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DBD/Seismic Ride 8: Calaveras (9/10/2011)

Date: Saturday, September 10
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: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 80

Description:

This is the last in a weekly series of eight training rides from Mountain View to help you get ready for the Double Bay Double and/or Seismic Challenge.

It's our celebration ride! In the past seven weeks, we've tackled more hills than we ever thought possible, so today we've dialed way back on the climbing as we add our final few miles of distance.

Today's route is a South Bay classic: across the Dumbarton Bridge, up Niles Canyon, and then up the "easier" side of Calaveras Road (our only significant climb of the day), with an easy and flat return through Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. Total climbing on this ride is "only" about 2,600 feet. Remember when that seemed like a lot?

Special bonus! The 40th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is taking place Saturday along Castro Street, just two blocks away from the end of our ride. Enjoy music, art, food, and more until 6 p.m.


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DBD/Seismic Ride 7: Saratoga Gap (9/3/2011)

Date: Saturday, September 3
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: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 4 - steep hills, long climbs
Miles: 75

Description:

This is the seventh in a weekly series of eight training rides to help you get ready for the Double Bay Double and/or Seismic Challenge. These rides will gradually increase to about 80 miles and will take place every Saturday from downtown Mountain View.

Today, we'll head to Saratoga and climb all the way up Highway 9 to Saratoga Gap, a 7.4-mile climb that gains almost 2,100 feet. Of course, we don't stop there. After that, we'll ride along the crests of the Peninsula range along Skyline Blvd. all the way to the junction with Highway 84, where we'll descend back to three-digit elevations. But wait, there's more! Next, we'll ride CaƱada Road to the end and climb Bunker Hill one last time. And if that weren't enough, we'll finish by climbing to Woodside and going around the Portola Valley loop and the Arastradero Nature Preserve.

Total climbing on this route is about 5,500 feet. Water sources are limited along Skyline Blvd.; bring plenty of water. We will have a SAG vehicle on the route.


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DBD/Seismic Ride 6: Tunitas Creek (8/27/2011)

Date: Saturday, August 27
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: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 4 - steep hills, long climbs
Miles: 70

Description:

This is the sixth in a weekly series of eight training rides to help you get ready for the Double Bay Double and/or Seismic Challenge. These rides will gradually increase to about 80 miles and will take place every Saturday from downtown Mountain View.

Tunitas Creek Road is one of the signature climbs of the Peninsula coastside, climbing about 2,000 feet over 9 miles with the steepest parts in the middle. That's where we're going today. But since we're starting in Mountain View, we first have to get to Tunitas Creek ... and that means climbing over the Peninsula range just to get there. We'll do that by climbing Old La Honda Road, a 3.3-mile climb that gains about 1,300 feet, and then descending Highway 84 to San Gregorio. And if that's not enough climbing, we've got a tiny little surprise waiting for you in the last few miles.

Total climbing for this ride is about 6,000 feet. You will need to pace yourself accordingly to make it through the entire route, but completing this ride will give you a deep sense of accomplishment and build confidence for your upcoming big ride.


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DBD/Seismic Ride 5: New Almaden (8/20/2011)

Date: Saturday, August 20
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: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 65

Description:

This is the fifth in a weekly series of eight training rides to help you get ready for the Double Bay Double and/or Seismic Challenge. These rides will gradually increase to about 80 miles and will take place every Saturday from downtown Mountain View.

Today's route takes us to the historic mining town of New Almaden, like another world that exists in the shadow of modern San Jose. And of course, we'll find plenty of small to medium hills to get us there -- specifically, Mount Eden, Kennedy (in both directions), and Coleman (again, in both directions). But for those who know the area well, don't worry: we will not be doing Hicks Road in either direction. All that climbing adds up to about 3,500 feet total.


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