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Jerome Thomere

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

Hosted by 1&1

April Ride Calendar
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Franz Valley to Gott's Roadside
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2019 DSSF Membership Kickoff and Social
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Apple Blossom Ride
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Jersey Ride
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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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April 2 - 5:30PM • Tuesday

2019 DSSF Membership Kickoff and Social

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Come join us for the 2019 DSSF Membership Kickoff and Social on Tuesday April 2, in the Grotto (lower level) at Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco.

We have a great evening planned: free food and drinks, information about club events for 2019, informative speakers, shopping at Sports Basement with a 20% discount, and a room full of fellow LGBT cyclists! Here’s your opportunity to meet the new Board members in person, socialize with your cycling buddies, make some new friends, and treat yourself to some new cycling gear.

Here's the schedule for Tuesday evening:

5:30 - 6:30 pm reception (food, drinks)
6:30 - 6:45 pm Welcome, Introductions
6:45 - 7:15 pm Speakers
7:15 - 7:30 pm Questions
4:00 - 8:30 pm Shopping at Sports Basement with 20% discount. Please note that some exclusions apply, including 2019 models of most bicycles.


Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
1590 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA
Sports Basement on Bryant St. (Potrero Hill).
The Grotto is on the lower level where the bicycle department is located.
Parking garage is underneath the store, enter on Florida Street.
Ride Leader:
DSSF Board


April 6 - 10:00AM • Saturday

Apple Blossom Ride

Distance: 37
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

This ride is one of the early club rides. Originally developed by Michael John (D'Abrosca), it was later adopted and adapted by Karry Kelley and Mike Reedy before being forgotten and then revived for the 30th Anniversary ride series.

The apple orchards may be dwindling in southern Sonoma county but we still go back for the blossoms come spring. Sonoma used to be the center of Gravenstein apple production and there are a few remaining orchards--Gabriel Farms, Ratzlaff Ranch, and Pleasant Hill Farm--that we will pass today. Starting in Sebastopol we head south along bumpy county farm roads before heading west and up and down short but steep hills all the way to Occidental. There we'll stop for a relaxing lunch al fresco at the Union Hotel before we then head back towards Sebastopol. But then we'll detour northward into less hilly terrain up to Trenton before we then turn back to Sebastopol. Afterwards a visit to Screaming Mimi's for ice cream is almost guaranteed!

Meet at 10 a.m. with an expected departure at 10:15 a.m.
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

April 13 - 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:


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