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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
March 2017 April 2017 May 2017
Sebastopol Apple Blossom Ride
Assault on Mt Tam!
Tierra Bella 2017
Easier than Mt Tam peninsula ride
Jersey Ride
Sebastopol Apple Blossom Ride
Best of the East Bay
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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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April 1 - 8:45AM • Saturday

Assault on Mt Tam!

Distance: 53
Pace: C
Terrain: 5

Due to road damage from recent rains, the Fairfax-Bolinas Rd remains closed to vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians between Ridgecrest Blvd and the Meadow Club in Fairfax. Therefore, like last April, we will be modifying our traditional "Evil Stepsisters" route. Instead of cycling to Fairfax, we will ride the original route to Ridgecrest Blvd and then turn right on Ridgecrest to climb the EAST peak of Mt Tam. We will then retrace the same route back as far as the 4 corners, bear slightly right to continue on Panoramic, then left on Hwy 1 to Mill Valley, where we can stop for lunch at Cafe del Soul. It's gonna be awesome!

You can find the new route preview here:


If you want a shorter ride but with most of the climbing, you are welcome to meet us at the Golden Gate Bridge south plaza about 9:30 am or at Mike's Bikes in Sausalito around 10 am. If there is interest, there may also be a breakaway group that adds an extra 16 miles by continuing west on Panoramic Hwy to CA-1, then goes north on CA-1, and then climbs the Fairfax-Bolinas Rd to Ridgecrest before continuing on to the East Peak of Tam.

IMPORTANT - The climb up and around Mt Tam is one of the most beautiful rides in the Bay area. However, the total elevation gain is over 5,000 ft. and we ride through some fairly remote areas, so make sure you are prepared. This is not a ride for beginners or people who have not been doing rides with a significant amount of climbing on a regular basis.

Meals: Bring several snacks for the ride. We'll do lunch in Mill Valley after the climb.

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: 8:45am
Ride out at: 9:00am SHARP!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
Peet's Coffee on Market St (between 15th & 16th Streets)
Ride Leader:
Sal Tavormina, Matthew Bittleston, Roger Sayre

April 1 - 8:00AM • Saturday

Tierra Bella 2017

Distance: 30/60/100/200
Pace: A
Terrain: 3

Looking for an early season century ride?

Check out the Tierra Bella century from our friends at the Almaden Cycle Touring Club. All routes begin and end in Gilroy.

4/01/17 Tierra Bella Bike Tour: No Foolin! Join Almaden Cycle Touring Club's (ACTC) 40th annual ride through the scenic country roads of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, beginning and ending at Gavilan College in Gilroy. Includes hot catered meal, 6 rest stops with fruit, snacks, baked goods and drinks, SAG support, and a free commemorative patch. Families are welcome! Team discounts! Choose between 4 beautiful routes: ride the easier 35 mi. (56K) reservoir loop; enjoy a hilly & rolling metric century (62 mi.); or ride our challenging 100 mi. (160K) or 124 mi. (200K) route. The earlier you register, the more you save.

Registration closes when the number of riders reaches 2,000.

Visit www.tierrabella.org or call (408) 255-7957 to register.

Rain cancels: no
Ride start:
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020
200K (122 miles)7:00 to 8:00 AM
100 Mile 7:00 to 8:00 AM
100K (62 miles) 8:00 to 9:00 AM
35 Mile 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Ride Leader:
Almaden Cycle Touring CLub

April 1 - 8:00AM • Saturday

Easier than Mt Tam peninsula ride

Distance: 45
Pace: C
Terrain: 3

Come join us for a an easier ride than the one that Sal has planned up to Mt. Tam. We'll start at Peet's in the Castro and ride down to Wanderson and Bill's to pick them up and then down the peninsula in a TBD route depending on what everybody wants. It'll be super fantastic!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 market st 94114
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

April 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:

April 9 - 10:00AM • Sunday

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Ride

Distance: 37
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

This is one of the old time club rides from the early 1980s. For the 30th Anniversary Series in 2012 we revisited this long forgotten ride and rode the Mike Reedy version. Thanks to Den Daddy Derek, who got rid of his binder of old ride sheets, I have come into possession of the original Michael John version and that’s what we’re doing this year for our 35th Anniversary.
Since the original ride, apple orchards in Sonoma have dwindled—particularly the Gravenstein apple for which the area is famous. From its heyday of 7,000 acres there are now less than 960 acres, with just six orchards left in all of Sonoma County. So unfortunately we shall see few apple blossoms. In their lieu are now mostly vineyards, which are nowhere near as attractive. But the ride lives on and the name remains albeit an exaggeration! Do not despair: our route takes us by three of the orchards—Gabriel Farms, Ratzlaff Ranch, and the Pleasant Hill Farm—so if the weather gods bless us we will see petals!
Starting in Sebastopol we’ll head south in the countryside before turning westward, bouncing up and down short but steep hills all the way to Occidental. We’ll stop for a relaxing lunch at the Union Hotel before we then head eastward back towards Sebastopol only to detour northward along flatter terrain up to Trenton. We will then turn southward and back to Sebastopol. Screaming Mimi’s for ice cream will probably ensue.

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 22 - 8:30AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: road closures

Best of the East Bay

Distance: 75
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

This ride takes us up and down some of the most beautiful roads in the East Bay - Wildcat Canyon / Grizzly Peak, Pinehurst, Palomares, and Calaveras. The route is inspired by the "Best of the Bay" century put on by the Cherry City Cyclists.

A couple of interesting features about this route:

- The ride is a BART-to-BART ride. We start at Orinda station and end at the new Warm Springs BART station.

- If you want to do a shorter ride, you can bail out at the top of Skyline in Oakland, in Castro Valley or in Fremont prior to doing Calaveras.

Total elevation: approximately 5,530 ft.

If you are taking BART from San Francisco, please take the train that arrives at Orinda at 8:25.

Route map is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/236696 (ride ends at Fremont BART station).

This is a challenging ride for experienced riders. Please note the pace ("C") and amount of climbing. We will regroup less often than usual. This is not a "no rider left behind" ride (i.e., there will not be a sweep).

Lunch will be at Chipotle in Castro Valley or another nearby locale.

If there's a 30% chance of rain, I will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please let me know if you are coming.

Rain cancels: yes

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Orinda BART Station
Orinda BART Station Parking Lot
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith

April 29 - 8:00AM • Saturday


Distance: 77
Pace: C
Terrain: 4

Come join us for an exciting ride around Nicasio Reservoir. We'll meet at Peet's in the Castro (8am) and meet up with a people from Peet's (9am) and then fairfax, nicasio, lagunitas, fairfax home. You'll love it!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
2257 market st
Peet's in the Castro
Ride Leader:
Joseph Collins

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