GPC Ride Schedule for November

(Last modified Saturday, October 25 2014, @ 07:49 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.


Sat Nov 1   4/M/82   Mt. Diablo out and back via North Gate
Shake off those ghoulish moth silk protein fiber cobwebs and 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, diabolical lunch (BYOL). Water stop at the murky Grayson Woods Golf Course. Skip junction and dare to keep rolling to the top. Retrace route back following our grisly breadcrumbs. Normal rain and zombie cancellation policies in effect; any concerns contact undead leader before 9:00 p.m. Bring taillights just in case of werewolves. Contact Chris Bailey at <c4bailey at gmail dot com> or (415) 725-5310

Sun Nov 2   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. REMINDER: set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. 30% chance of rain will cancel the ride and the rain date will be on the following Sunday, 11-9-2014. Contact a ride leader for more information before the ride. Ride Leader(s) Steven Louie (510) 541-1378 <stevenrlouie at gmail dot com>, Danimal Tonelli <danimal21 at juno dot com> Jim O'Melia (925) 408-2198 <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com>

Thu Nov 6   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 Nov 7   5!/TM/38   Mt Diablo
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. We'll climb Northgate headed for the summit. Back down Southgate, and through Livorna Heights to Walnut Blvd and Cherry Lane. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6258934. 30% chance rain cancels. Phil Morton (510) 847-7651 <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>.

Sat Nov 8   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.

Sat Nov 8   1/L/15   Biking and Birding Marin
We'll cycle along mostly off-road paved trails in Corte Madera and nearby towns stopping at marshes, creeks and ponds viewing ducks and shorebirds. Rain cancels. If the weather is questionable, send your e-mail address to Pat to receive early AM news on the status of the ride. Bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, and layered clothing. Call Pat if you want to borrow binoculars. Meet at Pixley Park (aka Corte Madera Park) at 9:30 a.m. Directions: from Berkeley or San Francisco: get onto Hwy 101 South (or north from SF), and exit Paradise/Tamalpais Drive; go west - approximately 1/2 mile to the Park entrance on the right. Leaders: Jeffrey Black (510) 526-7068, <buffalo1003 at aol dot com>) and Pat Greene (415) 566-6637 ((415) 321 9013 day of ride), <pjgreene at sonic dot net>. Carpooling recommended and encouraged. Trip ends around 12:30

Sun Nov 9   3/T/33   Meet the New Carquinez Scenic Drive
Please join Jessica and Jim for the first GPC Club ride along the new Carquinez Scenic Drive trail. We will begin at Pleasant Hill BART at 10:00 a.m. The lunch stop is in Martinez at Luigi's Deli. You can print a cue sheet using the following: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6322229?privacy_code=9mYaahYI2sORfzWC. All levels are welcome and we have a sweep rider so you won't get left behind. Ride leaders: Jim O'Melia <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com> (925) 408-2128, Jessica Jensen, <jessica.jensen.77 at gmail dot com> (510) 508-6389, John Buenfil, (925) 686-9077, <eleganttype at earthlink dot net>.

Sun Nov 9   2/TM/45   Autumn in the Wine Country
This beautiful backroads loop has only one significant climb, Chalk Hill. Bring or buy lunch to eat at Lambert Hill winery. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Larkfield Shopping Center in Santa Rosa - allow 1 hour drive from Berkeley. Directions: from Hwy 101 north of Santa Rosa, take the Mark West Springs/River Road exit, and bear right on Mark West Springs. Turn left on Old Redwood Rd., and go approx. 1/2 mile to the shopping center on your right. Contact leader for assistance with carpooling. Rain cancels ride. Jeffrey (510) 526-7068 or <buffalo1003 at aol dot com>.

Sun Nov 9   1/T/28   Easy social ride - Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza Rain date
For more details see the Nov 2 listing. You can contact a ride leader if you don't know whether it rained on Nov 2.

Wed Nov 12   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 Nov 13   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 Nov 15   2/L/28   Orinda BART to Pinole
Ride repeats each month 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) 408-2198, Jessica Jensen, <jessica.jensen.77 at gmail dot com> (510) 508-6389.

Sat Nov 15   3/TM/31   Pinole Martinez via Carquinez Scenic Drive
Ride over the newly re-opened Carquinez Scenic Trail! We will head out to Hercules, wind around in Crockett and Port Costa, where we will stop at at the old Burlington Hotel, then venture onto Carquinez Scenic (newly re-opened!) for a short water/bathroom stop in Martinez. Return via Alhambra Valley (Pig Farm) to gloriously descend back into Pinole! Ride status updates, links to route map and cue sheet at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet if you can). Meet at Pinole Valley Park lot off Pinole Valley Road (opposite the SECOND Simas Street intersection coming from fwy/downtown Pinole) at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 roll out. Rain cancels. Eric Rydman <emagnusr at yahoo dot com> (510) 759-8438

Sat Nov 15   2/M/105   Livermore Loop & Brushy Peak Trailhead
Have you been to the Brushy Peak Regional Park Trailhead? It features a large vernal pool and several old ranches, one with a display of horse drawn wagons in a delightful state of decrepitude. This nine-mile augmentation of the Livermore Loop ride that I've led in the past is a winter "aerobic base" ride, with an emphasis on consistent pace and few stops. We will have lunch at the shopping center in north Livermore where Starbucks and Subway are conveniently proximate. There will be several more water-only stops en route and also an opportunity to enjoy the new Tassahara Road widening both ways! Meet at Spruce & Grizzly Peak Blvd at 7:50 for 8:00 departure. Predicted rain of 20% or more for Berkeley at the NWS web site moves this ride to its rain date on Sunday. Sunset is at 4:58 p.m., so a safety taillight wouldn't be a bad idea. RSVP appreciated for map count, but not necessary. Mark Homrighausen homrighaus @aol.com (preferred) or (510) 528-9339.

Sun Nov 16   2/M/105   Livermore Loop & Brushy Peak Trailhead Rain date
See description under Saturday Nov 15 - all is the same except predicted rain of 30% or more for Berkeley at the NWS web site cancels.

Sun Nov 16   2!/TTM/40   The one percent of the one percent
We wind through several of Silicon Valley's spectacular neighborhoods doing my favorite loop from the short time I lived there. We'll start in Woodside and loop around before heading south through Portola Valley and Los Altos Hills. Then we will turn north up Foothill Blvd and cut across the western edge of the Stanford Campus before riding through Menlo Park and Atherton. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4527588. Anyone wanting to do a longer ride can tack on 15 miles at the end by doing the Canada Road out and back. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Woodside Town Hall for a 9:15 departure. Leader Kurt Doelling (510) 427-4205 <kdkurtd at gmail dot com>, Sherie (<bikedive at mac dot com>, (510) 691-3435). Please check http://kdkurtd.tumblr.com for ride status.

Thu Nov 20   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 Nov 21   1/LT/35   Bike - Bridge - Bite
Meet at Bolivar & Bancroft (the South end of Bolivar Drive near restrooms) @ 9:45 a.m. for a 10:00 a.m. start. We will head South to The A.Z. (Alex Zuckerman Bay Bridge trail), then North on the Bay Trail to Little Louie's. Ride co-leaders: Arleen (<sakamo2 at yahoo dot com>) and Jim (925) 408-2198 (cell).

Sat Nov 22   5/TM/55   Mt Tam/Hwy 1 loop
Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Fairfax Park Rd in Fairfax.. Up to Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Bolinas Fairfax Road back. Lots of climbing, and most likely clear views over the ocean, since the summer fog will have gone. Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/734383. 30% chance of rain cancels. David Madson, <david.madson at gmail dot com>, (415) 722-5885

Sat Nov 22   4/TM/35   Early Bird Pinole Port Costa Out and Back
A quasi monthly GPC ride. 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.yahoo.com

Sat Nov 22   2/M/110   Marsh Creek, Los Vaqueros, & Empire Mine
We'll ride from Berkeley through Walnut Creek, Clayton, and on via scenic Marsh Creek Road to explore some of the rural landscapes of eastern Contra Costa County. The former Vasco Road will take us through a large area of protected watershed to Los Vaqueros Reservoir and its interpretive center. Turning back north, we'll pass the historic John Marsh house, a 3-story field stone building incongruously set "in the middle of nowhere." After a stop for lunch at a Safeway, we will ride Empire Mine and Briones Valley roads located to the east of Black Diamond Mines Regional Park. Topography will vary from rolling hills to flat, so we will set a nice steady aerobic pace. The route can be shortened by ~16 miles if you prefer to head home on your own after the Safeway stop or by taking BART from Pleasant Hill. Meet at Spruce and Grizzly Peak Blvd at 7:20 a.m. for 7:30 departure. Predicted rain of 20% or more for Berkeley at the NWS web site moves this ride to its rain date on Sunday. Sunset is at 4:54 p.m., so a safety tail light wouldn't be a bad idea. Maps will be distributed at the start of the ride; an emailed RSVP will be appreciated for a map count. Mark Homrighausen homrighaus @aol.com (preferred) or (510) 528-9339.

Sun Nov 23   2/M/110   Marsh Creek, Los Vaqueros, Empire Mine rain date
All is the same as Saturday above except that a chance of rain of 30% or more cancels the ride.

Sun Nov 23   3/T/41   Post Novice Ride : Two Small Walls
Meet 9:00 a.m. at El Cerrito Del Norte BART, east side station entrance. Roll out at 9:15. Ride through Pinole on Appian Way, and the northern end of San Pablo Ave. After Crockett we take the newly reopened Carquinez Scenic Drive to Martinez. Then it's up the longer, but gentler side of Pig Farm Hill (small wall #1), and on to El Sobrante. Return to the start via Hillcrest (small wall #2). Mary Ann Jawili, <mjawili at gmail dot com>, (661) 343-5737. Co-leader TBA.

Thu Nov 27   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 Nov 28   3/TM/60   Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Burn in Marin
Come join us as we burn off those Thanksgiving calories on a classic Marin ride, the "One Bakery" Lucas Valley, Cheese Factory, Marshall Wall, Pt Reyes Station loop. Lots of miles, some challenging hills, and an excellent bakery just in case you didn't get enough pie the day before. Meet across from the Miller Creek Community Center in San Rafael at 9:45 a.m., roll at 10:00. Bring snacks or a left-over turkey sandwich to get you through until our late-ride stop at the Bovine Bakery in Pt Reyes Station. Leaders: Stephanie Clarke (510) 558-9614 (<stephclarkebike at gmail dot com>); Janet Monks (510) 534-7621. Note: 20% or better chance of rain cancels - call leaders by 9:00 that morning if in doubt.

Sun Nov 30   1/L/26 or 1/L/53   North Concord BART to Dublin BART mostly on Iron Horse Trail
Meet at 9:45 a.m. at North Concord BART for a 10:00 start. This is set up as a point to point ride taking BART back to the start (or to your start) but John is planning to turn around at Dublin and ride back to the North Concord station. Rain cancels, Leaders: John Buenfil, <eleganttype at mac dot com> (925) 408-2360 and Karen Street, <karen_street at sbcglobal dot net>.


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