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Jerome Thomere

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

Hosted by 1&1

October Ride Calendar
September 2017 October 2017 November 2017
Bay Trail to the Rosie The Riveter Memorial (before the Fall Social)
Not the Three Bears Loop (before the Fall Social)
Mt. Umunhum
Laguna Seca Raceway Twilight Ride
Jersey Ride
19 +
20 +
21 +
22 +
Mt Hamilton in the Fall
23 +
24 +
25 +
26 +
27 +
28 +
29 +
Social A Ride: Lunch at Speisekammer in Alameda
30 +
31 +
01 +
02 +
03 +
04 +
05 +
06 +
07 +
08 +
09 +
10 +
11 +
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.

After the ride, please fax or e-mail 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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October 1 - 1:00PM • Sunday


Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Come enjoy the fall weather and our annual Fall Social hosted by Phil Bokovoy at his home in Berkeley.

As usual, there will be 1 or 2 ride options before the Social. We're working on some new routes due to road closures in the East Bay. If you are interested in leading or co-leading a ride before the Social, please contact Phil Bokovoy. Info on the ride options will be posted on the Ride Calendar after routes and ride leaders have been determined.

After the rides (1:30-2:00 pm) Phil will serve his awesome BBQ turkey (veggie burger options as well.) The Club will provide drinks. Come for the ride only, come for the Social only, or come for BOTH!

If you come to the Social, please bring a side dish or dessert to share; suggested choice by last name:

A-H -- appetizer
I-Q -- side dish
R-Z -- dessert

If you'd like to shower after the ride, bring a towel.

Please RSVP for the Fall Social no later then 8 pm, Friday, Sept 29th, using the link on the right. If you plan to join one of the rides before the Social, please RSVP separately for the ride after the ride descriptions have been posted on the Ride Calendar

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
2601 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ride Leader:
Phil Bokovoy

14 riders joined the ride.

October 1 - 9:30AM • Sunday

Bay Trail to the Rosie The Riveter Memorial (before the Fall Social)

Distance: 24
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Starting at Phil's home, we will head to the Bay Trail and take the trail along the Bay passing by the Pt. Isabel Dog Park, the former Kaiser Liberty Shipyards with monuments to Rosie the Riveter and the Ford Motor Company plant where thousand of tanks were built for World War II.

Come enjoy a splendid ride with great views, before the fabulous BBQ turkey and potluck!

Route preview here:

Bring water and snacks.

Meet at 9:30am, ride out at 10am SHARP!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2601 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ride starts and ends at Phil Bokovoy's home
Ride Leader:
David Shiver

4 riders joined the ride.

October 1 - 9:00AM • Sunday

Not the Three Bears Loop (before the Fall Social)

Distance: 33
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

With Alhambra Valley Road still under repairs, the usual East Bay Three Bears classic before the annual Fall Social seems unlikely. Phil has suggested the Pinehurst Loop as an alternate.

Leaving Phil Bokovoy's house, you'll go up Tunnel Road, then along Skyline to Redwood Road, then back up Pinehurst. It's about an hour shorter for the average ride. You'll still be hungry and ready for turkey and the potluck!

Route preview here:

Bring snacks & water. If you'd like to shower after the ride, also bring a towel.

Meet at 9 am, leave from Phil's house at 9:30 am SHARP!

Please use the link at the right to RSVP for this ride. If you plan to attend the Fall Social after the ride, please also RSVP separately at:

Rain cancels: call
Ride start:
2601 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ride starts and ends at Phil Bokovoy's home
Ride Leader:
David Sexton, Stephanie Clarke

8 riders joined the ride.

October 7 - 8:45AM • Saturday

Mt. Umunhum

Distance: 71
Pace: B
Terrain: 5

Mt. Umunhum will be open by the ride date and we're going up infamous Hicks and then to the top, legally this time. If you're not familiar with Hicks, it is hella steep for two miles and Mt. Umunhum Road, no slouch itself, will seem like a walk in the park. We'll get lunch after the climbs somewhere since I don't want to taste it again on Hicks. If it's hot, this will be a cruelty-on-two-wheels, so bring lots of water. You've done Mt. Tam, Diablo, and Hamilton a zillion times. Now let's do a REAL climb!

Here are the critical details: this ride is 71 miles and has, according to RideWithGPS, over 6,700 feet of elevation gain. RWGPS almost always overestimates elevation gain but I think in this case it is likely to be close to accurate. We start in Sunnyvale and make our way to Stevens Canyon Road for a warm-up climb; we then descend on Hwy. 9 into Saratoga before circuitously going through Los Gatos to take on infamous Hicks Road. Hicks is notorious for a two-mile section that averages 14%. But that's just the amuse-bouche for Mt. Umunhum. Heretofore closed off to the public, Mt. Umunhum Road is now open and we'll tackle the long 6-mile ascent to the Cube for a well-earned break and refueling. Hopefully the air will be clear so that we can take in the dramatic view of the South Bay from the summit. We will then descend back to Hicks and continue onto Alamitos/Almaden for our lunch break. The return to the start will be rambling through the South Bay again but mostly functional straight shots to get us back to the finish.

You should bring plenty of water and food or plan on buying some snacks before doing the final ascent--you're going to need it. Low gears are recommended; a 34x28 will barely cut it unless you're very strong. But if that's all you have, well, it will have to do.

Please note there are two RideWithGPS routes for this ride. The one in the link is for the ride to the summit of Mt. Umunhum. The return route can be found here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25040253

If the weather forecast is for heat (i.e. greater than 90 F), then this ride will be postponed.

Please RSVP. This will be a long day so plan to be ready to leave the start at 9 a.m. SHARP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Starbucks, 1291 South Mary Ave., Sunnyvale CA
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

October 11 - 5:00PM • Wednesday

Laguna Seca Raceway Twilight Ride

Pace: B
Terrain: 2

What cyclist wouldn’t enjoy the thrill of a challenging 300-foot climb followed by an awe-inspiring descent? How about the fact that they can do this on a world-renowned race track?

Leave work early and head for Seaside and join me for the October monthly twilight ride, pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course.

The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories. The rides generally run from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and are open to all levels of cyclists.

Helmets are required and the cost is only $10 per rider.


I did this in 2013, it was a nice evening, had a blast.
I circled the track 8 times in an hour and a half.
One of the "things" to also try is coasting from the the corkscrew for as far as you can without pedaling.

My trip from September 2013:

Allow plenty of time to drive south (or take the day off and enjoy Monterey and Carmel before.

I'll be leaving Sunnyvale about 2pm, just to allow plenty of time.

Meet up time: 5:00 PM
Ride out time: 5:30 PM

Meals: None, bring snacks

Sweeps? No

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA 93908
From Southbound Highway 1: Exit on Hwy 218 (Exit 403) Seaside/Del Rey Oaks exit, travel East and continue for approximately 4 miles. Turn left on Highway 68 for approximately 5.5 miles. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is on the left side.

From Northbound Highway 1: Merge onto Highway 68 toward Salinas and continue on Highway 68 for approximately 9 miles. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is on the left side.

From Highway 101: Take the MontereyPeninsula/Sanborn Rd exit. Travel West on Sanborn Rd to South Main St/Hwy 68. Make left turn onto Highway 68 for approximately 11 miles. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is on the right side.

I'll post more specifics about where to park/meet as we get closer to the event.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

October 14 - 9:00AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Smoky conditions

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:


October 22 - 9:15AM • Sunday

Mt Hamilton in the Fall

Distance: 44
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

It's time for the club's traditional and fabulous ride up Mount Hamilton!

Enjoy the fall colors, cool weather and fantastic scenery.

The climb is a constant 5% grade for about 18 miles (not difficult, but loooong).

Ride With GPS route preview:

Bring lots of water and a lunch. Bring warm clothes for the descent.

RSVP required.

In case of iffy weather, call the ride leader between 8:00am and 8:30am the morning of the ride.

Meet up time: 9:15 AM
Ride out time: 9:30 AM

Meals: None, bring snacks

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.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
3050 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA 95132

Berryessa Community Center parking lot
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

October 29 - 9:45AM • Sunday

Social A Ride: Lunch at Speisekammer in Alameda

Distance: 35
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Consider it a belated salute to Oktoberfest: we are going back to Speisekammer in downtown Alameda! Speisekammer has been a favorite on our Social A rides. However the last two visits, during Oktoberfest, were very busy not to mention noisy and lively from the live polka music. So this year we have delayed our tribute to Bavarian excess until the brouhaha has settled down so that we may enjoy their exquisite renditions of German fare in a less hectic atmosphere. But before our midday repast we will tour the Port of Oakland and Alameda Island. We’ll start at Macarthur BART and take the 40th Street bikeway down to the entrance of the Alex Zuckerman path but then detour into the Port of Oakland. The Port does not operate on Sundays (yet—thank you Longshoremen/women!) so we will avoid the trucks that normally crowd the Port on work days. We’ll then take in a couple of hidden Bay vistas from the Port before cutting through Jack London Square to Alameda. We’ll do a ‘fly-by’ of the USS Hornet and then tour the residential areas of Alameda, either delighting or lamenting in the massive gentrification that seems to be inexorably metastasizing. Finally we’ll park at Speisekammer for a long lunch and perhaps imbibe festive beverages. After lunch (remember: it’s a long lunch) we’ll cross the Park Street Bridge to Oakland and end at the 12th Street BART station.

Please RSVP.

For more information about Speisekammer: http://www.speisekammer.com/

Meet at 9:45 a.m. with a 10 a.m. departure. If coming by BART, be sure to check the BART website for system delays and plan accordingly.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Macarthur BART station, Oakland, CA
Meet in front of the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

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