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Winter/Spring Series #10 - San Francisco to San Jose

Distance: 77/81 mi.
Elevation gain: 3,833 ft.
Pace: C (moderate, occasional stops, a tad brisker)
Terrain: 3 (moderate hills with some challenges)

Meet up at 7:45 AM for a 8:00 AM ride out
GPS files, maps, and cue sheets:

1. San Francisco to Willow and Lincoln (San Jose) here.
2. Willow and Lincoln to San Jose Diridon here.
3. Willow and Lincoln to Berryessa BART here.
I'm not sure why, but there's something really cool about starting in the city, riding all day, and ending up way down in San Jose.

So starting from San Francisco, we'll head down Skyline Drive to the South Bay. Please bring your Clipper card for the 5:12 PM Caltrain, which will get us to Millbrae at 6:26, 22nd and Pennsylvania at 6:46, and 4th and King at 6:52. (As of this writing, weekend baby bullet service is still shut down.) By the way, the Giants have a day game that day; if the Warriors have a game at Chase, it's will probably start early enough so it doesn't affect Caltrain, so we shouldn't have to deal with rowdy crowds.

Ride out will be at 8:00 AM sharp from Peet's on Market Street. 

If you want to do a shorter ride, you can head east at many points along the route towards a BART or Caltrain station. If you think you will want to do this but are not familiar with BART/Caltrain locations on the Peninsula, you will need to bring a smartphone or maps. Good bailout options include Millbrae (about 14 miles into the route), San Mateo (mile 20), Redwood City (mile 35), Palo Alto (mile 40), and Mountain View (mile 45).

Please note that I have posted the pace as "B-C" for this ride which means that you should be able to ride between 15 and 20 MPH in the flats. I would expect our rolling average, with hills included, to be in the 13-14 MPH range for this ride. Riders that are a little on the slower side of this are very welcome to join this ride but just be aware the group might be running a bit ahead of you.

We'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who are registered know. (So please preregister.)

This is the 10th ride in a 2022 winter/spring series to help people gear up for late spring and summer riding, including the Wine Country Century, AIDS/LifeCycle or your first metric or century of the year, or ever! We'll have longer and more difficult rides as the series progresses. We'll ride routes all over the Bay Area. Most routes will be without a whole lot of stop signs and lights. We'll try not to ride in the rain, and there won't be a safety speech.

Don't have a car but want to come? Post a message to the Spokers forum on and see if another member can help you out.

Meals: We'll stop at Lunardi's in San Bruno (mile 15) for a snack, Roberts Market in Woodside (mile 33) for lunch and Los Gatos Coffee Roasters for a break (mile 62). If there's time, Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt at mile 75 awaits us at the end of the day.

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.

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Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7:45 AM until 5:30 PM
Peet's Coffee
2257 Market Street
San Francisco, CA  94114
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Stephen Shirreffs
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 12:00 AM
No Fee