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April 2 SF area Marin County C&V Pre-Eroica ride. Be there or be square!

Old 03-26-16, 10:19 AM
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April 2 SF area Marin County C&V Pre-Eroica ride. Be there or be square!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A number of us are planning an informal C&V gathering/ride the weekend before Eroica California and will ride more or less together through the verdant scenery and sublime bicycling routes of west Marin. Note that this is unsponsored, unsupported, and unorganized...basically a flash party with old bikes. You are on your own, so treat this as a solo ride and be prepared for whatever mishaps may befall you. Note that food and water stops are few and far between.

The plan is to start at the Marinwood Community Center, then ride up Lucas Valley Road, through Nicasio and northward, with return via several route options of varying difficulty. We will meet at the start location at 9:30 (where we can gather, chat and ogle bikes) and ride out from there at about 10:00. The start location will be in the vicinity of the Marinwood Community Center parking lot on Miller Creek Road just north of Lucas Valley Road here: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/@38..../data=!3m1!1e3 . There should be plenty of street parking for cars. Do NOT park in the Community Center lot. We are just using the center as a landmark/gathering place.

For those of you there to do more than ogle bikes, head west on Lucas Valley Road which starts with a relatively flat warmup and then goes over Big Rock Hill after a couple of miles. At the end of Lucas Valley turn right and go through the town of Nicasio. Upon hitting the Petaluma-Pt Reyes Rd there are three main choices of ride:

1. Stronger riders could turn right and do the Marshall Wall loop, have lunch at Pt Reyes Station and head back via Nicasio for about a 60 mile, 3500 ft ride. Here's a map of this ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8769290

2. Those wanting fewer miles and less climbing could instead turn left, go through Pt Reyes Station, south to Olema and then come back on the Fairfax-Olema Road, turning north at San Geronimo golf course to get back to Lucas Valley. The second choice is about 43 miles and probably about 3000 ft of climbing Here's a map of this ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/1132722.

3. For even fewer miles, take route 2 but turn left at Platform Bridge Road before getting to Pt Reyes Station, which will cut off about 7 miles and one big climb. Here's the route for this ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/326558. A slight alternative to this is to continue to Pt Reyes Station for a lunch stop then backtrack to Platform Bridge Road, thus avoiding the big Olema grade.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ROUTES 2 AND 3. I strongly recommend that you get off Sir Francis Drake Blvd and instead ride the Cross Marin Trail, which parallels Sir Francis Drake and involves some mild dirt and gravel, perfect Eroica training. However, it's easy to miss the start of it, so pay attention. It occurs at the intersection of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Platform Bridge Road (24.4 mile turn on the route 2 map and the 20.5 mile turn on the route 3 map). From the intersection go north on Platform Bridge Road about 50 feet and turn left on the decrepit road across the bridge. Right after the bridge turn left and go through the tunnel under Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Voila, you're on the trail. About 2/3 the way along the trail you will hit the parking lots of the main Samuel P. Taylor park entrance. Stay to the right, away from the lots, go around the closed gates and continue on the Cross Marin Trail which turns to dirt at this point. It will cross a bridge and continue on the north side of Sir Francis Drake to the trail end, where you cross the creek on another bridge and rejoin Sir Francis Drake.

Food and drink:

There is a little store in Nicasio but no faucets for water.

The Cheese Factory on route 1 has food, faucets and toilets.

Marshall, Point Reyes Station and Olema have various restaurants and sandwich places. In Point Reyes Station the Cowgirl Creamery is good, as is Bovine Bakery and the deli at the south end of the main street. The small park at the north end of the main street is usually abuzz with bicyclists and is a good spot to eat your lunch.

There's a small store somewhere around Lagunitas as I recall.

Other than that, there are not many services along the way. Be prepared!

Who's coming?

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Old 03-26-16, 11:29 AM
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You didn't mention Bovine Bakery. Whenever I'd ride through Point Reyes Station I was under strict orders from my wife to pick up, and not take a bite out of a peanut butter blondie. I always bought 2. Luckily it's nearly physically impossible to eat 2 in the same day.
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Geez. Had I known about this, I'd have flown in a week earlier...
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Very interested. Checking schedule....

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Ill be there, planning to ride Option 1. Thanks for route descriptions and posting this, Dave.

And I think I'll have to check out one of those peanut butter blondies at the Bovine Bakery!

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My Panasonic Team Europe II and I will be there!
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Lately my Saturday "morning" rides have been starting around noon but I'll try my best to show up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with my Paramount in tow.
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Dave, Thanks for setting this up! I'm hoping optimistically I can make it. That said, I'm trying to shake a cold, may have to work on Saturday and will need to be in San Jose by 5pm (which seems feasible). I don't get out to that side of the bay very often, so it'll be fun to explore some new roads and meet some new folks.
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Just bumping this up to the top to make sure it gets noticed by those who might want to ride. Any other interested riders?
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I would love to come, but I probably can't Too much schoolwork this semester.
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Looks like me and a buddy are going to come in from Sac for the 60. Thanks for putting this out there @davester.

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Originally Posted by djkashuba View Post
Looks like me and a buddy are going to come in from Sac for the 60. Thanks for putting this out there @davester.

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Wow, that's dedication! See you Saturday.
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I would love to come, but I probably can't Too much schoolwork this semester.
We'll miss you. However, just think...if you add two extra hours of work each of today, tomorrow and Saturday afternoon, that'll be amount of extra time you need to come and do the ride. Given your pace you might not even need that much time!
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We'll miss you. However, just think...if you add two extra hours of work each of today, tomorrow and Saturday afternoon, that'll be amount of extra time you need to come and do the ride. Given your pace you might not even need that much time!
I appreciate the encouragement! I'll see what I can do, but it is probably not feasible.

Eroica is also probably out this year :\
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About 90% sure I'll be there - don't wait for me if I'm not there when everyone is ready to shove off. I love the idea of ogling bikes and meeting some of the folks who will blow my doors in nest weekend.

I will likely only ride out to Nicasio and back because (a) I have other stuff going on later in the day, (b) I am about the slowest climber you are ever likely to meet, and (c) I am leading another 40 mile or so ride the next day that I will also be using for Eroica prep and I don't want to hurt myself too badly.
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OK, I"m ready to ride. This will be fun. Any last minute participants out there?

Luckily I just went out to the garage to get my bike, and realized that I had a slow puncture. Fixed now and ready to go.

See you tomorrow!
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Perfect ride, thanks again Dave!

Great people, fine weather, I think I'm ready for next weekend. These are the pics I took.

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I had a great time soaking in the sun and avoiding aggressive goats with you all! Oh, and riding bikes. See most of you next week in Paso Robles. Here are some pics:



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What started as a grey looking overcast day burst into sunshine after about 30 minutes. The weather was glorious, the scenery was glorious, and the company was glorious. Those cowgirl creamery sandwiches weren't bad either!

Here are my pics:

Hanging around before the start (Alex [73StellaSX76] and Rich [bikingshearer].


David (djkashuba), with his Eroica-ready Raleigh International


David (djkashuba), his friend Tim on a chrome Paramount, and (Alex [73StellaSX76], getting ready to ride.


The starting lineup...yours truly, DanaConstance, Alex (73tellaSX76), Brett (number nine), David (djkashuba), Rich (bikingshearer), Tim and gaucho777.

On the road at last...
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Tim on his chrome Paramount with a NOS Campy Rally derailleur (I was unsuccessful in absconding with the Rally).


Top of Big Rock grade
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Onwards to West Marin!


The peloton, riding past George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch through the redwood forest.


Nice bell, Dave!


Atop the epic Marshall Wall, with Tomales Bay and Point Reyes in the background.


The bikes look prettier than the guys.


Lunch stop at the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station
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Wow! Great day, great pics! That's a stunning ensemble.
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Hey, Great ride today. The company and scenery was fantastic. Thanks again for organizing, Dave.

A few more photos:















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Pity I'm not closer. This looks like a ride I would have liked. Thanks for sharing the experience.
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Looks like it was a fantastic ride!
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