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Cat-3 Distance Training #6: San Gregorio and Pescadero (3/21/2009)

Meet time: 7:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 8:00 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 - moderate-fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 81

Get ready to climb! Today we're going to the coast via Old La Honda Road, with the long, thrilling descent down Highway 84 to San Gregorio. From there, we'll travel down the coast for a few miles on Highway 1 into Pescadero, and then we'll return to San Gregorio via the hills of Stage Road. From there, it's back up Highway 84 for 14 miles to the summit, with an easy return through Woodside. Total climbing on this ride is about 5,400 feet.

This ride has a 65-mile option that omits the Pescadero loop and reduces the total climbing to about 3,600 feet. Do not attempt the full 81-mile ride unless you already have done a hilly ride of 65 miles or more this season.

Because there is so much climbing on this ride, most riders will probably be closer to the low end of the Cat-3 range than the high end, and that's OK. Limited SAG vehicle support will be available.

After the ride, many of us will be gathering for celebration at a Mexican restaurant near the meeting point. Details will be sent in the Rider's Briefing that you get when you RSVP.

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.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Susan Fish, David Gaus, David Goldsmith, Paul Rammer, Kirk Rivera, Antonio Velasco

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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