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Cat-3 Distance Training #8: South Bay century loop

Meet time: 6:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 7:00 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: 100

This is the traditional South Bay loop on super-duper steroids, plumped up and ready for action.

We start by taking in some Peninsula foothills on the way to Menlo Park, then cross the Dumbarton Bridge and head out to Mission Blvd., where we climb to Mission San Jose. From there, we head down the east side of San Jose toward Evergreen Valley. Then, get ready for a Quadbuster-esque climb and a thrilling descent on Silver Creek Valley Road, and we'll close by picking up some of our routes from the past to return through Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale.

If you don't want to ride the full 100 miles, you'll be able to take VTA light rail to cut the total distance to about 71 miles. Bring cash.

Total climbing on this ride is about 2,900 feet.

Route sheet for this ride is here.

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, Dan England, Bob Katz, Randy Files, Maggie Vande Voorde, Susan Fish

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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