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Jerome Thomere

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

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September Ride Calendar
August 2018 September 2018 October 2018
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9:45am
Alpine Dam Loop
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03
04
05
06
07
08
9:00am
Jersey Ride
09
10
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12
13
14
15
16
12:00pm
JUST A PICNIC - DSSF Annual Picnic 2018
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19
20
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22
6:00am
DOUBLE BAY DOUBLE - Day 1
9:15am
Mt. Diablo in the Fall
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6:45am
DOUBLE BAY DOUBLE - Day 2
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25
26
27
28
29
9:45am
Social A Ride: Oktoberfest at Gaumenkitzel!
30
8:00am
Calaveras Loop
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02
03
04
05
06

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.

ALL RIDES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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

Road

Off-Road

Wear DSSF Jersey

September 1 - 9:45AM • Saturday

Alpine Dam Loop

Distance: 60
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

Heading first to Mill Valley, and then begin climbing up to Pan Toll station for a regroup, and then from there heading on up to Ridgecrest, followed by the Seven Sisters and down to Alpine Dam for another regroup. Yes, there is still more climbing out of Alpine Lake and down to Fairfax for late lunch, and then from there back to the City.

I've posted this as a "C" pace ride but we'll probably be on the slow side of that, and we'll regroup as needed to keep the group together.

Meet us at Peets in the Castro at 9:45 a 10 a.m. SHARP ride out.

Total elevation: Approximately 4,900 ft.

Route preview:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28434484

Riders are welcome to meet at the Golden Gate Bridge about 10:30.

Meals: Bring several snack for the ride, we'll do lunch in Fairfax, San Anselmo, or Ross (group decision).

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.

Meet at: 9:30am
Ride out at: 10:00am SHARP!
Bad AQI cancels: If the air quality is still awful, we'll cancel the ride. I'll let everyone knows RSVPed know. So please RSVP!

Ride start:
2257 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Peet's, 2257 Market Street
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith, Ginny Watson

4 riders joined the ride.

September 8 - 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:
Roger Sayre

7 riders joined the ride.

September 16 - 12:00PM • Sunday

JUST A PICNIC - DSSF Annual Picnic 2018

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

As Dragnets Sargent Friday said "Just the Facts" DSSF is having "Just a Picnic" this year.
No group pre-ride is happening before this event. SO.. bring yourself, your non cycling spouse, gf, bf, bff, fwb, fb, AND a few non sexual friends; cycle, walk, public transit, Lyft, skateboard or even drive, but don't miss this years annual picnic!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - noon to 4pm
Golden Gate Park - Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area

There will be food, BBQ, lawn games, dildo in the hole toss, team games, Pie eating contest, and the DRAG Sashay Relay. [practice your sashay now] , boating, walking the trails, and other picnic-y things to do. Come for the food, stay for the laughter, enjoy our beautiful Golden Gate Park surroundings.

Setup will begin at 11 am [for all the volunteer helpers yet to volunteer]. Hopefully most will arrive by noon. Lunch will be ready by 12:30 pm. Plan to stay the whole afternoon.

* Bring a dish to share. [warm or cold type entree]
* Bring a snack or dessert to share.
* BYOB - Wine and Beer are okay [no hard stuff in GGP]

DSSF club will provide:
- Brats chicken & vegetarian & vegan patties
- Buns condiments
- water soft drinks and ice.
- plates utensils, napkins, serving utensils

http://sfrecpark.org/destination/golden-gate-park/ggp-pioneer-log-cabin-picnic-area/

Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area is on the south side of Stow Lake Drive [parking available], just after it splits off from JFK Drive. There is no sign marking the Pioneer Log Cabin [so yodel for help when you are near]. JFK Drive is closed to cars on Sundays, so use Stow Lake Drive or MLK Drive to drop off or park.

https://goo.gl/maps/RrF63673te72

IF you're so inclined to lending a helping hand, please email me, Bill, sooner than later for a few helpful things that we need:
- Misc help people
- Volleyball net / Badminton set

RSVP needed with your meat selection. Bring a cycling friend AND your spouse.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
https://goo.gl/maps/RrF63673te72
Ride Leader:
Bill Knudsen, Nick Kovaleski

September 22 - 6:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Not enough riders

DOUBLE BAY DOUBLE - Day 1

Distance: 100
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

IT'S BACK!

It’s time again for the annual Double Bay Double/Dolly Renegade Ride the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, 2018!!!The Double Bay Double/Dolly Renegade Ride is a partnership between Different Spokes San Francisco and Project Inform, where fun, like-minded riders ride a beautiful route and raise funds for Project Inform’s HIV and Hep C programs and services. DBD/DRR is a fully supported ride with sweep vehicles, entertaining rest stops for water/sports drinks/snacks, and a gear truck all provided by a crew of amazingly capable, compassionate, and fun people most of whom have extensive experience in providing a superior rider experience! It’s a small ride of 50 or fewer fun cyclists. The production costs are minimal as the participants pay for their own hotel and lunches, and that means the money you raise directly supports getting to zero new HIV and Hep C infection efforts, the education of clients around the country, the protection of HIV+ and Hep C+ people’s rights and health; and the development of treatment and cure research.

This year’s route has us start in the Presidio of San Francisco, make our way down the Peninsula, cross the Dumbarton Bridge, and work our way through the beautiful California landscape of the East Bay to Walnut Creek, where we'll have a BBQ and spend the night. Sunday, we head up north to wine country, cross the Carquinez Bridge into the North Bay, head over towards Petaluma, and then out to Olema on the Marin coast, down the Marin Peninsula, and finally back to The City via the Golden Gate Bridge! Yes! YES!

For more information please go to: http://www.doublebaydouble.org/

To register, please go to: http://www.doublebaydouble.org/2015/06/double-bay-double-5-registration.html

--
EMILY MARIKO-SANDERS
Programs and Operations Manager // Project Inform
273 Ninth St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
Sports Basement in the Presidio, Rear parking lot
Ride Leader:
EMILY MARIKO-SANDERS

September 22 - 9:15AM • Saturday

Mt. Diablo in the Fall

Distance: 45
Pace: C
Terrain: 5

Join me for a jaunt up the south side of Diablo on what's supposed to be a beautiful fall day.

Yeah, the ride title is a total rip off of the club's Mt. Hamilton in the all, but heck, why not let's do Diablo, too? (And maybe even Mt. Tam?)

Mt. Diablo is one of the signature climbs in our area, and probably my personal favorite. If you've never done it, time to give it a shot. You're in for a treat. The scenery's outstanding, the road's gorgeous, and it's a great challenge.

We'll start in Walnut Creek BART, head south on Danville Blvd, turn left on El Cerro (which turns into Diablo Road), and then climb up via Mt. Diablo Scenic on the south side of the mountain. Then back down the way we came, with an optional lunch stop in Danville before heading back to Walnut Creek.

I've posted this as a "C" pace ride but we'll probably be on the slow side of that, and we'll regroup as needed to keep the group together. We'll definitely regroup at the summit to cheer everyone in.

SF BART RIDERS PLEASE NOTE: This is the last week of the West Oakland track replacement project, and there will be a bus bridge between West Oakland station and 19th St. Oakland. If you BART over, please allow adequate time to negotiate the outage. If you want to try to get a ride to Walnut Creek BART, please e-mail me and I'll coordinate ride sharing as best I can. (I'm going to drive this time.)

Meet at 9:15 for a 9:30 SHARP ride out.

Total elevation: Approximately 4,100 ft.

Meals: Bring several snacks for the ride; Domenico's in Danville for lunch. There's a shop at the top of the mountain where you can get something if you need to.

Sweeps? No

Is this a "no rider left behind" ride? No, but we will have a few regroups, including at the summit. 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.

Meet at: 9:15 AM
Ride out at: 9:30 AM SHARP!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
200 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Walnut Creek BART
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith

7 riders joined the ride.

September 23 - 6:45AM • Sunday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Not enough riders

DOUBLE BAY DOUBLE - Day 2

Distance: 101
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

IT'S BACK!

It’s time again for the annual Double Bay Double/Dolly Renegade Ride the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, 2018!!! The Double Bay Double/Dolly Renegade Ride is a partnership between Different Spokes San Francisco and Project Inform, where fun, like-minded riders ride a beautiful route and raise funds for Project Inform’s HIV and Hep C programs and services. DBD/DRR is a fully supported ride with sweep vehicles, entertaining rest stops for water/sports drinks/snacks, and a gear truck all provided by a crew of amazingly capable, compassionate, and fun people most of whom have extensive experience in providing a superior rider experience! It’s a small ride of 50 or fewer fun cyclists. The production costs are minimal as the participants pay for their own hotel and lunches, and that means the money you raise directly supports getting to zero new HIV and Hep C infection efforts, the education of clients around the country, the protection of HIV+ and Hep C+ people’s rights and health; and the development of treatment and cure research.

On Saturday, Day 1, we start in the Presidio of San Francisco, make our way down the Peninsula, cross the Dumbarton Bridge, and work our way through the beautiful California landscape of the East Bay to Walnut Creek, where we'll have a BBQ and spend the night. On Sunday, Day 2, we head up north to wine country, cross the Carquinez Bridge into the North Bay, head over towards Petaluma, and then out to Olema on the Marin coast, down the Marin Peninsula, and finally back to The City via the Golden Gate Bridge! Yes! YES!

For more information please go to: http://www.doublebaydouble.org/

To register, please go to: http://www.doublebaydouble.org/2015/06/double-bay-double-5-registration.html

--
EMILY MARIKO-SANDERS
Programs and Operations Manager // Project Inform
273 Ninth St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:

2730 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Holiday Inn Express, Walnut Creek
Ride Leader:
EMILY MARIKO-SANDERS

September 29 - 9:45AM • Saturday

Social A Ride: Oktoberfest at Gaumenkitzel!

Distance: 29
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Is there anything more satisfying than a good schnitzel with German potatoes? Oktoberfest is here again and it's our excuse to indulge in some heady German fare if only to back up the effect of an authentic Hefe weissbier. This month the Social A ride goes back to Gaumenkitzel in honor of Bavaria's Oktoberfest. Gaumenkitzel has wonderful German cuisine and a rack full of real German beers. Lunch is going to be something else!

But before we indulge we'll put in some easy miles to whet the appetite and get our thirst ready for slaking. Starting at Lafayette BART we will hop over to Orinda and up San Pablo Dam Road to El Sobrante for a short break at Starbucks before continuing on to Richmond and onto the Ohlone Greenway. The Ohlone Greenway is a multi-use path that takes advantage of BART’s elevated trainway through the East Bay and avoids a lot of car traffic. Once in Berkeley we’ll trot over to Gaumenkitzel. After lunch we hop back onto the Greenway before arriving at Rockridge BART.

As usual on Social A rides we will take it easy and enjoy the view and each other’s company—no racing for us! So don’t be afraid you’ll get dropped because you won't be.

Meet at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure. Please RSVP so that we can make a reservation at Gaumenkitzel. Bring a bike lock for lunch.

For information about Gaumenkitzel: http://gaumenkitzel.net

Don't forget to RSVP!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Lafayette BART Station, Deer Hill Road, Lafayette, CA
Meet outside the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

5 riders joined the ride.

September 30 - 8:00AM • Sunday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Road will not be opened after all

Calaveras Loop

Distance: 68
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

After a two year closure of Calaveras Road, it is finally reopening, 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.

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: 7:30 am

Ride out time: 8:00 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), 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:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28659970

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

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