GPC Ride Schedule for January

(Last modified Tuesday, January 13 2015, @ 00:26 PST)

In addition to the rides listed below, we also have weekly rides.

See our ride rating system to decode the secret markings 3/TM/50 etc.


Thu Jan 1   5!/LTMB/30,5!/LTMB/40   Coordinated New Year's Day Rides on Mt Diablo
Join GPC in the New Year's tradition - including multiple options for the passionately held divergent views that explain why the collective noun for Grizzlies is an argument. Up to the top of the Lonely Mountain for you Hobbit fans, by the route of your choice, and then down Northgate. It will be anything but lonely, with throngs of cyclists from all over the world. To see and be seen by other Grizzlies, you can wear one of the club jerseys. Ride to Eat: We will converge on the Ygnacio Plaza Shopping Center which offers burritos, sandwiches, pizza, coffee, for the essential carbo-reloading. For a clean start to the year you can ride to the start, or take BART. Trains leave Rockridge at 8:20, 8:40, 9:00, 9:20, 9:40, for a 17 minute run to Pleasant Hill. Rain date January 3.

Thu Jan 1   5/M/20+40+20   New Year's Day Mt Diablo from Berkeley
Start that new year right! Meet 8:00 a.m., ready to ride, at Spruce St and Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley (plenty of on-street parking, or just ride there) for a prompt 8:05 a.m. start. We'll converge on the main club New Year's ride up Mt Diablo. Optional return ride together to Berkeley after descending Diablo -- route depends on how long we schmooze at lunch! For the return ride, meet at the NYD ride lunch location; see the listings below. Rain postpones. Rain dates is Jan 3, just like the main New Year's Day ride. Mark Abrahams <dma at abriz dot net>.

Thu Jan 1   5!/LTMB/40   Mount Diablo via Southgate
Join an argument of Grizzlies for our traditional New Year's Day venture. Meet at Pleasant Hill BART at 9:00 a.m. Introductions at 9:10, and roll out after that. This year we will start riding through Alamo, avoiding Danville Blvd. This route is longer but not as steep as climbing Northgate. Converge at the junction with the ride listed below and proceed to the summit. Bring extra clothing in layers and long fingered gloves to be prepared for a cold descent (especially from the summit to the junction). Descend Northgate for the post-ride lunch. Phil Morton (<pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>, (510) 847-7651). Janet Monks (510) 534-7621. Rain date Jan 3.

Thu Jan 1   5!/LTMB/30   Mount Diablo via Northgate
Join another group of Grizzlies for our alternative traditional New Year's Day pilgrimage to the Sacred Mountain. Meet at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek (nearest BART is Pleasant Hill) at 10:00 a.m. Introductions at 10:10, and roll out after that. This route is shorter but steeper than climbing Southgate. Converge at the junction with the ride listed above and proceed to the summit. Bring extra clothing in layers and long fingered gloves to be prepared for a cold descent (especially from the summit to the junction). Descend Northgate for the post-ride lunch. Estella Garcia (510) 540-6449 H or (510) 725-8405 mobile - day of ride contact). Co-leader Kurt Doelling 510.427.4205. Rain date Jan 3.

Thu Jan 1   3/TM/60-80   Duros West
This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We meet at 9:00 a.m. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see http://tinyurl.com/gpc-weeklyA. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

Sat Jan 3   5!/LTMB/40   Mount Diablo via Southgate - Rain date
See the Jan 1 listing for this ride. All the same except that 30% chance of rain cancels the ride.

Sat Jan 3   5!/LTMB/30   Mount Diablo via Northgate - Rain date
See the Jan 1 listing for this ride. All the same except that 30% chance of rain cancels the ride.

Sat Jan 3   5/M/20+40+20 OR 3/M/100   Lunch in Livermore
Meet 8:00 a.m., ready to ride, at Spruce St and Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley (plenty of on-street parking, or just ride there) for a prompt 8:05 a.m. start. We'll ride from Berkeley to Livermore for the express purpose of a hot sit-down winter lunch at Tequila's Taqueria. On a previous year, one club member pronounced it "the best burrito he had ever eaten" ... but he was probably pretty hungry! It's a flat-and-rollery route to Livermore and back; no serious climbs. Good pacelining terrain; good long-steady-endurance base winter miles. Rain or 20% chance postpones to Jan 4. If weather is doubtful, contact ride leader the night before. Mark Abrahams <dma at abriz dot net>.

Sat Jan 3   3/TM/46   Small West CoCo Walls
Short, steep-ish climbs start early on with a right onto Alpine off Amador at about mile 2. The good part: Mc Ewen is easier this way, and we'll work up our appetite for our (short) coffee and pastry stop in Port Costa, for a flatter second half of the ride-though we'll have to climb Hillcrest a few scant miles from the finish. Pace will be a solid TM (appr. 12.5 mph on the bike avg.). Ride status updates, links to route map, cue sheet and gpx file at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet). Meet at El Cerrito Del Norte BART parking lot at 9:00 a.m. for 9:15 rollout. Rain cancels. Eric Rydman (510) 759-8438 <emagnusr at yahoo dot com>

Sun Jan 4   3/M/100   Lunch in Livermore Rain date
Rain date for Sat Jan 3. Mark Abrahams <dma at abriz dot net>.

Sun Jan 4   1/T/28   Easy social ride - Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza
Ride repeats on the first Sunday of every month. Meet at Pleasant Hill BART at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. departure. This is a good way to meet others in the club and for new riders to join in. No pressure to complete a long hilly ride. We'll keep this ride super friendly and on pace. Tandem and city bike friendly. Bring food or $ to buy and eat at the fabulous Draeger's Market or other great food spots in or around the plaza. All are welcome and anyone can join this ride. RSVP requested but not required to ride. View Route Map and cue sheet at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4189771. 30% chance of rain will cancel the ride and the rain date will be on the following Sunday, 1-11-2015. Contact a ride leader for more information before the ride. Ride Leader(s) Steven Louie (510) 541-1378 <stevenrlouie at gmail dot com>, Jim O'Melia (925) 262-3882 <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com>, Danimal Tonelli <danimal21 at juno dot com>

Thu Jan 8   3/TM/60-80   Duros West
This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We meet at 9:00 a.m. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see http://tinyurl.com/gpc-weeklyA. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

Sat Jan 10   4/LTMB/23,32,55,65,77   Alex's Second Saturday All-Club Ride
This is the GPC monthly all-club ride. Meet at Orinda BART at 9:00 a.m. introductions at 9:15, then roll. The first 7.5 miles all pace groups ride together at a social pace...you ll ride with club members you might not see for the rest of the month. After that, we split into five separate pace groups: LT pace group (total distance about 23 mi); T pace group (total about 55 mi); TM pace groups (totals of 32 or 65 mi); M pace group (total 75+ mi). A TM group for the 75+ mile route will be organized if enough riders are interested. All routes are pretty hilly. More information about this ride, including route details, is posted on-line at www.grizz.org/series/ssr.html. Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, or for other questions, contact ASSR Coordinator John Buenfil, (925) 686-9077, <eleganttype at earthlink dot net>. Leaders TBA.

Sat Jan 10   1/T/48   Sandhill Cranes
We will borrow extensively from this route http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3988618 courtesy of Yurides. This ride will be co-sponsered Lincoln Hills Cyclists (Mom) with stops every 15 miles or so. Pace will be the L side of T. Please bring lunch as we will stop for lunch at Cosumnes River Reserve. Meet at 9:45 for a 10:00 a.m. departure at 2nd and D in IsletonIsleton. 30% Chance of rain cancels Check http://kdkurtd.tumblr.com/ night before or early morning for status. Also, contact Kurt for carpool options. Kurt Doelling, (510) 427-4205 <kdkurtd at gmail dot com>, Sherie Reineman <bikedive at mac dot com> (510) 691-3435.

Sun Jan 11   2/48/TM   Pleasanton BART to Calaveras Rd and back
Depart 10:30 a.m. from Dublin-Pleasanton BART South (Pleasanton Side). Ride to the summit of Calaveras Rd. and back. Optional lunch or coffee at end. Option to shorten out and back beyond Sunol - go to 1st summit or as far as you wish. Option to lengthen join leader riding from Castro Valley BART at 9:30 to add a dozen miles one way; must RSVP if meeting in Castro Valley BART (top of BART stairs). Print your cue sheet from GPC library http://www.grizzlypeakcyclists.org/cue_sheets/#ipcr. Rain cancels but wet roads do not. Steve Tracy <tracy.steve at att dot net> or (510) 881-6042

Sun Jan 11   1/T/28   Easy social ride - Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza Rain date
For more details see the Jan 4 listing. You can contact a ride leader if you don't know whether it rained on Jan 4.

Wed Jan 14   0/Meeting/0   Club Meeeting
Join us for a delicious pot luck dinner before the program and the club's monthly business meeting. Details in the current Wheel Truth.

Thu Jan 15   3/TM/60-80   Duros West
This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We meet at 9:00 a.m. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see http://tinyurl.com/gpc-weeklyA. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

Sat Jan 17   4!/M/63   Mt Tam and Pt Reyes from Fairfax
Try out your climbing legs early on this mid-winter trip through the foggy redwoods to the top of Marin. Meet at 9:00 a.m. (9:15 rollout) in Fairfax at Sir Francis Drake High School parking lot on Saunders Ave (should be plenty of weekend parking). City bike routes take us to Bolinas rd, past Alpine Lake, along Ridgecrest and then up to the summit of Mt Tam for (hopefully) dramatic views of the bay in winter. We'll cut over to Panaromic on the way down, then on to Highway 1 past Stinson beach all the way to Pt Reyes Station for baked goods and hot drinks. Then we go inland to Nicassio and crank around the reservoir on those wonderfully flat roads, then gentle climbs through more redwoods past Woodacre and in to Fairfax. Rolling regroups every ~10 miles. 30% POP cancels. Be prepared for cold and damp, and PLEASE BRING LIGHTS and make sure they're charged up, you'll want them on if it's foggy. Estimated 6K ft climbing. For questions contact Dave Brown (<dave_brown at mac dot com>). http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6565461

Sat Jan 17   3/L/28   Orinda BART to Pinole Bear Claw Cafe
Ride repeats on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Ride out to Pinole, along San Pablo Dam Road and Pinole Valley Road. Meet at Orinda BART parking lot (NW corner, where Second Saturday Ride meets). Our goal is to get some riders who may cringe at riding the hilly 'bears route'; but who would like to do about 30 miles to maybe get back into riding again. Planned destination is the Bear Claw Cafe, a quaint, old-timey family bakery in downtown Pinole, with a visual historical treat in the alcove next to the building. Faster riders are welcome, too...just save me a Bear Claw! Bring a friend. Meet 9:45 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. roll-out. Optional lunch at Orinda Square (Petra's Greek Cafe, Nation's burgers, Subway, Peet's and Starbucks). Leaders: Jim O'Melia <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com> (925) 262-3882, Jessica Jensen, <jessica.jensen.77 at gmail dot com> (510) 508-6389.

Sat Jan 17   4/TM/54   Pinole Two Bridges Loop
From Pinole it will be up Pig Farm to the Martinez-Benicia Bridge, Lake Herman Road, Columbus Parkway. Then through Vallejo to the Zampa Bridge into Crockett for a stop at Valona's (mi. 36). Cummins Skwy, Franklyn Canyon, Pig Farm again to close the loop. So some climbing, but no McEwen. Ride status updates, links to route map, cue sheet and gpx file at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet). Pace will be a real TM (~ 13.5 on the bike avg.). Rain cancels. Meet at the Pinole Park lot off Pinole Valley Road, at Simas Ave. (the Simas Ave. intersection *farthest* from I 80) lot at 9:00 a.m. for 9:15 rollout. Rain cancels. Eric Rydman (510) 759-8438 <emagnusr at yahoo dot com>

Sun Jan 18   3/L/26   Wildcat from the Back
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 start. We'll ride up through Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Richmond to the San Pablo Dam Road, to Wildcat through Tilden and then down Euclid and Virginia back to BART. Leaders John Buenfil, <eleganttype at mac dot com> (925) 408-2360 and Karen Street, <karen_street at sbcglobal dot net>. Rain Cancels, Rain Date - Sunday January 25th.

Sun Jan 18   2/48/TM   Pleasanton BART to Calaveras Rd and back
Depart 10:30 a.m. from Dublin-Pleasanton BART South (Pleasanton Side). Ride to the summit of Calaveras Rd. and back. Optional lunch or coffee at end. Option to shorten out and back beyond Sunol - go to 1st summit or as far as you wish. Option to lengthen join leader riding from Castro Valley BART at 9:30 to add a dozen miles one way; must RSVP if meeting in Castro Valley BART (top of BART stairs). Print your cue sheet from GPC library http://www.grizzlypeakcyclists.org/cue_sheets/#ipcr. Rain cancels but wet roads do not. Steve Tracy <tracy.steve at att dot net> or (510) 881-6042

Wed Jan 21   0/Meeting/0   GPC Century Planning Meeting
Help make this the best Century ever. If you want to help with the planning contact the Century Chair, <CenturyChair at grizzlypeakcyclists dot org>

Thu Jan 22   3/TM/60-80   Duros West
This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We meet at 9:00 a.m. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see http://tinyurl.com/gpc-weeklyA. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

Fri Jan 23   1/L/12   Biking and Birding the San Francisco Waterfront: Heron's Head and Pier 94
This month's biking and birding ride is a trial run. The trip is limited to 6 participants. RSVP to ride leaders will be helpful. We'll ride the 'SF Bay trail' south of Market and then ride (mostly) streets marked with bike lanes south to Heron's Head Park. Then we'll head over to Pier 94. Both of these sites have have had extensive restoration. We'll look for wintering waterbirds and also check out the upland birds. We will meet near Market at Embarcadero at 9: 30:00 a.m. (accessible by BART or Ferry). To sign up, e-mail Pat (<pjgreene at sonic dot net>) for the exact meeting place. Bring binoculars, bring snacks, wear layers, helmets required. Rain Cancels. Leaders: Jeffrey Black, (510) 526-7068 (<buffalo1003 at aol dot com>) and Pat Greene, cell-day of ride (415) 321-9013 (<pjgreene at sonic dot net>)

Sun Jan 25   3/L/26   Rain date: Wildcat from the Back
For details, see the Jan 18 listing. Contact a ride leader if you want to be be sure this ride is being ridden.

Thu Jan 29   3/TM/60-80   Duros West
This weekly ride often tours through West Marin, but sometimes travels to Napa, Sonoma, or Livermore, depending on the season. We meet at 9:00 a.m. We have frequent regroups and usually stop for a real lunch, if it is available on the route. For this week's leader and route see http://tinyurl.com/gpc-weeklyA. Weather cancellations will also be updated on the calendar. If you don't have web access you can call Mark Nienberg at (510) 812-9312 for the information.

Fri Jan 30   1/LT/35   Bay Trail
Meet at Berkeley Aquatic Park (the South end of Bolivar Drive near restrooms) @ 9:45 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. start. We will ride to the Emeryville marina, then North on the Bay Trail for lunch @ Little Louie's. The ride will continue thru the tunnel, to the Red Oak. Ride co-leaders: Arleen (<Sakamo2 at yahoo dot com>) and Ken (510) 530-8389home.

Sat Jan 31   5/TM/52   Woodside - Old La Honda - Pescadero - Tunitas Creek Loop
Enjoy great roads, the justly-famous Old La Honda and Tunitas Creek climbs, and some excellent artichoke bread or berry pie in Pescadero on this Peninsula loop. We'll start at the town hall in Woodside, then climb and roll our way down to lunch in Pescadero, where we may feast on memorable artichoke bread and award-winning goat cheese before tackling the climbs of the return. Meet at 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 start from the Woodside Town Hall parking lot (note: there may be no bathroom at the start, so come a bit early to use the one at the Woodside deli if needed). Stops and regroups will be kept to a minimum, so please be comfortable with a TM pace or confident in your map-reading skills. Directions: from the East Bay go south on I-880 to the San Mateo (Hwy 92) exit. Continue west on Hwy-92 to I-280. Go south on I-280 to the Woodside Rd (Hwy-84) exit. Turn right at the stop sign and continue into town. Turn left on Whiskey Hill Rd and make an immediate right into the Town Hall parking lot. 20% PoP cancels, call leader if any doubt about the weather. Leaders: Stephanie Clarke (510) 558-9614 <stephclarkebike at gmail dot com>, Janet Monks (510) 534-7621.

Sat Jan 31   3/TM/40   Pinole Martinez Loop via Carquinez Scenic (George Miller ) Trail
We'll ride out to Martinez via Pig Farm, take Carquinez Scenic into Port Costa (or Valona's in Crockett if preferred) for our stop. Return via Crockett Blvd and Cummins to Franklin Canyon, Pig Farm. Ride status updates, links to route map and cue sheet at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet). Pace will be a real TM (~ 12.5 on the bike avg.). Meet at Pinole Valley Park off Pinole Valley Road, at Simas Ave. (the Simas Ave. intersection *farthest* from I 80) lot at 9:00 a.m. for 9:15 roll out. Rain cancels. Eric Rydman (510) 759-8438 <emagnusr at yahoo dot com>

Sat Jan 31   3!/M/120 (or 100)   Del Puerto Canyon Loop from Pleasanton
This is the classic GPC Del Puerto loop from Pleasanton. A fabulous variety of terrain for riding, sightseeing, climbing (including one 1.5 mile steep pitch, hence the "!" in the listing), descending, pacelining (optional), and a bit of craft beer drinking too (also optional). In 120 miles we'll traverse the Livermore Valley; ride out to the Central Valley; skirt around Tracy and Patterson; climb Del Puerto Canyon to San Antonio Junction; and return via Mines Road. (Side note for those who have ridden that "other" bike club's route recently: We follow a classic, different, and IMHO better route through both valleys -- including the historic Hwy 33 through Vernalis and Westley.) The route includes 3 rest stops. It has no shortcuts or bailouts. A shorter (100 mile) option is available, starting in Livermore, but for this you must RSVP to the ride leader. Meet 7:30 a.m., ready to ride, in Pleasanton at W Neal St. & Railroad Ave (between First and Main Sts). Nice public bathrooms are nearby, one block south. Prompt 7:40 a.m. departure. Be prepared for chilly morning weather. Bring lights in case of a later than planned return (sunset is 5:30 p.m.). NWS PoPs 20% or more likely postpones to Sunday. If weather is doubtful, contact ride leader by 9:00 p.m. the night before -- don't assume anything. Mark Abrahams, <dma at abriz dot net>. RSVP is appreciated for map count.


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