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Quadrophenia Prelude #3: Parker Ranch (12/6/2014)

Date: Saturday, December 6
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: 31

The start of the regular training season in January is getting closer, so this week we're getting a little more serious about our climbing. We start by going into Los Altos Hills again for a little warmup on the easier direction of Highlands Circle -- a street we'll see plenty of, come January. Next, it's off to Cupertino for our first Epic Dead End of the year: the short but definitely attention-getting Voss Avenue. After that, we head uphill toward Fremont Older Open Space Preserve and today's main destination: the Parker Ranch development. We'll pass by a couple of evil-looking climbs, but we'll skip them today and save them for later in the season.

After a quick rest stop in Saratoga, we'll do the two-fisted climb of Sarahills Court, one of last season's, um, "favorites," and we'll follow that up with the backside (the tougher side) of Mount Eden. It's all easy after that as we visit scenic Stevens Canyon on our way back to Mountain View.

Ride With GPS reports about 1,950 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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