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Cinderella Progressive Training Ride Series #8 (Walnut Creek/Danville)

Join us on our 10-week progressive training ride series, developed to prepare you to ride in the Cinderella Classic on April 5th.  We'll take you from our 15-mile Melo Velo to 60-miles in preparation for this super-fun all-women's ride.

This week's route is starts in Walnut Creek - Heather Farms Park, which is off Ygnacio Valley Road (near the Sports Basement).


We will have two options:  49.2 mile/ 2114 ft of climbing that will utilize the Contra Costa Trail, and Iron Horse Trail. We will take the Iron Horse down to Dublin and then head east along some of the Cinderella route, back to Danville and Heather Farms Park.  This route is an out and back w/ a loop in the middle.

You can view, print a cue sheet or export the route here:  </a><a href="http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4193291">http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4193291 


The second option will be for people who are interested in climbing:  We'll ride the Morgan Territory Loop: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4194124

This is a 52 mile ride a/ 3430 feet of climbing. The majority of the climbing is one hill - a 10 mile one that has some flat, some steep, some rollers.  If you have climbed White's Hill, The 3 Bears, Pinehurst - you could consider this route on Saturday.

Start and Stop for both routes at the same place: Heather Farms Park.  You can choose which route on the morning of the ride.  

Meet at 8 am- roll at 815am. Please arrive a bit early to get you and  your bike together.

Please note:  the Cinderella Classic is an organized, supported ride put on by the Valley Spokesmen cycling club.  Registration can be found here:  

http://www.valleyspokesmen.org/cinderellaclassic

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  • Dawn C.

    Tough, but worth it!

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Dawn

    Challenging! The gals I rode with are awesome and kept me moving. I might even reconsider trying that monster of a hill one more time ; )

    3 · March 16, 2014

  • Alli

    I didn't think I was going to love it but I did! The awesome downhill after lunch was picture perfect - I wish I stopped to take a photo. Thank you ladies and esp. today's leaderss - you were all fabulous and so vital in every aspect!

    3 · March 16, 2014

  • Raquel

    Ginny!! What a great rout! Loved every minute of it :) thank you everyone for your hard work on the hills and your fantastic energy! See you next week!

    4 · March 15, 2014

  • Caitlin

    Fabulous ride

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • JSK

    Awesome ride! BIG thank you to Lynn and Ginny for all your help and encouragement! :)

    3 · March 15, 2014

  • Sarah H.

    Thanks to everyone that stopped to help with my flat tire! I made it back to car just fine. Next week won't be such a bust :) Hope the rest of the ride went more smoothly.

    4 · March 15, 2014

  • Pratibha

    Anyone looking to carpool from Mountain View ?

    I have a car and 2-bike rack.

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Raquel

      Yes! I will be leaving from mountain view if you want to come with me. I have a 3 bike rack so is easy. Leaving from Castro by Starbucks at 6:50. Let me know if you want to come with!

      1 · March 14, 2014

  • Ginny P.

    Route Sheets are posted! See the sheets called Heather Farms- Danville and the other route is called The Morgan Territory Loop (scroll down to bottom of the list for this one).
    Remember your sunscreen, 2 water bottles, and food for the ride, and some cash.
    oh - and yeah - your helmet, bike and tire changing kit.

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Julie

    Hi everyone! I also would like to attend, but was wondering if anyone in the redwood city area is able to give a one way ride there. Let me know if so! I have a ride home.

    March 14, 2014

  • Velia

    Hi Ladies! I'm interested in participating... would anyone happen to be in Oakland (I'm near Downtown) and might have space to let me carpool with you?

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Ginny P.

      I live in Piedmont but drive a prius- limited space for 2 bikes- which route are you thinking if riding?

      1 · March 14, 2014

  • Ginny P.

    Hi everybody- still working on the route sheets. MorganTerritory is in the files but the other route is still a work in progress. Stay tuned. It will be a warm day tomorrow- bring 2 bottles of water and fill when you can

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Amanda

    I'm interested in the longer route but have never completed the climbs mentioned (White's Hill, The 3 Bears, Pinehurst). I was able to finish last Saturday's Cinderella Progressive ride over Mt. Eden. Do you think the Morgan Territory Loop is a reasonable next step/ride?

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Ginny P.

      Mt Eden is short compared to all of these rides I mentioned. Morgan Territory is a long hill- and you will be climbing for an hour or longer. If you ate in good physical shape and are looking for a challenge and are comfortable pacing yourself - you should be ok

      1 · March 10, 2014

    • Amanda

      Thanks, Ginny! This was very helpful. My bicycle and I are just getting reacquainted after a long break, so the other route might be a better choice for me.

      1 · March 10, 2014

  • Ginny P.

    Ride Morgan Territory route if:
    - you want the challenge of a 10 mile hill
    - you are comfortable climbing
    - you haven't ridden a century but are fit and know your endurance capacity
    -5 plus hours in the saddle doesn't bother you

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Ginny P.

    Ok - so how do you decide between the 2 routes?
    - ride the first route (out and back on the iron horse - 48 miles 2000 ft climbing) if:
    - you have never ridden an century (metric or full) before
    - you are kinda just getting back into exercise after a break for whatever reason
    - you don't care to climb hills

    2 · March 10, 2014

  • Dawn C.

    Hi Ginny,
    The route for the Morgan Territory is not coming up…says the page does not exist. I am hoping to do that route - need to get back to my climbing!
    Dawn

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Ginny P.

      Try again - just reposted

      1 · March 10, 2014

    • Ginny P.

      Dawn - the Morgan Territory Loop is a great climb - beautiful on the way up and exhilarating on the way down. then - it's flat flat flat

      2 · March 10, 2014

  • Ginny P.

    Layer up - arm/leg warmers. Sunscreen, 2 bottles of water and plenty of food for a 50 miler. No headphones please

    2 · March 10, 2014

    • Lorri Lee L.

      Saturday should be our first 80-degree day of the season. So, while it will be cool in the morning for the start, it will warm up quickly. Try not to over-dress for the morning. You will not need a jacket. Instead, try a vest with arm warmers. You will not need long tights or leg warmers. Instead, try knee warmers. The key to riding comfortably in cool mornings which warm to hot days is to utilize removable layers.

      2 · March 10, 2014

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