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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)

2016 May MTB Ride – Nicholas Trail

2016 May MTB Ride – Nicholas Trail

ROUTE: John Nicholas Trail (~10 miles)
Meet at VCC Saturday, May 21 @ 8am in the front parking lot.
Carpooling out at 8:20am.  Expecting to be at the trailhead at 9am.

RIDE INFO: This trail has a bit of everything: flats, descents, climbs, forests, reservoir views, and wildlife.   Come enjoy a fun morning on the trails and enjoy beautiful scenery.  Check out the link for maps and more info on the trail:  MORE INFO & MAP

As always, you will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  It’s a mild May so far but the heat could start at any point…please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.

FOCUS: TBD

Enjoy this fun ride, hope you all can make it!!

-Antonio Aguilar

aaguilar3.aa@gmail.com

2016 April MTB Ride – Circle Loop

2016 April MTB Ride – Circle Loop

ROUTE: Circle Loop (~5-7 miles)
Meet at VCC Saturday, April 30 @ 8am in the front parking lot.
Carpooling out at 8:20am.  Expecting to be at the trailhead at 9am.

RIDE INFO: Circle Loop starts out on Golf Club Drive. Head up until you connect to the Emma McCrary Trail. This first leg is an easy (~7% max) climb through a redwood forest. This climb features bridges, flowy trails, berm, and switchbacks. The climb is interspersed with rolling sections that breaks the ride up nicely.

At the intersection of U-con Trail, Rincon, and Emma McCrary Trail you’ll continue up the climb on the U-con Trail. This is the hardest part of the climb (~7-12% pitch), but it only lasts a mile. Continue through lush forest as this trail winds similarly to Emma McCrary Trail, but with a somewhat steeper climb.  MORE INFO & MAP

You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.  You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this little course.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s still hot on the hills, so plan ahead!

FOCUS: Slow to Speak

Enjoy this fun ride, hope you all can make it!!

-Antonio Aguilar

aaguilar3.aa@gmail.com

2015 September MTB Ride – Wilder Ranch

2015 September MTB Ride – Wilder Ranch

ROUTEWilder Ranch (~10 – 19 miles)
Meet at VCC Sunday, Sept 27th @ 1pm in the front parking lot.
Carpooling out at 1:15pm.

DINNER(OPTION): Eat at Carpo’s in Capitola after this ride, and we would like to have other families join in the fun.  5:30pm ETA.
Here is the info on Carpo’s –> http://www.yelp.com/biz/carpos-restaurant-soquel

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RIDE INFO: The terrain ranges from open, grassy benchlands above (north of) the farms along the beach, to some trail just above the beachside bluffs, to deep redwood-filled canyons. Ocean & city views, a neat sea cave, some wildlife (hawks, herons, egrets, pelicans, seagulls, cormorants, deer, rabbits, bobcat, coyote, seals and sea lions). Climbing is moderate (highest elevation ~ 800′). Many trails, a reasonable amount of nice and challenging forested singletrack with several creek crossings, some dry, some wet. Best on a cool day or a day with high overcast, but clear underneath. Bring binoculars. Redwoods, madrone, a small grove of large eucalyptus, blackberry bushes, and plenty of poison ivy can be found here.  MORE INFO & MAP

You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.  You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this little course.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s still hot on the hills, so plan ahead!

FOCUS: TBD

Special thank you to Kevin DeBella for hosting this ride.  I am out of action right now with a foot injury.  Soooo ready to get back on my bike again!!

Enjoy this fun ride, hope you all can make it!!

-Jason Kellar
408-340-0463

UPDATED DATE: 2015 August MTB Ride – Quicksilver

UPDATED DATE: 2015 August MTB Ride – Quicksilver

RIDE DATE: Saturday, August 29
RIDE TIME:  Meet at Hacienda lot about 8am.
ROUTEQuicksilver (~10.5 miles)
WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s getting hotter on the hills, so plan ahead!

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RIDE INFO: The ride starts from the Hacienda (southeastern) entrance of the park. First comes a fairly long and uninterrupted climb, which makes up the majority of the climb of the entire ride. Starting virtually right at the trailhead, this almost unbroken climb lasts for just under 2 miles at a nearly constant grade around 8.5%. The trail begins a gentle descent after passing the hilltop area that is most densely packed with historic remains.

The descent quickens toward Guadalupe Reservoir and nice views of the reservoir lake open up as a short series of descending (extremely wide) switchbacks begin. Shortly thereafter, you’ll have to make sure you don’t miss the right turn onto Randoll Trail. This marks the beginning of the return portion of your loop.

Randoll Trail weaves in and out of the creases of the hill side and gently undulates over minor humps once in a while. On average, it very gently gains elevation, but you might not even notice this. Overall, Randoll is a pleasant hill-side fire-road ride under partial oak tree cover. Once you reach the first multiway intersection near the beginning of the ride, you’ll know that all that’s left is the short-but-fun steep descent back to the parking lot.

You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.  You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this little course.

-Bruce

Questions, e-mail: strom777@yahoo.com

MTB June – Harvey Bear Ranch

MTB June – Harvey Bear Ranch

RIDE DATE: Saturday, June 13th
MEETING LOCATION:  Starbucks, 1041 Cochrane Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037         Carpooling out at 7:30am.
ROUTE: Harvey Bear Ranch (~10.5 miles)
We may vary this some, depending on riders desires.

CaptureRIDE INFO: The official full name of the park is “Coyote Lake – Harvey Bear Ranch County Park”. The Harvey Bear Ranch section of the park (a major chunk) is a fairly recent addition to what used to be, merely, Coyote Lake County Park. By “recent”, I mean the public availability of this part of the park’s lands has started in 2005, if I’m not mistaken.

While Harvey Bear Ranch features terrain similar to most East Bay rides featured on this site, it is surprisingly different from most of them (at least along the route represented on this page): there aren’t too many steep climbs and not all of the trails are strictly fire roads (though many still are). I think the reason might be that the trails here are not merely repurposed old ranch roads. I get the distinct impression that they were built recently with the aim of being multi-use park trails in the first place. Of course, having seen the trails, if they were built solely to be park trails, one obvious question would be why they are as wide as they are at all. While not exactly like typical fire roads, most trails along this route fluctuate among a narrow fire road, doubletrack, and extra-wide singletrack. Perhaps we can chalk that one up to the love of singletrack not yet having taken enough root in the philosophy of the Santa Clara County parks department…

You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.  You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this course.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s getting hotter on the hills, so plan ahead!

FOCUS: Persevere
I’m going to be in hurting, due to lack of riding.  
Thinking this is my rational for the theme. 😉

-Jason

Questions, e-mail: jkellar08@gmail.com

April MTB – Henry Coe “Hunting Hollow” Moonlight Ride

April MTB – Henry Coe “Hunting Hollow” Moonlight Ride

Date: April 10, 2015 Time:  7pm @ Starbucks   Meeting Location:  Starbucks, 1041 Cochrane Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037 ROUTE: Coe Night Loop (~8.5 miles, 1,468ft Elev) RIDE HOST: Sean Kellar 1891112_726484954054758_2550357099435690171_n RIDE INFO: Not quite a full moon, but we should still have ample light to enjoy this ride in Henry Coe.  We will all be packing lights for our bikes for additional illumination.  There should be a mixture of single track and fire roads on this ride, but we will be pacing ourselves so everyone can have a great time enjoying this unusual riding experience.

Rocketman at Night
Rocketman at Night

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  SPECIAL NOTE:  Make sure you pack you powerful bike lights for this one!!! -Jason Questions, e-mail: jkellar08@gmail.com

2015 April Ride – Santa Teresa County Park

2015 April Ride – Santa Teresa County Park

Date: April 18, 2015

Time:  7:30am @ 20401 Harry Rd, San Jose, CA 95120  (NOTE: CHANGED START LOCATION)  **The plan is to head out at 7:50am**

ROUTE: Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa

Estimate time with rest: ~2:45 (Total ride distant:  11.2 Miles) (Climb:  2,400 ft.)

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THEME:  Love for the lost!  How did Easter service affected you or not?

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s getting hotter on the hills, so plan ahead!

RIDE INFO: Santa Teresa Park is is nice ride, right in our backyard.  Hopefully you can join us as we tour the hills together!

-Bruce Pham

Questions, e-mail: strom777@yahoo.com

2015 March MTB Ride – Quicksilver

2015 March MTB Ride – Quicksilver

RIDE DATE: Sunday, March 22
RIDE TIME:  Meet at VCC at 2:30pm in the front parking lot.  Carpooling out at 2:45pm and should arrive at Hacienda lot about 3:00pm.
ROUTEQuicksilver (~10.5 miles)
WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s getting hotter on the hills, so plan ahead!

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RIDE INFO: The ride starts from the Hacienda (southeastern) entrance of the park. First comes a fairly long and uninterrupted climb, which makes up the majority of the climb of the entire ride. Starting virtually right at the trailhead, this almost unbroken climb lasts for just under 2 miles at a nearly constant grade around 8.5%. The trail begins a gentle descent after passing the hilltop area that is most densely packed with historic remains.

The descent quickens toward Guadalupe Reservoir and nice views of the reservoir lake open up as a short series of descending (extremely wide) switchbacks begin. Shortly thereafter, you’ll have to make sure you don’t miss the right turn onto Randoll Trail. This marks the beginning of the return portion of your loop.

Randoll Trail weaves in and out of the creases of the hill side and gently undulates over minor humps once in a while. On average, it very gently gains elevation, but you might not even notice this. Overall, Randoll is a pleasant hill-side fire-road ride under partial oak tree cover. Once you reach the first multiway intersection near the beginning of the ride, you’ll know that all that’s left is the short-but-fun steep descent back to the parking lot.

You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.  You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this little course.

-Jason

Questions, e-mail: jkellar08@gmail.com

September MTB – Quicksilver

September MTB – Quicksilver

Date: 13 September 2014

ROUTEQuicksilver (~10.5 miles)
Meet at VCC at 8:00am in the front parking lot.  Carpooling out at 8:15am.

IMAG1158RIDE INFO: The ride starts from the Hacienda (southeastern) entrance of the park. First comes a fairly long and uninterrupted climb, which makes up the majority of the climb of the entire ride. Starting virtually right at the trailhead, this almost unbroken climb lasts for just under 2 miles at a nearly constant grade around 8.5%. The trail begins a gentle descent after passing the hilltop area that is most densely packed with historic remains.

The descent quickens toward Guadalupe Reservoir and nice views of the reservoir lake open up as a short series of descending (extremely wide) switchbacks begin. Shortly thereafter, you’ll have to make sure you don’t miss the right turn onto Randoll Trail. This marks the beginning of the return portion of your loop.

Randoll Trail weaves in and out of the creases of the hill side and gently undulates over minor humps once in a while. On average, it very gently gains elevation, but you might not even notice this. Overall, Randoll is a pleasant hill-side fire-road ride under partial oak tree cover. Once you reach the first multiway intersection near the beginning of the ride, you’ll know that all that’s left is the short-but-fun steep descent back to the parking lot.

You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through.  You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this little course.

WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water.  Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water.  It’s getting hotter on the hills, so plan ahead!

-Jason

Questions, e-mail: jkellar08@gmail.com