October Rides & Events
Helmet & gloves required on all rides.
Rain cancels unless otherwise noted
LEVEL: A = casual B = moderate C = strong moderate D = strenuous
HILLS: A = Flat B = Rolling hills C = Moderate hills D = Moderate hills, 1 or 2 steep
E = Steep hills
East Bay Wednesday Ride, 9:30 am, 30-40 miles
This is a moderate social ride that usually starts in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. Watch for email announcements on:
GoldenGateCyclists@yahoogroups.com listserve. For more information contact:
Joan Friedman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, October 5, Road Ride, 9:45 am, Browns Valley East Napa, 30.5 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C
Meet at 9:45. Ride at 10 am. Time for something different! This is a new ride, modeled (with the help of Jeanne Bush) after the Eagle Cycling Club of Napa’s “Avenues Loop” ride. We begin at Browns Valley Market and head east into some pretty country and around the Silverado Country Club. At mile 18, we can stop for a snack at the Soda Canyon Deli, a funky good place on the Silverado Trail. Alternately, a possible stop at mile 12.8 is the Marketplace at the Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak, where there is a Starbuck’s. You can download the cue sheet or I will provide one at the ride. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31184429. Lunch afterward is optional at Hop Creek Pub, 3253 Browns Valley Rd. It has a nice umbrella-shaded outdoor patio. Browns Valley Market has good deli food. Ride cancels if temperature is 90 degrees or above by 1 PM.
Start: Browns Valley Market, 3263 Browns Valley Rd., Napa, CA 94558. Park in the back behind the market and the bank. Judy Schiller, (415) 298-0825
Saturday, October 5, Hike, 10:00 am, Fernandez Ranch Hike, 5-6 miles
Fernandez Ranch was purchased by the Muir Heritage Land Trust and opened in June 2010 to the public. Its pastoral beauty with green rolling hills is inhabited by cows that are not yet accustomed to humans and give you a wide berth when they see you. The railroad whistle sounds as you traverse the meadows and shaded woods spotting turkeys and quail that are also skittish and duck for cover. Bring snacks to nibble on as we meander this undiscovered wonderland. Hiking boots and poles, if you have them, are recommended mainly because the terrain is uneven, especially on Windmill which is our ending trail. There is a neat canyon filled with poppies and then a short climb to a vista point looking out over the Bay to Mt. Tam and Marin County that we can also explore. Sunscreen and cameras highly recommended. We’ll discuss an optional late lunch at a restaurant in Martinez.
Start: From I-80: Head east on Highway 4. Take the first exit AFTER the Franklin Canyon Golf Course onto Christie Road. It is a minor road and if you blink, you can miss it so turn RIGHT when you see the small train trestle overpass ahead of you. Fernandez Ranch is well marked .7 miles down Christie Road on your right. From Martinez: Head west on Highway 4. Take the Franklin Canyon exit. Turn LEFT and carefully merge onto Highway 4 eastbound. Follow directions above. Facilities at the start. Niels Povlsen 510-375-1521
Sunday, October 6, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Martinez-Crockett Loop, 20 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C
Join Niels and Diane for the loop around Martinez and Crockett. Meet at the Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline Park in downtown Martinez off of Ferry Street. It is by the Hot Dog Depot and the old Amtrak station. Take a right after going over the railroad tracks on Ferry Street. You will see restrooms in the distance on the left. Pull in to the parking lot on the left of the street that enters the park. We will ride through Martinez to Franklin Canyon, up the hill to Cummings Skyway, over to Crockett then back along the Carquinez straight. For those interested we will stop for lunch after the ride in downtown Martinez. Diane Savard (925) 864-7141
Saturday, October 12, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Greenbrae Around China Camp, 22 miles/level B/pace 2/hills B
We'll meet in Greenbrae for a very scenic ride through China Camp State Park. This is the perfect ride for strong beginners featuring two (not too long) real hills and a bunch of rollers. And remember the H&B motto: “We’ve never met a hill we couldn’t walk” Since this is a very popular Marin County route drivers are well trained in driving with cyclists. We’ll visit the historic China Camp fishing village along the way. Perhaps we’ll retreat after the ride for some refreshments at the Marin Brewing Company or other oasis known for their refreshments.
Start: Cross Richmond San Rafael Bridge; take Sir Francis Drake Blvd exit. Cross under Hwy 101, take the first left and park along the park (on the left). Restrooms in the shopping center. Co-listed with Golden Gate Cyclists and Hikanbyke. Niels Povlsen 510-375-1521
Sunday, October 13, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Vacaville-Winters Loop, 42 miles/4 hours/pace 2/level B/hills C
Let's enjoy a lovely relaxing day in the country. This is a great ride that goes through walnut orchards, passes a lake, and includes a lunch stop in the cute little town of Winters. Bring lunch to eat in the park there, or buy lunch at Steady Eddie's. There are no killer hills. Here is link to ride https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19462974 Rain cancels. Threat of rain, call ride leader.
Start: Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville. Take Hwy 80 east. Exit at Pena Adobe Rd. At the stop sign, go straight thru the intersection and into the park and circle to the right to the parking lot by the lake. The good news is that there are restrooms here at the park. Be ready to support our parks with a small entry fee ($5.00). Jane Maxwell 510-548-2286 (home), 510-335-5810 (cell).
Sunday, October 13, 2019, Afternoon Jazz Concert, 4:00PM, Jim Grantham Quartet
Saturday, October 19, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Marinwood-Cheese Factory Loop, 35 miles/3 hours/pace 2/level A-B/hills C
This Club favorite starts at the community park in Marinwood, just off Hwy 101. We'll ride from the park through the residential streets of Novato, past Stafford Lake and stop at the Cheese Factory for a snack break. We’ll continue thru Nicasio and return on Lucas Valley Road. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1311443
Start: Marinwood Community Center. From Hwy 101, take Lucas Valley/Smith Ranch Road exit. Left on Lucas Valley Rd. Take the second right on Miller Creek Rd after about 1 mile. Community Center is on the right about 100 yards from Lucas Valley Rd. Park on the street. Jane Maxwell 510-548-2286 (home), 510-335-5810 (cell, day of ride only)
Saturday, October 19, Hike, 10:00 am, Indian Tree Open Space Preserve 6+ Mile Hike - & Potluck
We'll ascend through a series of cool forests to the top of the ridge where giant Redwoods catch the summer fog. We'll enjoy sweeping views of the entire North Bay from one of the best destinations in Marin County. Bring food/drink to share.
Start: From Hiway 101 in Novato, turn west on San Marin Dr. Cross Novato Blvd. onto Sutro Avenue (south) & go over Novato Creek bridge past O’Hair Park to Vineyard Rd. Turn right (west). Follow Vineyard Rd. for a little over a mile and park on the south side of the street, immediately after the last house, in unpaved area. No facilities on this hike. Niels Povlsen 510-375-1521
Sunday, October 20, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Healdsburg Multi-Level 30 & 40 miles/pace 2/level A/hills C
One of our favorite rides. We will start in downtown Healdsburg, ride up West Dry Creek Rd. to either Canyon or Dutcher Creek. Return with a brief stop at the Jimtown Store. Lunch afterwards at the Bear Republic Brewery.
Start: Matheson parking lot. Take Hwy 101 North to the Central Healdsburg exit. At the traffic circle take the 3rd exit onto Vine St. Right on Matheson and left into parking lot. Monica Lange 415-847-1809
Saturday, October 26, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Alameda-Oakland Hills, 24 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C, 2000 feet
Ride into the Oakland hills for phenomenal views of the Bay and both Oakland and GG bridges while riding along Skyline Blvd. We’ll have a bathroom break at Sibley Park and then head back into Alameda for lunch on Park Street.
Start: Nob Hill Grocery Store at Broadway and Blanding, Alameda. Gayle Cepparo 510-393-6507