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Saturday, November 8: Quadrophenia Prelude #2: 7 Hills of Los Altos, 25mi 1625ft
Saturday, December 6: Quadrophenia Prelude #3: Parker Ranch, 30mi 1800ft
Saturday, December 13: Quadrophenia Prelude #4: Egdirtsew, 35mi 2400ft
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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


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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