Fall Fun Series 2020
This years coordinator is Bill Sherwin
The 2020 Fall Fun Series (FFS) begins on Saturday, September 19 and is scheduled to run through October 31. Because the Covid crisis has thrown a great deal of uncertainty into the picture, the FFS schedule will almost certainly be subject to last minute changes to ensure compliance with county mandates. See “RIDE SCHEDULE” section, below.
The FFS is designed primarily for C/D riders. This year, as in past years, the series will consist mostly of rides within an hour’s drive of Palo Alto/Redwood City. The FFS follows the same ride grouping format as the Long Distance Training (LDT) rides. The C ride is divided into “C-“ and “C+” groups. The C- group is a social paced ride with frequent mandatory regroups (riders in this group should be able to maintain a modest C pace). The C+ group has fewer/shorter regroups and also moves at a slightly faster pace. Whichever option you choose, the FFS is a great way to explore the local area, sometimes following LDT routes and sometimes introducing other adventures.
Notes for 2020:
GENERAL NEWS: Updated FFS news/weather will be posted on the “wwbc-RIDES” club email list. You can subscribe to the email list or visit the list site to get updated. Full information on subscription options can be found at the club web site under the EMAIL LISTS menu item.
ROUTE SHEETS/MAPS/GPS INFO: This is a dedicated page on the web site (in the RIDE INFORMATION section) where you will find the route sheets for all - or almost all - of the rides in the Fall Fun Series. This page also has links to Maps/GPS routes where you can examine the map or download directions to your GPS device. (Routes are sometimes altered before the ride, so please wait until the week of the ride to print your route sheets.)
RIDE SCHEDULE: A partial schedule for the FFS is posted below. Additional rides will be added later in the season in anticipation of possible changes in county Covid restrictions. See the online schedule for full descriptions and most up to date information.To repeat, the Covid crisis has introduced a large amount of uncertainty into all scheduling, so club members should remember to check for last minute announcements or route changes.
MEALS: Due to the COVID crisis, restaurants and other businesses where riders might purchase food/drink are observing social distancing requirements, sometimes resulting in excessively long lines and wait times. Additionally, some favorite restaurants from the past may have closed. To keep the pace of the ride moving, lunch stops will be kept to a minimum. If you prefer to linger at lunch the group may not wait for you. Riders are encouraged to be prepared by bringing sufficient food/water to avoid unnecessary delays.
I thank you for your patience as we adjust our plans to the Covid situation, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the FFS in 2020!
Board Member at Large
2020 Fall Fun Series Coordinator
Previous Fall Series
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Fall Fun Series Ride #1: C-D/2(3000)/55 FFS #1: Pt Reyes Station Bovine Lasso. Ride to the Bakery. Mill Valley, Fairfax, Nicasio to Pt Reyes Station for a food stop at mile 30. Return over Olema hill. Features a beautiful descent through the Redwoods of Samuel Taylor State Park. The easiest ride in the series with the best (a four-way tie) food. Route: Bovine Lasso
Ride Start: Mill Valley at the Mill Valley Shopping Center. 1 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941. DO NOT PARK IN THE LOT. There is plenty of on-street parking in the area. CD Group: 9:30 AM Start. Ride Leader: Robert Sexton (email@example.com) (408) 218-8466
This classic and popular Marin route starts in Mill Valley, and then climbs the Mt Eden of the North: Camino Alto. From there it wiggles its way north through Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo, and Fairfax. Then over Whites Hill to Nicasio and Pt Reyes Station for lunch. Faster riders can stop at Emporio Rulli in Larkspur for a traditional double-espresso before reeling in the group as it threads its way north. Popular lunch options: Bovine Bakery, Cowgirl Creamery, or pick up a sandwich at the Pt Reyes Market. There are many options, possibly even street food. This ride features several lovely sections though redwood forests and some friendly descents as well as moderately challenging climbs.
Special instructions: The ride travels out to the coast. Be prepared for sunny and foggy weather on the same ride. The ‘Wiggle’ north and south can be confusing. Be sure and take a cue sheet, use a GPS, or stick with somebody who knows the way. This is a popular area for cycling, and the local police pay attention. Driving time from the south bay can vary with traffic. Cheese-o-philes should bring a musette bag or suitable luggage to carry home their purchases.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
C-D/3(3000)/41 Fall Fun Series Ride #2: Palomares and Norris Canyon. Palomares - a friendly, pretty fall climb, past wineries and ranches. There are nice views from the summit, and a fun, mostly straight descent all the way to Castro Valley. From there we’ll head up two smaller climbs - Crow Canyon and Norris Canyon. Then onto the Iron Horse Trail before a food stop at mile 30. Return via Pleasanton and back via a tree-lined route back to the start in Sunol. Riders can finish off the ride with a pleasant climb up Kilcare (+8 miles, 700 feet). Food Briefing: This route includes a real food stop at Danicas. Portions are large. Consider splitting with a friend.
Saturday October 5, 2019
C-D/4.5(5300)/47 Fall Fun Series Ride #3: Mount Hamilton. Join us Saturday for Fall Fun Series ride #3: Mt Hamilton. This classic Bay-area climb features great views of the south bay and reasonable grades. The ride starts in Milpitas, and then goes through Alum Rock Park before heading up the mountain. Water and restrooms are available at Joseph Grant County park, approximately 13 miles and 1500 feet into the ride. Water and vending machine snacks are available at the summit, and there is a picnic area available for riders who bring a lunch. There will be a Lick Observatory docent talk at 12:30.
This is a mountain. Be prepared for wide variations in temperature, and always carry enough water to get to your next refueling stop.
Route: LDTMTH-BC-Mt. Hamilton LDT
Saturday October 19, 2019
C-D/3(4800)/61 Fall Fun Series Ride #4: Corralitos and Eureka Canyon. Ride to eat, eat to ride. Eureka Canyon is beautiful and the cooler at this time of year. Coffee stop in Aptos, Lunch stop at the Corralitos Sausage Company. Features two memorable swoopy descents.
This classic route starts at Lexington Reservoir, then climbs up to Summit road and then down a long, gentle descent to Soquel for a coffee stop at Gayle’s Bakery. From there, the route heads inland to Corralitos (mile 34) for a refueling stop before heading into the redwoods and up Eureka Canyon. This is a fall/spring ride, because sections of Eureka canyon are exposed and can be hot in the summer months. Be prepared for cool temperatures at the coast, and keep an eye out for whales.
Ride Start: Lexington Dam (17201 Alma Bridge Road, Los Gatos, CA). Take Hwy 17 Southbound, exit at Bear Creek Road, cross over the freeway and get back on Hwy 17 Northbound, immediately exiting at Alma Bridge Road. Park at gravel parking area on dam. Rest rooms are available just past the dam on the right. C/D Group: 9:00 AM Start: Ride Leader: RobertSexton (firstname.lastname@example.org) (408) 218-8466
Saturday November 9, 2019
Special considerations: Do not park in the shopping center lot. There is plenty of on-street parking in the area. Paper cue sheets will not be provided. Route and Cue Sheet here: FFS - Mount Tam Questions? Robert Sexton (408) 218-8466 (email@example.com)
Mt Ununhum. A challenging climb with a rewarding view. Starts at the Los Gatos park and ride. Limited Facilities. 45 miles, 5200ft. Route: FFS18 Mt Um
Mt Hamilton. Traditional LDT-C Route starting in Milpitas. Limited Facilities. 47 miles, 5300ft. Route: Mt Ham LDT C Route
Devils Slide. Start in Woodside, North to Pacifica via the always fun Sharp Park descent, return via Half Moon bay and Tunitas Creek Road/Kings. Half Moon bay lunch stop. Optional Mixed-terrain version with return via the Purissima Creek Trail. 60 miles, 4800ft. Route: FFS18 Devils Slide
Pt Reyes Station Bovine Lasso. Ride to the Bakery. Mill Valley, Fairfax, Nicasio to Pt Reyes Station for a food stop at mile 30. Return over Olema hill. Features a beautiful descent through the Redwoods of Samuel Taylor State Park. The easiest ride in the series with the best food. 56 miles, 3100ft. Route: FFS18-Bovine Lasso
Corralitos and Eureka Canyon - Eureka Canyon is beautiful and the cooler at this time of year. Coffee stop in Aptos, Lunch stop at the Corralitos Sausage Company. Features two memorable swoopy descents. 60 miles, 4800ft. Route: Old Santa Cruz and Eureka Canyon
Palomares and Norris Canyon. Climb Palomares, then over Norris Canyon to Dublin for an awesome food stop at Denicas. Finishes up with a pleasant out and back climb on Kilcare road. Sunol Start. 50 miles, 3100 ft. (max). Route: FFS18-Palomares
Mt Tam. A day on the coast and mountains that ends at the Gestalt Haus for bikes, brats and beer. Includes a fun decent on the coast to Stinson beach (coffee), followed by a ascent of Tam and a pretty ride to Fairfax along Alpine Lake. 47 miles, 5300ft. Route: FFS18-MtTam