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Distance Training #6: Pacifica (3/24/2012)

Date: Saturday, March 24
Meet time: 8:30 a.m. Note the earlier meeting time!
Ride-out time: 9:00 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: 79


In case of light to moderate rain, we will ride an alternate route that allows us to end our ride early if conditions worsen. We will attempt the Pacifica ride again on March 31.

From our starting point in downtown Mountain View, we're heading all the way up the Peninsula and down to the coast at Pacifica. You'll be treated to amazing views on our final descent to the coast, you'll enjoy the change of pace as you ride through Pacifica, and you'll be challenged by the moderately steep climb up Sharp Park Road back to Skyline. We'll also get some experience riding on the bicycle-legal parts of Interstate 280 -- something you need to get used to because there is a non-trivial amount of freeway and expressway cycling between here and Los Angeles. Our helpful ride leaders and SAG drivers will be on hand to help you succeed with grace and style.

Strava reports about 5,100 feet of climbing for this route. The distance and climbing on this ride are very close to what you'll experience on Day 1 of the event in June (and this ride even includes some parts of the Day 1 route), so this is a good opportunity to gauge your progress in getting ready for the big ride. Day 1 usually has the most climbing of any of our seven days.

Sorry, but our rides are now too early for Caltrain riders. We hope you can still join us! If you are arriving by VTA light rail, we're about four blocks from the station.

RSVPs are requested but not required.