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Quadrophenia Prelude #4: More, More, More (12/15/2013)

Date: Sunday, December 15
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: 40


Our final prelude ride gets us into the spirit of what's to come in the main Quadrophenia rides starting next month: not just one attention-getting climb per day, and even more places where no training rides have gone before.

We start with the full climb up Magdalena Road in Los Altos Hills. Next, it's just a hop, skip, and a jump over the freeway to our next challenge, Highlands Circle (in the easier direction). Then, we get about 11 miles of relative calm (including a rest stop) as we make our way to Los Gatos for the main event: More Avenue. If you've never been there, I don't want to spoil the surprise, but there's a reason why the Strava segment for this street is simply called "Boing." After a second rest stop, we'll finish with another rare treat: a reverse Mount Eden climb, which is definitely the tougher direction (but, believe it or not, easier than the way we'll get there later in the season). After all that, you'll be plenty ready to join us in January when we begin our main Quadrophenia rides!

Ride With GPS reports about 2,620 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.

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