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Jerome Thomere

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

Hosted by 1&1

November Ride Calendar
October 2018 November 2018 December 2018
OCD Ride (Obscene Climbs and Descents): Kings Mountain-Alpine loop
Morgan Territory (from Walnut Creek BART)
Jersey Ride
16 +
17 +
Gazos Dirt'N Hurt Ride
18 +
19 +
20 +
21 +
Pre-Thanksgiving Warm-Up -- Rockridge to the Golf Course
22 +
23 +
Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Burn -- A DSSF Tradition!
24 +
25 +
It Was 40 Years Ago Today...
26 +
27 +
28 +
29 +
30 +
01 +
02 +
03 +
04 +
05 +
06 +
07 +
08 +
Jersey Ride
Different Spokes Holiday Party!!

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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November 4 - 9:00AM • Sunday

Morgan Territory (from Walnut Creek BART)

Distance: 53
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Cool fall weather is the perfect time to "dust off" this classic DSSF favorite ride, Morgan Territory!

The route starts at Walnut Creek BART and takes us on the roads behind Mt. Diablo, up to Morgan Territory Preserve. It's one of those gorgeous places you probably don't know existed unless you live in the East Bay or cycle there. When you finish the climb up Morgan Territory Road, the view is just amazing. We'll head back through Danville with a stop for lunch at Hi Tech Burrito in the Tassajara Crossing Center at Camino Tassajara and Crow Canyon Roads (not the usual Domenico's). From there it is a quick 10+ miles back to Walnut Creek BART.

Total elevation: Approximately 3200 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2856128

Meet time: 9:00am

Ride out time: 9:30am

Meals: Bring snack bar for the top of Morgan Territories, then lunch will be in Danville at Hi Tech Burrito (loads of other options also) at Tassajara Crossing before the ride back to Walnut Creek BART

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: call
Ride start:
200 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Meet at Walnut Creek BART station on the east side of the station (as you exit, turn left).

The 8:12 Antioch train from 16th & Mission will get you there at 8:54am if things are running on time.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

12 riders joined the ride.

November 10 - 9:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Air quality in the North Bay predicted to be unhealthy

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

November 17 - 9:00AM • Saturday

Gazos Dirt'N Hurt Ride

Distance: 39
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

Here's a rare opportunity to do a club ride on dirt. About one-third of this ride is on dirt fire roads and the rest is on asphalt. I've done this ride on a cross bike with 35 mm tires but a mountain bike is recommended because the ascent up Gazos is steep and sometimes technical. We start in Pescadero and go by road to the start of Gazos Creek and ascend up to Sandy Point. From there we descend into Big Basin State Park where we'll refuel at the store. Afterwards we'll sneak out of the park by Escape Road and take just a short section of Big Basin Highway before turning off onto China Grade. After a climb and a descent we head off into the woods again to begin a long, delicious descent on Butano Fire Road, which has an airfield in the middle! We rejoin the asphalt on Cloverdale and return to Pescadero for a post-ride repast at either the Taqueria de Amigos across the street or at the Archangeli Deli. The total vertical ascent is about 4,400 ft. for this ride.

Note there is almost no cell service in Big Basin State Park. If you need to load maps into your phone, do it beforehand. Bring snacks and water.

Rain cancels.

Please RSVP!

Meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. SHARP departure.

Here's a map of Big Basin State Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/540/files/BigBasinRedwoodsFinalWebLayout101816.pdf

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
37.251411, -122.383292
Meet at the Park and Ride at the intersection of Pescadero Road and Stage Road near the Post Office.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

November 21 - 9:45AM • Wednesday

Pre-Thanksgiving Warm-Up -- Rockridge to the Golf Course

Distance: 45
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

Get your engines revved-up for the next day’s holiday feasting by riding up and down the hills from Rockridge to the golf course formerly known as Willow Park. We’ll actually start at Lake Temescal, just up from Rockridge BART, to make parking easier for those of us not taking BART to the start. From there it’s up the hill to Tunnel, then across Skyline to Redwood to the golf course. Return up Pinehurst, but options exist for those wishing to cut off miles in order to get back to start cooking. This is a hilly and challenging ride, but just right for kicking your metabolism into gear for the next day's eat-fest. Bring lunch and/or snacks since the golf course bar may not be open that day. Rain or serious threat of rain will cancel, call the leader if in doubt.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Meet in the parking lot at Lake Temescal, just up from Rockridge BART station.
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke

November 23 - 9:30AM • Friday

Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Burn -- A DSSF Tradition!

Distance: 60
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

An on-going tradition, the post-holiday tour of Marin to burn off all that Thanksgiving turkey and gravy. We'll meet at Miller Creek in San Rafael, just across from the fire station. From there it's out and up Lucas Valley Road to Big Rock, then on to Nicasio, Cheese Factory, Marshall Wall, and back down the lagoon to Pt Reyes Station and return. This is a long and challenging ride, perfect for burning off those holiday calories. Bring snacks to get you through until our late-ride stop at the Bovine Bakery in Pt Reyes Station, where many delights await in case you didn't get your fill of pie the day before. Optional start in Nicasio will shave off 20 miles; be ready to roll around 10:15-10:30 when the group rolls through. For those doing the full monty, meet at 9:30 on Miller Creek, roll at 9:45. Ride is co-listed with Grizzly Peak Cyclists. Threat of or actual rain will cancel; call leader by at least 9:00 that morning if in doubt. Bring layers, since it will most likely be cold, or at least cool, along the coast.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
77 Miller Creek Road, Marinwood, San Rafael
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke

November 25 - 9:30AM • Sunday

It Was 40 Years Ago Today...

Distance: 29
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

This year is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and we will honor their memory and legacy by visiting their gravesites. On November 27, 1978 Dan White assassinated Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in cold blood at City Hall. Coming less than two weeks after the Jonestown Massacre in which deranged cult leader Jim Jones ordered the killing of Rep. Leo Ryan and his party, the double assassination sent horrifying shockwaves through the LGBT community and set back the progressive agenda in San Francisco by decades (and incidentally, demonstrating that assassination does work, at least for a while). George Moscone is interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma and Harvey Milk is enshrined in the San Francisco Columbarium. We plan to visit both sites as well as a few others of note perhaps Jose Sarria aka the Empress Norton, Wyatt Earp, and Levi Strauss. (Unfortunately the late Rep. Leo Ryan’s gravesite is further south near the Golden Gate National Cemetery and too far away for this ride.)

This will be an easy paced ride. We start at McLaren Lodge and head down the Great Highway to Westlake Shopping Center and into Colma to Woodlawn Memorial Park, Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, and Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. We will stop at George Moscone’s gravesite to share a few words and then head northward back to Westlake for a lunch stop. After lunch we’ll head back into SF to the Columbarium for our final stop at Harvey Milk’s site, which is very close to McLaren Lodge.

Bring a lock for lunch. Please RSVP.

Meet at McLaren Lodge at 9:30 a.m. Ride out at 10 a.m.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
McLaren Lodge, Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

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