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    Epic East Bay Wrecking Crew Ride

    Since I am posting this, this will most likely be another epic Wrecking Crew ride. So here is the plan. Start at Fremont Bart, climb Palomares, through Castro Valley, Redwood, Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak, Tilden Park, then loop back to Fremont. We figure we can probably fuel up in Berkeley and Castro Valley. However, if some locals can join us, you may know of better places for a food stop.

    Start: Fremont Bart
    When: 1/23/2010, 8 am
    Distance: About 80 miles

    Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3422572
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Man, I've been wanting to do a ride like this for a while, but can't make this.

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    8am... east bay....

    hmmmm I want to, but not sure.

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    I want.. no, need.. to do rides like this. Time with Troy and the trainer just isn't cutting it.
    But I have to travel to a conference and miss this.
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    What is the elevation gain on this? Why is it not drawn on bikeroutetoaster, ridewithgps, gpsies, bikely, or any other of the better route sites?

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    gpsies version: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=bjrwclqqxvzdzooo

    They claim 85 miles and 13800'. Have fun!

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    84.6 miles and 8683' elevation gain/loss. This seems closer to reality.

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/27380

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    gpsies may be a bit above average...

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    Oh good, ridewithgps now works. The cue sheet didn't have anything last week. It also looks like they changed their elevation algorithm. It looks a bit more accurate than before.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    Since I am posting this, this will most likely be another epic Wrecking Crew ride. So here is the plan. Start at Fremont Bart, climb Palomares, through Castro Valley, Redwood, Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak, Tilden Park, then loop back to Fremont. We figure we can probably fuel up in Berkeley and Castro Valley. However, if some locals can join us, you may know of better places for a food stop.

    Start: Fremont Bart
    When: 1/23/2010, 8 am
    Distance: About 80 miles

    Map: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3422572
    Look for us out there - we're starting from the Orinda BART, and will go up the big Pinehurst, down Skyline and Redwood then back to Moraga over little Pinehurst before tackling the 3 bears. Not quite as much mileage or climbing as you guys!

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    If you guys want to refuel in Berkeley you can stop at the Peet's on Domingo near Tunnel and Ashby (just off Claremont). Viva Taqueria and Left Coast Cyclery are there as well.

    The only suggestion I would make is skipping College Ave. as it's not very bike-friendly, and cutting through campus via Warring and Piedmont to get over to Centennial.

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    Thanks for the suggestion powpow ... very much appreciated.
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    spingineer, for future reference, what is the normal protocol on your rides ? i.e. how often do you guys stop/break ? do you wait on others after every significant climb ? I don't think i'm in good enough shape to join you guys at the moment, but i'm hoping by summer time i might have a chance.

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    I'm in terrible shape at the moment, but I may be interested in doing 1/2 the ride and just stopping in Berkeley. I could bart down and then I'd be right at home at the turn-around point. Of course I could always decide to bart back from Fremont if I were feeling strong and wanted to keep going...

    College ave isn't too bad on a weekend, and there's lots of food options at College and Ashby so that's a plus. If food isn't necessary (or people do Peets) we can shortcut by Clark Kerr as suggested by powpow.

    Count me in for at least 1/2 at the moment. Is it alright if I catch the train arriving at 7:57? Maybe PM me your cell so I can give heads up if there's a delay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmose View Post
    spingineer, for future reference, what is the normal protocol on your rides ? i.e. how often do you guys stop/break ? do you wait on others after every significant climb ? I don't think i'm in good enough shape to join you guys at the moment, but i'm hoping by summer time i might have a chance.
    We regroup at the top of every climb and after any significant stretch of flat (especially if anyone got dropped). Stopping for food goes up and down. In the winter we've been riding through more often, just relying on whatever food we have. When it was warmer, and there was more daylight, we were more likely to stop for lunch. I usually bring enough food to get through the ride without stopping, just in case it goes that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shatdow View Post
    I'm in terrible shape at the moment, but I may be interested in doing 1/2 the ride and just stopping in Berkeley. I could bart down and then I'd be right at home at the turn-around point. Of course I could always decide to bart back from Fremont if I were feeling strong and wanted to keep going...

    College ave isn't too bad on a weekend, and there's lots of food options at College and Ashby so that's a plus. If food isn't necessary (or people do Peets) we can shortcut by Clark Kerr as suggested by powpow.

    Count me in for at least 1/2 at the moment. Is it alright if I catch the train arriving at 7:57? Maybe PM me your cell so I can give heads up if there's a delay.
    Hey Matt, would be good to catch-up with you. I'll PM my contact details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    We regroup at the top of every climb and after any significant stretch of flat (especially if anyone got dropped). Stopping for food goes up and down. In the winter we've been riding through more often, just relying on whatever food we have. When it was warmer, and there was more daylight, we were more likely to stop for lunch. I usually bring enough food to get through the ride without stopping, just in case it goes that way.
    Ahmose,

    Ygduf is correct: during winter time we've been taking shorter, and fewer, designated food stops - it's just too cold and we lose all forward momentum. We just usually cram food down when waiting at re-groups.

    No one gets dropped as this isn't a race. Feel free to join now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellum76 View Post
    Hey Matt, would be good to catch-up with you. I'll PM my contact details.
    Thanks Michael, info received!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellum76
    Ahmose,

    Ygduf is correct: during winter time we've been taking shorter, and fewer, designated food stops - it's just too cold and we lose all forward momentum. We just usually cram food down when waiting at re-groups.

    No one gets dropped as this isn't a race. Feel free to join now.
    This sounds good to me. I did 46 last Saturday nonstop and it worked great. Keeps you warmed up. I had a planned stop that I just skipped because it felt better to ride.

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    I guess I'm the ride leader, aren't I? Anyhow, looks like you guys got all the info needed. See ya Saturday!
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    It's raining ... damn. I'm cancelling this ride ...
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Not a bad idea. Just looked outside and it's very uninviting. Maybe reschedule for tomorrow? Although it looks like the forcast has been updated for more rain tomorrow too...that sure changed quickly.

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