• Santa Cruz Mountains --71 miles, 6,600' (optional bailouts)

    Scotts Valley Park and Ride Center

    Are you ramping up for the cycling season and those longer century rides? Or have you always wanted to explore the Santa Cruz Mountains? Well, this is the perfect ride for both. There is nothing quite like riding through the redwoods in Big Basin on a sunny spring day. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29577595 Meet: 10:00 a.m. Depart: 10:15 a.m. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description the night before the ride. Pace: As with all my routes, this definitely shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and semi-remote nature of the climbs. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 16-20 mph on the flats. Everyone takes their own pace on the climbs, and we'll try to regroup at the summits of the major ones. Please either download the route onto your device (Garmin, Wahoo, etc.) or bring a hard copy of the route map just in case. Cell reception can be very spotty in the Santa Cruz Mountains. No sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please make sure you bring sufficient food / water as there are only a handful of places to refuel on the ride (mainly Boulder Creek at mile 25 and 50).

  • South Bay Climbers Special -- 62 miles, 6,900' (optional bailouts)

    It's time to make that quarterly run out to Pescadero for that deliciously warm artichoke and garlic bread. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29591382 Meet: 9:45 a.m. Depart: 10:00 a.m. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description the night before the ride. Pace: As with all my routes, this definitely shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and semi-remote nature of the climbs. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 16-20 mph on the flats. Everyone takes their own pace on the climbs, and we'll try to regroup at the summits of the major ones. Please either download the route onto your device (Garmin, Wahoo, etc.) or bring a hard copy of the route map just in case. Cell reception can be very limited in certain areas. No sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please make sure you bring sufficient food / water as there are only a handful of places to refuel on the ride.

  • Half Moon Bay -- 52 miles, 3,614'

    2211 Sloat Blvd

    Time to take advantage of that beautiful sunshine and head down the peninsula to Half Moon Bay! Optional lunch stop at Gorilla BBQ for some killer ribs! https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29495030 Meet: 10:00 a.m. Depart: 10:15 a.m. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description the night before the ride. Stops / re-group points: Mile 13.5 at Chevron. Mile 23 at top of Hwy 92 climb. Mile 28 at Half Moon Bay Bakery. Mile 38 at Devil's Slide Trail (south parking lot). Mile 41 at Gorilla BBQ (optional lunch stop). Mile 45 at Chit-Chat Cafe. Pace: As with all my routes, this shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging nature of the route. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 17-20 mph on the flats. Everyone takes their own pace on the climbs. I will wait at the tops of hills or key turn points, but folks should consult route map link above just in case. No sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please be self-supporting with food. There are no places for food or water for the long stretch between Sawyer Camp Trail and Half Moon Bay, so plan accordingly!

  • Reverse Marshall Wall -- 63 miles, 3,538'

    Terra Linda Park and Ride

    Many of us have faced those nasty head / crosswinds coming up Marshall Wall from the east side. So why not do it in reverse for a change of pace? It's a little more climbing, but hopefully we'll have some solid tailwinds for the back half of the ride. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28062184 Meet: 9:30 a.m. Depart: 9:45 a.m. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description the night before the ride. Stops / re-group points: Mile 11 at Rancho Nicasio. Mile 21 outside the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. Mile 30.7 at the turn to Marshall Petaluma Road. Mile 45.3 at the Marin Cheese Factory. Mile 55.7 at the turn onto Sunset Pkwy. Mile 59.9 at entrance to bike path. Pace: As with all my routes, this shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and semi-remote nature of the climbs. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 17-20 mph on the flats. Everyone takes their own pace on the climbs. I will wait at the tops of hills or key turn points, but folks should bring a hard copy of the route map just in case. Cell reception can be very limited, particularly on Marshall Petaluma Road. No sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please be self-supporting with food. There are no places for food or water for the long stretch on Marshall Petaluma Road, so plan accordingly!

  • Northern Sonoma hills (Skaggs Springs / Geysers) -- 69 miles, 7,414'

    Milt Brandt Visitor Center, Lake Sonoma

    For all you climbers out there, here is a real opportunity to test those legs on some of Sonoma's toughest ascents. Skaggs Springs and Geysers Road are fantastic rides for those looking to up their climbing game and get ready for centuries later in the season. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27536108 Meet: 9:45 a.m. Depart: 10:00 a.m. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description the night before the ride. Stops / re-group points: Mile 8.1 at the top of the Skaggs Springs climb (note this road continues, so make sure you turn around i.e. don't descend). Mile 16.3 at the Lake Sonoma Milt Brandt Visitor Center (i.e. return to car). Mile 23.4 at Starbucks in Cloverdale. Mile 43.1 at summit of main Geysers Road climb. Mile 55.7 at Jimtown Store. Other stops may be added as necessary. Pace: As with all my routes, this shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and semi-remote nature of the climbs. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 17-20 mph on the flats. Everyone takes their own pace on the climbs. I will wait at the tops of hills or key turn points, but folks should bring a hard copy of the route map just in case. Cell reception can be very limited, particularly on Geysers Road. No sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please be self-supporting with food. There are no places for food or water for the long stretch on Geysers Road, so plan accordingly!plan accordingly!

  • Marshall Wall Loop -- 63 miles, 3,500'

    Terra Linda Park and Ride

    Always a favorite among riders, the Marshall Wall loop is a great chance to explore the backroads of northern Marin County. 63 miles. 3,536 feet of climbing. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26602428 Meet: 9:30 a.m. Depart: 9:45 a.m. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description early in the morning of the ride. Stops / re-group points: Mile 17.4 at the French Marin Cheese Factory. Mile 41.6 at the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. Mile 51.6 at Rancho Nicasio. Pace: As with all my routes, this shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and semi-remote nature of the climbs. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 17-20 mph on the flats. Depending on the prevailing winds, this tends to be a quicker than normal pace with overall speeds for the ride averaging 16+ mph. I will wait at the tops of hills or key turn points, but folks should bring a hard copy of the route map just in case. Cell reception can be very limited, particularly on Marshall Petaluma Road. No sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please be self-supporting with food. Note that once we leave the French Marin Cheese Factory, there are no stores until we get into Point Reyes Station. Plan accordingly!

  • Morgan Territory -- 57 miles, 5,000'

    Heather Farm Park

    Morgan Territory Road recently reopened after many months of repairs, so now is the perfect time to revisit an East Bay favorite. Today's loop basically circles around Mount Diablo clockwise before heading halfway up from the South Gate. For those who have never been to Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, it's about as remote as one can get in the Bay Area, often times reminding folks of other rural parts of the country. The ride starts at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek and takes us up Ygnacio Valley Road into Clayton before hitting Morgan Territory Road. The first official rest stop is at mile 22 at the Morgan Territory Staging Area at the near summit of the road. You'll need it after conquering those last 2 miles on the climb! The large parking lot is on the left, just after you leave the wooded area. After fueling up, it's time to tackle the infamous Plunge down into north Livermore. As you catch the views from the top (not to mention the speeds), you'll quick understand why it's nicknamed that. Just watch those nasty crosswinds, especially on the initial descent! Afterwards, we wind our way through the backroads into Blackhawk for our next regroup at mile 38 at Draeger's Market in Blackhawk Plaza. Get plenty of food and water as the next climb is Mount Diablo from the South Gate. We're only doing a half today (although the more adventurous / masochistic riders are welcome to go to the summit). We'll have our final rest stop at the Ranger's Station at mile 47 before heading down the north side and back to Heather Farms. 57 miles. 4,990 feet of climbing. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26578102 Meet: 9:30 a.m. Depart: 9:45 a.m. The actual meet point is at the far end of the parking lot after the first ballpark on the right on N San Carlos Drive. Look for the green restroom. There is plenty of parking in the area. For those who want to take BART, the starting point is 1.5 miles from the Pleasant Hill station via the Iron Horse Trail and the Contra Costa Canal Trail. Please check in with me when you arrive. I'll email attendees my cell number and description early in the morning of the ride. Pace: As with all my routes, this shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and remote nature of the climbs. It's not a hammerfest, but speeds will be 15-20 mph on the flats. Overall, you should be able to average 13+ mph for the whole ride. I will wait at the tops of hills or key turn points, but folks should bring a hard copy of the route map just in case. Cell reception can be very limited, particularly around Morgan Territory. I'm sorry, no sweeper. Bring: Helmet, spare tube, pump/CO2 cartridges, food/water. Please be self-supporting with food. Note that once we leave Clayton, there are no stores until we get back into Blackhawk. There is only water at the top of Morgan Territory. Plan accordingly!

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  • Woodside to Pescadero

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    We'll meet at 9:30 in the parking lot behind the Pioneer Saloon in Woodside (2925 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA 94062). We'll do a few miles of rollers to warm up and then head over to our first climb of the day, Old La Honda Road. After a re-group at the top, we'll head down the back side of OLH and down Highway 84 for a quick pit stop at La Honda Market. After that, we continue down Hwy 84 and over to Pescadero Creek Road to climb Haskins Hill. Once you make it over the top, it's a nice descent and pleasurable ride into the town of Pescadero. We'll take a full break at Arcangeli Grocery (definitely have to try the warm artichoke and garlic bread.....mmm!). Back on the road, we head north on Stage Road. The first 2 climbs take us into San Gregorio, and the last one will put us on Highway 1. We descend a couple of quick miles along the ocean before heading back inland on Tunitas Creek Road. Our next pit stop will be at the Bike Hut on Tunitas Creek. Fuel up as it's a big climb up Tunitas! Once at the summit, we'll re-group, cross over Skyline, and test your descending skills on the very windy Kings Mountain Road. Finally, it's a short stint back to our start point via Hwy 84. The total mileage is 51 miles with ~5,300' of climbing. Bad weather (i.e. rain) cancels any ride -- not worth the risk. I will check in with RSVPs the night before with any final details. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26563205 Some folks have asked about relative speeds / experience for these rides. While this won't be a hammerfest by any means, this shouldn't be your first rodeo for this type of ride given the challenging and somewhat remote nature of the climbs. My average speed for a ride such as this one (i.e. 100ft of vert per mile or more) is[masked] mph. I certainly welcome riders that are slower (and faster, of course), but you should have previous experience with this combination of mileage and climbing. The same comment goes for food/water and basic bike maintenance.