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ALC12 Distance Training #7: Palomares and Calaveras (3/23/2013)

Date: Saturday, March 23
Meet time: 8:00 a.m. Note the earlier meeting time!
Ride-out time: 8:30 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: 4 - steep hills, long climbs
Miles: 88


Today's ride begins by heading to and across the Dumbarton Bridge and through Newark, Fremont, and Union City on our way to the first couple miles of Niles Canyon (the part where the shoulder is mostly good).

Then, we'll tackle the 4.7-mile and 4.4% northbound Palomares climb (the "easier" direction), followed by the Dublin Grade (again in the 2.6-mile and 2.7% "easier" direction). After a lunch stop in Pleasanton, we'll do, yes, the "easier" 2.8-mile and 3.8% southbound climb of Calaveras Road. We finish with a rest stop in Milpitas and then return through San Jose, Santa Clara (by the new 49ers stadium), and Sunnyvale.

Strava reports about 4,100 feet of climbing for this route. There's a lot of climbing on this ride, some of it a little bit steep, but none of it stupidly steep. We've rated this ride a terrain "4" because the climbs are long, not because they're unusually steep.

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