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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.

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".


Last update: 3-May CBS

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  • Wed, May 05, 2021 8:45 AM | Anonymous member

    Let's finish our HRU big mountain hat trick, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, with Mt Hamilton, along with Kincaid Road, following Guy Shuman's LDT-D route, which Guy will lead on May 31st, as the finale in the LDT series.  Last fall, during the Fall Fun Series, Kincaid was freshly burned, but I'm hoping we will still see a little green this time around.

    Meet at NE corner of Cataldi Park (2979 Cataldi Drive, San Jose, CA), for a 8:45 to 9:00 rolling departure.

    Lunch is at the top of Hamilton.  Bring your own food for this ride.  Water is available at the start, at the Grant Lake Trailhead parking area, and on top.  There is no water along Kincaid, so plan accordingly.  There are restrooms at Cataldi and at the Grant Lake Trailhead, but none on top.  

    Stats: 60 miles, 7150' of climbing

    Ride leader:  Steve Rempel

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    Cue Sheet


  • Wed, April 28, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Another premier climb, Mt Diablo, with picturesque Morgan Territory following the LDT D route.  This is Guy Shuman's route that he will be leading on the May 8th LDT.

    Meet at Diablo Vista Park, 1000 Tassajara Ranch Dr., Danville for a 8:45 to 9:00 rolling departure.

    Lunch is at The Grove park in Clayton.  Bring or buy (there's a Subway nearby)

    Stats: 67 miles, 6,700' of climbing

    Ride leader:  Jack Jones

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    Cue Sheet

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  • Wed, April 21, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mt. Umunhum!

    One of the four premier climbs* in the Bay Area – accommodating weather takes us up Mount Um. Bring legs and lunch, enjoy the views and history. Consider this ride training for the Sequoi-tual!

    Starting location: Cupertino Bike Shop, 10625 S. Foothill Blvd.

    Distance: 63 miles
    Elevation: 5,456’
    Lunch: Bring to enjoy at the Summit @ mile 27
    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer (see Member Directory for contact information)

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    Weather Forecast > (note the headwind as we go back to the start…builds character and strength ...)

    Sign in 8:45 am – 9:00 am. (NOTE: Summer Hours!). Riders can roll out at any time

    *Mt. DiabloMt. TamalpaisMt. Hamilton, and Mt. Umunhum

  • Wed, April 14, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    This week HillsRUs will go to Santa Cruz again.  This time we will depart from Lexington Reservoir and cross the mountains to Capitola. After checking out the views of the ocean we will head to Corrlitos for lunch before climbing through the beautiful Eureka Canyon and back to Summit Road and Old Santa Cruz Hwy.

    Starting Location: Parking Lot .3 mi past the dam at Lexington Reservoir. There is now a $6 fee to park there (Credit/Debit Card). There is also a dirt area across the street from the parking lot that can handle about 6 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 8:45 to 9 am departure.

    Distance: 62 miles

    Elevation: 4900 feet

    Lunch: Bring or Buy to eat at the park across from Corralitos Market

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/26865263

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/26865263/cue_sheet

    Ride Leader: Don Johann

    Note: If you are new to HillsRUs please email me in advance (don_johann@sbcglobal.net) to let me know you will be there. No attendance will be taken at the ride start.

  • Wed, April 07, 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU for Wednesday 4/7/21  

    Let's try something a little different this week - heading up to play in Peter's backyard - San Bruno Mountain.  I only discovered San Bruno Mountain a few years ago, and even though we were fogged on that day, I could tell the views were epic.  This route is a bit shy of the normal HRU 100' of climbing per mile, but I want to test the waters before adding in Sweeney Ridge.  

    We'll start at the parking area next to the Pioneer Inn, in Woodside.  This is one of the two new start locations for HRU.  We'll head out Canada Road to Sawyer Camp and beyond, getting on Skyline, before dropping down Manor Dr. to Pacifica.  Manor is a steeper alternative to Shark Park, but it has some killer views on the way down, of both Pacifica and Milagra Ridge to the left.  From Pacifica, we'll work our way up to Skyline Drive, which we'll stay on for awhile before crossing Skyline Blvd for a little urban riding, working our way across to the base of San Bruno Mountain.  San Bruno is a two part climb, the first being a more gentle grade, while the second part is steeper and rougher, but on a park road with no cars.  We'll go all the way out to the end, enjoying killer views of the SF Skyline along the way, as well as all points East, South, and West.  The current forecast looks promising, with Goldilocks temps predicted, and mostly sunny skies.  

    From the top we'll retrace our way downhill (with one little tunnel/restroom/water detour) back to Hillside Blvd for lunch.  At the corner of Hillside and E. Market there is a nice taqueria in a little shopping center (Shell station on the corner), or a 7-Eleven should we choose to just get basic snacks.  From there we ride into Colma, the peaceful city of the dead.  Look to your left to see the classic airport view of San Bruno Mountain.  The route continues on a nice bike trail and a few roads before meeting up with Sneath, which takes us back up to Skyline.  From there, we will largely follow the traditional Skyline route back to Canada and the start.  However, at Sneath and Skyline, faster riders may choose to add in Sweeney Ridge  (also an option on the way up to Manor).  

    First bathrooms will be 9 miles in at the Sawyer Camp bypass to Bunker Hill.

    Bring food to eat along the way, or buy lunch about 35 miles in Hillsdale Blvd and E. Market (base of San Bruno).   There is water near the end of Sawyer Camp trail, and on the way down from San Bruno Mountain (on the right after exiting the short tunnel).  

    Let's have people leaving the Woodside parking lot in small groups from 8:45 to 9:00 AM - a staggered and spread out start, a la the LDT series, with the leader bringing up the rear at 9AM.  No attendance will be taken.  Instead, email (fuzznsmoo@gmail.com) your name and estimated start time.

    Start: Pioneer Inn (Woodside parking)

    Distance: 61 miles
    Elevation: 4959ft.
    Lunch: Hillside Blvd and E. Market (bottom of San Bruno climb)
    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

    Rain cancels!!

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    Steve Rempel
    1-650-279-6482 Mobile Phone


  • Mon, March 29, 2021 4:50 PM | Anonymous member

    A fine day of weather for the coast is on tap, with an added bonus of Bean Hollow Road on the route. 

    Start is at Shoup Park with a 9:45 to 10 AM rollout

    Distance: 72.4

    Elevation gain:  6,576'

    Lunch:  Bring or buy at Archengeli Grocery

    Ride Leader:  Jack Jones

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    Cue sheet

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  • Wed, March 24, 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring has sprung! Be on the lookout for California poppies as we climb Old La Honda, West Alpine and head south on Skyline. Can you identify all the wildflowers? 

    Distance: 54 miles
    Elevation: 5,610'
    Lunch: Bring, eat at Alpine Pond 
    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer

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  • Wed, March 17, 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous member

    This week HillsRUs will go to Santa Cruz for the first time ever.  We will depart from Lexington Reservoir to explore some scenic roads near Santa Cruz including Rodeo Gulch, Granite Creek and Mountain Charlie.

    Starting Location: Parking lot just past the Dam at Lexington Reservoir. Be there by 9:45 for a 9:45 to 10am rolling departure

       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.

    Distance: 53 miles

    Elevation: 4900 feet

    Lunch:  Bring Lunch to eat at the Community Park on Glenwood Drive in Scotts Valley (see route map for location)

    Route:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34738198

    Cue Sheet:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34738198/cue_sheet

    Ride Leader:  Don Johann

    Note: No attendance will be taken at the ride start.  Email me (don_johann@sbcglobal.net) with name and estimated start time:

  • Wed, March 10, 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous member

    HRU for 3/10/21 CANCELLED.

    Noaa got it right.  It's raining as I write, with more rain in the hourly forecast - 75% until 3PM.  

    -- Steve


    With rain likely to cancel, let's stay somewhat local this week.  In case it looks dry enough to launch, this will give us options to bail along the way, should the weather change for the worse.  And if you've been thinking about doing an HRU ride, this is a good way to test the waters.  We really never get all that far from the start - circling the drain as I like to say.   

    We will start at Shoup and work our way down near the old Chain Reaction test loop (near Foothill and 280), and zig and zag our way across the Los Altos and Palo Alto hills, working our way over to Central Portola Valley, for a tour through the Westridge area, before heading back to Shoup.  When I did a test ride with my SiP group, I called this ride "The Tour of Gratuitous Hills  and Secret Passages."  One secret passage (new to me) got added in because of that ride.  One of the group commented that he didn't know before that it was possible to stay this local and do over 5,000 feet of climbing.  The goal was to start with my old after-work Los Altos Hills ride and make something worthy of HRU.  The turns are numerous, so this is one worth loading on to your favorite GPS device or phone app.  Except for one short out and back, this route is meant to flow.  

    First water and bathrooms will be 26 miles in at Arastradero Preserve.

    Bring food to eat along the way, or buy lunch about 28 miles in at Roberts off Alpine Rd. 

    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  (fuzznsmoo@gmail.com) your name and estimated start time.

    Start: Shoup Park

    Distance: 50.8 miles
    Elevation: 5258 ft.
    Lunch: Roberts off Alpine Rd
    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

    Rain cancels!!

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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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