Category Archives: NorCal Ride Reports

Santa Cruz coastal ride and Portola Valley Ride Report by Oleg (June 2014)

I spent a few days in Palo Alto, and did two rides on Ritchey Breakaway. The first ride started in Saratoga – easy quick drive from San Jose airport. I wanted to do Marin Headlands but forgot that my flight … Continue reading

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Bay Area Ride Report (Oleg)

I did two long-ish (by my standards – 60+ miles, 6K+ ft of elevation gain, 4+ hrs) rides during my most recent visit to Bay Area. First day I started in Woodside, rode around Portola, went up Page Mill Road, … Continue reading

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Bay Area Descenders Ride with Keith James: Morgan Territory and Mount Diablo

Yesterday Keith James and I met in Bay Area (we started from Walnut Creek) to ride up Mount Diablo (spanish for, like, “Fighting Chicken”). It was good to see Keith and chat with him – doing it over cycling was … Continue reading

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Mt. Hamilton Ride Report (by David Voris)

Here is the trip report for today with Keith (Descenders Norcal). Pictures attached: I stayed up the Bay area this weekend preparing for Rechelle and Audrey to arrive for some college touring in NorCal this weekend. So Keith James (a … Continue reading

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Bay Area Descenders Ride

Jim and I went up to Bay Area for an experiment at the X-ray Free Electron Laser at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, or SLAC. We brought our bikes but it was raining almost non-stop. Except for the last day of our … Continue reading

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Mount Hamilton (ride report by Oleg)

Today I rode up Mt. Hamilton – the West side of Mt. Hamilton is an 18 mile climb  (from East Foothills) with a few short descents thrown in the middle – so even though Mt. Hamilton sits at 4,200ft elevation, … Continue reading

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NorCal Descenders Ride: Dave Voris, Keith and Oleg

(written by Oleg) Since I was visiting Berkeley I wanted to get in a Descenders ride with recent NorCal transplants – Keith and Dave Voris. We met at Castro Valley and soon were climbing up Redwood Road, which offers some … Continue reading

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Tunitas Creek, Old La Honda and Stanford

This is the 4th time my Ritchey Breakaway goes to Bay Area.  Originally my plan was to ride Mt. Hamilton but I decided to change it last-minute and go to Tunitas Creek. It was a great day, with the weather … Continue reading

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Oleg’s Bay Area Ride Report: Mt. Tam and Other Greatest Hits of Marin County

Today I rode Mt. Tam (Tamalpais) from Mill Valley. First I got a bit lost in redwoods near Mill Valley trying to find Panoramic Highway, but instead discovered an awesome narrow, twisty-turny residential road surrounded with redwoods that was rolling … Continue reading

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Oleg’s Berkeley, CA ride: Tunnel, Skyline, Pinehurst Loop, Grizzly Peak

I brought my Ritchey Breakaway travel bike on a trip to Berkeley, CA. (My savings in luggage airline fees alone over the past 6 months are now exceeding $1,000.) I started the ride right after 6AM, just before the sunset … Continue reading

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Bay Area, Day 2: San Francisco, Golden Gate and Mill Valley (by Oleg Shpyrko)

The ride started with taking a BART from Oakland towards San Francisco: Then I was off to ride across San Francisco downtown and across Golden Gate Bridge: The bike path across Golden Gate was closed so we were forced into … Continue reading

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Bay Area Rides: Day 1, Mt. Diablo

My first trip I brought my new Ritchey Breakaway was the trip to San Francisco. I landed in Oakland Airport at 8:30, got my bag at 8:50, got into rental car and drove towards Mt. Diablo, arriving at 10:00AM, got … Continue reading

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