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.).