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Cat-3 Distance Training #1: Get-acquainted ride (1/10/2009)

Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Three blocks west of the Mountain View Caltrain and VTA station, in the overflow parking lot at the corner of Evelyn Avenue and Franklin Street. (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 3 - fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 2 - rolling hills
Miles: 40

The Cat-3 Distance Training rides are for intermediate and advanced riders who want to increase their physical and mental endurance on long-distance rides. This set of 10 rides gradually increases to a mid-May finale of a double metric century: 200 kilometers (125 miles) in a single day.  These rides should be just one part of your overall AIDS/LifeCycle training program -- such as in conjunction with the weekly Cat-2 rides -- and are not sufficient by themselves to prepare for the event. 

You do not need to be a super-fast rider to participate in these rides! Our experience has been that many cyclists taking part in Cat-2 training rides actually ride at a Cat-3 pace.  And it's perfectly OK if you're at the lower end of the Cat-3 range; you do not need to be a 15-mph rider to do these rides.

We start this year's rides with an easy confidence-builder that goes down Central Expwy. to Santa Clara, then back up city streets to Sunnyvale, then up to Cupertino, along the entire length of Foothill Expwy. past Stanford to Menlo Park, then back on the Bryant Street bike boulevard through Palo Alto. Total climbing on this ride is about 900 feet.

Riders from all over Northern California are invited! Southbound Caltrain from San Francisco arrives at 9:14 a.m.

Route sheet for this ride is here.

Be sure to check the Training section of the ALC website for information on how to prepare for a training ride and what you must and should bring.


Chris Thomas
Bernard Cabigon
Susan Fish
David Goldsmith
Bob Katz
TJ Zmucki

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