GPC Ride Schedule for October

(Last modified Wednesday, October 01 2014, @ 15:17 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.


Thu Oct 2   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 Oct 3   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 Oct 3   5!/TM/40   Mt Diablo
Take BART to Pleasant Hill from Rockridge (arr: 9:46), to head for the official ride start at Heather Farm at 9:55 a.m., roll at 10:10. Park at the last lot on your left, across from the ball field. We'll take surface streets through to South Gate Road and climb to the junction and on to the summit. Descend via North Gate Rd. Lunch & post ride stop @ Ygnacio Plaza. Phil Morton, (510) 847-7651, <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>

Sat Oct 4   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 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 Oct 4   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>.

Sun Oct 5   5!/TM/40-ish   Gazos Creek (off-road)
Meet at 9:45 for a 10:00 a.m. start in Pescadero for a Gazos Creek adventure. Last August on the Half Moon Bay - Gazos Creek - Tunitas Creek variations ride we rode up to the gate across Gazos Creek Rd and turned back. This time we will ride past the gate and all the way up to Big Basin Park HQ. We continue up the top end of China Grade, returning via Butano Fire Rd to Cloverdale Rd. and Pescadero. Bring a mountain bike or touring bike with wide-ish tires. Limited water and access to buy food, so come prepared. RSVP suggested. If you're interested, please contact Phil Morton <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>, or (510) 847-7651. Carpooling recommended. Allow about 1 1/2 hours to get there from the East Bay.

Sun Oct 5   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), Danimal Tonelli <danimal21 at juno dot com> Jim O'Melia (925) 408-2198 <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com>

Wed Oct 8   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 Oct 9   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 Oct 10   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 Oct 11   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 Oct 11   1/L/~20   Biking and Birding the San Leandro Shoreline
Welcome back birders to our first outing of the season. Meet at San Leandro BART. Leaders plan to be on trains scheduled to arrive at 10:10 a.m. and 10:16 a.m. If you drive to the start, be ready to roll at 10:20 a.m. Bring binoculars and wear layers to stay warm on this leisurely paced ride. Bring snacks, lunch and water; we won't pass places to buy. We will cycle urban streets to the Bay Trail and then proceed to bike and bird the shoreline to view wintering ducks and shorebirds. Pat will bring a scope to share. The Bay Trail south of Grant Ave is unpaved. If you are uncomfortable on hard-packed dirt, join us to Grant Ave (where you can escape to Bay Fair BART or retrace to San Leandro). We will plan to bird down to Winton Ave, or time permitting, all the way to the Hayward Interpretive Center. Rain cancels. Jeffrey Black, (510) 526-7068, <buffalo1003 at aol dot com> and Pat Greene, (415) 321 9013, <pjgreene at sonic dot net>>

Sat-Sun Oct 11-12   3/LT/35 each day   Santa Cruz Beach Crawl Weekend Campout
This will be a relaxing weekend of leisurely unloaded riding on the backroads of Santa Cruz county. Saturday's ride heads inland through the redwoods to Pinto Lake near Watsonville; Sunday we ride through the Santa Cruz foothills to Natural Bridges State Beach and then return along the waterfront. Shorter option on Sunday to bypass the hills saves about 10 miles. Camp at New Brighton State Beach on Saturday night, with restaurant meals in town. Optional camping on Friday night. You're also welcome to come down and join us just for the day. Camping fee $25. Space is limited, so contact Doug for details or to sign up. Co-listed with Golden Gate Cyclists. Doug Baker (510) 658-5941 or <DougBaker2 at earthlink dot net>

Sun Oct 12   1!/L/23-25   Bay Trail to Pt Richmond
Meet at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 start on east side of Berkeley's Aquatic Park; come down Bancroft, take a left at Aquatic Park and go 'til you run out of road. This is a mostly flat ride on the Bay Trail with a few ugly hills in Pt Richmond. There is an optional tunnel that will cut out a few miles and hills. Rain cancels. Leading over the hills: John Buenfil, (925) 408-2360, <eleganttype at earthlink dot net>, and leader through the tunnel (avoids worst hills) Karen Street, <karen_street at sbcglobal dot net>

Sun Oct 12   4/TM/50   Sebastopol - Coleman Valley - Freestone Bakery Loop
Aka, the long loop and steep climb to the most wonderful bakery ever. Start at Sebastopol - Ragle Ranch Park (500 Ragle Rd). There is free parking on the adjacent streets, We will work our way over to Occidental, roll through the redwoods to Duncans Mills and Monte Rio before heading south along the coast to tackle the justly-famous Coleman Valley climb. Then it's rollers to Freestone and the bakery for a late-ride snack before the short distance back to the cars. Meet at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol at 10:30 for a 10:45 a.m. roll-out. Bring water and snacks to see you through until we reach the bakery, and rain gear and clothing appropriate for the weather. Rain will cancel, but the leaders will then treat everyone to something from Wildflower Bakery to celebrate the break in the drought. Carpools encouraged. Leaders: Stephanie Clarke stephclarkebike.gmail.com (510) 381-6143 (cell only); Janet Monks (510) 534-7621.

Thu Oct 16   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 Oct 17   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 Oct 17   1/LT/35   Bay Trail: Berkeley to Point Molate
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 out & back to Point Molate (2/LT/6), then Brickyard Cove & return to Berkeley. Important note: On route to Point Molate, it will be necessary to ride 0.3 miles each way on the 580 freeway. A post lunch alternate without the co-leaders is to return thru the tunnel directly to Berkeley. Ride co-leaders: Jim (925) 408-2198 cell and Ken (510) 530-8389 home.

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

Sat Oct 18   3/TM/60 and 3/TM/70   Mines Road
If you have never been this way, it's a great place to experience some of the surprisingly wild terrain California has to offer. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Livermore Civic Center. Ride up the spectacular Arroyo Mocho canyon to the junction and five miles down Del Puerto Canyon and back to meet for lunch at the Junction Cafe. Service at the Junction can be slow so you may want to bring your own lunch. We will call ahead at the start if you want to order then. Menu is online at http://thejunctionbarandgrill.com/. We return down Mines Road to Livermore. At some point we may cross paths with the Mt. Hamilton Road M paced ride listed below. Phil Morton, (510) 847-7651 <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>, Brenda Giese, <brendagiese at yahoo dot com>

Sat Oct 18   4/M/108   Mt. Hamilton Loop with Felter-Sierra loop bonus
October should be the perfect month to do this climb though black oak forests, with perhaps some bigleaf maple and our friend poison oak providing fall color. With over 4000' of climbing from its base, panoramic views of the south bay, historic observatory buildings at its summit, and passage through a number of distinctive plant communities, the Mt Hamilton loop is one of the best rides in the Bay Area. Meet at Neal and Railroad Ave in Pleasanton (between First and Main Streets; best access is to take I-680 to the Bernal Ave. exit, then turn north on First St.) at 7:45 a.m. for a prompt 8:00 departure. There are public restrooms 1 block south of the meeting place and coffee is available at Tully's, 2 blocks away at 349 Main St between W Angela and Abbie St. We'll ride a counter-clockwise loop skirting San Jose climbing the mountain, then returning via Mines Rd. and the "back way" through the Livermore Valley. We'll include the Felter - Sierra Rd loop, which has a few steep sections but goes down the steeper, longer of Sierra Rd. You can bypass this loop by taking Calaveras & Piedmont if you prefer, which saves 4 miles and about 1200' climbing. We will rendezvous at the mini-mart (with bathroom) at the junction of Sierra and Piedmont (mile 29); the observatory at Mt Hamilton summit (mile 52: vending machine sodas and snacks, water); and the Junction Cafe (mile 70: various choices, including Sierra Nevada on draft!) Bring lunch and ride food along, since the one place where prepared food is available (Junction Cafe) can be slow if full of customers (it often is on weekends). We may cross paths with the Mines TM ride listed above somewhere between the Junction and Livermore. Other than the locations noted, no food or water are available on much of the route, so come prepared. You will be rewarded by finishing at the "milk store" in Pleasanton, which has cold chocolate milk and frostie cones! This is a wonderful route but it should not be your first century. Once you start climbing Mt Hamilton, it's a long haul up with no shortcuts. We will maintain the M pace but will not leave anyone behind without checking they can continue by themselves. Daylight runs from 7:20 a.m. to 6:29 p.m., so lights should not be needed, but it never hurts to have a taillight along in case of extraordinary delays. RSVP requested so I can make enough maps. Any chance of rain or high wind (see NOAA-NWS website, www.weather.gov) cancels - if any doubt, contact me by 9:00 p.m. the evening before. Mark Homrighausen <homrighaus at aol dot com> (preferred) or (510) 528-9339.

Sat Oct 18   3/TM/80   The Ray Orr Memorial Not So Rushin River Ride
Meet at 8:45 a.m., for 9:00 a.m. departure, at Walnut Park in Petaluma (corner of Petaluma Blvd and D street) for a not so rushing tour to Valley Ford, Freestone, Occidental, Guernville and back to Petaluma by some little traveled, if a bit hilly, backroads. Lunch at the Korbel Champagne Cellars deli on River Road. The last 40 miles, after lunch, is fairly hilly, and there aren't many chances for water or snacks, so bring snacks or stock up at lunch. For those who've been around long enough to remember when this ride was a GPC summer regular, my route is a bit more hilly and about 8 miles longer than Ray's. Jim Scott. <EurekaJim at aol dot com>. (510) 847-3948 (cell, ok till 10:00 p.m.) or Kate Woodford (404) 259-9897. Alternate rain date October 25th.

Tue Oct 21   2/M/16/30 and 4/TM/40   Mt Tam B-day Ride
This is an annual event for me. On my birthday I play hooky from work and ride up Mt Tam. Off-weekend is wonderful for this route as traffic is quite low and the weather at this time of year is great. There will be two segments to this ride and you are welcome to join me for either. Segment one: M paced pre-ride from Richmond/El Cerrito to Oakland (Jack London Square), board the 8:00 a.m. ferry to SF, then SF and the Ferry Building to Mill Valley. Segment two: the main segment will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Starbucks next to the Mill Valley Safeway off Camino Alto near Miller. We will ride up and over the Corte Madera grade, through Ross to Fairfax where the real climbing starts. We'll go up past the dams and reservoirs and then on to the summit. Optional summit hike up to the actual peak to take in the view. Then, a fast descent to Mill Valley where we'll stop for burritos. Contact me if you want to meet for the pre-ride segment or if you've never done this route or never ridden with me before. Rob Hawks, <rob.hawks at gmail dot com>, or (510) 619-6509, Steve Tracy, <tracy.steve at att dot net>, or (510) 537-1994.

Thu Oct 23   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 Oct 24   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 Oct 25   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.yahoo.com

Sat Oct 25   5/TM/62   Satinut or Tunitas backwards
The potholes on the top of Tunitas Creek Rd have been nicely paved since the Tour of California went up there. So it's a lovely descent - much less white knuckle than King's Mountain. Meet at 9:15 a.m. in Woodside, roll at 9:30. Up King's Mountain, and down Tunitas Creek Rd, with a quick stop at the bike hut. Lunch in Pescadero is still about halfway. Return via Alpine, and down Page Mill Rd. Refreshments at Roberts in Portola Valley. Phil Morton, (510) 847-7651 <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>

Sat Oct 25   3/TM/80   The Ray Orr Memorial Not So Rushin River Ride Rain Date
For details see the October 18 listing.

Sun Oct 26   1/XL/18   Iron Horse Trail Family Ride
Meet at Pleasant Hill BART 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. start. We will ride the Iron Horse Trail to Danville Peet's and back, stopping for occasional breaks and treats along the way. This is an all ages ride, ideal for young ones who have gained initial mastery of their bikes and some semblance of trail etiquette. Group may split and provide a shorter turnaround option for the youngest riders, depending on needs. Bring your bells, of course! Rain or 30% PoP cancels. Contact leaders in advance with any questions. Toshi Takeuchi, <ttoshi at gmail dot com>, (510) 919-7876;

Thu Oct 30   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 Oct 31   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.


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