GPC Ride Schedule for March

(Last modified Tuesday, March 17 2015, @ 14:36 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.


Sun Mar 1   2.5/L/25   SPDR and Wildcat - Century Prep Warm Up Ride #1
Wipe off the winter dust and join us for the first of two Warm Up Rides that will help get you ready for the Century Prep Ride Series. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at North Berkeley BART and ride to San Pablo Dam Rd and climb Wildcat Canyon to Spruce and return to BART. Optional post ride stop @ Peet's before returning to NB BART. No Drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader: Leaders: John Alexander <jalexand2usa at netscape dot net> (510) 965-8381, Bill Hofmann, Jessica Jensen, et al.

Sun Mar 1   4/TTM/65   Sonomarin Borderlands
Based on the ride with the same name from 75 Classic Rides of Northern California/Oetinger the start has been reoriented to minimize the driving from the bay area. We'll meet at Helen Putnam Park in Petaluma at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:15 roll. Note, parking at the park is $7 but should you not wish to contribute there is also parking on the road on the right just before getting to the park. A couple of things to note. There are really no great stops for water, etc till we get to Tomales at mile 40. There is a market and a cafe at mile 33 at Valley Ford, we won't have a formal stop there but ....Anyway, bring plenty of water and some snacks to get you through the first part of the ride. Also note, there are two well known and pretty tough hills after mile 50 (Marshall Wall and Wilson Hill). This makes the ride perhaps a bit tougher than advertized. Pavement quality is mixed with one long decent on rough pavement. See http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7005649 for a preliminary route sheet. Ride Leader(s) Kurt Doelling <kdkurtd at gmail dot com> (510) 427-4205 and TBA.

Sun Mar 1   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 at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4189771. 30% chance of rain will cancel the ride and the rain date will be on the following Sunday, 3-8-2015. 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) 262-3882 <jimomelia at rocketmail dot com>, Danimal Tonelli <danimal21 at juno dot com>

Thu Mar 5   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.The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. 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 Mar 7   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. Rain cancels. 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 Mar 7   3!/TM/40   Piedmont Pyrenees, Donald Drive, Pinehurst
Meet at Rockridge BART at 9:00 a.m. for a prompt 9:15 departure. We will ride across Piedmont one of our favorite ways and return a different favorite way. Outbound will be basically Wildwood, Saint James, Leimert. We will then climb Butters, descend Redwood, hop over to Orinda to climb Donald Drive (very steep but no cars), then descend The Donald to return to Oakland via Pinehurst. Skipping "The Donald" shortens the route by 10 miles. From Montclair, we will cross Piedmont a different way. We will end our leadership of the ride around Piedmont and 41st, where we will invite all participants to Chili and fixings in our back yard. You will need to return to Rockridge BART on your own, the way we came, via 41st and Shafter (1.7 miles). No drop. Helmets strongly recommended. 30% or greater chance of rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader. Leaders: Janet Noble (510) 205-9004; Brian Aldrich, <brianaldrich9 at gmail dot com> or (510) 693-0603

Sat Mar 7   2/48/TM   West Dublin BART to Calaveras Rd and back
Same great ride as February with new lunch option. Departing from south side of West Dublin/Pleasanton BART at 10:30 a.m. we ride south on Foothill to the end of Calaveras Rd. and back. Regroup in Sunol. Option to shorten out and back beyond Sunol - go to 1st summit or as far as you wish. Option to join leader lunching in Sunol on return. Don't you love options? Option to lengthen by joining leader riding from Castro Valley BART at 9:30 to add 10 easy miles one way; must RSVP if meeting in Castro Valley BART (top of BART stairs). Rain cancels but wet roads do not. Steve Tracy <tracy.steve at att dot net> or (510) 881-6042

Sun Mar 8 (Daylight Savings Begins)   4/LT/25   Tunnel Rd and Pinehurst - Century Prep Warm Up Ride #2
Get ready for the Century Prep Ride Series with the second of two Warm Up Rides. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Rockridge BART. Climb Tunnel Rd to Skyline, continue to Redwood, then climb back to Skyline via Pinehurst, which is the first big challenge of the Grizzly Peak Century! Descend Shepherd Canyon back to Montclair Village. Optional coffee stop before return to BART. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader. Leaders: Ken Karda <kenkarda at pacbell dot net> (510) 530-8389, David Cone, Jim O'Melia, Janet Monks, Jessica Jensen, et al.

Sun Mar 8 (Daylight Savings Begins)   4/M/108   Mt. Hamilton Loop Wildflower Hunt
With the drought, Spring may be coming early to Mt Ham, so we will venture forth to look for wildflowers and listen to birds in song before all withers and goes quiet. Starting in Pleasanton, we'll ride Calaveras Road. An optional loop around Felter-Sierra Road (those opting out can wait at the bottom of Sierra) will be followed by a run into Alum Road Park for water, departing by the 'closed road". After enjoying the grassland and black oak woodlands of the Mt Hamilton climb (water available halfway up at Grant Park), we'll regroup again at the top for snacks we've brought along or available from the vending machines. Our only substantial stop will be at the Junction Cafe, where the service is said to be quite fast and the Sierra Nevada on tap an undoubted boost for the cognoscenti. Returning via Mines Road will give another good opportunity for wildflowers along Arroyo Mocho, after which we'll return via the "back way" to our ultimate reward, the Pleasanton Milk Store. Meet at Neal & 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 for a prompt 8:00 departure. There are public restrooms in the city park one block south of the meeting place. This should not be your first century, since it is one big loop with no shortcuts. We will maintain the M pace and minimize stops to the two-three mentioned plus the Junction, so bring adequate food or plan to stock up at the summit vending machines. Daylight runs from 7:32 a.m. to 7:09 p.m., so lights should not be needed, but it never hurts to have a taillight along in case of extraordinary delays. Any chance of rain (ha-ha) or high wind (see NOAA-NWS website, www.weather.gov) postpones to the alternate date of April 4th - if in doubt, contact me by 9:00 p.m. the evening before. Mark Homrighausen <homrighaus at aol dot com> or (510) 528-9339. Emailed RSVP requested.

Sun Mar 8 (Daylight Saving begins)   1/T/28   Easy social ride - Lunch at Blackhawk Plaza Rain date
For more details see the March 1 listing. You can contact a ride leader if you don't know whether it rained on March 1.

Wed Mar 11   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 Mar 12   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. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. 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 Mar 12   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. Keith Trummel, <ktrummel at adobe dot com> (510) 527-9832, or Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569

Sat Mar 14   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 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6855916 (total distance about 23 mi); T pace group (total about http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6856004 50 mi); TM pace groups (totals of 32 mi or 65 mi (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6855955); 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 Mar 15   3/T/27   Century Prep Ride #1 -- The Bears and a Bit
Meet 9:00 a.m. at Orinda BART west parking lot. We will ride north on Camino Pablo/San Pablo Dam Rd, then clockwise around the hills known as The Three Bears, then counterclockwise on the little-traveled El Toyonal loop. Finish with optional lunch in Orinda -- bring your own or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader. Leaders: Ken Karda, <kenkarda at pacbell dot net> (510) 530-8389, Arleen Sakamoto, Jeff Kurtock, Bill Hofmann, Jim O'Melia, and Dan Tonelli.

Wed Mar 18   0/Meeting/0   GPC Century Planning Meeting
Help make this the best Century ever. If you want to help with the planning contact Frank Castro, <CenturyChair at grizzlypeakcyclists dot org>, (510) 209-1163.

Thu Mar 19   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. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. 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 Mar 19   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. Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569, or Dave Brown <Dave_Brown at mac dot com>, (510) 508-4215.

Sat Mar 21   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) 262-3882, Jessica Jensen, <jessica.jensen.77 at gmail dot com> (510) 508-6389, TBD.

Sat Mar 21   1/L/20   Biking and Birding: Alameda Creek-Coyote Hills Regional Park
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Union City BART station by ticket machines (leaders plan to be on BART train arriving at 9:53) for a trip along Alameda Creek and into Coyote Hills Regional Park. Bring binoculars and lunch; wear layers. Helmets required. We shall be looking for ducks and shorebirds-some in breeding plumage, as well as resident raptors. Rain cancels. This ride is co-listed with Golden Gate Audubon. Leaders: Jeffrey Black (510) 526-7068) <buffalo1003 at aol dot com> and Pat Greene (415) 481 5469 (day of ride) <pjgreene at sonic dot net>.

Sun Mar 22   3/T/30   Century Prep Ride #2 -- Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak Loop
Meet 9:00 a.m. at Orinda BART, rollout at 9:15. We will tackle the Pinehurst, Skyline then Grizzly Peak, following the route of the century. We will then drop down Wildcat and return to Orinda BART. Bring lunch or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. 30% chance of rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader. Leaders: Jeff Kurtock <jkurtock at sbcglobal dot net>, Bill Hofmann, Jessica Jensen et al.

Sun Mar 22   3/TM/48   Orinda BART to the Carquinez Scenic Drive
We'll follow the North Century route out through the neighborhoods and refineries of Pinole, Hercules and Crockett and then turn onto the newly revamped Carquinez Scenic Drive for great views of the Bay. Lunch in Martinez at Creek Monkey Pub, and then it's back up and over Pig Farm and the Bears back to the start. Steady TM pace with minimal stops, 48 miles with 3,800' of climbing. Bring lunch or money to buy at the pub. 20% or greater chance of rain cancels, call leaders the night before if in doubt. Meet at Orinda BART at 9:45 a.m., roll at 10:00. Leaders: Stephanie Clarke (510) 558-9614 <stephclarkebike at gmail dot com>; Janet Monks (510) 534-7621.

Sun Mar 22   1/L/33   Union City BART over Dumbarton Bridge to Millbrae BART
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Union City BART for a 10:15 rollout. We'll ride across the bridge, pretty, and at times a bit windy, then head north to Millbrae BART. On the peninsula, we see estuary, urban, and park. Leaders Karen Street <karen_street at sbcglobal dot net> and Nell McBeth.

Thu Mar 26   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. The ride is usually posted in the calendar by Monday evening. 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 Mar 26   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. Dean Lobovits, <lobovits at comcast dot net> (510) 527-4569, or Dave Brown <Dave_Brown at mac dot com>, (510) 508-4215.

Fri Mar 27   1/LT/40   Bike - Bridge - Little Louie's
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 head South to The A.Z. (Alex Zuckerman Bay Bridge trail), then North on the Bay Trail for lunch @ Little Louie's. The ride will continue through the Ferry Point tunnel. Ride co-leaders: Arleen(<sakamo2 at yahoo dot com>) and Ken (510) 530-8389 home.

Sat Mar 28   1/LT/26   Recovery-Ride Style Bay Trail Loop
This classic local flat route with so many great views of our beautiful Bay is too good NOT to repeat! Join Sherie for a leisurely-paced bike-stroll out for Lunch in Point Richmond at Little Louie's. Rolling slowly, to appreciate the waterfowl still in fine abundance and form along the mud flats and tidal marshes "to and fro". Meet at the foot of the bike ped. bridge in Aquatic Park (at Addison and Bolivar in Berkeley, 10 min. ride from North Berkeley BART) at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 a.m. roll out. Rain cancels. Sherie Reineman <bikedive at mac dot com> (510) 691-3435.

Sun Mar 29   3/T/35   Century Prep Ride #3 -- East Bay Hills
Meet 9:00 a.m. at Orinda BART in the west parking lot. We will ride north on Camino Pablo, climb Wildcat Canyon, Grizzly Peak Blvd, Skyline Blvd, descend Redwood Road, then return via Pinehurst, Canyon, Moraga Way. Optional lunch in Orinda -- bring your own or $ to buy. No drop. Helmets strongly encouraged. Rain cancels; if weather is dubious contact ride leader Leaders: Barb McQuinn <bmcquinn at earthlink dot net>, Jim O'Melia, Jessica Jensen, Ann Lehr et al.


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