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Distance Training #4: Crystal Springs (2/25/2012)

Date: Saturday, February 25
Meet time: 9:30 a.m.
Ride-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Meeting place: Parking lot at Villa and Franklin streets, Mountain View (across from the Tied House) (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: 59


This ride is a simple trip up and down the Peninsula that's mostly tame, but a few hills in the middle will quickly rack up the elevation stats. From downtown Mountain View, we'll take the gentle route past Stanford to Alameda de las Pulgas and follow it all the way until it ends in San Mateo at Crystal Springs Road. This includes the part beyond San Carlos, which has a couple of rather significant climbs, although we're doing it in the somewhat easier direction.

Next, Crystal Springs Road takes us to the Polhemus hill that made its debut on ALC10 due to the dam closure, and then we'll go down the Ralston bike path to pick up CaƱada Road with a short little hill or two before we reach Woodside. We'll then go around the backside of the Portola Valley loop, and we'll end by retracing our route to Mountain View.

Strava reports about 2,850 feet of climbing for this route.

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.

RSVPs are requested but not required.