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Early-Bird Ride #1: Cupertino (11/19/2011)

Date: Saturday, November 19
Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: New location! Parking lot at Villa and Franklin streets, Mountain View (across from the Tied House) (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: No pace; all are welcome
Terrain: 2 - rolling hills
Miles: 21


Welcome to a set of four early-bird rides in Mountain View to get you ready for the upcoming season. (The "early-bird" refers to the pre-season, not the time of day. We have humane meeting times!)

For this first ride, we'll take a simple route through Sunnyvale into Cupertino, where we'll go around De Anza College before tackling our one hill of the day: the very short (0.1 mile) climb up McClellan Road. After that, we'll take a quick rest stop along Foothill Expressway before heading through Los Altos into Palo Alto. Then it's back down Middlefield Road for our return to downtown Mountain View.

Total climbing on this ride is about 500 feet, according to Strava.

If you're planning to do our Distance Training rides beginning in mid-January, the early-bird rides are perfect for getting you back up to speed and distance. If you're a new ALCer, these rides are a great introduction to the people and ways of AIDS/LifeCycle.

This ride is Caltrain- and VTA-friendly. The first southbound train of the day leaves SF at 8:15 and arrives in Mountain View at 9:29. We're about four blocks from the station. If you're a veteran of the Mountain View rides, note our new meeting location this year! It's just one block away from our old spot.

RSVPs are requested but not required.