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ALC12 Distance Training #9: Gilroy (4/20/2013)

Date: Saturday, April 20
Meet time: 6:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 6:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Parking lot at Villa and Franklin streets, Mountain View (across from the Tied House) (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: 113


Today's ride is just a little bit longer and just a little bit more hilly than Day 2, the longest day of AIDS/LifeCycle.

We'll start with a flat, direct route on Central Expressway all the way to the end, then past the San Jose airport and through the heart of downtown San Jose, which should be interesting and not too stressful early on a Saturday morning. After a direct route to Morgan Hill on Monterey Highway, we'll head east and climb partway to Gilroy Hot Springs before riding the very remote and very scenic CaƱada Road (the route used by the Tierra Bella rides) and heading into Gilroy for our lunch stop. After that, we'll return north around the Chesbro and Calero reservoirs on our way back to San Jose. We finish on mostly familiar roads through Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale.

Total climbing on this ride is about 3,100 feet, most of it rolling but with a couple of short but slightly steep climbs. This ride includes a 31-mile segment with no food, water, or services. Stock up before leaving Morgan Hill. You'll have about 13 hours of daylight to complete this ride, so don't linger at rest stops.

Our meeting place is near houses and condominiums, so please respect our neighbors and keep early-morning noise to a minimum.

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