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DBD4 ride #3: Los Gatos

Date: Sunday, August 10
Meet time: 9:40 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Stevenson Elementary School, 750 San Pierre Way (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep hills
Miles: 51

Today's ride ramps up the hill-climbing just a bit as we begin to gently nudge our way up against the edge of the coastal mountains that we'll be climbing on the event.

We begin with the traditional and popular route through Stevens Canyon, up and over Mount Eden, and then down Pierce Road (we're not climbing the steep part) into our first rest stop in Saratoga. After that, we'll tackle a couple of new hills around Saratoga before making our way to the scenic and quirky Montalvo Arts Center. (Be sure to check the road signs as we enter.) Then, we'll spend a couple of minutes on the last public brick road in Santa Clara County and travel some of the secluded residential backroads of Monte Sereno and Los Gatos.

Then we've got our two big climbs of the day: Kennedy Road eastbound, followed immediately by Shannon Road westbound. Neither one is particularly long, although each has a short section of moderate steepness. Our reward is the rest stop in Los Gatos that follows immediately thereafter. After that, it's back to Monte Sereno for a new variation on the Laurel/Oak hill, followed by the Saratoga real estate tour on Sobey and Chester roads. Our return through Cupertino and Sunnyvale is gently downhill and, thankfully, has no surprises.

Ride With GPS reports about 3,250 feet of climbing for this ride.

Our new location is an easy 1.1-mile ride from the Mountain View Caltrain station; the first southbound train from San Francisco arrives in Mountain View at 9:29 a.m. We've adjusted our meet time so Caltrain riders can make our meet time.

Toilets and water are available nearby at Stevenson Park; Safeway and Jack In The Box are a half-mile away at Shoreline Blvd.

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