GPC Ride Schedule for December

(Last modified Wednesday, December 17 2014, @ 17:47 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 Dec 4   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 Dec 6   4/TM/56   Pinole Two Bridges Loop
Note earlier than usual start time for this now frequent club ride. 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 and cue sheet at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet if you can). Pace will be a real TM (~ 13.0 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>

Sat Dec 6   2/M/100   Sunol's Kilkare Canyon and Railroad Cafe
Let's revisit this little gem of a road (only 3.5 miles, but we'll take it both ways) and the Little Brown Chapel at its mouth, then enjoy lunch in a very snug little cafe! We'll meet at Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd at 7:20 a.m. for 7:30 departure to Moraga, Castro Valley (CV), Palomares Road and Niles Canyon to Sunol. After riding Kilcare Canyon and having lunch (burgers, sandwiches, good chili), we'll head home via Foothill, Dublin Canyon to CV, then return the way we came. This is a winter aerobic-base ride, emphasizing a steady moderate-pace. We'll hold stops to 3 total; lunch and two for water and bathrooms at the golf course just north of CV. There are plenty of shortcuts and a BART station in CV if you only want to go part-way. Sunrise and set are 7:10 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.; so bring a taillight and perhaps a small headlight in case it gets murky late in the day. NWS chance of rain of 20% moves the ride to Sunday Dec 7 . Mark Homrighausen (510) 528-9339 <homrighaus at aol dot com>.

Sun Dec 7   2/M/100   Sunol's Kilkare Canyon and Railroad Cafe - Rain date
All details from ride listing above are the same except that a chance of rain of 30% cancels the ride.

Sun Dec 7   4/TM/38   Post Novice Ride - Rockridge to Willow Park
Meet Janet and Phil at Rockridge BART at 9:45 a.m., roll at 10. Up through Montclair, BBR to Redwood Road. Lunch at Willow Park Golf Course. Return up Pinehurst to Skyline/Tunnel. 30% chance of rain postpones till December 28. Any ? Phil Morton (<pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>, (510) 847-7651) or Janet Monks (510) 534-7621)

Sun Dec 7   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 here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4189771. 30% chance of rain will cancel the ride and the rain date will be on the following Sunday, 12-14-2014. 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) 408-2198 <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com>, TBA

Thu Dec 11   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 Dec 12   1/LT/35   Bay Trail
Meet at Bolivar & Bancroft in 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 Jim (925) 408-2198 cell.

Sat Dec 13   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 Dec 13   1/L/15   Biking and Birding The Bay Trail
Meet at 9:30 a.m. on Bolivar Drive at the foot of Bancroft Way in Aquatic Park in Berkeley (this is a 10 minute ride from Berkeley BART) Areas we'll visit include Aquatic Park, Emeryville shoreline, Richmond Marina, Albany mudflats, and other locations along the Bay Trail. RAIN Cancels. Helmets required, gloves recommended. Bring binoculars and snacks; wear warm clothing. Trip ends 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. 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>)

Sat Dec 13   4/TM/41   Three Small Walls, the Other Way
Short, steep 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.) -bring your climbing legs and gears! Ride status updates, links to route map and cue sheet at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet if you can). Pace will be a real TM (~ 13.0 on the bike avg.). Rain cancels. 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 Dec 14   1/T/28   Easy social ride - Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza Rain date
For more details see the Dec 7 listing. You can contact a ride leader if you don't know whether it rained on Dec 7.

Thu Dec 18   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 Dec 20   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) 408-2128, Jessica Jensen, <jessica.jensen.77 at gmail dot com> (510) 508-6389.

Sun Dec 21   1/L/24   Tour de Alameda
Meet at the Bicycle racks at the Fruitvale BART Station at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 roll out. This is the same route as Ride #2 in the Novice Series circling thru Alameda, the old Naval Air Station and Bay Farm Island. Bring lunch or money to buy, rain cancels. Leaders John Buenfil <eleganttype at mac dot com>, (925) 408-2360 and Karen Street <karen_street at sbcglobal dot net>.

Sun Dec 21   4/100/M   Lucas Valley to Point Reyes Solstice celebration
Come enjoy every minute of daylight in beautiful Marin County as we ride from the Miller Creek community center to the Point Reyes lighthouse and back. Going by way of Marshall to Point Reyes Station, we'll try to wake up after our early start with for a quick coffee stop. Continuing, we'll run down some of the "alphabet ranches" (M, G, F, D, C, B, A), and on to the Lighthouse. Returning, we'll revive our spirits with lunch at the deli & store in Inverness, then head back to Miller Creek via Olema to be sure of achieving the all-important three-digit mileage. Meet at 7:21 (sunrise) at the parking area on Miller Ave. across from the community center and just north of Lucas Valley Road for a 7:31 departure. Predicted rain of 20% or more for Bodega Bay NWS web site (a nearby outer-coast location) moves this ride to its rain date on January 27. Sunset is at 4:53 p.m., so have a tail light and a possibly a small headlight for increased visibility. Maps will be distributed at the start of the ride; an emailed RSVP will be appreciated for a count. (Note: I have no electronic maps nor cue sheets.) Mark Homrighausen <homrighaus at aol dot com> (preferred) or (510) 528-9339.

Thu Dec 25   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 Dec 26   5!/TM/38   Mt Diablo
Need to recover from anything that happened on Dec 25? Take the 9:26 train from Rockridge to Pleasant Hill to ride to the official ride start at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek at 10:00 a.m. Reverse last month's route: Shady Glen Rd, and Livorna Heights to Southgate. Return via Northgate. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6459400. 30% chance rain cancels. Phil Morton (510) 847-7651 <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>.

Sat Dec 27   4/100/M   Lucas Valley to Point Reyes post-Solstice rain date
This ride will take place if it didn't on Sunday Dec 21. All details are the same. Check with leader if unsure or to RSVP. Mark Homrighausen <homrighaus at aol dot com> (preferred) or (510) 528-9339.

Sat Dec 27   3/TM/40   Pinole Martinez Lollipop Loop
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 if you can). 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>

Sun Dec 28   4/TM/38   Post Novice Ride - Rockridge to Willow Park Rain Date
The ride was held on Dec 7, before it remembered how to rain, so this ride is not happening.


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