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.

Bring:

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

http://goo.gl/maps/eNxhi

AC transit Bus #18 stops at the cafe:

http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php?quick_line=18&Go=Go&version_id=21&maps_line=18&current_schedule=10849

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:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/392342904

    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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