GPC Ride Schedule for September

(Last modified Sunday, August 24 2014, @ 12:38 PDT)

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.


Mon Sep 1   3/T/~30   Labor Day on San Bruno Mountain
Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and the view from the Top of the Hill in Daly City. San Francisco generally clears out on holidays, so let's take advantage of what we expect to be emptier than usual streets. If it's a blue water day, we'll do a mostly out and back tour of San Bruno Mountain so we get the beach and the park twice (Chris's and my favorite). If it's just a moderately clear day, we may dive off the east side of the mountain and return over Twin Peaks (not too shabby either). Bring snacks; if riders want, we will stop for late lunch near the end of the ride. Dense Fog cancels. Two meeting places (1) Civic Center BART arrive on 9:50 or 9:56 trains; these two trains cover all lines--note RSVP REQUIRED BY 8:30 a.m. FOR AN ESCORT FROM BART to (2) Panhandle Restroom (between Oak and Fell) at Ashbury at 10:15 a.m. (if BART trains are delayed, this time may also be delayed). RSVP appreciated, but not required, from riders planning to meet in the Panhandle. Questions? email or call Pat Greene (before 8:30 p.m.), (415) 321-9013, <pjgreene at sonic dot net> and Chris Witt, <ctwitt at sonic dot net>.

Tue Sep 2   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. Sunset is 7:37 p.m., twilight ends 8:04 p.m. -- BRING LIGHTS to get home by. For other details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through end of September. Rain cancels. M group leader: Mark Abrahams (510) 524-1294, <dma at abriz dot net>. B group leader(s): Matt McHugh <mattmctour at gmail dot com>, Wes Lane <weslane at gmail dot com>, and/or Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>.

Thu Sep 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.

Thu Sep 4   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:20 p.m. for prompt 5:30 departure. A friendly and fast-paced TM ride with regroups. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights. Ride repeats every Thursday till the end of the month. Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Sep 5   4/M/20-30   Friday Tune-up Ride
Meet at Rockridge BART at 8:50 a.m. for sharp 9:00 departure. This ride will do various routes in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills. The pace will be M for riders doing more challenging weekend rides. There will be very short regroups with a possible coffee stop at or near the end. Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>. Rain cancels.

Sat Sep 6   4/LTMB/18.7   Individual Time Trial
Meet at the corner of San Pablo Dam Rd and Bear Creek Rd by 9:40 a.m. for a race against the clock. First rider is off at 10:01 and a rider a minute after that. The ITT is the only GPC ride where you have to be a member of the Club (insurance reasons), but you can join or renew right there at the start for $15/year. Pre-registration is appreciated. Bill Schultz, (925) 876-4950 , or <schultzwill at yahoo dot com>.

Sat Sep 6   4/M/82   Mt. Diablo out and back via North Gate
Meet at 8:20 a.m. for a 8:30 a.m. departure from Spruce & Grizzly for some nice rollers and climbing. The Bears, Pig Farm out to North Gate and the summit of Mt. Diablo for a quick lunch (BYOL). Water stop at Grayson Woods Golf Course. Skip junction and keep rolling to the top. Retrace route back following our breadcrumbs. Contact Chris Bailey at <c4bailey at gmail dot com> or (415) 725-5310

Sun Sep 7   3/LT/22-or-40   Novice Ride #6 -- Central Marin Redwoods
Tour the redwoods of central Marin county through Nicasio and have lunch at the Bovine Bakery on Highway 1. Return through Olema back to Nicasio and Lucas Valley. The 22-mile ride joins the 40 mile ride in Nicasio and loops back to Nicasio. There are hills, but we will ride them gently. -- For the 40 mile ride, meet 10:00 a.m. across from the Marinwood Community Center: exit Hwy 101 at the Lucas Valley exit just north of San Rafael and head West on Lucas Valley Road. Make a right turn at Miller Creek Rd. and park on the street across from the community center. -- For the 22 mile ride, meet at 11:00 a.m. in Nicasio for an 11:15 departure. From Hwy 101, take the Lucas Valley Rd/Smith Ranch Rd Exit. Go 10 miles west to Nicasio Valley Road. Turn right and go 0.3 mile to a parking area with convenience store. You will pass the 44-mile bicycle riders on Lucas Valley, so please take extra care. -- For carpools, meet 45 minutes before ride departure time at North Berkeley BART, east side (by Wed Sep 3rd, please contact Toshi Takeuchi <ttoshi at gmail dot com>, (510) 919-7876 who will coordinate interested riders). Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets required. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact a ride leader. Ride leaders: Janet Monks <icpurple7 at yahoo dot com>, Jaz Zaitlin, Phil Morton, Mary Ann Jawili, Estella Garcia, Karen Street <karen_street at sbcglobal dot net> 22-mile leader

Sun Sep 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. Contact a ride leader for more information before the ride. Ride Leader(s) Steven Louie (510) 541-1378 <stevenrlouie at gmail dot com> and Mandy Louie (if riding tandem), Jim O'Melia (925) 408-2198 <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com>

Tue Sep 9   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. Sunset is 7:26 p.m., twilight ends 7:53 p.m. -- BRING LIGHTS to get home by. For other details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through end of September. Rain cancels. M group leader: Mark Abrahams (510) 524-1294, <dma at abriz dot net>. B group leader(s): Matt McHugh <mattmctour at gmail dot com>, Wes Lane <weslane at gmail dot com>, and/or Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>.

Thu Sep 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.

Thu Sep 11   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:20 p.m. for prompt 5:30 departure. A friendly and fast-paced TM ride with regroups. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights. Ride repeats every Thursday till the end of the month. Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Sep 12   4/M/20-30   Friday Tune-up Ride
Meet at Rockridge BART at 8:50 a.m. for sharp 9:00 departure. This ride will do various routes in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills. The pace will be M for riders doing more challenging weekend rides. There will be very short regroups with a possible coffee stop at or near the end. Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>. Rain cancels.

Fri Sep 12   5/TTM/52   Stinson Beach-West Ridgecrest: Fun on the West Slope of Mt Tam
We'll start in SF at the south end of the GGBridge, go through Mill Valley and take Muir Woods Road to Stinson Beach for lunch, then up BoFax to the ridge, up West Ridgecrest to Rock Springs (leaders will probably opt out of the summit, but stronger riders are invited to go for it!), then down Panoramic and CA-1 to Tam Junction where we'll stop at Starbucks before heading back across the Bridge. Be able to carry enough water and sustenance to go from Stinson Beach (lunch) to Tam Junction-- 20 mi with ~2000 ft of climbing; make allowances if the weather turns hot. The fog should have subsided by the 2nd Fri in September, but if it is still really raging, we may opt for a more inland circuit. Meet at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor's Center at 9:30 a.m. for a prompt 9:45 departure. We should roll past the Mill Valley Safeway around 10:15 a.m. where bridge refuseniks who want to ride with us should be waiting and ready to roll. Questions? email or call Pat Greene (before 8:30 p.m.), (415) 321-9013, <pjgreene at sonic dot net> and Chris Witt, <ctwitt at sonic dot net>.

Sat Sep 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. for a prompt 9:15 departure. 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.

Sun Sep 14   4!/L/42   Post Novice Series ride
Meet at Rockridge BART at 9:45 a.m., roll out at 10:00. Ride some of our favorite roads in the East Bay. Starting with a climb up the new bike lane on Keith, and continuing on Broadway, we go through Montclair and the well known BBR (Burdeck, Butters, Robinson) route to Skyline. Then comes Redwood Road to Castro Valley. After lunch we return via Redwood and Pinehurst, including the !-worthy top 2/3 miles, to Skyline and Tunnel. Possible bailouts in Castro Valley, or take a less hilly route to Orinda BART. 30% chance of rain cancels. Leaders: Phil Morton, <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>, (510) 947-7651, Jessica Jensen, <jessjensen at juno dot com> (510) 508-6389.

Sun Sep 14   4/TM/47   Pinole to Orinda etc
Meet at Pinole Valley Park, 9:00 a.m., depart at 9:15. Located at Pinole Valley Road and Simas by the baseball field. This ride is of moderate length but it does have a lot of climbing to give you a workout. The ride covers the Bears, Canyon, Pinehurst and Grizzle Peak. Route and cue sheet http://www.strava.com/routes/586390 Leader - Ken Morrison Questions - <kpmorrison55 at yahoo dot com>, (510) 334-9551.

Tue Sep 16   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. Sunset is 7:15 p.m., twilight ends 7:42 p.m. -- BRING LIGHTS to get home by. Due to the earlier sunset, we may do only 24 miles. For other details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through end of September. Rain cancels. M group leader: Mark Abrahams (510) 524-1294, <dma at abriz dot net>. B group leader(s): Matt McHugh <mattmctour at gmail dot com>, Wes Lane <weslane at gmail dot com>, and/or Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>.

Thu Sep 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.

Thu Sep 18   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:20 p.m. for prompt 5:30 departure. A friendly and fast-paced TM ride with regroups. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights. Ride repeats every Thursday till the end of the month. Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Sep 19   4/M/20-30   Friday Tune-up Ride
Meet at Rockridge BART at 8:50 a.m. for sharp 9:00 departure. This ride will do various routes in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills. The pace will be M for riders doing more challenging weekend rides. There will be very short regroups with a possible coffee stop at or near the end. Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>. Rain cancels.

Fri Sep 19   1/LT/35   Bay Trail
Meet at Berkeley - Bolivar & Bancroft (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 Berkeley 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: Jim (925) 408-2198 cell and Ken (510) 530-8389 home.

Sat Sep 20   2/L/28   Orinda BART to Pinole
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 (cell (925) 408-2128), Jessica Jensen, <jessjensen at juno dot com> (510) 508-6389.

Sat Sep 20   4/M/100   Berkeley-Morgan Territory BYOLunch
Come enjoy warm "Indian Summer" weather on this jaunt around the nether side of Mount Diablo. Meet 8:00 a.m. at Spruce and Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley for an 8:10 a.m. departure. We'll ride via Pig Farm Hill, Lime Ridge, Clayton to Morgan Territory, then return via Tassahara Valley, Blackhawk Rd. through Roundhill CC and on to Lafayette, Moraga, Wildcat Cyn. We'll make water stops in Clayton and at Livorna Park, and have lunch at the EBRPD parking area near the summit of Morgan Territory Rd, so bring your riding snacks and lunch along. Questions or RSVP (appreciated for map count) to <homrighaus at aol dot com> (preferred) or (510) 528-9339. Mark Homrighausen

Sun Sep 21   3/T/50   Livermore Valley & Flynn Rd
Meet at Dublin-Pleasanton BART South (Pleasanton Side) 9:00 a.m. for a 9:15 a.m. departure. Ride will cross the Livermore Valley, climb over South Flynn Rd. and down the North side. Stop for a lunch break in Livermore. Ride back to BART using pretty much the same route. There is one short steep climb so bring strong legs or low gears or both. For the adventurous, meet at 8:00 a.m. for a pre ride easy flat run of 4 to 5 miles. Meet in the parking lot on the South or (Pleasanton side) of I-580 at or near the vendors' kiosks next to the station. If BART is on time, train will arrive at 8:51 a.m. Dan Danimal Tonelli Cell: (510) 409-5145 or <danimal21 at juno dot com>

Sun Sep 21   4/TM/44   Mini North Century Loop
Meet Janet at Orinda BART at 9:30 a.m., roll at 9:45, for an energetic and scenic rendition of our beloved north century loop. We head north on Camino Pablo, out to Castro Ranch Road to Crocket for refueling before ascending McEwen. Return by rolling over the bears to Orinda for late lunch or coffee. Bring snacks to keep your legs happy. Expect 3650 feet of elevation gain. 20% chance of rain (it could) reschedules to Sept 28. Any ???? Call Janet Monks (510) 534-7621.

Sun Sep 21   5/T/50   King Ridge/Hauser Bridge Equinox Ride
This is a chance to enjoy this beautiful ride at a slower pace. The route is challenging and remote but is appropriate for strong T riders. Bring plenty of liquid and food. There is only one water stop just past the half way point and no real food options once we pass Cazadero about 5 miles in. There will be an optional stop in Jenner (about five miles before the end of the ride) for the best clam chowder this side of Boston. We'll meet at Duncans Mills on the Russian River at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:15 roll. Park on B street. Leaders Kurt Doelling 510 427 4205 <kdkurtd at gmail dot com> and Sherie Reineman (510) 691-3435 <bikedive at mac dot com>. check http://kdkurtd.tumblr.com for ride status.

Tue Sep 23   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. Sunset is 7:04 p.m., twilight ends 7:31 p.m. -- BRING LIGHTS to get home by. Due to the earlier sunset, we may do only 24 miles. For other details see the weekly listings. This is the penultimate Tuesday Evening Ride for 2014. Rain cancels. M group leader: Mark Abrahams (510) 524-1294, <dma at abriz dot net>. B group leader(s): Matt McHugh <mattmctour at gmail dot com>, Wes Lane <weslane at gmail dot com>, and/or Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>.

Thu Sep 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.

Thu Sep 25   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:20 p.m. for prompt 5:30 departure. A friendly and fast-paced TM ride with regroups. Up Spruce and out Grizzly Peak and Skyline, then down Shepherd Canyon and back to BART. Please bring lights. This is the last Thursday Evening ride of the year. Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Sep 26   4/M/20-30   Friday Tune-up Ride
Meet at Rockridge BART at 8:50 a.m. for sharp 9:00 departure. This ride will do various routes in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills. The pace will be M for riders doing more challenging weekend rides. There will be very short regroups with a possible coffee stop at or near the end. Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>. Rain cancels.

Sat Sep 27   4/TM/35   Early Bird Pinole Port Costa Out and Back
We'll try to keep it all business, a shorter ride with some climbing, and some darn yummy corn bread, pound cake or butter biscuits with excellent coffee at Burlington Hotel for our mid point stop. 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 Sep 28   4/TM/44   Mini North Century Loop Rain Date
Contact Janet if you think the Sep 21 ride might have been canceled. (510) 534-7621.

Tue Sep 30   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. Sunset is 6:54 p.m., twilight ends 7:20 p.m. -- BRING LIGHTS to get home by. Due to the earlier sunset, we may do only 24 miles. For other details see the weekly listings. This is the final Tuesday Evening Ride for 2014 -- see you at some other rides! Rain cancels. M group leader: Mark Abrahams (510) 524-1294, <dma at abriz dot net>. B group leader(s): Matt McHugh <mattmctour at gmail dot com>, Wes Lane <weslane at gmail dot com>, and/or Brian Poedy <BrianPoedy at gmail dot com>.


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