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Quadrophenia Prelude #2: Sarahills (11/10/2013)

Date: Sunday, November 10
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: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 27


For our second prelude ride, we're off to Saratoga. But before we get there, we'll climb to the Parker Ranch area near the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve to see (but not ride) some of the steep hills we'll be tackling later in the season. Then, it's time for our main climb of the day: Sarahills Drive, a little-used connector between Saratoga-Sunnyvale and Pierce roads. It's only 0.4 mile, but feel free to take a break or two to savor the views and prepare for the descent. After a brief rest stop, we'll return to Mountain View on a mostly easy route ... well, except for our little detour on Cristo Rey Drive and through the Rancho San Antonio area. Can you feel it?

Ride With GPS reports about 1,400 feet of climbing; most GPS devices will report a little bit less.

This ride is Caltrain- and VTA-friendly. The first southbound train of the day leaves SF at 8:15 and arrives in Mountain View at 9:29. We're about four blocks from the station.

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