El Cerrito-3 Bears Loop + Optional Post-Ride Massage*

 

Details:  30 miles, 2400 feet climb.  12-14 MPH.  Moderately strenuous.

Meet 9:15, ready to roll 9:30.

Use restroom before.  There is a Starbucks at the El Cerrito Plaza Mall.  There is one more during the ride.

There will be no sweeper. (Of course we wait for those a few minutes behind. You'd better be waiting for me at times while I climb the hills!  I'm slow on hills!)

Cross-posted with Norcal Bicycle Camping and Touring:

http://www.meetup.com/norcal-biketouring/events/113232042/


Driver cyclists can park near the Pacific Coast Mall for convenience so they don't have to ride back 0.9 miles after the massage!  (I would park outside of the parking lot in case they have time restrictions when not shopping.)

Or, you can park near the El Cerrito Plaza Mall.

This map link shows both the El Cerrito Plaza BART and the Pacific East Mall:

http://goo.gl/maps/Cy1KF

 

From the BART station, we will ride along the Ohlone Greenway and I-80 bikeway clockwise around the 3 bears:  Mama, Papa and Baby. Nice long rollers with rural scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final climb up Wildcat Canyon will save us a few miles as we head back to El Cerrito Plaza BART.

 

From there, it's a 0.9 mile ride to Pacific East Mall's *Golden Island Massage where you will have an opportunity for a 1 hour unique and relaxing authentic Chinese massage experience for 20.00.  It's billed as a foot-reflexology massage, but in fact, you sit in recliners and it's basically a clothed full body massage in a group setting.  6 recliners in one room, 4 in the other.

BART travelers will head back to El Cerrito Plaza.

Please write on message board whether you want to be booked for a massage and give at least 2 days notice if you need to cancel. Massage appointments are limited to availability.

Bring:

  • Electrolyte drinks and water
  • Snacks/Lunch (you can buy food at the mall, too.)
  • Spare tube
  • HELMET

Route:

http://goo.gl/maps/Kfx9P

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  • Janelle

    I agree with Amy...knowing we had a time frame we could meet up at the top of the hills allowed me to pace myself ... I forgot three bears can be a bear if you haven't done it in a while. So glad to meet a bunch of new riders. You were all fun to ride with! And loved the massage!!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Amy S.

    Thank you again Franny for organizing a great ride! And YES...a big thank you to the others for waiting. It certainly helped to keep me going :D

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Bill

    Yeah, those Bears are tough for a casual rider like me. I had a great time. Franny your a great hostess! See you on a ride soon..hopefully a flatter ride!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Franny

    Thanks to all who attended. We were a very cohesive group and I really appreciated the polite faster riders waiting at the top of the hills for the more paced riders :) Everyone did such a great job, considering it was no "walk in the park."

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Shane L.

    Going to bail out. Cog is acting up. See ya all next week!

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it this week. No massage either :(. Have fun.

    April 20, 2013

  • Franny

    Hi guys and gals-please be sure to read your email for 3 Bears if you don't get this message here.

    So far for the massage, I have Franny, Janelle, Yvonne, Erika, Nauser Jon (I believe your first name is Nauser?!), Ryan and Marcus who hasn't signed up, yet. So that makes 7 at this time. I want to give us enough time for the ride, rest stops and lunch, so I booked it at 1:30, but the woman told me we probably could go a little earlier or a little later depending on our timing. Just didn't want to book too early.

    Another important point is that only 2 bikes will be allowed inside, and those spots are already taken. I'm sorry, but you'll have to bring locks. It's a mall, there are other bikes around I was told and I assume racks, so bring your locks and/or share locks. You can lock the lock on a rack at the BART station to avoid weight during the ride and we'll pick them up before going to the mall.

    See you all on Sunday. Leave me additional questions as needed.

    April 18, 2013

    • Zuzana P.

      They have lockers all over the Bay area... I would know... :)

      April 19, 2013

    • Shane L.

      I'll skip the massage. Thanks for the thought thou.

      April 19, 2013

  • Franny

    There are two exits. Meet at snack bar side. DO NOT GO TO El Cerrito Del Norte. See you Sun. Franny

    April 19, 2013

  • Bill

    Do we meet you at the BART entrance?

    April 19, 2013

    • Franny

      Bill see new comment above. Thx!

      April 19, 2013

  • Franny

    We'll meet at BART exit, Snack Bar side.

    April 19, 2013

  • Bill

    see you Sunday

    April 19, 2013

  • Franny

    Hey Janelle, it will be great to meet you. There are a few coming from NorCal Bike group, too. DON'T worry about the hills. As you can see, I've asked the group to wait for me! I don't think anyone will have to wait more than 15 min at any point, and for those who want to go ahead, I'll put up a map.

    April 18, 2013

  • Janelle

    I typically ride with the touring group it will be nice to meet you all

    April 18, 2013

  • Janelle

    I know i'm a few days before the ride my apologies. Franny if you need me to call for the massage let me know.

    April 18, 2013

  • Janelle

    I will need some time on the hills but I would like to ride and be booked for the massage ... would someone have a lock to share for the bikes after?

    April 18, 2013

  • Yvonne

    I'd like to be booked for the massage. Thanks for organizing!

    April 15, 2013

    • erika t.

      I'm in for the massage as well. Thanks Franny!

      1 · April 15, 2013

    • Franny

      Yay, Erika...bout time we moms treat ourselves!

      1 · April 15, 2013

  • Franny

    I'm going to book our massage at about 12:30 pm and see if they can be flexible with the time, give or take a 1/2 hr.

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please book me for a massage :)

    April 15, 2013

    • Franny

      Sure, Nauser? Jon?, you're down, too!

      April 15, 2013

  • erika t.

    sounds fun!

    April 9, 2013

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