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DBD3 ride #6: Kings Mountain Plus (9/1/2013)

Date: Sunday, September 1
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: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 4 - long climbs
Miles: 68

As we get closer to the event, it's time to add some serious climbing into the mix. Today, we tackle Kings Mountain, one of the Peninsula's signature climbs, which rises above 2,000 feet in a climb of about 4 miles that is a little steep in places but not stupidly so.

But there's that "Plus" in the ride title again, so you know there's more! After reaching the top of Kings Mountain, we'll enjoy the glorious 9-mile descent on secluded and scenic Tunitas Creek Road, which takes us all the way to Highway 1 at the coast. (Depending on the fickle weather, temps could be as much as 30 to 40 degrees cooler coastside, with fog and drizzle possible -- just like on the event -- so bring appropriate clothing!)

Then, we'll do the gradual 14-mile climb up Highway 84 back to the summit and then take an easy return on familiar roads back to Mountain View.

RideWithGPS reports about 6,000 feet of climbing on this ride.

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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