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ALC12 Distance Training #11: Saratoga Gap (5/18/2013)

Date: Saturday, May 18
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: Rain cancels
Category: 3 - moderate-fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 4 - long climbs
Miles: 62


It's the end of the sixth season of Distance Training rides, and we're wrapping things up in style with an all-new celebration ride this year.

This isn't just some simple run up the street to the next Starbucks and back. Noooooo. We'll climb all the way up Highway 9 from Saratoga to the top elevation of 2,673 feet -- that's higher than Mt. Tam -- and then enjoy an amazing backcountry descent on West Alpine Road into the community of La Honda. Then we'll climb Highway 84 back to the summit (only 1,477 feet in this direction, quite mercifully) and return directly to Mountain View on Alameda de las Pulgas and Foothill Expressway. No surprise hills near the end, no golf course, no La Cresta, no quarry ... we promise!

Total climbing on this ride is about 5,000 feet, but most of it isn't all that steep. For this celebration ride, our ride-out time is late enough that you can take Caltrain to get here in time for the start.

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