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Quadrophenia #3: Joaquin -- the rematch (2/8/2014)

Date: Saturday, February 8
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: 35


We got rained out when we tried this on February 2, so we'll try again here. Note that this ride will be run through Different Spokes San Francisco, so the level of support might not be the same as on an ALC ride. Fewer leaders, no guaranteed sweep.

This time, we add a few more short climbs and one really spectacular climb! Our day starts again in Los Altos Hills, where we climb Mora Drive and go around the quarry. Then, on our way to the Arastradero nature preserve, we take a little detour up La Barranca Road. After a brief rest stop in Portola Valley, we do the 3-mile gradual (and very scenic) climb to the end of Alpine Road for our main event: The 0.4-mile climb of Joaquin Road, which averages 12.1% but is closer to 20% for a bit in the middle. It's a serious challenge, but there's nothing wrong with cross-training part of it!

The reward for all that climbing is a steep, technical descent down Los Trancos Road back into Portola Valley. We're not yet home free, though; our return route takes us up the west side of Viscaino Road (0.2 mile, 12%), and we finish with Alta Tierra Road in the opposite direction to what we did back on our first Prelude ride. Whew!

(We originally planned to climb Altamont Road in this ride, but we're skipping that due to the ongoing road work in the area.)

Ride With GPS reports about 3,500 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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