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Old 05-18-10, 05:34 AM
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Grizzly Peak Century

I don't see any recent posts re the Grizzly Peak Century.

I'm from SoCal, and have been wanting to do a century ride in your wonderful part of the state for some time, then my nephew from Murphys told me about a century that I will HAVE to do, and that would be the Grizzly. That one goes around and through my old stomping grounds as a kid. I was born and raised in Rodeo and spent 30 years of my life in NorCal before coming down here in '74.

Looking at the map of the ride, it was inconcievable back when I was young that anyone would ride from the East Bay hills to Rodeo; just wasn't done. Not by anyone that I knew.

It would be fun riding through Rodeo, and of course I'd take a detour and go by the old house at 23 Vaqueros Ave. Then the ride goes on to Crockett for a SAG stop at my alma mater, John Swett High (we were too poor in Rodeo to have our own high school, so we went to Crockett). Then the ride then goes by what used to be my Aunt's house in Crockett, then goes up some incredible steep climb going out of Crockett. I remember driving up that incline and hoping the car wouldn't flip end-over-end.

So, I'd love to hear any ride reports from the Grizzly, or any other info. I'm signing up for next year.

If anyone would like to try a really challenging ride in SoCal, I'd recommend the Mulholland Challenge, my favorite ride down here. It goes through some really beautiful scenery and it is --- a challenge! Lot of steep inclines, like Cotharin and Decker Canyon. Here's some views of the Santa Monica Mountains.:

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The Grizzly Peak Century is a really nice and well organized event that occurs on the first Sunday of May. It starts in Moraga where the lunch stops at mile 70 is also held.

The Northern Loop goes up Pinehurst to Skyline and Grizzly Peak before dropping on to Wildcat Canyon and heading north along the San Ramon reservoir toward Pinole, Rodeo, and Crocket. The steep incline out of Crocket heading to Martinez is McEwen Road, it's steep but not too long at 1 mile but always a quad burner. The route back to lunch includes Pig Farm Hill and the Three Bears, and the always attention getter that is Rheem.
The Southern Loop goes south on Pinehurst, up Redwoods and south on Skyline to the Oakland Zoo. It then heads East toward Castro Valley and back north on Redwood.

On a nice weather day this is a very scenic century. As mentioned above the support is great and the food has the reputation to be the best you can find at an organized ride. A definite recommendation for SoCal cyclists.
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I fully concur. Did it for the first time this year, great scenery, even better support and food.
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I love the route. I've made the Grizzly Peak north loop my regular long training ride out of Alameda. I also recommend the Wine Country Century. They make a great back-to-back pair of rides.
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