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Hills R Us

Hills R Us rolls weekly on Wednesdays

Ride leader announces the start location and route (see blog posts below) on the Monday prior. Download the route, and/or print the cue sheet, ride leaders do not provide printouts.

  • HRU logistics have been updated for COVID restrictions
  • Riders sign in* and start at any time during a 15 minute time window
  • Please keep riding groups at fewer than 15-20 riders
  • All riders must be WWBC Members
  • As with all WWBC rides, face masks are mandatory for everyone at ride start and at regroups

Hills R Us rolls within a 15 minute time window. This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group.

April - November:  Meet and Roll between 8:45 am and 9:00 am 
December - March:  Meet and Roll between 9:45 am and 10:00 am

A selection of routes can be found in the WW Ride with GPS Route Catalog > use tag "HRU".

* Sign in – Email the Ride Leader in advance, or meet at the start and let the Ride Leader know you’re here! If you join mid-ride, and don’t see the ride leader, send them a text / email - we are required to have attendance information for all riders.


Last update:
31-Jan-2021 CBS; 11-Feb-2021 CBS; 15-Feb-2021 CBS; 19-Feb-CBS
29-Nov-2020 CBS; 13-Nov-2020 CBS; 
10-Oct-2020 CBS; 23-Sep-2020 CBS

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  • Wed, March 03, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet at Shoup Park for a 9:45 to 10:00 AM rolling departure.

    For contactless sign-in, text me at 650-861-8918 with HRU as the message, please.

    42 miles, 5,300' climbing

    Bring food, lunch at Saratoga Gap CalFire station

    Please follow WWBC Guidelines; club members at this time only, please.

    See you there!

    Jack

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  • Wed, February 24, 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Back by popular demand, HRU rolls weekly again.  We try one of the fav routes, the Coastal Classic. This variation skips the return on Foothill.

    Bring Lunch

    Distance: 56 miles
    Elevation: 5,821' per RWGPS
    Lunch: Bring, eat at The Bike Hut
    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer

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    Weather forecast > (check out that wind forecast...)

    ALERT: Be prepared for extra traffic for the descent on Kings Mountain Road due to East 84 weekday closure between SkyLonda and Portola.

    Rain cancels!

  • Wed, February 17, 2021 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Let's do an extended version of my first... and last... ride as an HRU ride leader" - by Steve Rempel

    Tour through the hills of Los Gatos, on the way to Kennedy... and beyond.  The ride turns around just at the bottom of the North Hicks wall of doom, coming back over Shannon to Los Gatos for lunch.   From there we take the East Saratoga maze, before crossing over to the Western maze and Seven Springs.  

    Bring food to eat along the way, or buy lunch in Los Gatos.  

    Let's have people leaving Shoup Park in small groups from 9:45 to 10:00 AM - a staggered and spread out start, a la the LDT series, with the leader bringing up the rear at 10AM.  No attendance will be taken.  Instead, email  your name and estimated start time.

    Start: Shoup Park

    Distance: 58.8 miles
    Elevation: 4304 ft.
    Lunch: Los Gatos
    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

    Rain cancels!!

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  • Fri, February 05, 2021 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Something different for this blog, thought I'd give you a ride report from Wednesday's ride... 

    The inaugural 2021 HillsRUs ride enjoyed blue skies, brisk temperatures and clear roads.

    Meeting and greeting at Shoup Park, every rider had a face covering and respected the 6’ social distance, thank you!  We rolled out in small groups between 9:00 (led by Steve Rempel) and 10:00. Climbing Page Mill is an easy way to maintain social distance, same with the West Alpine descent.

    Lunch in the sun at the Duck Pond in La Honda - several available benches, and the ducks kept us entertained.  Unless eating, we respected the face covering requirement, and kept good distances. We’re getting good at this. While climbing 84, more than a few riders formed a small pace line, and others correctly kept distance.  NOT riding close together in a pace line is something we have to remind ourselves about.

    As a ride leader, it's tough to keep track of everyone when we stagger the starts and truly ride separately. The "regular" HRU riders know to send a text message when they're home safely, I didn't remember to ask others to do so, but somehow got word (through Strava and other riders) that everyone returned safely!

    All in all, the groups (~25 riders) followed the Club Guidelines for rides. Again, thank you all for helping each other follow the rules.

  • Wed, February 03, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a forecasted stormy Tuesday, let's climb on Wednesday.

    Enjoy the improved pavement up Page Mill, drop into the frozen tundra of West Alpine, and head back to the start via 84, West Old La Honda, Skyline and 84.  Be aware of downed trees, branches, and point out hazards to the riders behind you.

    Bring food to eat along the way, or buy lunch at the La Honda General Market

    Start: Shoup Park
    Distance: 42 miles
    Elevation: 4414 ft.
    Lunch: La Honda General Market
    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer

    Rain cancels!!

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  • Wed, December 02, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Hills R Us is suspended until further notice due to the Covid-19 Surge

  • Wed, November 25, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member
    • A pre Turkey-Day ride to get ready for this year's much more socially distant Thanksgiving.

      Weather forecast is for a high of 61 in Los Altos, so after chilling off a bit on Foothill, we'll warm up by climbing Mt Eden. Then, south to play in the Los Gatos and Saratoga HIlls, followed by Kennedy, then Shannon.  We'll come back via the Cupertino maze, with a few different variations near the end, just to show everyone my favorite version of the maze, using Beauchamps and Seven Springs to avoid Prospect, Rainbow, and Bubb - roads which can be on the busy side.

      Start: Shoup Park
      Distance: 47 miles
      Elevation: 3313 ft.
      Lunch: Los Gatos City Park ~ mile 29.
      Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

      Rain cancels

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  • Wed, November 18, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Per a suggestion, we'll climb Montebello and continue to Redwood Gulch to Hwy 9.  Continuing on Skyline to Page Mill for our return.

    Distance: 42 miles

    Elevation gain: 5,342'

    Lunch:  Bring your own food, Saratoga Summit CalFire station

    Ride Leader: Jack Jones

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  • Wed, November 11, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Veterans Day - Honor our Veterans by wearing red, white and blue today!

    Weather forecast is for a chilly day, let's warm up by climbing Page Mill. Then, south on Skyline to Bear Creek Road, Summit Road, Mountain Charlie Road, around Lexington Reservoir.

    Note: This ride will go down Los Gatos Creek Trail (i.e. dirt) from Lexington Reservoir to downtown Los Gatos.

    Distance: 58 miles
    Elevation: 5485 ft.
    Lunch (bring your own): Redwood Estates Upper Park, Summit Road at Bayview Dr. ~ mile 29.
    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer

    Rain cancels

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  • Wed, November 04, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HillsRUs for Wednesday Nov 4 will be Debra's Ride:  Kings, WestAlpine, Skyline, 9

    Start Location: Shoup Park

    Meet at 8:45, Rolling in groups of 10 or less starting at 9 am

    Ride Leader: Don Johann

    Distance: 62 miles

    Climb: 6600 feet

    Route Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30364608

    Cue Sheet: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30364608/cue_sheet

    Lunch: Bring Lunch to eat at CDF Fire Station on Skyline



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