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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


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.

RSVPs are requested but not required.