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DBD3 ride #7: Pacifica (9/8/2013)

Date: Sunday, September 8
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: 3 - some steep climbs
Miles: 74

It's our last training ride before DBD3! And we're going to a destination that you've consistently noted as one of the best: the coast at Pacifica. What's different, though, is that we're using a considerably shorter route than on previous rides ... and, of course, that means a new hill or two along the way.

We begin with a simple ride up to Roberts Market in Woodside, then along the entire length of CaƱada Road, including through car-free Bicycle Sunday land. After we climb the Ralston bike path and descend Polhemus, though, we'll tackle the Tartan Trail ("of tears") in Hillsborough and then ride a couple of short bicycle-legal segments on I-280 before getting on Skyline Blvd.

Our descent into Pacifica is steep and scenic, and our climb back from the coast on Sharp Park Drive is moderately steep but not stupidly so. Then we take the Sawyer Camp Trail and Crystal Springs Road back to the top of Polhemus, at which point we head down Ralston over to Alameda de las Pulgas for the straight shot back home.

RideWithGPS reports about 5,600 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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