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DBD3 ride #4: Los Gatos Plus (8/18/2013)

Date: Sunday, August 18
Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Parking lot at Villa and Franklin streets, Mountain View (across from the Tied House) (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep hills
Miles: 56

We're heading to Los Gatos to do the climbs up Kennedy and Shannon (in the slightly more difficult directions), but we'll also have a little "plus" fun on the way there and back.

We start with some more time in Los Altos Hills, including our first climb up the interesting La Cresta Drive and the very steep descent on eastbound Viscaino Road. After an easy spin down Foothill Expressway to our first rest stop in Cupertino, we'll head toward Saratoga and climb the full length of Pierce Road before descending into Saratoga. For a new experience, we'll wind through some back streets and up to the Villa Montalvo area before we arrive in Los Gatos for our main climbs. On the way back, we'll take the secret Laurel/Oak hill back to Quito Road for an easy return to Mountain View.

A couple of steep climbs on this ride, but they're not very long. Strava reports about 3,300 feet of climbing; RideWithGPS says about 3,720 feet.

This ride is Caltrain-friendly; the first southbound train from San Francisco arrives in Mountain View at 9:29 a.m.

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