GPC Ride Schedule for August

(Last modified Tuesday, July 22 2014, @ 18:03 PDT)

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

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Fri Aug 1   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>, and Micky Bloom, (510) 206-4083. Rain cancels.

Fri Aug 1   4/TM/56   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 and cue sheet at http://tinyurl.com/rydmanrides (please print your own cue sheet if you can). Pace will be a real TM (~ 13.5 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 10:00 a.m. for 10:15 rollout. Rain cancels. Eric Rydman (510) 759-8438 <emagnusr at yahoo dot com>

Sat Aug 2   3/TM/53   To the Sea - Nicasio to Drake's Beach
It's hard to get enough of Pt Reyes National Seashore. Join us on a rolling ramble out to one of our national treasures. We'll start by taking in the Nicasio reservoir, cross over Platform Bridge and then head up Olema Hill to Pt Reyes before heading out Bear Valley Road and Sir Frances Drake to the coast for lunch (picnic tables and bathrooms available, sandwiches can be purchased at Perry's Deli in Inverness Park along the way). After lunch we'll head back to Pt Reyes Station for an optional re-group at the Bovine Bakery before the short section left to Nicasio. Meet in Nicasio at 10:00 a.m., roll at 10:15. Bring water, lunch and a wind or rain jacket. Leader: Stephanie Clarke (510) 558-9614, <stephclarkebike at gmail dot com>, Janet Monks (510) 534-7621.

Sat Aug 2   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 Aug 3   4/M/60   Woodside to Pescadero for lunch
Meet at 9:00 a.m. outside of Woodside on Canada Road just south of Hgwy 92. This is a very scenic ride going through Woodside and heading up to Skyline. Then its down towards the coast going through the Redwoods before reaching Pescadero for lunch. Heading north, minimal time on Hgwy 1 and going up Tunitas Creek. Hilly route but the climbs are in the shade with lots of tree cover. Map: http://www.strava.com/routes/586212 Ken Morrison (<kpmorrison55 at yahoo dot com>) (510) 334-9551

Sun Aug 3   1/L/21   Novice Ride #1 -- Alameda Creek Trail
Meet 10:00 a.m. at Union City BART, west side station entrance near bike stowage boxes. The ride will be easy paced and completely flat. We'll ride the Alameda Creek Trail to Coyote Hills and back. Finish with optional lunch in Union City -- bring your own or $ to buy. No water on route; bring a water bottle and energy bar. No drop. Helmets required. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact a ride leader. Ride leaders: Estella Garcia (510) 540-6449 H or (510) 725-8405 C-day of ride contact), John Buenfil, Frank Castro, Nancy Cayton

Sun Aug 3   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 Aug 5   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. For details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through 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 Aug 7   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 Aug 7   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:50 p.m. for prompt 6:00 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. Chris D'Andrea, <CvdAndrea at gmail dot com> (510) 548-9458, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Aug 8   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>, and Micky Bloom, (510) 206-4083. Rain cancels.

Sat Aug 9   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 Aug 9   2/L/28   Orinda to Pinole
Ride out to Pinole, along San Pablo Dam Road and Pinole Valley Road, from 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 (Greek Cafe, Nation's burgers, Subway). Leaders: Jessica Jensen (<jessica.jensen.77 at gmail dot com>); Jim O'Melia (cell (925) 408-2128).

Sun Aug 10   1/L/22   Novice Ride #2 -- Alameda and Bay Farm Island
Meet 10:00 a.m. at Fruitvale BART. Meet near the bike racks. The ride will be easy paced and flat, with great bay views. Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets required. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact a ride leader. Ride leaders: John Buenfil (925) 408-2360 <eleganttype at earthlink dot net>, Melarie Johnson, Barb McQuinn, David Block, Estella Garcia

Tue Aug 12   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. For details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through 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 Aug 14   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 Aug 14   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:50 p.m. for prompt 6:00 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. Chris D'Andrea, <CvdAndrea at gmail dot com> (510) 548-9458, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Aug 15   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>, and Micky Bloom, (510) 206-4083. Rain cancels.

Fri Aug 15   3!/TM/41   Three Small Walls
We will stop at Valona's in Crockett, before all the challenging climbs. 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 (~ 13.5 on the bike avg.). Meet at El Cerrito Del Norte BART lot at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 roll out. Pace will be a real TM (~ 13.5 on the bike avg.). Rain cancels. Eric Rydman (510) 759-8438 <emagnusr at yahoo dot com>

Sat Aug 16   2.5/M/100-120   Gordon and Wooden Valleys; plus Historic Cordelia
Meet 8:00 a.m. at Spruce St and Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley for a prompt 8:10 departure. We will ride over the Benicia Bridge, through historic (really!) Cordelia, and on to the beautiful Gordon and Wooden Valleys in Solano County. The 120 mile version does two out-and-backs to the north ends of the two valleys, right up to the Napa County border; pack some provisions because we will take only short breaks in riding. Meanwhile the 100 mile version skips the out-and-backs and instead enjoys a (leaderless) sit-down lunch in the 60's retro-style Rockville cafe. We'll plan to rendezvous there and ride home together. If it's hot we will be able to get cold drinks at the two Tower Markets in Cordelia and Rockville and may stop for (iced) coffee in downtown Martinez on the return. And, of course, we'll pause briefly in Cordelia to learn about its colorful past! RSVP email appreciated for map count. Mark Homrighausen <homrighaus at aol dot com> (510) 528-9339.

Sun Aug 17   5/TTM/66   Half Moon Bay - Gazos Creek - Tunitas Creek variations
Join Sherie and Kurt to celebrate mid-August birthdays! We'll start off with the traditional and wonderfully scenic 20-mile roll down Hwy 1 for coastal views and a short visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, then a short sprint further south to Gazos Creek Road. Wax poetic on the gentle, lesser traveled spur up to South Fork Gazos Creek Road before rejoining Gazos Creek/Cloverdale Road to Pescadero to share a picnic lunch in the back yard of Norm's Market ("world famous" artichoke bread, sandwiches, pastries, coffees). Bucolic vistas meet nicely patched pavement along the pleasant but arduous climb up the old Stage Road with a (rolling) regroup in San Gregorio, continuing on Stage Road northward to Hwy 1. A quick and breezy descent along the highway to Tunitas Creek Road, regroup/refreshments at the Bike Hut and then up the flats and early climbs on Tunitas Creek Road until Lobitos Creek Road before cutting back toward the coast, sticking to back roads (Verde, Purisma Creek, and a final short, celebratory, leg-burning ascent up Higgins Canyon Road) with just enough rolling and flat miles on the home stretch back to Half Moon Bay to work out the lactic acid. Meet 9:00 a.m. in Half Moon Bay - S. Main Street / Higgins Cyn, across from the Fire Station, for a prompt 9:15 roll-out. Cue sheet here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5123342. Ride Leaders: Sherie Reineman <bikedive at mac dot com> (510) 691-3435, and Kurt Doelling <kdkurtd at gmail dot com> (510) 427-4205.

Sun Aug 17   2/L/22   Novice Ride #3 -- OrLaMor
Meet 10:00 a.m. at Orinda BART. The ride will be easy paced and cover some gentle hills. We will ride from downtown Orinda to downtown Lafayette to downtown Moraga and return, using the St. Stephens bike trail, the Lafayette-Moraga bike trail, and also regular roads. Finish at Orinda Theatre Square for optional lunch -- bring your own or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets required. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact a ride leader. Ride leaders: Estella Garcia (510) 540-6449 H or (510) 725-8405 C-day of ride contact) John Buenfil, Bill Hofmann, Mary Ann Jawili, Karen Street

Tue Aug 19   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. For details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through 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 Aug 21   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 Aug 21   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:50 p.m. for prompt 6:00 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. Chris D'Andrea, <CvdAndrea at gmail dot com> (510) 548-9458, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Aug 22   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>, and Micky Bloom, (510) 206-4083. Rain cancels.

Fri Aug 22   1/LT/35   Bay Trail / Pt. Richmond Hill / Berkeley Marina
Meet at Berkeley - Aquatic Park (the South end of Bolivar Drive near restrooms) @ 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. start. We will ride North on the Bay Trail for lunch @ Little Louie's, then the ride will split. Option #1 thru the tunnel, Option #2 up Tewksbury Avenue bypassing the tunnel. Your choice. The ride will do both, then hopefully, re-join near the Red Oak for the return trip. At ride's end before crossing the University Avenue bike bridge, we will loop the Berkeley marina. Ride co-leaders: Arleen (<sakamo2 at yahoo dot com>) and Ken (510) 530-8389 home.

Sun Aug 24   2/L/27   Novice Ride #4 -- Roundhill Loop
Meet 10:00 a.m. by the fountain at the Pleasant Hill BART entrance. We'll ride through Walnut Creek and down Danville Blvd, circling back through the neighborhoods of Danville, Alamo & Walnut Creek. Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets required. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact a ride leader. Ride leaders: John Buenfil (925) 408-2360 <eleganttype at earthlink dot net>, Karen Street, Melarie Johnson, Ann Lehr, Phil Morton, Estella Garcia

Tue Aug 26   5/M,B/24,32   The Tuesday Evening Ride
Meet 5:30 p.m. sharp for 5:35 p.m. departure. For details see the weekly listings. Repeats every Tuesday through 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 Aug 28   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 Aug 28   4!/TM/20-25   Thursday Evening Ride
Meet at North Berkeley BART at 5:50 p.m. for prompt 6:00 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. Chris D'Andrea, <CvdAndrea at gmail dot com> (510) 548-9458, Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, Joel Ager, <joelager at gmail dot com>

Fri Aug 29   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>, and Micky Bloom, (510) 206-4083. Rain cancels.

Fri Aug 29   3!/TM/40   Mt Tam
Meet at Mill Valley Safeway at 9:45 a.m. Roll at 10:00 for a climb up Panoramic and Pantoll, then on to Ridgecrest Blvd to the Summit where we will have lunch. Return via Ridgecrest, Bolinas-Fairfax Rd, Fairfax (sweet and/or coffee). Do not park in the Safeway parking lot. There is some street parking on Miller. There is also parking on Sycamore Ave off Camino Alto or by Mill Valley Police/Fire department buildings on Hamilton Drive. It's a hilly ride. Phil Morton, <pmorton.cal at gmail dot com>, (510) 847-7651

Sat Aug 30   2/TM/100   Berkeley to Davis with Amtrak return
Meet us at North Berkeley BART at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start for a climb up Spruce, over Wildcat through Pinole to the Zampa bridge, Lake Herman, Lopez Road and on to Winters and then the last push to Davis. This is a tandem friendly flatter route and should provide a fair tailwind, so the pace may pick up if conditions allow. Ride leaders Jim Scott. <EurekaJim at aol dot com>. (510) 847-3948 (cell, ok till 10:00 p.m.) and Kate Woodford <ktwoodford at gmail dot com> (404) 259-9897.

Sun Aug 31   3/M/85   Pinole to Wooden Valley (Fairfield)
Meet at 9:00 a.m., Pinole Valley Park - parking lot at Pinole Valley Rd and Simas Ave We will head out over Pig Farm and go across the Benicia Bridge. Some rolling hills to Fairfield and then into the scenic Wooden Valley. Returning back through Vallejo and the Carquinez Bridge. The route can easily be shortened. Map: http://www.strava.com/routes/619219 Ken Morrison (<kpmorrison55 at yahoo dot com>) (510) 334-9551

Sun Aug 31   2/L/28   Novice Ride #5 --Orinda to Pinole
Ride out to Pinole, along San Pablo Dam Road and Pinole Valley Road, from 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. Coffee stop at Peet's in Pinole. Faster riders are welcome, too. Bring a friend. Meet 9:45 a.m. for 10:00 a.m. rollout. Optional lunch at Orinda Square (Petra's Greek Cafe, Nation's burgers, Subway). Ride leaders: Sherie Reineman <bikedive at mac dot com> (510) 691-3435; Jim O'Melia <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com> (925) 408-2198. Bill Hofmann, Ann Lehr, Karen Street, Estella Garcia


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