These rides are open to all-comers. They are not run or sponsored by Peninsula Velo, but many club members choose to participate in them. A word of warning – more often than not a newcomer is challenged by the pace. Don’t be discouraged though! If you get dropped there’s plenty of great riding along the route and you can get back in with the pack when it comes around the loop and heads north on Canada Road. Heck, we all got dropped when we started doing these rides!
*** ALL RIDES START AT THE NORTH END OF CANADA ROAD BY HIGHWAY 92 ***
8:15am Saturday – “no wait” ride
Start at 92/Canada. After riding counter-clockwise around the Portola Valley loop, there’s a regroup at the Chevron station on Woodside Road, immediately after turning off Whiskey Hill Road. Strava link: http://www.strava.com/
8:15am First Saturday of the Month No-Drop “Coffee Ride”
“No Drop” group ride – moderate pace – 2-3 hours.
Ride starts and finishes at the intersection of Canada Road and Highway 92. This ride strives to go slower (and longer) than the weekly 8:15 group ride. 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- and of course, it’s ‘no-drop’ so the pace changes to accommodate. Women riders should find the pace quite manageable and are encouraged to join in. The ride departs from Canada and 92 with the regular club ride, then STOPS and regroups at Roberts Market in Woodside and continues from there. The group will wait for dropped riders and riders with mechanicals. Route varies, but a typical ride would be through Woodside, Portola Valley and down along Foothill to Stevens Creek Reservoir and back, making a coffee stop in Los Altos on the return trip (approx 40-50 miles, 15-17mph). NOTE: RSVP required for this ride. If no RSVPs are received by 6pm on the Friday preceding the ride, that month’s ride will be canceled. Click HERE to RSVP by email.
8:00am Sunday – “no-wait” ride
Very fast pace.
Start at 92/Canada. After riding counter-clockwise around the Portola Valley loop, there’s an optional regroup at the Chevron station on Woodside Road, immediately after turning off Whiskey Hill Road. Strava link: http://www.strava.com/
6:00pm Tuesday and Thursday – “no wait” rides
Very fast pace, typically averaging 22-24 mph.
These rides start on the first Tuesday after the beginning of daylight savings time in March, and end on the third Thursday in September. Note, this time span largely coincides with the Racing Season. These rides are very fast paced with a great deal of aggressive riding.
On Tuesday night, the ride turns east (left) off Canada Road onto Woodside Road at Roberts Market and continues around the Portola Valley loop in a clockwise direction as indicated in the Strava links below. These rides differ from the weekend rides as they’re routed directly along Alpine Road. On Thursday, the route is the same as the Tuesday ride except in the counter-clockwise direction, by turning west (right) onto Woodside Road.
Tuesday night Strava link: http://www.strava.com/
Thursday night Strava link: http://www.strava.com/
5:50pm Tuesday and Thursday “B” rides
For riders desiring a less intense evening ride (19 – 22 mph average), the “B” ride departs from Canada/92 at 5:50 PM. This timing often allows for the B group to rejoin the main ride back up Canada Rd to the finish. The Thursday “B” ride follows the same route as the main Thursday evening group ride above, while the Tuesday “B” ride takes a shortcut back along Mountain Home Road.
Tuesday night “B” Strava link: http://www.strava.com/