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2017 October – Gilroy Hot Springs/Canada Road

2017 October – Gilroy Hot Springs/Canada Road

Date: 28 Oct 2017

Route: Harvey Bear Park, Hot Springs, Canada Loop (~30 miles)
Meet at Harvey Bear Park at San Martin Ave and New Ave in Morgan Hill at 7:30am.  Where wheels will be rolling from Harvey Bear Park at 8am.

RIDE INFO:  We will leave from Harvey Bear Park on San Martin Ave in Morgan Hill.  We make our way south on New Ave.  A left on Roop Road.  This is the biggest climb of the day up to the top (2 mile climb).  At the top is 1st rest stop where we will regroup.  There is restrooms at this stop.  We will follow the creek back to Canada Road and turn right.  Follow Canada all the way back down to Hwy 152.  (Please be careful going down and check your speed.  When you come to Hwy 152, we will wait and regroup.  (Be careful at Hwy 152).  Slight right on Ferguson and at Right turn on Crews Rd.  Left on Dryden and right on New Ave.  Follow New Ave all the way back to the car.

This is a moderate to advance ride.   Even though it is fall time, we can experience both warm and cool temperatures.  Please bring enough water and food to start refueled.  No place to purchase water so please bring enough to be prepared for refueling.  As usual, we leave no one behind and there will be lots of encouragement from everyone to make sure we all can complete this challenge.

If you have questions about meeting location or the ride, please let me know.  Thanks

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, snacks & water.

Focus:  There is Hope

-Tom

Questions, e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net

2017 September: Viva Calle SJ (9/17/17)

2017 September: Viva Calle SJ (9/17/17)

Date:  17 Sept 2017

Paceline Adventure  is where all the links of Paceline can come together and enjoy a day of fun.  The actual riding is minimal (all different kind of bikes and all different kind of people are welcomed) and more focused on fun filled activity to grow friendship and community.

Viva Calle SJ is a San Jose City event where a designated (7+ mile) route (Lake Cunningham to Japantown) will be closed off to car traffic and available for runners, bikers, walkers, etc to take the streets.  There will be various festivities (musical, exercise groups, food, crafts, etc) happening all day at Viva Calle SJ as well as mobile feast trucks all around.  Checkout their website!

Paceline will be meeting up at Lake Cunningham at 9:30am near the start for the Opening Ceremony.  The course opens at 10am with the Mayor’s Heroes Ride where we will be honoring the heroes of the community.  With that ride, we will do a cruise ride where we just enjoy the sights and sounds of the event.  People can stop at local vendors and/or business to see what is offered.  Again, this fun day of just being out and seeing the SJ community.  I typically have lunch around 11:30am where everyone is welcome to join me at one of the local food trucks or you are free to continue to enjoy the rest of the festival.

If you don’t want to ride, feel free to run, walk, or all the above the activities.

Parking: Finding parking will be challenge because various roads will be closed.  I encourage people to either ride from home or find a convenient spot close to the route where you can park to ride to the starting location.  Please plan ahead in order to allow enough time get there so we all can start on time.

Venture Church Service:  This event is on a Sunday morning at the same time as Sunday morning services.  I encourage people to attend Saturday night services (either 4pm or 6pm) so that you don’t miss any of the sermon series.

If there are any questions (starting times, locations, parking), please let me know at tluzod@sbcglobal.net.  I will be happy to answer any of your questions.  Mark your calendars and I looking forward to having some fun with all the people of Paceline riders.

-Tom (tluzod@sbcglobal.net)

2017 September Road Ride – Urban Ride

2017 September Road Ride – Urban Ride

Date: 2 August 2017

Route: Urban Alviso Ride (~35 miles)
Meet at Venture Christian Church (16845 Hicks Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032) at 7:30am in the front parking lot and on the bike leaving at 8am.

RIDE INFO:  We will leave from church and make our way through Willow Glen.   Eventually, we will be on the Guadalupe River Trail all the way out to Alviso.  We will then return on the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail.  Once back in Santa Clara, we will find our way back through downtown San Jose and finishing back at the church.

This is a very flat ride with lots street riding outside of the different trails.  I will plan on bringing turn-by-turn directions to make sure everyone can find their way.  The weather conditions for this weekend is going to be hot.  So be sure to bring water and food for refueling.  The link above allows you to preview the route to judge the level of the ride.  As usual, we leave no one behind and there will be lots of encouragement from everyone to make sure we all can complete this challenge.

New Paceline Jerseys and more

New Paceline Jerseys and more

Paceline New Jersey Design and Apparel
I am super excited to announce that we have new Paceline Jerseys and apparel.  I know it’s been long overdue and appreciate Jakroo to design and provide new Paceline apparel for us.  To help us with ordering and supplying us, Jakroo will be opening a Paceline Team Store for us that will allow everyone to get the gear they want. This is an awesome service and convenient way for entire group to get best pricing and Paceline Cycling clothing.

Here is how the Team Store will work for this 1st batch. An Ordering Cycle (about 2-3 weeks) will open where everyone can go in and place their own order.  Each order will go towards group pricing but have the convenience of each individual will pay for their items online AND get those items shipped directly to them.  Which means there is no exchange of funds or clothing with me.  The Team Store is currently open and this cycle will remain open until Aug 17th at midnight PST.  After that date and time, the Ordering Cycle will close and those items that were purchased will be manufactured and shipped to each individual.  Current ship date will arrive by Aug 31st.

Let’s say you missed this round and want to order after the 1st Ordering Cycle.  Great news is that you can!  After this 1st Order Cycle, the Team Store will remain open and collect orders in a bi-monthly delivery options.  Jakroo will guarantee that we will never pay individual pricing even on reorders. However, I would recommend individuals order within this first Ordering Cycle to get the best lowest pricing possible.

Here is important info and links below.

Ordering Cycle:  Opens on Aug 3rd and closes on Aug 17th at Midnight PST.  Tracking information will be emailed to you 2-3 days prior to your actual delivery date. Jakroo uses FedEx and they indicate that they typically delivers around 10:30am and requires signature release. Please contact FedEx for options of signature release for your delivery.

Sizing:  Please look up Jakroo’s sizes/fitting guidelines (https://www.jakroo.com/us/fit—sizing.html).  This will help to cut down on not getting the right fit and items.  Also if you have questions about particular sizes, feel free to contact Claire Sayle, Jakroo Senior Account Manager.  Contact me if you would like Claire’s contact info.  If you are interested in using Jakroo’s Guaranteed Fitting process, please submit the following info to Claire and she will help you with the process:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Chest 
  • Waist (at belly-button)
  • Hips 
  • Inseam

Pricing:  (http://www.jakroo.com/price-sheets/JAKROO-2017Q2-US_Pricing.pdf)

Clothing Options:  We have selected a variety of clothing options that hopefully will fulfill everyone’s needs in making their own Paceline Kits.  Here is a short list that you will be able to view within the Team Store:
(http://shop.jakroo.com/Paceline-Cycling)

  • Jerseys (Road & MTB)
  • Shorts / Bibs
  • Outwear (Jacket & Vest)
  • Accessories (Arm Warmers)

FAQs:  https://www.jakroo.com/us/faq.html

2017 August Road – Los Gatos/Saratoga via Stevens Canyon Rd

2017 August Road – Los Gatos/Saratoga via Stevens Canyon Rd

Date: 12 August 2017

Route: Stevens Canyon/Mt Eden Loop (~37 miles)
Meet at Venture Christian Church (16845 Hicks Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032) at 7:30am in the front parking lot and on the bike leaving at 8am.

RIDE INFO:  We will leave from church and up Los Gatos-Almaden Rd via Blossom Hill and Hardwood.   Once we get into Los Gatos, we will make a right on Los Gatos Blvd and then a left on Lark Ave.  Another right onto Winchester Blvd and left on Wimbeldon.  We wind through Los Gatos and pop back out onto Quito Rd.  We will travel out to Saratoga via Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.  Make a Right on Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.  Finally make a left on Prospect and zing-zang with making a left on McClellan.  This will lead us out to Stevens Canyon Rd and eventually ending up on Mt Eden Rd.  Left on Pierce and right back onto Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.  We will follow Saratoga Los Gatos Rd back to Los Gatos with a Right on Ridgecrest Ave.  We will then pop out at Main St in Los Gatos with our final ending climb will be Kennedy Rd (Right) and then downhill left on Hicks.

This is a moderate ride with some decent mileage and lots of climbing.   Please be prepared for weather conditions and bring enough water and food for refueling.  There are places to get water but plan accordingly with bringing some money.  The link above allows you to preview the route to judge the level of the ride.  As usual, we leave no one behind and there will be lots of encouragement from everyone to make sure we all can complete this challenge.

2017 June Road Ride – Gilroy Hot Springs / Canada Rd Loop

2017 June Road Ride – Gilroy Hot Springs / Canada Rd Loop

Date: 17 June 2017

Route: Harvey Bear Park, Hot Springs, Canada Loop (~30 miles)
Meet at Harvey Bear Park at San Martin Ave and New Ave in Morgan Hill at 7:45am.  We will be on the bike leaving from Harvey Bear Park at 8am.

RIDE INFO:  We will leave from Harvey Bear Park on San Martin Ave in Morgan Hill.  We make our way south on New Ave.  A left on Roop Road.  This is the biggest climb of the day up to the top (2 mile climb).  At the top is 1st rest stop where we will regroup.  There is restrooms at this stop.  We will follow the creek back to Canada Road and turn right.  Follow Canada all the way back down to Hwy 152.  (Please be careful going down and check your speed.  When you come to Hwy 152, we will wait and regroup.  (Be careful at Hwy 152).  Slight right on Ferguson and at Right turn on Crews Rd.  Left on Dryden and right on New Ave.  Follow New Ave all the way back to the car.

This is a moderate to advance ride.   Even though it is cool now, we could still experience hot temperatures. Please be prepared and bring enough water & food for refuel on ride.  No place to purchase water so please bring enough to be prepared for refueling.  As usual, we leave no one behind and there will be lots of encouragement from everyone to make sure we all can complete this challenge.

If you have questions about meeting location or the ride, please let me know.  Thanks

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, snacks & water.  Summer is among us and the weather will be warm.

Focus:  Heroes – The SAG Wagon

-Tom

Questions, e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net

2017 July Road Ride – Wipeout Cancer Ride

2017 July Road Ride – Wipeout Cancer Ride

Date: 29 July 2017

Route: Wipeout Cancer Ride (100-km route)

RIDE INFO:  For our July Group Ride, we will be doing the Wipeout Cancer 100km ride. I did this route last year and it was a great ride that supports a great network, Cancer Care Point, for cancer patients.  To join this ride, each person will require to register through the Wipeout Cancer Website (link above) and paying all the registration costs.  If you plan on coming to this ride, please plan accordingly and sign-up early.  The ride begins at Cabrillo Middle School – 2550 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051 and leaves 7:30am.  Please sign-up via the Wipeout Cancer Sport Day website.

Focus:  It’s the Little Things

-Tom

Questions, e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net

2017 May Road Ride – Camel Hump Route

2017 May Road Ride – Camel Hump Route

Date: 27 May 2017

Route: Los Gatos Tour (~23 miles)
Meet at VCC at 7:45am in the front parking lot and on the bike leaving at 8am.

RIDE INFO:  We will leave from church and head out on Camden with a left on Blossom Hill Road.  We will zig-zag through Harwood and Los Gatos Almaden Rd.  Once we get into Los Gatos, we will make a left on Los Gatos Blvd and then a right back on Blossom Hill Rd.  Another right onto N Santa Cruz and left on Wimbeldon.  We wind through Los Gatos and pop back out onto Quito Rd then through more side streets via Daves Ave where pop out onto Saratoga Los Gatos Rd.   We will travel out to Saratoga via Saratoga Los Gatos Rd where we will have rest stop/regroup across the street from Fire Station in Saratoga near the Starbucks.  We will follow Saratoga Los Gatos Rd back to Los Gatos (optional climbs through Saratoga hills for the experienced).  Our final ending climb will be Kennedy Rd.

This is a moderate ride with some quick climbs but very short.  Please be prepared for weather conditions and bring enough water and food for refueling.  There are places to get water but plan accordingly with bringing some money.  The link above allows you to preview the route to judge the level of the ride.  As usual, we leave no one behind and there will be lots of encouragement from everyone to make sure we all can complete this challenge.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, snacks & water.

Focus:  Material Change versus Internal Change

-Tom

Questions, e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net

2017 March Road Ride: Pre-Season Warm-up

2017 March Road Ride: Pre-Season Warm-up

Date:  25 March 2016

Route: Pre-Seaon Paceline Warm-up (~27 miles)
Meet at VCC front parking lot at 7:45am.  We will be on the bike leaving VCC at 8am.

RIDE INFO:  We make our way south on Camden Ave then right onto Leyland Park Dr.   Make a right on Echo Valley Dr the left on Glenn View Dr and finally a right on Rajkovich Way.  We will cross over Almaden Expressway to Via Valiente with a right onto Camden Ave.  Before making right on Harry Rd this will be our first regroup area.  We take Harry Rd to New Almaden Rd.  We will follow that back to Hicks where we will have 2nd regroup.  We will go back the same way we just came to Harry Rd.  Slow climb up Harry to IBM Hill and go down to Bernal Rd.  Left on Heaton Moor Dr. with another left on Curie.   Final zig-zag on Snell to get to Collen and take that all the way to Santa Teresa.  Left on Santa Teresa and another left on Coleman all the way back to the church off of Hicks Rd.

This shorter ~27 mile warm-up is to give you prepped for everything.  March can bring some sprinkles and wet roads; so please dress for any kind of weather.  If we do have wet roads, we will be taking it slower to make sure everyone is safe.  Please bring enough water and food to start refueled.  There will be several gas stations along the way to use as refuel or bathroom stops.  Please make sure that you let the leader know you plan on stopping.  Paceline Rides are always a  “No Drop Policy”.  So we will not leave anyone behind.  In addition, there will be lots of encouragement from everyone to make sure we all can complete this challenge.

If you have questions about meeting location or the ride, please let me know.  Thanks

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, snacks & water.

Focus:  Blessings

-Tom

Questions, e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net

10/29/16: Paceline Road – Mt Hamilton

10/29/16: Paceline Road – Mt Hamilton

 Date: 29 October 2016

Route: Mt Hamilton (~40+ miles)
Meet at the corner of Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Rd at 7am.   All parking is on street (see route map link).  Expect to be on the bike leaving by 7:15am.

RIDE INFO:

Paceline members asked for it and I figured this is a way to finish the Paceline Season…climbing Mt Hamilton!

We will begin at the corner of Alum Rock Ave and Mt Hamilton Road.  The directions for the route are pretty easy.  We ascend up Mt Hamilton Road and continue until you reach Lick Observatory.  There are 3 peaks with Lick Observatory being the final peak. So after each peak you will get a downhill rest before climbing up the next peak.  After rest and recovery at the very top, we will descent back down to the cars with 2 short climbs back out.  For those that never climbed Mt Hamilton, it is a 20 mile climb.  The avg gradient is 5-7% which means it is not very steep but just a long climb.  The last 3-5 miles are the toughest just because you’ve already climbed 3500ft in elevation and you have about another 1200ft more.  So your legs will feel it but we will all do it together and find ways to get to the top.

The link above allows you to preview the route to judge the level of the ride.  I consider this ride a hard ride because of the long ascent with lots of elevation gain.  We need to leave earlier than normal Paceline rides because the climb does take awhile and I want to make sure we are not climbing in the middle of the day heat.  Also, there is very little water along the way until you get to the top of Mt Hamilton.  So we need to make sure everyone brings plenty of water (2 bottles) and some snacks.  There are vending machines at the top with snacks.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, snacks & water. Even though summer is ending, that doesn’t mean that the heat is gone.  So please bring plenty of water and and snacks as you feel is necessary.

Focus:  TBD

-Tom

Please email me if you have any concerns or questions (e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net).  I am here to serve you!