September 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, September 1, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Yountville-Nichelini Loop, 34 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C
This is a beautiful ride in the hills above the Silverado Trail. We will take a break at Nichelini Winery. Bring a snack—no food is sold at the winery. We will have a late lunch/libations afterwards at a restaurant of our choosing in Yountville. Here is a link to the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13520233.
Start: Meet alongside the park at the end of Washington St., Yountville. Take Madison Ave. Yountville exit from Rt. 29, right at exit, then left on Washington St. Judy Schiller, (415) 298-0825
Sunday, September 2, Road Ride, 10:00 am, San Rafael-Petaluma, 45 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C, 2300 ft
This Marin County ride will start at 252 Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael (park in the dirt lot at the left). We will start in San Rafael and meander through Novato to Petaluma, (approximately 22 miles) and back again. We'll turn around at a lovely park (bring a snack) and head back to San Rafael for a total of 45 miles. The ride includes approximately 2300 feet of climbing. There is a porta potty at the start of the ride and plenty of places along the route for a potty break. There are several lunch options available after the ride. Call Gayle at 510-393-6507 with any questions.
Start: 252 Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael (park in the dirt lot at the left). This is the Lucas Valley Rd/Smith Ranch Rd exit off Hwy 101. Gayle Cepparo 510-393-6507
Saturday, September 15, 10:00 am, Orinda BART - East Bay Country Roads with Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival, 32 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C-D
Meet at the west end of Orinda BART parking lot for a prompt 10:00 a.m. departure. We will ride down San Pablo Dam Rd. then back around Briones, Pig Farm Hill, Reliez Valley and on to downtown Lafayette where we will enjoy the Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival. Afterwards riders will continue on to Orinda BART on the bike trail or take the Lafayette BART back to Orinda BART. The Festival is known for quality artwork, good food and drinks, and 3 outdoor stage venues with live bands. Bring money (drinks $7 each or discounts with tasting package - there are several ATMs in the area). There is bike valet service at the event but you may want to bring a bike lock just in case. www.lafayettefestival.com
Start: Orinda BART West Parking Lot. Take Orinda exit off Hwy 24. From West, left at end of ramp and immediate right into Bart entrance, drive left over freeway and park to the far right. From East, take 2nd exit road and right into BART entrance. Greg Norman (925) 407-6322
Sunday, September 16, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Cotati-Petaluma Loop, 39 miles/level A-B/pace 2/hills C 1800 feet
Another beautiful Chileno Valley ride, this time heading in the easterly direction from Cotati. We will stop at the Petaluma Creamery at mile 29 for a rest stop - ice cream perhaps? I will bring cue sheets, but here is the gps link https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25455336. Libations and lunch at Redwood Cafe in Cotati after.
Start: Veterans Building Lot, 8505 Park Ave, Cotati, CA 94931. Hwy 101 to West Sierra exit, then right/south on Valpariso, continue straight onto Myrtle and immediate left onto Park Ave. Go to the 1st lot on your left. There is a porta-potty in lot. Jane Maxwell 510-548-2286 (home), 510-335-5810 (cell, day of ride only)
Sunday, September 16, Jazz House Concert, 4:00PM, Roni Ben-Hur/Harvie S Trio with Sylvia Cuenca
Frank Hanny, www.chezhanny.com
Saturday, September 22, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Petaluma-Novato Loop, 36 miles/level B/pace 2/hills C-D, 2100 ft
Petaluma to Novato via Chileno Valley, Wilson Hill, Hicks Valley, Stafford Lake, Dr. Insomniac’s Novato for snack stop, freeway bike path north back into Petaluma via I or D Street. Route sheets will be provided, but here is rwgps link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28365357. Most likely lunch will follow ride at one of the downtown spots.
Start: Walnut Park. From 101 take E. Washington Street west towards town. Turn left on Lakeville Street, then turn right on D Street. Look for Walnut Park at 4th Street. Eddie Flayer (510) 646-3534
Sunday, September 23, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Palo Alto - Stanford - Woodside - Crystal Springs, 25 miles/level A-B/ pace 2/hills B
We’ll begin our ride in Palo Alto, cruise through the beautiful Stanford campus, and meander up to Woodside where we can buy lunch at one of California’s best delis. We continue up Canada Road to the Pulgas Water Temple where we will enjoy our picnic lunches. This is a nice ride through some lovely countryside. Suitable for strong beginners. Bring water and helmet is required. Bring or buy food. Note, we have a new starting place with bathrooms. Co-listed with Hikanbyke.
Start: Meet us at the Alexander Peers Park at the corner of Stanford Avenue and Park Blvd. There is plenty street parking. Call Niels if you can’t find us. Niels Povlsen (510) 375-1521
Saturday, September 29, Road Ride, 10:00 am, Cuttings Wharf/Napa Loop, 38 miles/pace 2/level A-B/hills C
From Cuttings Wharf on the Napa River we’ll head over to the eastern boundary of Napa. This is a lovely ride with no real big hills. There is a Deli mid-ride where we can stop for a snack. With the Fremont Diner now closed, I’m not sure of an after ride lunch spot, but I’m looking into some possibilities.
Start: Cuttings Wharf, Napa River. From Marin: Take Hwy 37 to Hwy 121. Follow Hwy 121/12 east toward Napa. Turn right at Cuttings Wharf Rd. Follow Cuttings Wharf Rd. to where it ends at the Napa River. From the East Bay take Hwy. 29. Turn west onto Hwy 121/12. Turn left at Cuttings Wharf Rd. Follow Cuttings Wharf Rd. to where it ends at the Napa River. Park in the parking lot along the back fence. Restrooms available. Jeanne Bush (707) 939-2912, Cell (707) 529-8550.