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Cat-3 Distance Training #10: Altamont Pass (5/16/2009)

Meet time: 5:15 a.m.
Ride-out time: 6:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Three blocks west of the Mountain View Caltrain and VTA station, in the overflow parking lot at the corner of Evelyn Avenue and Franklin Street. (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 3 - moderate-fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 2 - rolling hills
Miles: 125

Today is our big day!

We'll head into the East Bay and go east of the hills for a fun day in places that we almost never reach by bicycle from Mountain View. We'll start by crossing the Dumbarton Bridge and passing through Newark and Fremont on our way to Sunol. Next, we'll head through Pleasanton and Livermore on our way to the top of Altamont Pass. We'll retrace our route back to Pleasanton and then head up and over the Dublin Grade into Castro Valley. After that, we'll take city streets through Hayward and follow Mission Blvd. into the Mission San Jose area. Finally, we'll pass through McCarthy Ranch and go through Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale on our way back to Mountain View.

Total climbing is only about 2,700 feet, so the day won't be very hilly. Afternoon headwinds might pose an additional challenge, however.

Sunrise for today in San Jose is 5:58 a.m., and sunset is 8:09 p.m., so you'll have about 14 hours (including stops) to complete this route. Ride leaders will be encouraging riders to make steady progress throughout the day and not linger at rest stops, so that everyone can be back in Mountain View before sunset. Limited SAG support will be provided.

Don't feel like riding so far? An 85-mile option is available. This option omits the portion from Pleasanton to Altamont Pass and back.

Route sheet for this ride is here.

The meeting point is next to some condominiums, so please keep noise to a minimum when arriving at this very early hour. The police station next door will notice if we become loud. Restrooms will not be available, so take care of your needs before you arrive.

Be sure to check the Training section of the ALC website for information on how to prepare for a training ride and what you must and should bring.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Bernard Cabigon, David Gaus, David Goldsmith, Maggie Vande Voorde, Cindy Edelson/Diana Cordio (SAG)

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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