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Distance Training #6: Coyote Valley (3/20/2010)

Date: Saturday, March 20
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: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 3 - moderate-fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 51/80

We've taken this classic South Bay training ride and added a few extra challenges along the way to give you a good workout as you continue to get ready for ALC9.

From our starting point in downtown Mountain View, we'll first go through Stevens Canyon and then up and over Mount Eden, and then into Saratoga for our first rest stop.

Next, it's off to Los Gatos, where we'll repeat the Shannon/Kennedy hill that we had earlier this season but which many riders skipped due to weather. After descending into San Jose, we'll climb Camden Road for an amazing view of the city and then take our second rest stop along Almaden Expressway.

After that, it's into rural southern Santa Clara County as we slowly climb to the Calero Reservoir. Today, we'll be heading almost to Morgan Hill before turning around and heading back up Santa Teresa Blvd. (strong headwinds are possible) into San Jose for our third rest stop.

Here, 51-mile riders take VTA light rail back to Mountain View. (Bring $2 cash.) Be warned, however: The light rail requires a transfer and is almost as slow as riding the distance yourself.

Then, it's a gentle ride across the southern edge of the city with a short climb on Blossom Hill Road into Los Gatos for our fourth stop. Finally, we take a scenic tour through Monte Sereno and Saratoga and head back to Foothill Expressway for our return to Mountain View.

Total climbing is about 3,400 feet. A SAG vehicle will be on the route to assist with any minor situations that might arise.

Leaders: Chris Thomas, Bob Katz, Linda Kemmer, Paul Vargas, Randy Files, David Gaus, Bruce Der-McLeod, Michael Casas

RSVPs are requested but not required.

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