Veni, Vidi, Vomiti
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Republic of Anaerobia
Bikes: Serotta Legend Ti, Romani Columbus SL, Soma Doublecross
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I'm biased but I would recommend the Alto Velo Sunday A-Ride. Check out our website at http://www.altovelo.org
and click on "Ride Calendar. If you're a racer, the Saturday B-Ride might be too tame (unless you're just looking to put in some base miles). There are usually a few climbers on the ride, though.
During the week, you can pick up the Noon Ride on Old Page Mill Rd. From the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Page Mill Rd., head west and bear right onto the small road just the intersection. There are usually some folks waiting near the small bridge over the creek. Monday and Friday are easiest; Wednesday the route goes up Old La Honda Road; and Thursday is the highest paced.
As far as roads are concerned, on the west side Foothill Blvd. is primary north/south road used by cyclists to get to the hills. Pretty much all the roads west of Foothill are nice to ride. Some of the are just residential areas but there are a lot of short climbs. The major climbs from east-to-west are Hwy 9, Page Mill Rd., Old La Honda, and Kings Mtn. In the north, Hwy 92 is fairly heavily trafficked and used mainly for descending. Good climbs back from the ocean are: Tunitas Creek, Hwy 84, West Alpine, and Hwy 9. Hwy 35 (Skyline Blvd.) runs north/south along the ridge and can be used to connect the other climbs. Page Mill Road and West Alpine are both fairly technical descents; Kings Mountain perhaps less so.
Other useful roads are Bear Creek Road, Hwy 236 through Big Basin State Park, Pescadero Road, and Stage Road. You can also ride along the Pacific Coast Hwy. (North to south is the recommended direction to take advantage of a tailwind.)
Hope this helps.