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Old 03-03-11, 02:30 AM
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Three Bears starting from orinda bart, CW or CCW better route?

Better to go clockwise or counterclockwise?
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Old 03-03-11, 09:18 AM
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I like clockwise
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Either way.
Doing the loop with the San Pablo Dam/Alhambra/Bear Creek loop I would say CW.
The other option is Bear Creek/Alhambra/Reliez Valley/Mt. Diablo which is also CW but takes the Bears on reserve compared to the first loop.
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Clockwise is the more typical/popular way, I believe. I prefer going that way if for no other reason than all your turns are right turns (minimal waiting versus having to make a bunch of left turns).

If you want to see how your time stacks up, GPC uses this loop as the baseline for deciding which of their categories will be the best fit for you: https://www.grizzlypeakcyclists.org/RideRating.html
Or you can try Strava...
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Old 03-03-11, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the info. Cool that GPC has a ride that helps you gauge your level.
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If you're a local you gotta know your CW time. Having said that, CCW is a fun route. Climbing up Pumphouse Hill (long backside of papa bear) is a nice sustained climb; the false flat on Alhambra Valley when you ride CW is a sweet slight downhill sprint CCW; and the gentle climb up SPDR by the dam is a nice higher tempo climb.

So your answer - do it both ways
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CCW but take a right on Happy Valley. 3Bears is one of the least fun ride I've ever done (Dozens of times). Happy valley isn't very happy but it empties you into an infinite amount of possibilities.
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Originally Posted by Tapeworm21 View Post
Happy valley isn't very happy but it empties you into an infinite amount of possibilities.
You might be overselling the cycling appeal of downtown Lafayette there
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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
You might be overselling the cycling appeal of downtown Lafayette there
LOL...

Hey, it's been awhile since I rode Happy Valley. Is all the construction on Charles Hill and area done?

I like Bears CW. That way a I get the climbing all in the last half of the route (including Wildcat home). A great alternate ride is out and back - Bears to Alhambra to Pinole and reverse. Quiet roads, avoiding SPDR. And you get to do the bears each direction with some nice tempo riding in the middle,
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