coffee bikeThe monthly no-drop “Coffee Ride” will take place this Saturday, August 2, 2014.

This ride is targeted at newer riders looking for some more fitness or/and group riding experience before joining the regular club ride, non-club riders looking for an introductory ride, and more experienced riders who want to get some recovery miles in their training. The pace and duration should fit squarely as a base/recovery ride in a more experienced riders training calendar, or as a challenging but very achievable ride for a less experienced rider. Women riders should find the pace manageable and are encouraged to join in. If you know someone who is considering joining the club, but would like to ease into it, please send them our way.

We will depart with the regular club ride from Canada/92 at 8:15am, then drop off at the end of Canada and STOP and regroup at Roberts Market, to then do our own ride from there.  This gives riders the length of Canada to decide whether they want to do the regular club ride or get in some social base miles with the Coffee Ride.  The ride leader will drop back through the club ride as we approach Woodside Rd, to announce the ‘no-drop’ regroup at Roberts.

The ride will be somewhere in the range of 2.5 to 3 hours (40-50 miles, 15-17mph), inclusive of coffee stop. The route varies, but a typical ride would take us through Woodside and Portola Valley, then along Foothill Expwy to the Stevens Creek Reservoir. At the reservoir we will double back, making a coffee stop in Los Altos on our return trip back to Canada/92.

The ride is open to both PV members and non-members. If you have not done this ride before, please RSVP to the ride leaders first. For more information or to RSVP, contact the ride leaders, Franklin Rice and Ken Jorgensen (




This month, we are featuring another guest speaker from our “living legends” series, Lindsay Crawford. Lindsay did his first race in July 1953. Yes, many of us were not born yet! Followed by a long break, he returned to the sport at 29 and raced successfully in domestic amateur racing events, with a couple of stints in Mexico. More recently, Lindsay has found a new cycling career racing in the ever-growing European cyclo-sportiv events, such as L’Etape du Tour.

We’ll also be earmarking some time at the end of the meeting for socializing, and hopefully food and drink (if permits can be worked out in time). The meeting will take place on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Taube Community Room at the Belmont Library. All club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

If you’re curious, check the following links for more information about cyclo-sportivs:   Stage of the Tour de France and run by ASO.  Largest and most popular cyclo sportive in Spain.  Same course every year goes into France and back.  Fairly small percentage on non Spanish riders.  Not much English on this site. Google translate can help.  As sportives go, much smaller field.  Always one week after Quebrantahuesos.  Two man team stage race.  Extremely well organized.   A vintage bike ride including over 100 kms on dirt roads.  Not a race, it’s an event.