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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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9:15am
Wildflowers and Sunshine and Raptors, Oh Mines!
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07 +
08 +
09 +
10 +
9:00am
Jersey Ride
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9:30am
Darth Veeder/Chiles Valley Challenge
25 +
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27 +
28 +
29 +
30 +
31 +
9:30am
Diablo WIldflowers
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02 +
03 +
04 +
05 +
06 +
07 +

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 3 - 9:15AM • Saturday

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

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
408-857-9106
dagaus190@me.com

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:


rides@dssf.org

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
7076035629
gordondinsdale@yahoo.com,sexton.sf@gmail.com

March 31 - 9:30AM • Saturday

Diablo WIldflowers

Distance: 38
Pace: C
Terrain: 5

Now that you're in great shape from having done all the March Saddle Challenge rides, come join us for a trip up Diablo during poppy season. If we're lucky, the poppies will be at their height and we'll be riding through a sea of orange. If we're not lucky, well, it's hard to beat a day on one of California's most beautiful roads.

Leaving from Pleasant Hill BART, we'll take North Gate Road up the mountain, then descend South Gate Road and head into Danville for lunch at Domenico's Deli. After lunch, those who would like to do a double Diablo are free to go off on their own; the rest of us will drag our butts back to 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 4,000 ft.

Route preview: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/11616970

Meet time: 9:15 am. BART riders, please take the train that arrives in Pleasant Hill at 9:17. 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: 9:30 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.

Guide to Diablo wildflowers: http://www.mdia.org/site/plant-articles/early-spring-wildflowers

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:
1365 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Pleasant Hill BART Station
Ride Leader:
David Goldsmith
415-282-3283
dg@dgolds.com

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