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Old 05-30-10, 02:01 AM
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group troaining rides near palo alto?

i will be working in palo alto for about a week and was wondering if any one knew of any group rides or sites where i can find rides for training in the evenings during the week and the weekend.

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On Sat there's the Alto velo B ride (read: fast) that leaves pete's coffee in downtown los altos at 8:30 am. Check with Palo Alto bicycles or their web site for other rides
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Man, the last time I did that Alto Velo "B" ride it was hellaciously fast. No joke - 22mph+ up the mild grade on Alpine, and once we hit Old La Honda, most of the group did it in under 23 minutes, which I consider a very hard effort (they passed the entire Stanford cycling team on the way up!). I went through in 24 and was one of the back 5, and just kept pace with the Stanford cycling team. Then they kept riding off to the coast and Tunitas.

I'd hate to see their "A" ride!
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Originally Posted by kellymc
On Sat there's the Alto velo B ride (read: fast) that leaves pete's coffee in downtown los altos at 8:30 am. Check with Palo Alto bicycles or their web site for other rides
Actually, we leave Peet's on State St. in Los Altos promptly at 9:10A on Saturdays. A faster and more aggressive Saturday ride is the Spectrum Ride that leaves Hollenbeck & Homestead on the Sunnyvale/Cupertino border at around 9:00A, I believe. On Sunday there is the AltoVelo A-Ride (faster, longer, fewer stops than the B-Ride) also leaving Peet's on State St. at 9:10A
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Originally Posted by agarose2000
Man, the last time I did that Alto Velo "B" ride it was hellaciously fast. No joke - 22mph+ up the mild grade on Alpine, and once we hit Old La Honda, most of the group did it in under 23 minutes, which I consider a very hard effort (they passed the entire Stanford cycling team on the way up!). I went through in 24 and was one of the back 5, and just kept pace with the Stanford cycling team. Then they kept riding off to the coast and Tunitas.

I'd hate to see their "A" ride!
I think you exaggerate the pace of the B-ride up Alpine. Most times it would be more like 16-17mph max. There must've either been a good tailwind that day or we got sucked up by the Spectrum Ride. 24 minutes up Old La Honda would be a fairly hard effort for me (I haven't timed myself in several years) and the group has to wait for me, anyway!

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Originally Posted by SteveE
I think you exaggerate the pace of the B-ride up Alpine. Most times it would be more like 16-17mph max. There must've either been a good tailwind that day or we got sucked up by the Spectrum Ride. 24 minutes up Old La Honda would be a fairly hard effort for me (I haven't timed myself in several years) and the group has to wait for me, anyway!

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We must have then gotten sucked up with the Spectrum ride. I remember looking several times at my speedo in horror as we were cranking up Alpine at 22, and even commenting to the other guy next to me "wow this is fast - do these guys slow down up there?" to which he replied, "actually, they go faster!" which ended up being true once we hit OLH.

I've been avoiding this ride since I felt it was too fast, but if the group actually goes 17mph max on Alpine, I'd jump back in, as that's easy for me to hold even without a draft.
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thanks for the help everyone, i was looking more for weekday evening rides, if i'm still around on saturday i'll be working and won't be able to make any ride on that day.
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Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz
thanks for the help everyone, i was looking more for weekday evening rides, if i'm still around on saturday i'll be working and won't be able to make any ride on that day.
If you're looking for a fast evening ride there's the Valley Ride:

The Wednesday Ride (aka The Valley Ride). This popular group ride departs from the Los Altos Peet's around 6 pm each Wednesday once day light savings time kicks in. A true hammer-fest, with many local elite riders using it as their hard, midweek training session between weekend races. The route takes you through Woodside and Portola Valley, with an intermediate sprint at the Woodside town line. The climax of the ride is the KOM sprint at the top of Huddart Park, but riders also contest the sprint for the Addison-Wesley sign on Sand Hill road and the sprint for Page Mill road.
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