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March Fitness Multi: 44mi-52mi Road & Gravel Routes (Helen, David S, Juan, Earl, Charles D)
Start Location: Trailhead Cafe Meet at 9:00AM; Wheels roll at 9:15AM.
3 terrific ROAD routes and 1 GRAVEL route to raise your fitness level
Please upload the route to your bike computer/phone or print a copy of the turn-by-turn cue sheet for yourself.
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Ride at the pace you want and regroup/stop as you wish or ride along with the leader and the main group. Small pods may form organically during the ride based on your riding speed.
MUST REGISTER TO RIDE: members and non-members.
ROAD: Social AB Pace Group 49 miles/+3,000' 49 miles Social Pace
Helen Kwong will be the Ride Leader for the Social AB Pace12.0-13.5 mph avg. overall speed including all climbs.
A Tempo warm up on Novato Blvd then a power Threshold effort on Marshall wall, the easier side that is. Come back on sweet Tomales Bay and get ready for the 2nd Threshold segment to Cheese Factory. A nice speedy descent back to Trailhead Cafe. Fuel up if you like. Trailhead has a large menu and an impressive selection of craft brews.
ROAD: Moderate B Pace Group 52 miles/ +3,300' 52 miles Moderate Pace
David Snaith and Juan Pommier will be the Ride leaders for the Moderate B Pace, 13.5-14.9 mph average overall speed including all climbs.
Same route as the Social Pace route with the addition of Bear Valley Road and Olema hill at mile marker 30.7 just after Pt. Reyes Station.
ROAD: Brisk C Pace Group 45 miles/ +3,600' 45 miles Brisk Pace
Calling all mountain goats out there. Earl McCowen will ride his own custom designed "Hills of Novato" course at a Brisk C Pace, Leaderless style 45 miles/+3,600'/very hilly rating of +80 vertical feet per mile.
Short and sharp climbs, this route is basically a hill intervals workout, 12 in all near Novato, including one on Rowland Blvd topping out at a crazy nosebleed 17.2% gradient. Attempt only if you want to feel the burn in your quads🤩. Here is a partial summary of the climbs:
*Crest Rd .6mi/+176'/5.6%
*Cerro Crest .8mi/+234'/5.2%
*Bahia Dr .3mi/+170'/3.2%
*Vineyard Dr 1.0mi/+186'/3.5%
*Wilson Ave. 1.3mi/+490'/8.8%
*Canyon Rd & Ridge Rd 1.3mi/+439'/6.9%
*Highland Dr .4mi/+200'/9.5%
GRAVEL: Moderate Pace Gravel course 37 miles/44 miles +1,400' or +2,500' Gravel 37 miles Gravel 44 miles w/ Ponte Ridge
Dive into a 60% paved/40% unpaved mixed surfaces course with Charles Dilworth that takes you east to Rush Creek Preserve and the Bahia Trail then south to the Hamilton Wetlands and Miller Creek. A midpoint coffee stop at Red Whale at 169 Paul Drive, San Rafael; return via Lucas Valley and back through Indian Valley. 37 mile ride OR for those wanting more, challenge yourself with a +1,200 vertical feet of climbing nirvana on Ponte Ridge Trail and rack up 44 miles/ +2,500'. Regular regroups along the way. Sorry, No eBikes please; eBikes are not permitted on any of the unpaved sections of this route. Marin County EBike policy
Ponte Ridge climb 3.9mi/+1,275'/6.5%
***bonus points for guessing the identity of the cyclist in the photo below***
Saturday, March 9, 2024, 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Trailhead Cafe parking lot, San Marin Plaza
127 San Marin Dr.
Novato, CA 94945
Registration is required
- If you’re not a member, we’d love to have you join us!
- Be safe! Ride single file; make rooms for cars to duck into on single lane roads
- Sound off when cars are passing.
- Rotate the pace line; give everyone a chance on the front.
- Regroup on hills, try to stay together
- Have fun, make a friend
Registration cancellations will be accepted
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47 mi Social AB Pace with Helen
52 mi Moderate B Pace with David Snaith & Juan Pommier
45 miles (Hilly) Brisk C Pace Leaderless with Earl
GRAVEL 37/44miles Moderate B Pace with Charles Dilworth