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DBD3 ride #5: Gone With the Wind (8/25/2013)

Date: Sunday, August 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: Rain cancels
Category: 3 - moderate-fast pace (12-15 mph)
Terrain: 2 - some rolling hills
Miles: 61

This week's ride has very little climbing, but it also has the potential for some strong headwinds ... especially if this summer's unusual weather pattern persists. This is an important part of our training because Day 2 of DBD can have similarly strong headwinds (although we've been very lucky the past two years).

Our route is fairly simple: We're doing a big loop around the bottom of San Francisco Bay, but in the counterclockwise direction (which is the opposite to how this ride usually is done). This means that we'll be returning westbound across the Dumbarton Bridge in the afternoon; if the onshore flow picks up, you might wish that we were climbing Old La Honda instead!

There's only one significant but short climb on this ride; RideWithGPS says about 1,260 feet total.

This ride is Caltrain-friendly; the first southbound train from San Francisco arrives in Mountain View at 9:29 a.m.

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