Distance: 68 miles ( + the drive to Walnut Creekl! )
Elevation: 6,k'ish feet
Speed: 16-20 on the flats, less on hills, 13-14 average (I hope!!)
Ride Level: Intermediate +
Sweep: No, but we will have regroups for eveyone close to pace
Views and Route: Incredible!
Meetup 9:15am for a 9:30am rollout
PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST!!!!
RAIN OR HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF RAIN CANCELS
This is not a beginner ride - you must have substantial experience riding in traffic and on lots of hills to do the ride, the Morgan Territoy climb is an 8 miile climb, the Mt. Diablo climb is an 11 mile climb. We will do *some* waiting at re-group points, but please be able to sustain the advertised pace and have plenty of climbing experience. On the climb and descent, I suggest that people ride their own pace, and we will wait a reasonable time for re-groups at the tops and bottoms of climbs.
Route can be found here(note rwgps routinely overstates climbing by 20-30%):
Please review the route sheets -- I will bring enough for everyone in a "friendly format" (not the rwgps standard format). We will ride as a group up to mile 12.9 the Morgan Territory turn off, then the asecnding/descending starts at which point everyone needs to ride at their pace, however, we will regroup at all the regroup spots on the route sheet. This is a fairly way out of town ride and I want to make sure we are all good and accounted for. As far as restroom / water stops there is restoom and water at miles 22.4, 48,2, 52.6, 57.1. The visitor center at 48.2 has very limited snacks so plan your hydration and fuel accordingly.
As usual helmets are required, as well as any hydration and nutrition you may need for the ride.
Also, I know some of you like taking the train up to Martinez, if you want to do that that is fine, but make sure you are at the ride start at the advertised time.
Anyone else that wants to caravan up (I'm fully loaded), I will be at Pipeline coffee shop on the corner of pleasant grove and foothills blvd at 7:00am, they have a good pastry selection and good coffee as well. Also bring $$ if you want to eat afterwards I'll be hitting the mountain mikes pizza right down the street from the ride start.