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Quadrophenia Prelude #1: Neary Quarry (11/1/2014)

Date: Saturday, November 1
Meet time: 9:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Stevenson Elementary School, 750 San Pierre Way (map)
City: Mountain View
Rain policy: Rain cancels
Category: 2 - moderate pace (10-12 mph)
Terrain: 3 - rolling hills, some steep climbs
Miles: 20

Quadrophenia 2015 premieres in January! Before then, however, we have four rides to help you (re)awaken those climbing legs. If you're a Quadrophenia 2014 veteran, then you already know about our fun and our challenges. If you're new to Quadrophenia, the Prelude rides -- which have a little less climbing but still just as much fun -- will help you decide whether they're right for you.

Today's ride visits the unexpectedly scenic Neary Quarry high above Los Altos Hills. To get there, we'll do the 0.7-mile climb of West Loyola Drive, which is moderately steep but not stupidly so. After the quarry, we'll head around Foothill College and then go part of the way along Elena Road before doing a little-known but quite steep descent down to Purissima Road.

We've got one very steep climb on today's ride, and it's the 0.2-mile, 12% backside of Viscaino Drive. It's perfectly OK to walk some or all of it -- and, in fact, you might even make better time by doing so. When we reach the top, we'll go down the longer, steeper front side of Viscaino (control your speed) and then play around in some of the lesser hills of Los Altos Hills for a few miles before heading back to Mountain View.

Ride With GPS reports about 1,500 feet of climbing for this ride. Toilets and water are available nearby at Stevenson Park; Safeway and Jack In The Box are a half-mile away at Shoreline Blvd.

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