great route, good roads, mostly with very little traffic, splendid scenery, and catching the train back worked out really well.

    June 23, 2013

  • Kathrin B.

    Wish I could ride this. Seems like an awesome thing to do, SF-Sac. I'm still out. Just got out of the sling and started rehab finally, can't actually reach the handlebar, my range of motion is about 2 inches each direction. Might have to join a recumbent group...

    June 20, 2013

    • Paul

      Get better soon Kathrin, we miss you!

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks amazing! I cannot attent this time. But proud to be a part of a group that does!!!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • Paul

    There's a good chance Mark Dawson will join us too. He's pretty quick and is a good wheel to follow.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not familiar with Bart. Is the parking there free all day? Thx.

    June 19, 2013

    • Paul

      I don't park at BART stations, but I believe on weekends parking is free all day. You can check on bart.gov.

      June 19, 2013

  • Paul

    Wind update. Conditions are looking better: 7-10 mph SW wind from 8-3 p.m., and it's not too hot - 75F :) Everybody make sure their tires are in good shape - with no flats we should run close to 5 hours all told for this ride.

    June 19, 2013

  • Michael M.

    At this point I am in....just need to get the bike out of the shop! Assuming the shop finishes on time, I will partake in this ride but will most likely fall off the back - eventually. I've been out for a couple weeks and have been averaging a ride a month over the past 2 months....so don't expect much from me after mile 60. The early Sunday start works perfect for me.

    June 18, 2013

    • Paul

      Cool, it will be great to have you in the train for as long as you last.

      June 19, 2013

  • Paul

    Let's keep an eye on the wind. If it's blowing the wrong way in the Delta we are better off doing another ride.
    http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/

    June 16, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Hey all - sorry I have been completely MIA. Lots of things have been going on for me and I've hardly been on the bike, except for two weekends ago when I went down hard descending Tam. I am ready to ride again but my bike is still in the shop and I only get it back two days before this ride, so I am probably out. I'll provide an update next week and I'll be riding consistently again on Saturday's after the 4th.

    June 13, 2013

    • Paul

      Jeez, what happened on Tam? Sorry to hear that. I hope you're all mended.

      June 13, 2013

  • mykill

    I am driving up that way on the 22nd to do a fast and flat century out of Davis on Sunday morning. As tempting as it is to do both, I think the wisest thing is to back out of this one. Unfortunately.

    June 11, 2013

    • mykill

      Thanks Paul, but we are heading down to Camp Mather the 6th through the 13th. I would have suggested an alternate date for this ride but but i am afraid trying to plan around me this summer would be an exercise in futility.

      June 13, 2013

    • Paul

      OK, we'll stick with 22 June.

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The alternative route looks like it's in Monterey...

    Currently the plan is to take Amtrak back to the bay area?

    June 12, 2013

    • Paul

      Thanks for the heads-up. The correct alt routes are linked now. Yes, return on Amtrak. Aiming for the 5:40 p.m. train which arrives Jack London Square at 7:30

      June 13, 2013

  • Paul

    I am thinking maybe June 22

    June 10, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Let's do it! do it! do it!

    June 10, 2013

  • Paul

    One other thing: I'd suggest staying on the east side of the river. There's a bike path we can take (not marked on the maps because it's gravel for a few miles) it runs all the way from Freeport into central Sacramento.

    Catch Amtrak home, right?

    June 9, 2013

  • Paul

    What a great route. The flat section to Sac is a lot harder than it looks because it's pedal, pedal, pedal: there's no respite.

    June 9, 2013

  • Michael R.

    McG: How about putting this one as Epic 2 or Epic 3? Epic 1 to 3 are all climbing epics. It might be good for variety to have this fast flat ride in the middle. Just a thought.

    March 19, 2013

  • Kathrin B.

    What's your thought on how we'd get back?

    March 19, 2013

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