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South Bay/Peninsula #7: South Bay loop (10/3/2009)

Meet time: 7:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 8:00 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: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with one steep climb
Miles: 87

We wrap up our South Bay/Peninsula rides for this Seismic Challenge season with an epic loop around the South Bay. We start by heading via Menlo Park to the Dumbarton Bridge and through Newark, Fremont, and Milpitas. From there, we head down the east side of San Jose toward Evergreen Valley. Then, get ready for a steep 1-mile climb (worst quarter-mile is 9% with a short segment of 16%) and a thrilling descent on Silver Creek Valley Road, and we'll close by returning on Highway 9 through Los Gatos and Saratoga on our final return into Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View.

If you don't want to ride the full 87 miles, you'll be able to take VTA light rail to cut the total distance to about 55 miles. Bring cash and patience, because the light rail isn't much faster than cycling.

Total climbing on this ride is about 2,300 feet. We will have one SAG vehicle providing limited services along the route.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Larry L'Italien, Maggie Vande Voorde

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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