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Quadrophenia Prelude #1: Alta Tierra (11/3/2013)

Date: Sunday, November 3
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: Heavy rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills with some steep climbs
Miles: 22


For ALC 2014, the Mountain View training rides are new, new, new! We've got a set of rides that are lovingly called Quadrophenia -- our tour of some of the steepest (and, often, little-known) hills of the Peninsula and South Bay. Quadrophenia begins in January, but before that, we've got four "prelude" rides that will help you reawaken your climbing legs with some moderate challenges.

For our first prelude ride, we'll play around in Los Altos Hills. We'll visit Barley Hill on our way to the little-known Alta Tierra Road. It's a bit steep, but it's only 0.2 mile, and there's no shame at all in walking some or all of it. After that, we'll climb to Neary Rock Quarry from the (easier) Foothill College side and finish with a trip around the easier side of the Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

This might sound like a lot of climbing, but it's not: Ride With GPS reports only about 1,365 feet of climbing; most GPS devices will report a little bit less.

This ride is Caltrain- and VTA-friendly. The first southbound train of the day leaves SF at 8:15 and arrives in Mountain View at 9:29. We're about four blocks from the station.

These rides are for experienced cyclists who know to safely handle their bikes on climbs and descents. Please RSVP even if you're not sure you're attending. We use the RSVPs to plan support (including free bagels!), and if the weather might cause problems, it's important that we be able to reach you. Also, join our Facebook group to get additional updates and scintillating conversation.

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