We'll ride ~13 miles round trip on Iron Horse Trail. Start at 9:00 am at Whole Foods (Newell & Broadway). Take a break at LaBolange and return. Easy pace, 11 - 14 mph, good for conversation and, for fairly new riders, good for getting more familiar your bike, changing gears, etc.
Want company to ride to Whole Foods?
8:35 am. Oak Grove Rd and Canal Trail at 8:35. Look for Sondra. Also, you might send her an email so she'll look for you. It is about a 4.5 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.
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
Want riding company to the start point and a little longer ride? Meet Sondra at the intersection of Oak Grove Rd and Canal Trail at 9:45 am. Send her an email via Meetup.
* 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