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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

  • Wed, August 23, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The forecast is for another very hot Wednesday, so let's continue our search for cool times on the coast, with a stop in Half Moon Bay this week for lunch, and another shady climb back up Tunitas.   The weather forecast for the coast looks Goldilocks, with clear skies and a classic tailwind.

    This time we'll come at Tunitas from the north, taking a new bypass to the top of Sharp Park (thanks Chris), as well as a west side bypass around the HMB airport (thanks Shawnery).  We tested both last Friday with big smiles all around.

    Meet at the vicinity of Pioneer Saloon in Woodside at 8:45 for a 9:00 AM departure.  We'll have two groups, with the D/E speedsters launching first, followed by the Social Climbers.

    Lunch:  Buy at San Benito House Garden Deli Cafe in HMB (no outside food), or bring/buy for Mac Dutra Park.  Order ahead at the Garden Deli, if possible.

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    Weather from Randoplan

    Ride leader - Steve Rempel


  • Wed, August 16, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Let's try to stay cool with a trip to Pescadero and a return on Tunitas Creek Rd.  This route avoids the closed section of Stage going to San Gregorio.

    Meet in the vicinity of Pioneer Hotel in Woodside at 8:45 for a 9:00 AM departure.  The D/E group will push off slightly before the Social Climbers.

    57 miles, 5,975' elevation gain.

    Lunch - Bring or buy at Archengeli's Grocery in Pescadero

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    Ride leader - Jack Jones

  • Mon, August 07, 2023 5:51 PM | Anonymous member

    More great times on our favorite roads, with a stop in Half Moon Bay for lunch.

    Meet at the vicinity of Pioneer Saloon in Woodside at 8:45 for a 9:00 AM departure.  We'll have two groups, with the DE rockets launching first, followed by the Social Climbers.

    Lunch:  Buy at San Benito House Garden Deli Cafe in HMB (no outside food), or bring/buy for Mac Dutra Park.  Order ahead at the Garden Deli, if possible.

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    Weather from Randoplan

    Ride leader - Jack Jones, subbing for PAC Tour Northern Transcon Cathy Switzer

  • Wed, August 02, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Now that 84 is open, OLH and Tunitas should be usable again for us and I am really pumped to try them for the first time this year. The weather will be a bit cool by the ocean so bring jackets to wear.

    56 miles, 5200 feet elevation gain

    Start Time and Location: both groups meet at Shoup Park at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. Fast riders will depart first.

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/33031168

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/479cA6V

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

    Lunch: Bring Lunch to eat at the Bike Hut

    Ride Leader is Don Johann

  • Wed, July 26, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    For HRU this week, let's go do one of my favorites, the Flintstone House and the Carolands Mansion.  There are a few crazy steep, but also quite short hills in this route, however, all the crazy stuff can be easily bypassed, should one be so inclined.

    This is a social-paced C+/D ride (we are after all the Wednesday Social Climbers) with regroups, although faster riders are encouraged to form a D+/E group.

    Note that we are moving back to a unified start.  Both the D/E HRU Speedsters and the C+/D Social Climbers will be leaving at 9AM, although the faster group is encouraged to ride off the front, should they be so inclined.   

    Start: Shoup Park.  Meet at 8:45, rolling at 9 AM

    60 miles and 5100' of elevation gain.

    Lunch: Around mile 35, we'll hit the Safeway at the Crystal Springs shopping center on Polhemus.   There is also a Starbucks and a Bakery.  The next water and bathrooms will be about 5 miles away at Crestview Park.

    Ride Leader: Steve Rempel

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  • Wed, July 19, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Meet at Lexington dam parking lot with a 9:00 AM start for DE and 9:15 for the Social Climbers.  We'll climb Old Santa Cruz Hwy, down San Jose Soquel to Soquel, up Rodeo Gulch to Scotts Valley and up Mountain Charlie Road.

    53 miles, 4,900' elevation gain

    Bring lunch for Siltanen Community Park in Scotts Valley

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    Ride leader - Jack Jones

  • Wed, July 12, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A route from 2019!  Up Kings via the Greer Road entrance (thus hopefully missing any Girl Scout busses in Kings, altho we might meet them in the park). Skyline south, water at Skylonda, 84 west to Lunch at the Duck Pond (mile 30), up West Alpine & water at Alpine Pond, then south to Highway 9 into Saratoga, and wander a flatish route back to Shoup.

    Weather looks warm, bring two bottles, electrolytes and maybe sunscreen!

    Start Location and times: Shoup Park. DE Group meet at 8:45 for 9:00 Start, C+D Group meet at 9:00 for 9:15 start.

    Distance: 66 miles
    Elevation Gain: 6700 ft
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    Lunch:
    Bring lunch to eat at the Duck Pond (mile 31)
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    Ride Leader: Cathy Switzer


  • Wed, July 05, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Wednesday marks the start of 2 groups for HillsRUs: the DE HRU and the C+D HRU for those who prefer a slightly slower pace. Both do the same route.

    Wednesday's route takes us up PageMill, down W Alpine, up 84 to Skylonda. Then after lunch, just for fun, we'll go down 84 to the closure and then back up to Skyline and PageMill.

    Start Location and Time: Shoup Park. DE Group 8:45 for 9:00 Start,  C+D Group 9:00 for 9:15 start

    Distance: 47 miles

    Elevation: 6000 feet

    Routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/43515001

    Cue Sheethttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/43515001/cue_sheet

    Weatherhttps://bit.ly/3PItxyB

    Lunch: Skylonda at mile 26 (before heading down 84)

    Ride Leader: Don Johann

  • Wed, June 28, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    It's once again been 10 months since the last time we did this route, so let's do something just a little different - San Bruno Mountain via Skyline and Pacifica.  It's a ride and set of views I really like, even though this route is a bit more urban than a typical HRU ride.  The forecast looks pretty ideal - nice at the end, but cool on the climbs. 

    Note that this ride starts at the Pioneer Inn Parking in Woodside.  We'll ride along Skyline, before dropping down into Pacifica, then working our way back up to Skyline, and over to the base of San Bruno Mountain.  We'll climb the mountain for the (hopefully) killer views and then descend to Daly City for some great Tacos, before working our way through the City of the Dead, almost to SFO, and then back up to Skyline, for the final downwind leg of our journey.

    Starting time and location:  Meet at the Pioneer Inn at 8:45 for a 9:00 start

    Distance: 62 miles

    Elevation gain: 5300'

    Ride Leader:  Steve Rempel

    Bring or buy lunch at the Taqueria in Daly City.    

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  • Wed, June 21, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    The weather will remain cool, giving us an opportunity to ride Mt. Umunhum.  Be sure to bring two full water bottles.

    We'll meet at Monte Vista Park in Cupertino at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.

    Lunch:  Bring food to enjoy at the top of Um.

    62 miles, 5,675' of climbing

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    Ride leader - Jack Jones

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