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Nicasio to Elephant Seals 62mi/53 miles Brisk*Moderate*Social Pace (Margie, Frank)



Let's check out the Elephant Seals in Pt Reyes National Seashore.  With any luck, there will be some very large mammals with their very large babies hanging out at Drakes Beach and Chimney Rock.

Meet in Nicasio in front of Rancho Nicasio at 9:15 am and wheels roll at 9:30 am.  We will ride through Pt Reyes Station (optional bathroom stop), pass Inverness and up Tomales Bay Grade.  Then enjoy the views up on the ridge before screaming downhill to sea level.  Have a snack, use the restroom, and gawk at the elephant seals at Drakes Beach.  Rest up for the steep climb out of Drakes Beach.  The shorter route option will then return to Nicasio the way they came.

The longer route will then ride over the rollers further out Sir Francis Drake, turn left at the end to Chimney Rock.  There is an overlook for more elephant seals and often lots of pelicans and more seals near the Lifeboat Station down another steep hill.  After taking in the wonders of wildlife and gorgeous cliff views, we will turn around and head back to Nicasio.  Moderate pace will have a leader.  Brisk pace will be leaderless style. Please make sure you know the route.

Rider Leaders:
Brisk Pace-Leaderless
Moderate Pace-Margie Baer
Social Pace-Frank Valentini




Ride Statistics


Social (AB) Pace
51.9 miles
2839 feet of climbing
55 feet of climbing per mile
Hilly route
Overall Average Moving Speed 12- 14 mph
Route Map

Notable Climbing Difficulties
1.  Tomales Bay Grade 0.8 miles at 8.6% average grade
2.  Drakes Beach Climb Out 0.9 miles at 5.8% average grade but max grade 12.4% for 0.26 miles
Moderate  (B) or Brisk  (C) Pace
63.1 miles
4040 feet of climbing
Hilly Route (64 feet of climbing per mile)
Overall Average Moving Speed 14 - 16 mph Moderate or 16-18 mph Brisk Group
Route Map


Notable Climbing Difficulties
1.  Tomales Bay Grade 0.8 miles at 8.6% average grade
2.  Drakes Beach Climb Out 0.9 miles at 5.8% avg/12.4% max
3.  Chimney Rock Return 1 mile at 7.8% average grade

When:
Saturday, December 16, 2023, 9:15 AM until 2:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Where:
Nicasio Town Square
Old Rancheria and Nicasio Valley Rd
Nicasio, CA  94946

Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Margie Baer
B Moderate Pace Ride Leader 62 miles
4153789371 (p)
 
Frank Valentini
AB Social Pace Ride Leader 53 miles
415 902 6840 (p)
Category:
Multi Levels
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Members and Non Members welcome to attend
Everyone please register
Greater than 20% chance of rain automatically cancels this ride
Cancellation Policy:
Members please log in and cancel your registration if you can not attend.

Non-Members, to cancel your registration, please email the contact above.
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Moderate (Margie) or Brisk Pace (Leaderless)
Social Paced with Frank Valentini