Upcoming rides I'm leading:
Nothing on the schedule.

Show blog entries about: Upcoming rides | Ride reports | My own training

Cat-3 Distance Training #9: Gilroy (5/2/2009)

Meet time: 6:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 6:30 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: 2 - rolling hills
Miles: 113

Today we tackle a route that's very similar to (and just a tiny bit longer than) Day 2 of the ride, the longest day.

We head through Saratoga and Los Gatos, then go around south San Jose and up to the Calero and Uvas reservoirs, then in the back way to Gilroy. After that, we travel up the east side of the valley to Morgan Hill, back up Monterey Highway into south San Jose, and then back through Los Gatos and Saratoga with an easy return through Cupertino and Sunnyvale. (No surprise hill at mile 100 this year!)

The biggest challenge on this ride is the possibility of strong headwinds on the second half of the ride, making the flat terrain much more challenging. We've thoughtfully made the rest stops closer during this part of the ride, and we've even got a stop at a bicycle shop in Morgan Hill in case your bike needs something.

There's a bailout option at about 83 miles by taking the slow VTA light rail back to Mountain View -- not much faster than cycling, but it's available if you need it. Bring cash for the fare. Also, we will have limited vehicle SAG available on this ride.

Total climbing on this ride is about 2,900 feet.

Route sheet for this ride is here.

The meeting point is next to some condominiums, so please keep noise to a minimum when arriving at this early hour. Also, the police station where many of you have used a restroom will not be open before our ride, so please take care of your needs before arriving.

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, Randy Files, Ken Plough, Cindy Edelson/Diana Cordio (SAG)

RSVPs are requested but not required.

No comments: