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Distance Training #4: Crystal Springs (2/20/2010)

Date: Saturday, February 20
Meet time: 9:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 9:30 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: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 3 - moderate-fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 50/60

This time, we head up the Peninsula to the Crystal Springs Reservoir, although we're adding a couple of extra hills along the way. We start by heading up to Foothill College and through the Arastradero Nature Preserve into Portola Valley and Woodside. After that, it's the long but very popular cycling route up CaƱada Road to Highway 92, followed by a little bit on lower Skyline Drive to the base of the Sawyer Camp Trail.

We'll head into San Mateo for our second rest stop, and then climb -- and descend -- the Polhemus/Ralston hill. (Check your brakes before the ride!) We'll return via Alameda de las Pulgas all the way down the Peninsula to Menlo Park and then follow Foothill Expressway into Los Altos Hills. 50-mile riders return to Mountain View from here; 60-mile riders continue into Cupertino before heading back on a gentle descent through Sunnyvale.

Total climbing for this ride is about 3,000 feet.

Sorry, but due to the earlier starting time, the Cat-3 Distance Training rides are no longer Caltrain-friendly for the rest of this season.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Bob Katz, Kathy Sherman, Dennis Soong, Paul Vargas, Ally Kemmer, Randy Files, David Gaus, Michael Casas

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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