Devil's Slide Tunnel Ride (SF-Montara-Brisbane­-SF loop)

Details:  51 miles, 3400 feet climb, 12-14 MPH on the flats.  We will wait 10 min. at the top of hills and intersections.  Print out the route sheet or carry a smartphone with GPS.  This ride ends anywhere on 3rd St. in SF.  I'm going to BART but many cyclists live in the city.

Meet: 9:15 AM, Roll at 9:30 AM

Planned stops:  Pacifica, Montara, Daly City

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/297328279

Disclaimer: 5 miles of this ride is on poorly paved road, OLD HWY 1, but it's the only shortcut back to SF to avoid the no-shoulder northbound lane of HWY 1 tunnel route.  Road cyclists ride this all the time (and even race on it sometimes.)  If you don't like riding over a little packed dirt, this ride is not for you.  I used to be deterred by this type of terrain, but I have come to terms with it.  I go slowly.

Fun climbs and descents: Pacifica to Montara through the new tunnel, and Guadalupe Parkway.

Bring the usual:  Two bottles water/lytes, snacks, tube, helmet, and definitely a sense of adventure!  Don't hate on me for those 5 miles.

We will be riding with our friends over at Bay Area Cycling Meetup.

Rain or drizzle cancels.

Good bike lane in the tunnel.




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  • Ryan L.

    Sorry I had to turn back early -- still managed to do a good chunk of that crazy San Pedro Mountain Road on my own, and it was super fun! Lots of incredulous looks from mountain bikers as I passed them, rattling my teeth out on my road bike :)

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Franny

      Hope you went down the better paved back-side to Higgins. That was the best part, a loooong downhill riding the brakes! I think I'll do a shorter version in the future. It was a long but great day!

      October 28, 2013

  • Lincoln

    Very fun ride! It was especially interesting to have the fog and sunshine.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Franny

    Pedro Mountain Road describes a series of historical road crossings of Pedro Mountain, a promontory ridge located between Montara Mountain and the coastal cliffs of Devil's Slide in San Mateo County, California. This Pedro Mountain headland blocks the easy passage of coastal travelers between the Pedro Valley in Pacifica, California and Montara, California. The most prominent of these Pedro Mountain roads was Coastside Boulevard, the 1914 to 1937 coastal highway 57, which remains in use today as part of the trail network of McNee Ranch State Park.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Franny

    Thanks to all for coming on this "Indiana Jones" adventure ride. I had a really good time with all of you...especially walking up gravel mountains in cleats. See you on a future ride!

    October 26, 2013

  • Rico de G.

    Work schedule changed. Looks like I can go.

    October 23, 2013

  • David H.

    Now comes the real debate. Should I buy a MTB because I know other rides will require one... hmmmm

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Ryan L.

      Agreed, this is definitely not a route you'd want a MTB for -- unless it's an older, light-ish rigid MTB with hybrid tires, not knobbies. 25mm (or 28mm if they fit) tires on a road bike with the pressure set on the low side, would be best.

      October 17, 2013

    • Franny

      Oh, David, I owe you a tube. I haven't forgotten. I'll try to bring 2 spares.

      October 17, 2013

  • Roel D

    Hi Franny.
    I will see meet you in Pacifica on Clerendon Rd by the 7eleven store. with my calculation you should be there by 10:30sh.

    October 16, 2013

    • Franny

      No, Fresh and Easy at Pedro Point Shopping Center. By the entrance.

      1 · October 16, 2013

    • Roel D

      Got it. Thanks

      October 17, 2013

  • Rico de G.

    I had to cancel my RSVP. Covering someone at work that day.. Sigh.

    October 16, 2013

    • Franny

      Another ride, Rico!

      October 16, 2013

    • Rico de G.

      Yeah, I signed up for calaveras ride. I like your routes.. Work sched hasn't been kind to me though. I'm the new guy at work so can't complain. Lol

      October 16, 2013

  • Franny

    Some good questions brought up:

    First, the ride ends in SF anywhere along 3rd St. I'm going back to BART, but many of you live in the city. Second, end time will be about 2:30-3:00-ish. Don't quote me! We wait 10 min. for regrouping top of hills/intersections, and take a 30 min. break midway. Bring a smart phone with GPS or print out the route sheet. It's approximate but will get you to where you need to be! You're never too far from civilization!

    September 30, 2013

    • Ryan L.

      Also, I can lead people back to the statue start point, from third st; it's on my way home, and I take that route 4x/week!

      October 14, 2013

  • Moraya

    The 5-mile dirt road isn't Planet of the Apes, is it. I did that once and vowed never again!

    October 8, 2013

    • Franny

      Planet of the Apes means crazy fun lol

      1 · October 13, 2013

    • Lincoln

      Excerpt taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.o­...­ Pedro Mountain Road describes a series of historical road crossings of Pedro Mountain, a promontory ridge located between Montara Mountain and the coastal cliffs of Devil's Slide in San Mateo County, California. This Pedro Mountain headland blocks the easy passage of coastal travelers between the Pedro Valley in Pacifica, California and Montara, California. The most prominent of these Pedro Mountain roads was Coastside Boulevard, the 1914 to 1937 coastal highway 57, which remains in use today as part of the trail network of McNee Ranch State Park.

      1 · October 14, 2013

  • Ryan L.

    Just to clarify the meeting spot, it's at the big William McKinley statue at the east edge of the panhandle right off Baker, correct? Clicking on the map puts a marker more towards the middle of the park, not really near where the statue actually is. Just making sure!

    October 8, 2013

    • Franny

      I fixed the map, Ryan. Yes! The marker was in the playground. BTW, this was an SF meeting spot once before since it's central. Do you think there is a better one?

      October 8, 2013

    • Ryan L.

      I think this is a great meeting spot!

      October 8, 2013

  • Mimi

    This does look like a fun ride but I broke my left clavicle in mid-August and have been chomping at the bit to go riding ever since, but I am following doctor's orders until end of October to resume my road cycling adventures. I've missed all these great rides but am looking forward to future rides when the weather allows! Enjoy!

    October 8, 2013

    • Franny

      Get better and join us soon!

      October 8, 2013

  • Ryan L.

    Looks like a fun route!

    1 · September 30, 2013

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