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Distance Training #5: Calaveras/Sunol (3/6/2010)

Date: Saturday, March 6
Meet time: 8:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 8:30 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: 70

For a ride this long, there's not a lot of climbing -- only about 2,200 feet total -- but most of that comes in just one grand, steep climb to the top of the hills east of Milpitas up Calaveras Road. The last 0.1 mile before the summit truly will test your legs, but it's also quite OK to walk it.

From our starting point in downtown Mountain View, we'll take a flat route to Milpitas through Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose. After a rest stop, we'll tackle that forementioned hill, and then we'll be rewarded with several miles of gently rolling, low-traffic, scenic riding above the Calaveras Reservoir. We'll descend into the quaint town of Sunol for our second rest stop, and then we'll descend through Niles Canyon into Fremont and head westbound across the Dumbarton Bridge for our final return through Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

This ride features a mix of quiet rural roads and busy urban streets, a little bit of everything the Bay Area has to offer and a good sample of the many types of riding you can encounter in just one day during the event in June.

A SAG vehicle will be on this ride to provide minor service if needed.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Bob Katz, Ally Kemmer, Randy Files, Michael Casas, Ken Plough, Kevin Hunter

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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