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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 2017 March 2017 April 2017
Jersey Ride
Social A Ride: Midpeninsula Meander to the Prolific Oven
Sebastopol Apple Blossom Ride
Assault on Mt Tam!
Tierra Bella 2017
Easier than Mt Tam peninsula ride
Jersey 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 • Wednesday


Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

The 2017 Different Spokes Saddle Challenge is on!!!

The Saddle Challenge is our annual event, during the month of March, where members can challenge each other (and themselves) to get out on their bikes and ride. You choose your own mileage goal for the month, whether it be 25 miles, 100 miles or 800 miles, it's your goal! Then use the Saddle Challenge Web page to log your mileage, watch your own progress, and see how other members are doing.

Historically, the Saddle Challenge has also been a way for members to raise money for Project Inform. 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 post office box, so we can donate all money raised on behalf of 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 Project Inform – not 70%, not 80%, not 90%, but 100%.

To sign up for the Saddle Challenge, use the link on the left side of DSSF homepage, or go directly to:


To register, enter your first and last names and the password: SC2017. 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 me at: president@dssf.org

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:

Ride Leader:
Sal Tavormina

March 11 - 9:00AM • Saturday

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:

March 18 - 9:45AM • Saturday

Social A Ride: Midpeninsula Meander to the Prolific Oven

Distance: 35
Pace: A
Terrain: 2

Okay, we are going to try once more to do this ride and hope it doesn't rain!

This month our Social A Ride heads to the Midpeninsula for a meander through Portola Valley and Los Altos. We’ll meet at the Stanford Shopping Center and head up Sand Hill Road to do the Midpeninsula’s most popular ride, the Portola Loop. Our route has easy and short rollers with just two moderate grades, Sand Hill (5%) and Elena (7%). We will make a short diversion out to Cañada Road before rejoining the Portola Loop. After the Portola Loop we’ll roll down Alpine Road and take the Arastradero cut-off over to Elena Road in Los Altos before returning on Foothill Expressway to downtown Palo Alto for a delicious lunch with heavenly baked goods for a well-earned dessert. This is a no-drop ride.

Meet at 9:45 a.m. with a 10 a.m. departure.
Caltrain from SF arrives at the Palo Alto station at 9:19 a.m. To see its full weekend schedule, go to: http://www.caltrain.com/schedules/weekend-timetable.html

The Prolific Oven menu can be found here: http://www.prolificoven.com/cafe/downtown-palo-alto-in-ca

Please RSVP in advance.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Vineyard Lane & Sand Hill Road
Meet in the Nordstrom's parking lot near the intersection of Vineyard Lane and Sand Hill Road.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

4 riders joined the ride.

March 26 - 10:00AM • Sunday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Rain again (sigh). Postponed to Sunday, April 9

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Ride

Distance: 37
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

This is one of the old time club rides from the early 1980s. For the 30th Anniversary Series in 2012 we revisited this long forgotten ride and rode the Mike Reedy version. Thanks to Den Daddy Derek, who got rid of his binder of old ride sheets, I have come into possession of the original Michael John version and that’s what we’re doing this year for our 35th Anniversary.
Since the original ride, apple orchards in Sonoma have dwindled—particularly the Gravenstein apple for which the area is famous. From its heyday of 7,000 acres there are now less than 960 acres, with just six orchards left in all of Sonoma County. So unfortunately we shall see few apple blossoms. In their lieu are now mostly vineyards, which are nowhere near as attractive. But the ride lives on and the name remains albeit an exaggeration! Do not despair: our route takes us by three of the orchards—Gabriel Farms, Ratzlaff Ranch, and the Pleasant Hill Farm—so if the weather gods bless us we will see petals!
Starting in Sebastopol we’ll head south in the countryside before turning westward, bouncing up and down short but steep hills all the way to Occidental. We’ll stop for a relaxing lunch at the Union Hotel before we then head eastward back towards Sebastopol only to detour northward along flatter terrain up to Trenton. We will then turn southward and back to Sebastopol. Screaming Mimi’s for ice cream will probably ensue.

Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol
Meet in the parking lot.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

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