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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.

Start location and route announced Monday prior, via wwbc-rides email list and this page (scroll down to the blog).

Meet at 8:45 AM and roll at 9:00 AM departure. DE riders will depart first, C+ will follow.

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

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

Last update: 20-Jul-2023 CBS

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  • Wed, May 15, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HILLSRUS C+DE/4 (7217)/72.6 FOR WED MAY 15

    HILLSRUS C+DE/4.2(7388)70.8 FOR WED MAY 15

    Starting Location and Time: Portola Town center/People'sPark(https://maps.app.goo.gl/Suw7kDA2BBr4uZ1L8) at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. Adventurous riders will climb Dirt Alpine, Conservative riders will climb Page Mill. There will not be a fast and slow group but everyone is welcome to ride their own pace.

    I'm offering two routes, starting at Portola Town center/People's Park, which will split at mile 3 and regroup at mile 13 at the top of Page Mill. We will then continue the route as one group. We will make our way to 84 for an easy descent. At this point we will enjoy the coastal views from 84 to Pescadero. We'll stop at Arcangeli Grocery store in Pescadero for lunch at mile 41. After lunch we will make our way up Pescadero Creek Rd. and climb Haskins hill. After a refreshing descent we will make our way up West Alpine. Then a final descent down Page Mill and return to Portola Town Center on the Portola loop.

    Regroups and Lunch stop POI's provided on maps!!

    The Adventures route climbing Dirt Alpine:


    The Conservative route climbing Page Mill:


    Weather: https://bit.ly/4ajs74r

  • Mon, May 06, 2024 5:12 PM | Anonymous member

    The weather looks good, let's go have lunch in Pescadero

    Starting Location and Time:  Shoup Park at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. Faster riders will leave first followed by the Social Climbers.

    Distance and Climb: 65 miles and 7200 feet


    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/30673403/cue_sheet


    Lunch:  Bring or Buy to eat at Arcangeli's in Pescadero

    Ride Leader: Don Johann

  • Wed, May 01, 2024 8:45 AM | Anonymous member

    After all the crazy big HRU rides this spring, we're going to do a more leisurely ride this week, in line with my being off the bike for most of April.  Our route this week is a revised version of our Flintstones and Carolands HRU ride, but with all the crazy steep ramps set aside for another day.  

    Assemble at Shoup at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure, with D/E riders launching a bit before the Social Climbers.

    59 miles, 4400' of climbing.

    Lunch - At the Safeway shopping center off Polhemus.


    Weather from Randoplan> (Goldilocks).

    Ride leader - Steve Rempel

  • Wed, April 24, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    This is an out-n-back on Hicks and Um. Weather will be a bit cooler and hopefully not too breezy.

    Meet at Monte Vista Park, Wednesday, April 24th, 8:45 for a 9:00 AM departure.

    55.7 miles, 5,742' of climbing and a 4.1 on the Richter scale.

    Plan on a bring-your-own hasty lunch at the top of Mt Umunhum.

    Ride Leader - Jack Jones


    Weather from Randoplan>

  • Wed, April 17, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    HILLSRUS C+DE /4 (6902)/69.6 FOR WED APRIL 17

    A different way for a similar route, turning something old into something new!! I was going to post The Ring of Fire but I decided to be a little nicer.

    Meet at Lexington Reservoir at 8:45 for a 9am departure on Wednesday April 17th. 

    69.6 miles, 6902’ of climbing, just a few bumps is all!!

    Lunch - bring lunch or buy at Steamer Lane Supply around mile 38 across from the Lighthouse. Steamer Lane Supply has many different choices from full on lunch meals to baked goods and coffee options. You can either sit at the park benches or enjoy on a bench oceanside.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/46227274

    Weather by Randoplan: https://bit.ly/3QqRRoz

  • Tue, April 09, 2024 8:02 AM | Anonymous member

    Spring is here and it's time to see how the Poppies are doing on West Alpine.

    Starting Location and Time:  Shoup Park at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. Faster riders will leave first followed by the Social Climbers.

    Distance and Climb: 62 miles and 6100 feet


    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/46124150/cue_sheet


    Lunch:  Bring lunch to eat at Alpine Pond (at WAlpine and Skyline)

    Ride Leader: Don Johann

  • Wed, April 03, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It looks like the weather gods are finally going to let me lead a ride, and Shawnery's big adventure a few weeks ago reminded me that this is a great time to visit Big Basin, as the current cooler weather makes water much less of an issue than in the summer.  

    We'll start from Monta Vista Park in Cupertino (off Foothill and Voss), climb Redwood Gulch and 9, then across Skyline to Bear Creek (in the fun direction), with a return via 236 (Big Basin) and 9.  

    Assemble at Monta Vista Park at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure, with D/E riders launching a bit before the Social Climbers.

    63 miles, 7100' of climbing

    Lunch - bring or buy in Boulder Creek, for lunch at Junction Park.  There is no water at the park or Big Basin, so we'll need to load up in town before our climb back up to Skyline.


    Weather from Randoplan>

    Ride leader - Steve Rempel

  • Mon, March 25, 2024 10:25 PM | Anonymous member

    Wednesday's weather forecast is still very uncertain so I have chosen a shorter route that will get us back before the present earliest forecast for rain. If it changes and rain is predicted to start before noon the ride will be canceled.

    Starting Location and Time:  Shoup Park at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure

    Distance and Climb: 42 miles and 4600 feet


    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/45970296/cue_sheet


    Lunch: No lunch is planned. Bring food to snack along the way

    Ride Leader:  Don Johann

  • Tue, March 19, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Two Loops for the Price of One!!

    Meet Shawnery Hardin at Shoup Park at 8:45AM for an 9:00AM departure. Rain cancels but sprinkles are a go!! 

    We'll be making our way up Moody/Alpine then make our way to descend 9 via Skyline. We'll then make our way up Bear Creek and then descend the other side of 9 via Skyline again. At this point I added a few more gratuitous bumps on the way back to Shoup Park which everyone is more than welcome to cut out for an easier ride to finish.

    Lunch will be at Junction park in Boulder Creek. You can pick up lunch, drinks and water in Boulder Creek before you make your way to lunch or bring from home.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45898081

    Weather by Randoplan: https://bit.ly/3TjtUQB

  • Wed, March 13, 2024 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It's Daylight Savings Time again and time to expand our route selection for HillsRUs. We will do one of our favorites: Zayante from Lexington.  Be prepared for a cold start but otherwise it should be great ride.

    As usual there will be two groups with the fastest riders leaving first followed by the Social Climbers(C+D)

    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: 57 miles

    Elevation: 5500 feet

    Lunch: Bring or Buy to eat at the Covered Bridge County Park in Felton (at the intersection of Mt Hermon Rd and Graham Hill Rd)


    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/44383246/cue_sheet


    Ride Leader: Don Johann

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