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Jerome Thomere

Different Spokes
San Francisco
P.O. Box 14711
San Francisco, CA 94114

Hosted by 1&1

March Ride Calendar
February 2019 March 2019 April 2019
18th Annual Saddle Challenge Begins Today
Nicasio Loop
Jersey Ride
Calaveras Road
20 +
21 +
22 +
23 +
Darth Veeder/Chiles Valley Challenge
24 +
25 +
26 +
27 +
28 +
29 +
30 +
Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!
31 +
Franz Valley to Gott's Roadside
01 +
02 +
2019 DSSF Membership Kickoff and Social
03 +
04 +
05 +
06 +
Apple Blossom Ride

Please signal any errors or omissions to Jerome.

To add a ride to the calendar, use the add-ride form or click on the "+" sign to the right of the date you want for the ride. Alternatively, contact the club's Web Editor.

Before leading a ride, download a copy of the Ride Waiver form. Have all participants read and sign this form. Then sign and date the witness line.

After the ride please email the completed form to the Ride Coordinator using the contact information at the bottom of the Ride Waiver form or contact the Ride Coordinator for an address if you need to use snail mail.


Rides are open to all club members, visitors, and guests. To ensure that you enjoy club rides, be sure to pick rides appropriate for your riding ability. Rides are classified by pace and terrain. If you are taking your first club ride, be safe and underestimate your ability. If you are unsure about a particular ride, contact the ride leader, who can provide more information about the ride and the expected difficulty. Helmets are required on all rides, and lights are required on night rides. Each rider should carry money for an emergency call and appropriate equipment (spare tube or patch kit, pump, water, food, and so forth).

Ride Key

PaceTerrainRide Type
A. Leisurely, frequent stops

B. Moderate, occasional stops

C. Brisk, few stops

D. Steady, strenuous, few stops

1. Mostly flat, easy grades, suitable for beginners

2. Few low hills, a challenge for beginners

3. Moderate hills with some challenges

4. Hills, some steep climbs, with some relief

5. Many steep hills and climbs, for strong riders



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March 1 - 9:00AM • Friday

18th Annual Saddle Challenge Begins Today

Distance: 10,000
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

The Saddle Challenge is our annual event to kick off the Northern California riding season and start riding our bikes in earnest. You choose your mileage goal for the month—as long or as short as you prefer—and attempt to reach your goal. All you need to do is register at the Saddle Challenge page on our site and start tracking your mileage. You can also see how other club members are doing to reach their goal too!

In 2003 Saddle Challenge incorporated fundraising for the Ron Wilmot Ride for Project Inform. Ron Wilmot was a Spoker and AIDS activist who died in 1997 and who also happened to be the biggest fundraiser for our AIDS Bike-A-Thon. Even though the Ron Wilmot Ride ceased in 2007 we still raise money for this much loved and long-running agency. Project Inform, is a non-profit based in San Francisco that provides information, inspiration, and advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. You can find more information about the life-saving work they do here:

You can choose to pledge per mile, or as a lump sum, and this is entirely optional. No one is required to pledge money in order to participate. At the end of the month, we will ask those members who did pledge to mail a check (made out to Project Inform) to the DSSF Ride Coordinator, so we can donate all money raised by Different Spokes.

We also encourage riders to find sponsors who are willing to donate on their behalf. Sponsors can donate a lump sum, per mile, or per mile with a cap. One of the benefits of donating through the Saddle Challenge is that unlike many other fund raising events, the Saddle Challenge has absolutely no overhead. That means 100% of your tax deductible contribution goes directly to the beneficiary organization, in this case Project Inform, just as it did with our AIDS Bike-A-Thon.

To sign up for the Saddle Challenge, use the link on the left side of DSSF homepage, or go directly to: https://www.dssf.org/dssf_html/sc/

To register, enter your first and last names and the password: SC2019. Then, set your own mileage goals for the month of March. You will also have the opportunity to make your own pledge (per mile or lump sum) to Project Inform, but this is strictly optional.

If you have any questions about the Saddle Challenge, please contact our Vice President David Gaus: dagaus190@me.com

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:

Ride Leader:
David Gaus

March 2 - 9:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain

Nicasio Loop

Distance: 75
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Departing from Peet’s on Market, we’ll cross the GG bridge and ride through Sausalito, San Anselmo and Fairfax before climbing White’s Hill. Another brief climb brings us to the village of Nicasio. We will ride past the reservoir, through Samuel P. Taylor Park and back to Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, then retrace our steps through Marin county towns to Peet’s in the Castro. The lunch stop will be in Fairfax or Lagunitas.

Rain cancels. Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Peet's Coffee, 2257 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Ride Leader:
Jeff Pekrul

March 9 - 9:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain

Jersey Ride

Distance: 27/47/59 miles
Pace: A
Terrain: 3

This is the official monthly club ride for all members (guests are always welcome). The ride offers different distance and level options where once a month all DSSF club members can get out, ride and socialize with the club. The ride starts from Peet's in the Castro. There are three options so you can go at your own pace and distance so please pick the appropriate option to your level of ability, we want to make sure you enjoy the day. The rides split and regroup in Tiburon where we have lunch together as a group. This ride is usually on the second Saturday of each month; however there are a couple of exceptions for special events (see the calendar).

Distance: 27 Miles
Pace: A/C
Terrain: 3

Turn off at the end of the Sausalito bike path and go directly into Tiburon where the other riders will join you for lunch. You can ride back to San Francisco (or take the ferry to avoid climbing the Sausalito hill). This option is recommended for those who are newer to road cycling.

Distance: 47 Miles
Pace: B/C
Terrain: 3

This is a real fun loop with spectacular views! From Sausalito you have a small climb over Camino Alto before you head out and around the Tiburon Peninsula. This ride is recommended for the intermediate rider or for those who don't feel like the more strenuous third option.

Distance: 59 Miles
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Split off from the group and make the climb up Conzelman in the Marin Headlands then climb up that small canyon, McCullough Road before heading back out to Sausalito to ride the Tiburon Loop. This is the faster paced, more advanced option with extra hills and mileage.
Meet At: Peet's Coffee in the Castro (16th and Market Streets). Please arrive between 8:30am and 8:45am for ride sign-up. Ride leaves at 9:00am.

You can find routes sheets with printable cues at:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1574859 (Shorter route - 40 miles, with possible bailouts in Tiburon (at mile 20) and Sausalito (at mile 30))
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1599856 (Clockwise route, aka "Tiburon Loop")
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1599771 (Counterclockwise route, aka "Reverse Tiburon Loop")

RSVP Required

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
2257 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
(Peet's in the Castro - please let us know if you want to join us along the route)
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Nick Kovaleski, Ginny Watson, David Goldsmith, Jerome Thomere

March 16 - 8:30AM • Saturday

Calaveras Road

Distance: 68
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

After a two year closure of Calaveras Road, it is finally reopened, so join me for a Calaveras loop from Sunnyvale, or to make it a BART to BART ride, I've added the Union City BART station as the second regroup (and those that want to do this BART to BART can head to the Warm Springs BART station from Milpitas at the 4th regroup spot at the end.)

Starting in Sunnyvale, we'll make our way north using mostly multipurpose trails and then across the Dumbarton Bridge, and our first regroup. From there, we'll head for the Union City BART station, and then up Niles Canyon (Highway 84) to Sunol. While there is a new cafe open in Sunol (Casa Bella Cafe) the plan is to make this a snack stop vs. a long Sunday brunch since we still have Calaveras to do (the easy way, clockwise.)

Our last regroup will be in Milpitas, and from there, riders doing the BART to BART will head north, and those doing the full 68 miles will continue west back to Sunnyvale.

Total elevation: approximately 2,300 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28665499

Meet time: 8:00 am

Ride out time: 8:30 am

For those joining the ride at Union City BART, plan to be there before 10:30 am, ride out from there will be at 10:45 am.

Meals: Bring snack bars, while there is a new cafe open in Sunol, don't know that we want a leisurely brunch (lunch) but we can check it out, there is Sunol Food & Liquor, which is mostly gas station quick stop type food.

Sweeps? No

Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please either know the route or bring a map in case you get dropped from the group.

It is about 6.5 miles from the last regroup to Warm Springs BART, route preview here:

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
605 Tasman Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Enter on Old Fair Oaks at Tasman near the Grocery Outlet. If your GPS tells you to turn onto Tasman, you will be going down quite a way in order to make a U-turn and come back to enter on the Tasman side.
Park near the Specialty's/Peets on Old Fair Oaks.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

March 23 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Darth Veeder/Chiles Valley Challenge

Distance: 55
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

Come join us for two of my favorite Napa rides rolled into one. We start off going up the infamous Mt Veeder, descend down into the Valley via Oakville Grade, loop up past Lake Hennessy to Lower Chiles Valley Rd, and finally stop for lunch at the Yountville Deli.

After lunch we ride back down the valley on the only lengthy section of the Vine Bike Trail.

Coffee/snack stop at Oakville Grocery (mile 15)
Lunch at Yountville Deli (mile 45)

There is nothing available in between so bring snacks and plenty of water.

I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

s this a "no rider left behind" ride? Yes, and we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please either know the route or bring a map in case you get dropped from the group.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2873 Redwood Rd
Napa, CA 94558
Gordon's House
Parking either in the driveway or across the street.

Meet at 9:15
Ride out at (;30
Ride Leader:
Gordon Dinsdale, David Sexton

March 30 - 9:15AM • Saturday

Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!

Distance: 50
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Mines Road in Livermore is a low-traffic, stunningly beautiful road through the East Bay park lands. It's like riding through the Sierra foothills, complete with gorgeous wildflowers, soaring raptors, and lots of horse farms, but without the RVs and logging trucks. Mines will take you all the way to Mt. Hamilton, if you wanted, but we won't go that far, just out to 'the junction' and back. It's 25 miles each way, with just one challenging hill at the beginning, and then a couple good rollers just before the Junction. In between, it's flat with nothing but Sierra Club-calendar like swatches of wildflowers, a small stream that may still be running after all our spring rain (we hope!), and farms and fields and woodland.

The mileage could be more if we opt to ride out into San Antonio Valley in search of more wildflowers.

There are no services/restrooms near the start so you may want to stop somewhere in Livermore on the way. DO NOT SPEED THROUGH DOWNTOWN LIVERMORE -- speeding tickets are a major source of revenue out there.

I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

Don't have a car but want to come? Email the ride leader for ride sharing possibilities, or if you are a member, post a message to the club’s Yahoo! group.

Not a member? Consider joining us for just $20/calendar year here:

Total elevation: Approximately 3600 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/83238

Meet time: 9:15 am

Ride out time: 9:45am

Meals: Junction Cafe at the turn around point, and post-ride Starbucks stop in Livermore. For more information about the Junction Cafe, go to: http://thejunctionbarandgrill.com

Sweeps? No

Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups. We will keep an eye out for each other but if you are a new rider please either know the route or bring a map in case you get dropped from the group.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Mines Road & Del Valle Rd, Livermore, CA 94550
Meet at Mines Road in Livermore, just past the turn-off to Del Valle State Park.
To get to the start, exit I-580 at N. Livermore Ave. and proceed south
through town. N. Livermore becomes S. Livermore and then curves left
and becomes Tesla. After about a half mile on Tesla, turn right on
Mines Rd and go about four miles to a T intersection where Mines turns
left and Del Valle goes straight. TURN LEFT TO STAY ON MINES and go
about a tenth of a mile to a place with a wide shoulder on the right hand side of the road and park.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

March 31 - 9:30AM • Sunday

Franz Valley to Gott's Roadside

Distance: 41
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

We close Saddle Challenge with a really pleasant, quiet loop ride in the Napa Valley. Starting in St. Helena at Clif Bar’s very own wine tasting room we’ll take the Silverado Trail up to Calistoga and cut to Hwy. 128 before turning off onto Franz Valley. Franz Valley is a quiet, treed road away from the hustle and bustle of “Wine Country”. Back in Calistoga we’ll retrace our path back to St. Helena where we’ll stop at the fabulous Gott’s Roadside for a laid-back post-ride recharging!

Be forewarned: Hwy 128 has no shoulder from Calistoga north to Franz Valley.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. for ride out at 10 sharp.

Gott's Roadside menu: https://www.gotts.com/menu/

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Clif Family Tasting Room, 709 Main Street, St. Helena CA 94574
The Clif Co. allows cyclists to park cars in their Tasting Room lot all day without charge.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

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