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Distance Training #7: San Francisco (4/3/2010)

Date: Saturday, April 3
Meet time: 7:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 7:30 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: 90

Update: The description of this ride has been changed from the original. Construction at the Crystal Springs Dam has been delayed, so we won't need to detour around that area.

There's an easy way to get to San Francisco on a bicycle, and then there's this way. But today's ride is an important one because it gives you a preview of a significant part of the traditional Day 1 route of AIDS/LifeCycle -- including some freeway cycling, and it's helpful to experience these conditions before you've got 2,500 other cyclists around you.

From our start in downtown Mountain View, we'll take a gentle route through downtown Palo Alto and Menlo Park before climbing Highway 84 to Woodside. From there, we'll join the throngs of weekend cyclists along CaƱada Road and head to lower Skyline Drive. After a brief rest stop in San Bruno, we'll take Skyline all the way into San Francisco and head along the oceanfront on Great Highway to our lunch stop just north of Golden Gate Park.

Our return covers much of the same route, including two more brief trips on I-280. And we'll descend the glorious Ralston Avenue hill into Belmont for our return along Alameda de las Pulgas to Menlo Park. After our fifth and final rest stop, our final leg travels past Stanford and through Los Altos before returning to Mountain View.

Total climbing is about 3,900 feet. There are several significant climbs on this ride and some challenging traffic situations, but nothing worse than what you'll experience during the event in June.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Larry L'Italien, Randy Files, Kathy Sherman, Ellen Goldstein, Michael Casas

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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