Circle The City

Ever ridden all the way around San Francisco? Here's your chance.

We'll start at Harry Bridges Plaza (the plaza in the middle of the Embarcadero, at the end of Market Street, in front of the Ferry Building), then circle the City in a counter-clockwise direction--this should get us through the touristy areas before most people show up.

The trip is about 33 miles (36 if we cross the Golden Gate Bridge), and includes about 2,400 feet of climbing. See a map of the route here. Our pace will be moderate (10-12 MPH?), with plenty of stops to regroup, use the bathrooms, grab a photo or a cup of Joe. No one left behind. The ride will probably take 4-6 hours, with stops. If anyone poops out, Daly City BART is at mile 17.

Landmarks include:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge (leave a comment if you want us to ride across it, this would add about three miles).
  • Lands End and Sutro Baths
  • "Lunch" stop at Ocean Beach (at the end of Sloat, near the Zoo, and we can just eat on the bluff over the beach if we don't want to get sand in our chains).
  • Lake Merced
  • 6400 Mission Street, "Top of the Hill" Daly City (a shrine to marketing in the 70's and 80's)
  • The backside of San Bruno mountain
  • Candlestick Park
  • Telephone Park (Pac Bell, AT&T, whatever they're calling it these days).
  • a few bathrooms thrown in for good measure.

BART from Downtown Berkeley is 9:08, which arrives at Embarcadero at 9:32. We'll probably leave around 9:45, or once all the RSVPs have shown up.

Heavy rain will cancel, but cloudy skies may just show how tough we are :-)

I'm cross-listing this with the NorCal Bicycle Touring and Camping Meetup group.

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  • Don

    Did anyone actually ride? Lets reschedule this one.

    December 25, 2012

    • Lee T.

      I'm in Death Valley until the first. I'll schedule it again in mid January, but if anyone wants to take on leading one this Sunday, let me know and I'll post the ride with you as leader.

      December 28, 2012

    • Don

      Doesn't look like enough interest for Sunday. Guess we'll wait for our fearless leader to return from DV.

      December 28, 2012

  • Shane L.

    Seemed like a good run, I'm down if another run is scheduled on a Sunday.

    December 25, 2012

  • Gary

    I'm curling up with a book.

    1 · December 23, 2012

  • Lee T.

    If anyone does ride in the rain, make sure you know the route, as I won't be there. Maps and cue sheets are available on the link in the description.

    December 23, 2012

  • Lee T.

    It looks like the storm is supposed to be diminishing on Sunday, but we'll just have to wait and see :-)

    December 20, 2012

  • Gary

    I'm not going to ride if it's raining

    December 20, 2012

  • Shane L.

    I hope the weather fares well on the day. Sad that the ferry doesn't operate earlier on weekends.

    December 18, 2012

  • Lee T.

    Anyone up for riding across the Golden Gate Bridge? I think we'll be on the ocean side on weekends. It will add about three miles, but I think it will be worth it.

    December 12, 2012

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