Oakland to Norris Canyon (San Ramon) with Castro Valley BART return

This is one of my favorite, scenic, moderately difficult, "Bike to BART" loops.

Meet: 9:15 AM  Ready to roll: 9:30 AM

Miles: ~40  (~64 if you want to ride up Redwood Rd. back to start)

Ascent: ~2700 feet

12-16 MPH on flats.  We will congregate for 10 minutes at the top of hills and intersections, but please be able to keep up the advertised pace.  Bailout West Dublin/Pleasanton BART.

The ride starts off on Park Blvd. and Leimert with a climb to Redwood Rd. with some fine bay views. Next is a long forested descent and rollers to Castro Valley, and up and over the gradual Dublin grade into San Ramon. After a lunch break, we finish with a short but steep ascent to the top of Norris Canyon and are rewarded with a long, gradual descent to the Castro Valley BART. There is rural land and scenery sandwiched between San Ramon and Castro Valley, an interesting juxtaposition.


Spare tube, water, lytes, snacks, money, ID, and HELMET.

There are rest stops along the way as needed and we have one planned lunch stop.

Activity Fee:  2.00 for non-organizers 

12th Street BART to Ultimate Grounds, 3 miles


AC transit Bus #18 stops at the cafe:


General route from my home (I ride an extra 3 miles or so to the start):

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  • Franny

    Thanks for coming out, everyone-sorry we dropped so many riders, by choice or by lost! Be sure to take my # that I send out before the ride. I know several of you had it. Anyway, 5 of us finished the ride, but I hope everyone had an enjoyable day. 3 of us rode back to the start. My stats from my home are ~62 miles and 5300' climb. Here's the link which includes the whole route:


    1 · April 13, 2014

    • jane

      wow. amazing. thanks for the link.

      April 13, 2014

  • jane

    Hi - sorry I had to drop! My bike is still a bit of a contraption until I replace the drivetrain. Could someone send me a mapmyride route of it? Thanks...hope you had a great ride.

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Franny

      Aww, Jane. We missed you! I will post the route. I had heard that you willingly dropped back, so I didn't look for you. Til next time!

      1 · April 13, 2014

    • jane

      yes - it was so beautiful out... :( got an alternate ride in, though.

      April 13, 2014

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists,
    Please update your RSVP to "No" if you are unable to attend tomorrow's ride. I'll email you my cell # for any delays, or post a comment on the app.

    April 12, 2014

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