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HillsRUs rolls weekly on Wednesdays

Route often includes Hwy 9, Page Mill, Old La Honda, Kings Mountain, West Alpine or Tunitas Creek. Always be prepared for variable weather on Skyline. Foul weather in the hills keeps the ride in the valley. This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

Meet at 8:45 AM, Roll at 9:00 AM. Start location and Route announced Monday prior, via email and this page (scroll down to the blog).

Ride Leaders rotate weekly - Don Johann, Cathy Switzer, Jack Jones and Steve Rempel, with guest appearances by Michael Khaw, Gary Virshup, and others.

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

Last update: 28-Nov-22 CBS

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  • Wed, December 07, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mt Umunhum D/3.6/62

    Starting location and time: Meet at Monta Vista Park, Cupertino; 8:45 AM for a 9:00 AM departure.

    Good cool day for climbing Kennedy, Hicks and then Mt Umunhum. Bring an extra layer for the descent. 

    Elevation Gain - 5,700'

    Distance - 62 miles

    Ride Leader - Cathy Switzer for Jack Jones

    Route

    Cue Sheet

    Weather

    Lunch - Bring food for the summit of Um

    This is a social-paced D ride with regroups; faster riders are welcome to form a D+/E group. Rain cancels.

  • Wed, November 30, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet at 8:45 for a 9:00 AM departure from Shoup Park.

    We'll visit the 'Flintstones House' and Carolands Mansion, riding some steep sectors of Hillsborough/San Mateo/Emerald Hills while avoiding frosty bits of road.  This is a D-paced ride, slower and faster groups are welcome to form.

    Distance: 56.8 miles
    Elevation gain:  4,295'

    Lunch:  Bring or buy at the Crystal Springs Village (Safeway) on Polhemus Rd.

    Route>

    Cue Sheet>

    Weather from Randoplan>

    Ride leader - Jack Jones


  • Wed, November 23, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    For the day before Thanksgiving lets go have fun and burn some calories by riding over to Santa Cruz (from Lexington) where the weather promises to be clear, sunny and even somewhat warm

    Starting Location: Parking Lot .3 mi past the dam at Lexington Reservoir. There is a $6 fee to park there (Credit/Debit Card). There is also a free dirt area across the street from the parking lot that can handle about 8 cars.

    Directions: take the Bear Creek Rd exit off of Hwy 17, go across Hwy 17 and turn left like you were getting on 17. Take Alma Bridge Rd and go .6 mi to the parking lot just past the dam

    Start Time: be there by 8:45 for a 9 am departure.

    Distance: 53 miles

    Elevation: 4900 feet

    Lunch: Bring lunch to eat at Siltanen Park in Scotts Valley located approximately 1/2 mile from the start of Glenwood Dr. (Lunch turnoff shown on cue sheet and GPS)

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/35435028

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/35435028/cue_sheet

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/3TUGkMW

    Ride Leader: Don Johann


  • Wed, November 16, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Starting location and time: Meet at Shoup Park in Los Altos; 8:45 AM for a 9:00 AM departure.

    Rain has kept us on this side of the hill for awhile so let's take advantage of the coolish, but clear weather, to go do my version of a classic HRU ride - OLH, West Alpine, and Skyline to Highway 9.  

    Elevation Gain - 5200'

    Distance - 50 miles

    Ride Leader - Steve Rempel

    Route

    Cue Sheet

    Weather

    Lunch - 28.5 Miles in at the Duck Pond at the top of West Alpine (Daniel C. Daniels Nature Center).


  • Wed, November 09, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Staying local, rain forecast for Wednesday has diminished to 30%, but we may be faced with wet roads.

    Meet at Shoup Park at 8:45 for a 9:00 AM departure.  This is a D paced ride, slower and faster groups are welcome to form.  This route has a lot of turns, please be prepared to navigate.

    Distance - 29 miles
    Elevation gain - 3,256'

    No lunch is planned, bring snacks for on the road.

    Route>

    Cue Sheet>

    Ride leader - Jack Jones

  • Wed, November 02, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Entertainment provided by the weather forecasting applications...

    3 of 4 say 10% chance of rain Wednesday AM, 1 says sunny all day (this one I like!!)

    Don’t want to risk going to the coast if it is even a hint of rain, so… we are sticking to this side of the hills.

    Five Bumps TO Montebello, from Shoup Park, Los Altos.
    Meet at 8:45 AM, Roll at 9:00 AM

    Distance 40 miles
    Elevation Gain 4,425’

    Route >

    Weather - forecast as of when you click the link. Select your favorite service!

    Dark Sky (31% chance of rain at 9 AM) 
    Tomorrow.io (5% chance of rain at 9 AM) 
    Weather.api (sunny most of the ride) 
    National Weather Service (10% chance of rain at 9 AM)

    Snacks/lunch - bring to enjoy atop Montebello

    And yes, rain cancels!

  • Wed, October 26, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    We've been trying to get this ride in since Big Basin opened but the weather has always been too hot given the limited water supply on the route. The weather is a little on the cool side this Wed but the days are getting shorter so it's time to do it. Two water bottles are recommended and we will top off our water at the CDF Fire Station on Skyline. There is no water available in Big Basin so this is the last chance until we get back to Skyline.

    Starting Location and Time: 9:00AM departure from Monta Vista Park in Cupertino (On Voss Ave off of S Foothill Blvd)

    Elevation Gain: 6800

    Distance: 55 miles

    Lunch:  Bring Lunch to eat in Big Basin Park

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/32675384

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/32675384/cue_sheet

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/3VNhiBw

    Ride Leader: Don Johann


  • Mon, October 17, 2022 3:16 PM | Anonymous member

    Starting location and time: Meet at the Pioneer parking in Woodside: 8:45 AM for a 9:00 AM departure.

    I sooooo wanted to take you all back to Big Basin, but the weather gods just have not cooperated all summer and fall... so far.  Lack of water in Big Basin means we need cool weather, and hard as it is to imagine, we're about to get hot again, and when it gets hot, it's time to go back to Half Moon Bay.  The chip seal will hopefully be double swept by now.  If you want to add some bonus miles, start at Shoup about 8AM and meet us the the Pioneer.  

    Elevation Gain - 5660'

    Distance - 51 miles

    Ride Leader - Steve Rempel

    Route

    Cue Sheet

    Weather

    Lunch - 28 Miles in at the San Benito House (coffee shop, grocery store, and bakery nearby)



  • Wed, October 12, 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet at Cataldi Park at 8:45 for a 9 AM departure.

    We'll proceed through the neighborhoods to Alum Rock Park and intercept CA 130 to the top of Mt. Hamilton, the highest paved road in the Bay Area.  On the return is the out-n-back of Kincaid Road.  This is a D-paced ride, faster and slower groups are welcome to form.

    Distance - 59 miles
    Elevation gain - 7,112'
    Lunch - bring food for the top of Mt Hamilton

    Route>

    Cue Sheet>

    Weather from Randoplan>

    Ride leader - Jack Jones

  • Mon, October 03, 2022 8:28 PM | Anonymous member

    Starting Location and Time:  Shoup Park for a 9 am departure

    Lunch at the Bike Hut

    Distance: 56 miles

    Elevation: 5200 feet

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/33031168

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/33031168/cue_sheet

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/3CqsZGz

    Ride Leader: Don Johann


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