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Early-Bird Ride #3: Saratoga (12/10/2011)

Date: Saturday, December 10
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: 2 - medium pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 33


For our third ride, we'll begin with the gradual climb into scenic Stevens Canyon (usually a few degrees cooler than Mountain View, so dress accordingly). After that, we've got our first significant climb of the season: Mount Eden, a 0.7-mile hill that can seem intimidating at first. But when you come back to Mount Eden later in your training (and you will, probably many times), you'll be able to measure your progress. A thrilling descent into Saratoga awaits, and then we'll head partway to Los Gatos along Highway 9 before going around the edge of West Valley College and taking an easy return back to Mountain View. (If you know the area already, note that we will *not* be doing the steep climb on Pierce Road.)

Total climbing on this ride is about 1,260 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.