Note: You must preregister to join this ride.
Distance: 34 miles
Pace: B/C (moderate to brisk, few stops)
Terrain: 5 (many steep climbs, some relief)
Elevation gain: about 4,000 ft.
Map, cue sheet, and GPS route can be found here
This relatively short ride encompasses six short climbs all of them challenging. Starting at Orinda BART we'll do the Three Bears in reverse, ie. Papa Bear and then Mama Bear, before heading out Alhambra Valley to go up Pig Farm. After a pleasant descent we head up Reliez Valley and then return through Lafayette to head up Happy Valley, which puts us back to Papa Bear heading the "easy" way. After returning to BART we'll probably head over to Petra Cafe
for some shawarma and nosh outside.
We'll regroup at the top of the climbs but perhaps not at each one.
Meet at Orinda BART outside the fare gates at 9:30 AM, ride out at 9:45 AM.
Bring water and an energy snack.
If coming by BART, this weekend has no planned track maintenance and thus no irksome bus bridge. Be sure to check the BART schedule for service delays and interruptions to ensure you arrive on time, otherwise you can chase the ride. On Saturdays the train from SF arrives around 9:24 and 9:40 AM. Car parking is free at Orinda BART on weekends.