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DBD2 training ride #7: Saratoga Gap (9/8/2012)

Date: Saturday, September 8
Meet time: 8:30 a.m.
Note the earlier 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: Rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 4 - steep hills, long climbs
Miles: 75


Due to a street festival in Mountain View, you will not be able to access our meeting location from Castro Street. Use Shoreline Blvd. to Villa Street.

Today, we'll head to Saratoga and climb all the way up Highway 9 to Saratoga Gap, a 7.4-mile climb that gains almost 2,100 feet. Of course, we don't stop there. After that, we'll ride along the crests of the Peninsula range along Skyline Blvd. and then descend the amazingly scenic west side of Alpine Road down to La Honda, where we pick up Highway 84 for a 7-mile climb back to the summit. But wait, there's more! After we return to Woodside, we'll head up CaƱada Road to do the little climb and descent on Edgewood Road. And there's still more! We'll finish by revisiting La Cresta Drive in Los Altos Hills and, yes, one final trip around the Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

Total climbing for this ride is about 6,400 feet. You will need to pace yourself accordingly to make it through the entire route, but completing this ride will give you a deep sense of accomplishment and build confidence for your upcoming big event.

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