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Webmaster:
Jerome Thomere

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

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March Ride Calendar
February 2018 March 2018 April 2018
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
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01
9:00am
2018 Saddle Challenge Begins Today!
02
03
9:15am
Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!
04
9:45am
Social A Ride: Ryer Island to Tortilla Flats
05
06
07
08
09
10
9:00am
Jersey Ride
11
9:30am
Redwood Road Reopening Ride
12
13
14
15
16
17
9:45am
Drake's Beach -- The Best of Pt Reyes National Sea Shore
8:45am
China Camp from Golden Gate Bridge
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
9:30am
Darth Veeder/Chiles Valley Challenge
25
9:30am
The Spirit Ship
26
27
28
29
30
31
9:45am
Morgan Territory
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
10:00am
Evil Step Sisters--NOTE NEW START TIME!

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

March 1 - 9:00AM • Thursday

2018 Saddle Challenge Begins Today!

Distance: 0
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

The 2018 Different Spokes Saddle Challenge is on!!!

The Saddle Challenge is our annual event, during the month of March, where members can challenge each other (and themselves) to get out on their bikes and ride. You choose your own mileage goal for the month, whether it be 25 miles, 100 miles or 800 miles, it's your goal! Then use the Saddle Challenge Web page to log your mileage, watch your own progress, and see how other members are doing.

Historically, the Saddle Challenge has also been a way for members to raise money for Project Inform. Project Inform, is a non-profit based in San Francisco that provides information, inspiration, and advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. You can find more information about the life-saving work they do here:

http://www.projectinform.org/

You can choose to pledge per mile, or as a lump sum, and this is entirely optional. No one is required to pledge money in order to participate. At the end of the month, we will ask those members who did pledge to mail a check (made out to Project Inform) to the DSSF Ride Coordinator, so we can donate all money raised on behalf of Different Spokes.

We also encourage riders to find sponsors who are willing to donate on their behalf. Sponsors can donate a lump sum, per mile, or per mile with a cap. One of the benefits of donating through the Saddle Challenge is that unlike many other fund raising events, the Saddle Challenge has absolutely no overhead. That means 100% of your tax deductible contribution goes directly to Project Inform – not 70%, not 80%, not 90%, but 100%.

To sign up for the Saddle Challenge, use the link on the left side of DSSF homepage, or go directly to:

https://www.dssf.org/dssf_html/sc/

To register, enter your first and last names and the password: SC2018. Then, set your own mileage goals for the month of March. You will also have the opportunity to make your own pledge (per mile or lump sum) to Project Inform, but this is strictly optional.

If you have any questions about the Saddle Challenge, please contact me at: president@dssf.org

Ride start:

Ride Leader:
Sal Tavormina

March 3 - 9:15AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: 40% chance of rain

Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!

Distance: 50
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Mines Road in Livermore is a low-traffic, stunningly beautiful road through the East Bay park lands. It's like riding through the Sierra foothills, complete with gorgeous wildflowers, soaring raptors, and lots of horse farms, but without the RVs and logging trucks. Mines will take you all the way to Mt. Hamilton, if you wanted, but we won't go that far, just out to 'the junction' and back. It's 25 miles each way, with just one challenging hill at the beginning, and then a couple good rollers just before the Junction. In between, it's flat with nothing but Sierra Club-calendar like swatches of wildflowers, a small stream that may still be running after all our spring rain (we hope!), and farms and fields and woodland.

The mileage could be more if we opt to ride out into San Antonio Valley in search of more wildflowers.

There are no services/restrooms near the start so you may want to stop somewhere in Livermore on the way. DO NOT SPEED THROUGH DOWNTOWN LIVERMORE -- speeding tickets are a major source of revenue out there.

I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

Don't have a car but want to come? Email the ride leader for ride sharing possibilities, or if you are a member, post a message to the club’s Yahoo! group.

Not a member? Consider joining us for just $20/calendar year here:
http://dssf.org/dssf_html/membership/membership.php

Total elevation: Approximately 3600 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/83238

Meet time: 9:15 am

Ride out time: 9:45am

Meals: Junction Cafe at the turn around point, and post-ride Starbucks stop in Livermore. For more information about the Junction Cafe, go to: http://thejunctionbarandgrill.com

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:
Mines Road & Del Valle Rd, Livermore, CA
Meet at Mines Road in Livermore, just past the turn-off to Del Valle State Park
To get to the start, exit I-580 at N. Livermore Ave. and proceed south
through town. N. Livermore becomes S. Livermore and then curves left
and becomes Tesla. After about a half mile on Tesla, turn right on
Mines Rd and go about four miles to a T intersection where Mines turns
left and Del Valle goes straight. TURN LEFT TO STAY ON MINES and go
about a tenth of a mile to a place with a wide shoulder on the right hand side of the road and park.
Ride Leader:
David Gaus

March 4 - 9:45AM • Sunday

Social A Ride: Ryer Island to Tortilla Flats

Distance: 37
Pace: A
Terrain: 1

Springtime is a beautiful time to visit the Delta. Island farms are full green and the cherry trees may even be starting to blossom. If you loathe hills, this is the ride for you: it's nearly dead-flat on the levees! We'll start in Rio Vista and head over to the ferry to Ryer Island. We'll loop around Ryer with a short diversion onto the adjacent island. Pavement is beleaguered so you may want to bring your wide tires or lower your pressure. Bring a snack and water because there isn't any place to get lunch until we return to Rio Vista where we'll chow down on the local Mexican at Tortilla Flats. Oh, and it can be windy!

Please RSVP.

Meet at the Rio Vista Cafe, 150 Main St. Rio Vista at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. departure.

For information about Tortilla Flats: https://www.yelp.com/biz/tortilla-flats-rio-vista

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
150 Main Street, Rio Vista
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

2 riders joined the ride.

March 10 - 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:


March 11 - 9:30AM • Sunday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Redwood Road closure has been extended to end of March!

Redwood Road Reopening Ride

Distance: 47
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

After a catastrophic road failure closed Redwood Road eleven months ago, it’s finally going to reopen at the beginning of March. As much as we’ve enjoyed the diversion through Chabot Park on the Brandon Trail, it’s going to be nice to have that stellar downhill back! Let’s celebrate the return of Redwood by doing a not-too-long, not-too-short loop. We start at Orinda BART and head out to Moraga and take Pinehurst to Redwood. After a couple of climbs we drop to the Redwood Canyon Golf Course for a bathroom and snack break. Then we head through Castro Valley to climb Norris Canyon. Norris is a beautiful country lane that seems a lot more isolated than it really is. It’s a decent climb and then another great downhill has us flying down to the San Ramon Valley where we’ll head to Danville for a deserved lunch at Domenico’s. Then it’s an easy “flat” route back to Orinda BART.

Make sure to bring snacks and money for lunch. Rain cancels. Meet at 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. departure. If coming by BART, be sure to check the online BART schedule for any system delays.

Please RSVP.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Orinda BART Station, Camino Pablo, Orinda, CA
Meet in front of the station entrance.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy

March 17 - 9:45AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Need to Postpone to April or May

Drake's Beach -- The Best of Pt Reyes National Sea Shore

Distance: 53
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Sorry All, but your leader now needs to postpone this ride until April or May. Please enjoy the China Camp ride instead, and I'll see you on the roads again soon.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:

Nicasio is in Marin County, take 101 North to Lucas Valley Rd exit and head west. There is limited parking across the street from the ball field, but lots of it just north of town in the pull-out that borders the field on the right. Port-a-potties available at the start, but not water, so bring some.
Ride Leader:
Stephanie Clarke

March 17 - 8:45AM • Saturday        *** CANCELLED ***

This ride has been cancelled. Reason: Weather forecast per consensus of those who RSVP’d

China Camp from Golden Gate Bridge

Distance: 46
Pace: B
Terrain: 2

Meet 8:45am for a 9am SHARP roll-out.

We'll bike to China Camp for a clockwise loop. I have cue sheets available online or in print if you ask me by the day before. Rest stops at Johnny Doughnuts in central San Rafael, and Andy's Local Market on the south end of the China Camp loop.

Please RSVP. If you RSVP, the ride will happen!

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:

https://goo.gl/maps/GPdmaMcWvr82
Meet at the south plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge, the large plaza in front of the gift shop.
Ride Leader:
Ron Hirsch

March 24 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Darth Veeder/Chiles Valley Challenge

Distance: 55
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

Come join us for two of my favorite Napa rides rolled into one. We start off going up the infamous Mt Veeder, descend down into the Valley via Oakville Grade, loop up past Lake Hennessy to Lower Chiles Valley Rd, and finally stop for lunch at the Yountville Deli.

After lunch we ride back down the valley on the recently completed Vine Bike Trail.

Coffee/snack stop at Oakville Grocery (mile 15)
Lunch at Yountville Deli (mile 45)

There is nothing available in between so bring snacks and plenty of water.


I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

s 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:
Gordon's House
2873 Redwood Rd
Napa, Ca 94558
Park either in the driveway or across the road.

Meet at 9:15, ride out at 9:30 sharp!
Ride Leader:
Gordon Dinsdale, David Sexton

5 riders joined the ride.

March 25 - 9:30AM • Sunday

The Spirit Ship

Distance: 54
Pace: B
Terrain: 3

Most of you have only the faintest of inklings of Mare Island. For over a hundred years Mare Island had been a military base used for building and rehabbing Navy ships. At its height during WWII it employed over 50,000 workers. In the mid-1990's military bases in the Bay Area started to close and reorient to civilian use--Alameda Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, the San Francisco Presidio...and Mare Island Naval Shipyard. What is left is the Spirit Ship, a metal sculpture on the highest point of the island dedicated to the innumerable workers who built and repaired countless US ships and that is where we are going. Now part of the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, it is only open on weekends.

We start at Pleasant Hill BART and head out Franklin Canyon before crossing the Carquinez Bridge to Vallejo. After a short stop at the vista point on the north side of the bridge, we continue through Vallejo and then cross over to Mare Island and eventually wend our way up the hill to the Spirit Ship, which also has scenic views of the Carquinez Bridge. After our visit we'll go into Vallejo for lunch at Momo's Cafe and then return to Contra Costa County with a return on Carquinez Scenic Drive and through Martinez before returning to Pleasant Hill BART.

Bring a snack for the Spirit Ship. Bring a lock for lunch. Please RSVP.

Meet at 9:30 a.m. for a 9:45 a.m. departure.

Please note the RideWithGPS link is for the outbound half only. The return route can be found here:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14082730

The total elevation gain is about 3,300 ft.

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
Pleasant Hill BART Station, Contra Costa Centre, CA
Meet outside the fare gates.
Ride Leader:
Tony Moy, Roger Hoyer

2 riders joined the ride.

March 31 - 9:45AM • Saturday

Morgan Territory

Distance: 55
Pace: B
Terrain: 4

The original plan for today was that we'd all be in great shape from having done all the March Saddle Challenge rides, so we'd ride up Diablo and celebrate. But ... best laid plans ... it rained all month and some of us - well, me -
at least - need to shoot for something a little more manageable.

So how about a "B" pace ride up Morgan Territory Road instead? With all the rain, the hills should be beautifully green. It's hard to beat a day on one of the Bay Area's most beautiful roads.

Leaving from Concord BART, we'll head out to Marsh Creek Road, and then turn right on Morgan Territory for the climb up the back side of Diablo, followed by one of the most glorious descents in the Bay Area. We'll then head into Danville for lunch at Domenico's Deli. After lunch, those who would like to ride up Diablo are free to go off on their own; the rest of us will drag our butts back to either Walnut Creek BART (which is closer) or all the way back to Concord BART.

I'll check the weather in the morning and if there's a 30% chance of rain, will cancel and let those who RSVPed know. So please do RSVP.

Total elevation: Approximately 2,900 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1072444

Meet time: 9:20 am. BART riders, please take the train that arrives in Concord at 9:22. Club tradition is to ride in the last car on the train - please join us there if you would like some company.

Ride out time: 9:45 AM sharp.

Meals: Lunch at Domenico's Deli, 682 Hartz Ave., Danville

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.

Not a member? Consider joining us for just $20/calendar year here:
http://dssf.org/dssf_html/membership/membership.php

Rain cancels: yes
Ride start:
1451 Oakland Ave, Concord, CA 94520
Concord BART Station
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith

10 riders joined the ride.

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