We'll ride ~13 miles round trip on Iron Horse Trail. Start at 9:30 am at Whole Foods (Newell & Broadway). Take a break at La Boulange and return. 12 - 15 mph, good for conversation and, for fairly new riders, good for getting more familiar your bike, changing gears, etc. Some riders often continue south for 3 to 5 miles before returning to Whole Foods. This is a no drop ride - no rider is left behind and you can count on an experienced rider to stay with you.
Want company to ride to Whole Foods?
9:15 am. Meet at the Heather Farm bridge next to Canal Trail. Look for Sondra. Also, you might send her an email (use Meetup email from "Send email" link on her profile) so she'll look for you. It is about a 2.5 mile ride to Whole Foods.
PARKING SUGGESTION: Whole Foods manager suggests parking in structure across Newell Ave. so their customers are sure to have parking.
Helmets required. Please have pump, small set of tools, tire irons, one or two spare tubes. Remember to use hand/arm signals and call out for turns, slowing and hazards; ride single file on narrower sections.
Route is 13 miles with 200 ft elevation gain to Danville.
Link to Garmin Connect route map and description: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/157914492
* RSFRS (Ride, Skill & Fitness Rating System): Terrain / Pace / Distance / Minutes&Days. Riders should be able to efficiently change gears and ride on streets with and without bike lanes comfortably. Riders should probably be doing moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise at least 30 minutes 3 days per week (click here for guidelines and motivation). (http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/adultguide/part3.aspx) NOTE: If you need to build your skills ride our sponsor's, Sports Basement (http://community.sportsbasement.com/calendar/walnut-creek/), beginner friendly rides.
Terrain Descriptions - Average climbing, feet/mile
1 Essentially flat. 10 - 30
2 A few low hills. 30 - 50
3 Moderately hilly. 50 - 70
4 Hilly, a few steep ones. 70 - 90
5 Very hilly, considerable climbing. 90 - 110
! A "!" after the terrain rating number indicates surprisingly hard hills in view of the overall terrain.
Pace and Fitness Descriptions
XL Extra-leisurely: child-friendly pace with many long stops. 7 - 9 on flat road
L Leisurely: easy pace, frequent stops, good for new riders. 10 - 12 mph on flat road
LT --- between L & T / do moderate cardiovascular exercise 30+ min & 3+ days per week
T Touring: steady pace, fewer stops, for experienced riders. 13 - 15 mph on flat road
TM --- between T & M / do moderate & vigorous cardiovascular exercise =/>30 min & =/>3 d/wk
M Moderately fast pace: for strong experienced riders. 16 - 18 mph
MB --- between M & B / do moderate & vigorous cardiovascular exercise >30 min & >3 d/wk
B Brisk: very strong riders; tight fast packs and pacelines. 18+
Adapted from Grizzly Peaks Cycling