Western Wheelers Bicycle Club
 

2015 Long Distance Training (LDT) Rides Information

 

The 2015 Long Distance Training (LDT) series begins on Sat., Jan. 3rd . The series is a set of 20 weekly rides that include some of the most scenic and car-free destinations in our area, most within an hour’s drive of Palo Alto.  The rides generally increase in length and difficulty to help riders train for longer distance rides later in the year, but also are a great way for all members to sample the great rides that the Bay Area and Northern California offer! The drives to Geyserville, Pacific Grove, and Placerville are further (2 to 4 hours) and many riders plan for an overnight stay. On those weekends a Saturday night group dinner and Sunday ride are also planned.

The LDT rides are for all levels of riders and each offers B, C, D, and E routes. We especially encourage B and C riders to come out and explore the beautiful areas we visit during the series! The large C group is separated into “C-“ and “C+” groups. The C- group is a social paced ride with frequent mandatory regroups (riders in this group should be able to maintain a modest C pace). The C+ group has fewer/shorter regroups and also accommodates those who wish to ride the C route at their own pace (faster or slower).

Destinations for 2015 include two day weekends in scenic Geyserville, Pacific Grove, and the Sierra Foothill country around Placerville. The series again concludes with successive climbs of the three highest Bay Area peaks (Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpias, and Mt. Hamilton) in May. All rides through March 7th  meet at 9:45 for a 10:00 am start. Starting March 14th  all rides meet at 9:15 for a 9:30 am start.

Notes for 2015:

 

  1. Updated LDT news/weather/lodging information will be posted on the wwbc-RIDES club email list. You can subscribe to the email list or visit the list site to get updated. Full information on subscription options can be found at the club web site under the EMAIL LISTS menu item.
  1. REGISTRATION: If possible, for 2015 we are asking participants to REGISTER on the web site for our "2 day weekend" rides (Geyserville/Pacific Grove/Placerville), so we can plan better. To register just go to the ride description on the online ride schedule and click on the REGISTER button. (Registration is free and is not a strict requirement - please feel free to decide at the last minute if necessary.)
  1. ROUTE SHEETS/MAPS/GPS INFO: New for 2015, there is a dedicated page on the web site where you will find all the route sheets for rides. This page also has links to Maps/GPS routes that you can examine or download to your GPS device.  (Routes are sometimes altered before the ride, so please wait until the week of the ride to print your route sheet.)

 

Contact us if you need additional information:

 Guy Shuman  (shumansteiner@gmail.com or  650-704-0895 Cell)

Bill Sherwin  (wbsherwin@comcast.net or  650-888-6749 Cell)

LDT Coordinators

 

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2015 LDT Series Ride Schedule:

 

WARNING: See the web site ride schedule for last minute changes, updated leader information, accommodation information and route sheets.

 

SCHEDULE:

 

3-Jan                Shoreline

10-Jan              Saratoga

17-Jan              Pulgas Water Temple

24-Jan              Morgan Hill

31-Jan              Seascape

7-Feb               Livermore

14-Feb             Calaveras

21-Feb             Marin Headlands

28-Feb             Pescadero

7-Mar              San Juan Bautista

14-Mar           Geyserville (2 day)                            

21-Mar             Berkeley Hills

28-Mar           Pacific Grove (2 day)

4-Apr               Petaluma

11-Apr             Mountain Charlie

18-Apr             TBD / Rain reschedule 

25-Apr             Skyline

2-May             Placerville/Sierra Foothills (2 day)

9-May              Mt. Diablo

16-May            Mt. Tamalpais

25-May            Mt. Hamilton (Monday)

 

 

 

 

2015 LDT Series Rides – Ride Descriptions:

WARNING: See the web site ride schedule for last minute changes, updated leader information, accommodation information and route sheets.

 

1/3

LDT RIDE: SHORELINE

B/1/(600’)/33; C/1.5(1300’)/37; D/2(2000’)/44; E/2(3000’)/52

We start the LDT series with a ride through the local flats and foothills before making our way over to Shoreline Park for lunch, where we’ll have lunch at Michael’s Restaurant (bring or buy). Return via the Stevens Creek Bike Path to Foothill Expressway. Rain cancels. NOTE: There might NOT be open restrooms at Gunn, but there is an early restroom stop on all routes. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749).See Online Ride Schedule for leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Gunn High School (780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto).

 

1/10

LDT RIDE: SARATOGA

B/2(1500’)/34; C/2.5(2400’)/36; D/2.5(3000’)/43; E/4(6000’)/55

This ride will take various routes that traverse through Saratoga. B riders take a lowland route and have lunch at the Vienna Woods Deli in Saratoga. C’s and D’s will climb Mt. Eden and Pierce then continue on to lunch at Alotta’s Deli in Los Altos (D’s add a run up to the end of Stevens Canyon). E’s take a more challenging route climbing Old La Honda and West Alpine. Return via the maze (E’s via Mt Eden/Pierce). BE SURE TO BRING SNACKS as lunch is late in the ride. Rain cancels. NOTE: There might NOT be open restrooms at Gunn, but there is an early restroom stop on all routes. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Gunn High School (780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto).

 

1/17

LDT RIDE: PULGAS WATER TEMPLE

B/2(2000’)/33; C/3(2900’)/40; D/3(3700’)/45; E/4(6000’)/61

All groups will take various routes to a mid-ride snack stop beside the beautiful Pulgas Water Temple. B’s traverse the Portola Loop and return via Jefferson and Alameda de las Pulgas. C’s climb Taaffe and Westridge on the way to Woodside and return via Edgewood and Lakeview. D’s and E’s will climb King’s Mountain then descend vista-filled Skyline Blvd and Highway 92. E’s add an extra 13 mile loop after their Water Temple snack stop. B, C, and D groups will continue on to lunch at the "Golden Triangle".  BE SURE TO BRING SNACKS as lunch is late in the ride. Rain cancels. NOTE: There might NOT be open restrooms at Gunn, but there is an early restroom stop on all routes. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Gunn High School (780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto).

 

1/24

LDT RIDE: MORGAN HILL

B/2(2000’)/35; C/2(2400’)/49; D/2(2700’)/53; E/2(3200’)/72

Come join us to cycle some quiet country roads with quintessential California scenery on this route. All routes will have lunch at the Vineyard Center (bring or buy) in Morgan Hill. B riders ride a loop north to Bailey Avenue, while C,D, and E routes will include a climb up scenic Gilroy Hot Springs Rd. E’s add the Bailey Avenue Loop after lunch. BE SURE TO BRING SNACKS AND WATER as lunch is late in the ride. Rain cancels.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Uvas Reservoir Park (14350 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill, CA): take 101 to Morgan Hill, exit at Tennant Rd. Turn right on Tennant Rd, then left on Butterfield Blvd. Cross Monterey Hwy and continue on Watsonville Rd for 3.8 miles. Turn right on Uvas Rd, go 2.4 miles.

 

1/31

LDT RIDE: SEASCAPE

B/2.5(2200’)/33; C/3(3300’)/41; D/3(3600’)/46; E/3(4600’)/68

Come see Monterey Bay and the scenic apple orchards of Corralitos. Our route includes Aptos Beach, Hames Road, and Brown’s Valley to lunch, hot cider and pie at Gizdich Ranch apple orchards. Return via Larkin Valley Road. E riders follow an extended after lunch loop to San Miguel Canyon. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Seascape Village Shopping Center (19 Seascape Village, Aptos). Take Highway 17 to Highway 1 South. Follow Highway 1 South about 10 miles. Exit right on San Andreas Rd.; turn right at Seascape Blvd. to the shopping center at Racquet Landing Drive Park. PLEASE PARK curbside along Seascape Boulevard on either side of street (NOT in shopping center).

 

2/7

LDT RIDE: LIVERMORE

B/3(2400’)/35; C/3(3200’)/45; D/2.5(3500’)/57; E/3(5000’)/72

Join us for a beautiful scenic loop over Altamont Pass and Patterson Pass, returning to Livermore for lunch (bring snacks as lunch is 25-40 miles into the ride depending on ride level). D’s and E’s traverse a route south of Livermore, and E’s include a climb to Del Valle Park. After lunch C, D, and E riders take on Flynn Road. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: All groups meet at Robert Livermore Park (900 Loyola Way, Livermore, CA). From I-580 exit at First Street Exit, then R on First Street, L on North Mines Road, R on East Avenue (@ T), R on Loyola Way, L into park.

 

2/14

LDT RIDE: CALAVERAS

B/3(2700’)/42; C/3(3600’)/51; D/3(4800’)/58; E/4(6600’)/66

Enjoy this scenic route along the Calaveras Reservoir, with eagles and maybe some other exciting wildlife. All routes climb Calaveras then descend into Pleasanton for lunch at High Tech Burrito. B’s start at Ed Levin Park and quickly climb, while the C’s get a warmup from Milpitas on Calaveras Road. D’s and E’s enjoy a gorgeous climb up Sierra Road and E’s add an additional climb up Welch Creek. All routes return from Pleasanton via Calaveras Road along the reservoir. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: There are 2 locations: B’s meet in the gravel parking lot just beyond the entrance to Ed Levin County Park near Milpitas. Continue east on Calaveras Road 2.5 miles from I-680. The parking lot is on the left side of the street, one tenth of a mile past the park entrance. C’s, D’s, and E’s meet in the shopping mall parking lot at the southwest corner of Landess Ave. and Morrill Ave. in the Northwood Plaza Shopping Center in Milpitas (2155 Morill Ave, San Jose). Meet at the side of the lot next to Landess, near Target. Directions: 237 East to 880 South, exit Montague East, continue on Landess, R on Morrill, R into center.

 

2/21

LDT RIDE: MARIN HEADLANDS

B/3/(2100’)/42; C/3(2700’)/49; D/3(4400’)/58; E/3(6200’)/68

Our ride starts at the historic “Parade Grounds” in the Presidio, then across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands. All groups get a taste of the Marin Headlands with a climb up all or part of Conzelman Road, then descend to the Bunker Road Tunnel and Sausalito. D riders will climb to the Panoramic Highway and loop through scenic Muir Woods, while the E’s add Pan Toll Road. All routes will traverse lovely Paradise Drive enroute to Tiburon for lunch. Return via Strawberry Drive/Seminary Drive and the bridge. Please note there is a $7.00 per car (cash or credit card) parking fee at the Presidio. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Meet at the Main Post/Parade Grounds in the Presidio (104 Montgomery St, Presidio, SF, CA).  Directions: From I-280 follow signs for Golden Gate Bridge through Golden Gate Park to Park Presidio Boulevard, R on California St. (after Clement), L on Arguello Blvd (1st Ave), through Presidio to Sheridan Avenue. Jog R then immediate L on Anza into large lot across Sheridan. Please note there is a $7.00 per car (cash or credit card) parking fee at the Presidio.

 

2/28

LDT RIDE: PESCADERO

B/2.5(2400’)/37; C/2.5(2900’)/43; D/4(5700’)/61; E/3.5(6100’)/69

All routes will enjoy great spring views of the mountains and the sea. B’s will traverse Pescadero, Bean Hollow, and Stage Roads, while the C’s add Cloverdale and Gazos Creek. D’s and E’s start in Woodside and complete a circuit including Kings Mountain and Tunitas Creek. E’s add a loop on Gazos Creek/Cloverdale. All routes will enjoy lunch in Pescadero (bring or buy).  Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: There are 2 locations: B’s and C’s meet in La Honda (8910 La Honda Road, La Honda), parking on the street along Hwy. 84 anywhere between the fire station and the post office (do not park in the store parking lots). D’s and E’s meet in Woodside behind the Pioneer Hotel (2925 Woodside Road, Woodside, CA).

 

3/7

LDT RIDE: SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

B/1.5(1800’)/42-56; C/1.5(2500’)/62; D/1.5(2600’)/63; E/3(5200’)/81

Come join us for a ride through the rustic and scenic country roads of San Benito County. We’ll travel south through Tres Pinos and Paicines and take Cienega Rd. and Union Rd. over to San Juan Bautista. E’s add a hefty climb (2800’) up Fremont Peak. B and C riders will have an earlier lunch back in Hollister, then continue towards the mission after lunch. D and E riders lunch (bring or buy) at the picnic tables (weather permitting) at the Mission Plaza Square. Flat route back to Hollister from the mission. Bring plenty of water/snacks. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:45 am for 10:00 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Dunne Park (712 West Street, Hollister). Take 101 South, exit south of Gilroy onto Highway 25, continue right on San Felipe Rd (still CA25), right on 7th St, go two blocks to Dunne Park at West Road (62 miles from Palo Alto). (NOTE: There might not be open restrooms at Dunne Park due to local budget issues.)

 

3/14

LDT RIDE: GEYSERVILLE WEEKEND

B/2(1500’)/38; C-/3(3500’)/51; C/3!(4500’)/60; D/3!(5000’)/69; E/3!(6000’)/87

Come prepared for an assault on the Geysers, that marvelous tree-shaded 16 mile climb that many of us know and love. Don’t be scared off though, as there is only one steep section (1.5 miles).  (NEW FOR 2015 – “Out-n-Back” C- route option climbs beautiful Geysers Road to the base of the steep section, then returns for lunch in Cloverdale). As a reward for their climbing efforts, C/D/E riders will experience a sweeping 10-mile descent back to the valley floor before lunch. C/D/E’s ride 40 miles and climb 3800 feet before there is anywhere to buy food, so they need to bring whatever food/water is necessary to get them to lunch. The more civilized B riders will follow the rustic Healdsburg wine loop along Dutcher Creek, West Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and Red Winery roads. The B route stops for lunch in Healdsburg and offers a 58-mile option. C/D/E routes all have shortcut options (see route sheets online). Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895. See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Geyserville Elementary School (21485 Geyserville Ave). Take 101 North to the Canyon Road exit (next exit after the Geyserville/Hwy 128 exit). Turn right at the end of the off-ramp, and then right at Geyserville Ave. Take Geyserville Ave. about one half mile. The school is on the right side of the road.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Make reservations early if staying overnight! Contact leader with questions. Many options available in area – Saturday group dinner will be in Healdsburg and Sunday ride starts in Healdsburg. Recommended lodging is America’s Best Value Inn (join free “Value Club” for best rates):

  1. America’s Best Value Inn (Healdsburg), 707-433-5548 or americasbestvalueinn.com.
  2. Best Western Dry Creek Inn (Healdsburg), 707-433-0300 or drycreekinn.com.
  3. Healdsburg Travelodge (Healdsburg),  707-433-0101 or healdsburglodge.com
  4. Geyserville Inn (Geyserville),  877-857-4343 or geyservilleinn.com

REGISTRATION: Please register on the web site (go to listing on online schedule) for our "2 day weekend" rides, so we can plan better. (Registration is not a strict requirement, so feel free to decide at the last minute if necessary.)

 

3/15 (Sunday)

LDT SUNDAY RIDE: HEALDSBURG TO SWEETWATER SPRINGS

BC/2(1500’)/30; CD/3!(2300’)/37  

NEW ROUTES FOR 2015! Enjoy a beautiful ride in the redwoods from Healdsburg to Sweetwater Springs. Both routes get a chance to savor beautiful remote Sweetwater Springs Road. CD route continues up the steep section of Sweetwater Springs (18% grade for .7 mile) and on to Guerneville, while the BC route does an “out-n-back” on the easier portion of Sweetwater. (Skipping the “out-n-back” results in a leisurely 21 mile ride.) Both routes return to Healdsburg via scenic Eastside Road and enjoy lunch in Healdsburg at the end of their rides. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895. See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Meet in Healdsburg at the public parking area on Matheson Street, one block west of Plaza Park (follow signs to “All Day Parking”).

 

 

3/21

LDT RIDE: BERKELEY HILLS

B/4(4300’)/39; C/4(5000’)/45; D/4(6000’)/51; E/4(8000’)/80

This ride starts climbing as soon as you leave the parking lot! We’ll climb Tunnel Road, visit Inspiration Point in Tilden Park and climb a couple of the 3 Bears. B and C riders have a short but challenging 400’ climb up Happy Valley Road. D riders challenge “Pig Farm Hill” and Reliez Valley Road. While there are lots of hills, most are not steep and the views are gorgeous. E’s add more challenging hills, including Toyonal Drive with its 20% grade. All routes return via a climb of Pinehurst Road and descent of Tunnel Road.  Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: DO NOT USE GPS – follow these directions to Temescal Regional Recreation Area.  From Hwy 24 Eastbound exit at Broadway Exit, continue on Broadway 3/4 mile to Temescal Park entrance on right (parking is free in March). Driving time from Palo Alto is 55-60 minutes. BICYCLE DIRECTIONS from Rockridge BART (1.2 miles): L on Shafter, C on Keith, L on Broadway, R into park.

 

3/28

LDT RIDE: PACIFIC GROVE WEEKEND

B/2(2000’)/36; C/3(3900’)/58-66; D/3(4000’)/66; E/3(4700’)/74-84

This is one of our most scenic long distance rides. B’s enjoy the spectacular ocean views from Pacific Grove and Seventeen Mile Drive to Carmel, then continue on to Point Lobos for lunch (bring or buy). CDE routes enjoy the Seventeen Mile Drive views, climb to the top of Laureles Grade via the tiny Toro Road avoiding traffic on the climb, and then descend to Carmel Valley. E’s add a loop on San Benancio Road as well an optional climb of Robinson Canyon. D’s and E’s continue on to Point Lobos for lunch while the C’s lunch in Carmel (C's can also continue on to Point Lobos adding 8 miles if desired). Return via Carmel Hill/Monterey (B's) or Seventeen Mile Drive (CDE's). Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Dick and Donna Matthews (rmatthews2@aol.com or 408-529-8382-Cell) or Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Meet in Pacific Grove at Lighthouse Ave. and Asilomar Ave (90 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove) near the Point Pinos Lighthouse.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Make reservations early if staying overnight! There are numerous accommodation options in the Pacific Grove area, though many are on the expensive side. Recommended hotels very close to the ride start are the Lighthouse Lodge (lighthouselodgecottages.com) and Butterfly Grove Inn (butterflygroveinn.com). Cheaper accommodations are often available near Monterey.

REGISTRATION: Please register on the web site (go to listing on online schedule) for our "2 day weekend" rides, so we can plan better. (Registration is not a strict requirement, so feel free to decide at the last minute if necessary.)

 

 

3/29 (Sunday)

LDT SUNDAY RIDE: MONTEREY/FORT ORD

B/2(1200’)/24; B/3(2000’)/29; C/3(3000’)/39

Stay overnight after the ride on Saturday or just drive down for a socially-paced ride from the Monterey Peninsula up Seventeen Mile Drive’s less traveled high road to the wilds of Fort Ord. Bring snacks as there are no services on Fort Ord. Return through Monterey for lunch on the wharf. Separate B and C groups. NEW FOR 2015 – EZ start B route option for less climbing/distance. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Dick and Donna Matthews (rmatthews2@aol.com or 408-529-8382-Cell) or Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Meet in Pacific Grove at Lighthouse Ave. and Asilomar Ave (90 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove) near the Point Pinos Lighthouse.

 

 

4/4

LDT RIDE: PETALUMA

B/2.5(3000’)/47; C/2.5(4000’)/62; D/2.5(4500’)/72; E/2.5(5400’)/88 

Enjoy beautiful views of Marin County from scenic rolling roads, along with some moderate climbs including Wilson Hill. D’s do an “out-and-back” section on scenic Marshall-Petaluma Road, while the E’s continue on to spectacular Tomales Bay. B’s will lunch at the Marin Cheese Factory, while the C’s, D’s and E’s have a lovely plaza lunch in downtown Petaluma before rolling home via a stop at the Cheese Factory. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Marin County Civic Center (Armory Drive, San Rafael, CA). From the Golden Gate Bridge take 101 north approximately 14 miles to North San Pedro Road. Exit eastbound, and turn left at Civic Center Drive (first stop light). Turn right onto Armory Drive which leads into the large parking lot.

 

4/11

LDT RIDE: MOUNTAIN CHARLIE

B/4(3500’)/35; C/4(5200’)/50; D/4(5600’)/57; E/4(7500’)/88

Explore the twisty hilly roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, including some long climbs and wonderful descents. All riders will climb to Summit Road via quiet picturesque Old Santa Cruz Road. B’s will explore some “out and backs” along the summit then lunch at the Summit Store (and B’s can easily take shortcuts to reduce the climbing). C’s, D’s and E’s descend to Scotts Valley for lunch at Erik’s Deli before tackling the Mountain Charlie climb. D’s add Rodeo Gulch, while the E’s take an extended route that adds Corralitos and Eureka Canyon. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Top of Lexington Dam (17201 Alma Bridge Road, Los Gatos, CA). Take Hwy 17 Southbound, exit at Bear Creek Road, cross over the freeway and get back on Hwy 17 Northbound, immediately exiting at Alma Bridge Road. Park at gravel parking area on dam. Rest rooms are available just past dam on right.

 

 

4/18

LTD RIDE: TBD/Rain Reschedule

This date will either be a re-scheduling of a ride that was rained out earlier in the year or a new ride. There will definitely be an LDT Ride scheduled on this date, so check the on line schedule or the LDT Forum for updates.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

 

4/25

LDT RIDE: SKYLINE

B/4(4700’)/45; C/4(5000’)/52; D/4(7000’)/60; E/4(8400’)/75 

We’ll climb to Skyline via various routes. C’s climb Redwood Gulch, a 1.4 miles steep grade, while B, D, and E routes proceed directly up Hwy 9. All routes then enjoy a quiet ride south along the summit. E’s take a side trip to Lexington Reservoir via Black Road. B’s and C’s will head south to the Summit Store for lunch before returning via Lexington Reservoir and the Los Gatos Creek Trail (there are some gravel sections on the trail). D’s and E’s glide down to Boulder Creek for lunch then return via the beautiful redwoods of Big Basin State Park. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Saratoga High School (20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga, CA). Take Highway 85 to Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd. exit. Turn south (right turn coming from Palo Alto); left on Herriman; right into school.

 

 

5/2

LDT RIDE: PLACERVILLE/SIERRA FOOTHILLS WEEKEND

B/3(3000’)/41; C/3.5(4200’)/50; D/4(6200’)/60; E/4(7200’)/76

Explore the Central Sierra foothills South of Placerville, with plenty of climbing and lovely quiet roads. The C’s and D’s start by tackling steep but beautiful Slug Gulch Road. D’s and E’s climb Omo Ranch Road up to Dew Drop at 4800 feet before descending Shake Ridge Road to Fiddletown. E’s add a loop to Sutter Creek. B’s will take a more mellow route through Fiddletown. All groups have lunch at Vintage Deli in Plymouth, then return to Pioneer Park via Shenandoah School Road and Dorado Canyon. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895. See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Start is at Pioneer Park (6740 Fairplay Rd, Somerset, CA).

DIRECTIONS FROM BAY AREA (2.5-3 hours): From I-580 Eastbound take I-205 East, I-5 North, Hwy 4 East, Hwy 99 North, Hwy 88 East, Hwy 124 North, Hwy 16 East, Hwy 49 North. In Plymouth turn R on Plymouth/Shenandoah Rd (E16), continue on Mt. Aukum Road (E16), R on Fairplay Road. Pioneer Park is on right after 1/4 mile.

ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS FROM PLACERVILLE (20-30 minutes): Take Broadway east from Placerville, continue on Newtown Road, L on Pleasant Valley, R on Mt. Aukum (Co E16), L on Fairplay, Pioneer Park on right after 1/4 mile.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National 9 Inn (Placerville) 530-622-3884 (Ask for Western Wheeler Bicycle Discount)

REGISTRATION: Please register on the web site (go to listing on online schedule) for our "2 day weekend" rides, so we can plan better. (Registration is not a strict requirement, so feel free to decide at the last minute if necessary.)

 

 

5/3 (Sunday)

LDT SUNDAY RIDE: PLACERVILLE/APPLE HILL LOOP

B/4(2600’)/22; C/4/(2800’)/26; D/4/(3200’)/32

Enjoy a fun loop through the apple country northeast of Placerville. Ride past orchards, vineyards, and Christmas tree farms during the quiet off season. C and D groups add extra side loops on this fairly hilly but short ride. It’s all downhill after lunch at Boa Vista Orchards on Carson Road. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895. See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Meet in Placerville at the El Dorado Trail Bike Path parking area. From US 50 exit at Broadway, R on Broadway, R on Mosquito, Park in lot on left after underpass.

 

5/9

LDT RIDE: MT. DIABLO

B/4(4400’)/46; C/4(5400’)/58; D/4(6500’)/67; E/4(8500’)/81

Enjoy fabulous views as all groups climb to the summit of Mt. Diablo. D’s and E’s will then get away from it all on remote Morgan Territory Road after lunching in Clayton (NEW E ROUTE FOR 2015 continues on a loop to Livermore and Collier Canyon). B’s and C’s will lunch in Walnut Creek then return via regional bike trails to the start. C’s add a loop/climb on Reliez Valley Road. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Diablo Vista Park (Tassajara Ranch Dr, Danville, CA), corner of Crow Canyon & Tassajara Ranch Dr. in San Ramon (about 3 miles east on Crow Canyon after exiting from I-680).

 

5/16

LDT RIDE: MT. TAMALPAIS

B/4(4500’)/51; C/4(5400’)/57; D/4(6600’)/71; E/4(7000’)/79

Ride the varied terrain of southern Marin County. All routes approach Mt. Tamalpais from the northwest via Fairfax-Bolinas and Ridgecrest Blvd. The C, D, and E routes include a climb to the summit. B and C riders descend to lunch in Mill Valley then return via a loop on Point San Pedro Road past China Camp State Park. D and E riders loop west to Point Reyes Station for lunch then return via Nicasio Valley and Lucas Valley Rd.  B and C routes have shortcut options (see route sheets online). Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure

MEETING LOCATION: Marin County Civic Center (Armory Drive, San Rafael, CA). From the Golden Gate Bridge take 101 north approximately 14 miles to North San Pedro Road. Exit eastbound, and turn left at Civic Center Drive (first stop light). Turn right onto Armory Drive which leads into the large parking lot.

 

 

5/25 (Monday)

LDT RIDE: MT. HAMILTON

B/4(5200’)/44; C/4(5200’)/47; D/5(7400’)/57; E/5(9400’)/69

Join us for this wonderful Memorial Day finish to the LDT ride series. Mt Hamilton is a long, but not steep, climb with wonderful panoramic views and great spring wildflowers. All routes start with a loop through Alum Rock Park, then climb directly to the summit. NEW D and E ROUTES FOR 2015. D’s and E’s cross over the summit, enjoy the exciting descent to the Isabel Creek Bridge on the back side of Mt. Hamilton, then return to the summit for lunch. All groups have lunch at the summit observatory, then descend back to the start. On the return trip E’s add a beautiful “out-and-back” spur on traffic free Kincaid Road.– PACK YOUR LUNCH – NO FOOD AVAILABLE. (Cold soft drinks are available in vending machines.) Be prepared for warm temperatures on the way up and cold temperatures on the way down. Rain cancels. Online route sheets.

INFO: Guy Shuman (shumansteiner@gmail.com or 650-704-0895) and Bill Sherwin (wbsherwin@comcast.net or 650-888-6749). See Online Ride Schedule for route sheets and leaders of each ride group.

MEETING TIME: 9:15 am for 9:30 departure (Early start for B pace riders only at 8:45 for 9:00 departure)

MEETING LOCATION:  There are 2 locations: C,D,E riders meet at NE corner of Cataldi Park (2920 Cataldi Drive, San Jose, CA). Directions: Hwy 237 east, I-880 south, Montague Expressway east, right on Morrill Ave., right on Cataldi Dr.  (Early start for B’s only at Berryessa Community Center at 3050 Berryessa Road. Directions: I-280 south to I-680 north, exit at Berryessa, R on Berryessa, R into Community Center.)




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