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Old 10-20-15, 11:34 PM
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Good 100 mile bike rides around SF

I am a noob cyclist and have done a few 35 mile rides around the city. I would like to kick things up a notch and do a 100 mile(or rather around a 100 mile) bike ride somewhere around the city. I tried searching online but was not able find anything promising(the exciting ones were between 200-500 miles or less than 50 miles). Any suggestions?
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Old 10-21-15, 11:23 AM
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Here are a couple options:

1) Take Bart to Orinda, ride north on San Pablo Dam Rd, turn right on Bear Creek Rd, turn right on Alhambra, continue on Reliez Valley, turn left on Grayson, turn right on the Contra Costa Canal Trail, right on Oak Grove, left on Ignacio Valley, right on Clayton/Marsh Creek, right on Morgan Territory, right on Manning, right on Highland, right on Camino Tassajara, right on Blackhawk Rd, right on Mt Diablo Scenic up South Gate Rd (at the junction opt for Summit and down to same point, or continue), down on North Gate Rd, straight on Walnut/Bancroft, left on CC Canal Trail, right on Iron Horse Trail, left on Treat Blvd to the Bart Station.

2) Ride across the GG Bridge, right to Sausalito and follow your way to Larkspur, Kenfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax, and follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd to Nicosia Valley Rd, right on Nicasio Valley Rd, left on Pt. Reyes Petaluma Rd, left on Pacific Coast/Shoreline Hwy, left on Fairfax-Bolinas Rd, straight on Ridgecrest Blvd, right on Pan Toll Rd, left on Panoramic Hwy, left on Sequoia Valley, right on Edgewood/Molina, right on Miller toward Sausalito, back to GG Bridge.
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Old 10-21-15, 11:24 AM
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There are lots of organized century rides around the Bay Area. If you don't want to ride with the group, you can find many of the route maps online.
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Old 10-21-15, 06:48 PM
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To follow up on johnny99's suggestion, try the websites for the Valley Spokesmen (Dublin), Grizzly Peak Wheelmen (Berkeley), Diablo Wheelmen or Diablo Bike Club or some such (Walnut Creek) or Cherry City Cyclists (San Leandro) for starters. All are long-established clubs, all have ride sheets on line. And that's just some in the East Bay. There are other clubs with similar info on line on the Peninsula, in Marin and in the South Bay with which I am not familiar.

If there aren't any in the distance you want, try stringing a couple or three shorter rides together.

I'm not trying to brush you off, it just seems like this is a much more efficient way to get you the info you want.

And welcome to the Bay Area. It is a great place to be a cyclist.
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Old 10-21-15, 10:10 PM
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A favorite long ride of mine is to ride south from SF on the coastal route (to take advantage prevailing coastal winds from the north), then cut east over the hills on Tunitas Creek Road, or Pescadero Road & Old La Honda, and then ride back north to SF via Woodside, Canada Road, the Sawyer Camp Trail, and Skyline Blvd to Golden Gate Park. Depending on exactly what version of the ride you do, it's from 90-110 miles.

Out in the East Bay, Bart to Union City, then Niles Canyon, Calaveras Rd, Mt Hamilton, San Antonio Valley, Mines Road, Livermore, back to Bart at Dublin/Pleasanton will give you around 108 miles. Lots of climbing, but nothing terribly steep.
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+1 to finding maps of existing club rides & centuries.

One of other my favorite ways to explore new routes is on mapmyride.com. You don't need to download their app, though it's free and works fairly well. They have a "discover new routes" page. From there you can enter San Francisco, CA as the location ("near" field) and set the mileage parameters you want (either "at least x miles" or set a mileage range). You then get a list of results with expandable thumbnail maps, elevation profiles, etc.

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Old 10-23-15, 06:07 PM
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The Marin Cyclists are a great club north of The Golden Gate.
They are very friendly folks.

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If your current rides are around 35 miles, you may want to ramp up to 100, particularly if the longer ride covers a lot more elevation. A favorite ride of mine is the Alpine Dam loop, about 60 miles for me from SF. (Besides clubs, many bike shops post suggested rides: Alpine Dam Loop Road Ride | Studio Velo)
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