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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!

10/11/15 Paceline Adventure: Viva Calle SJ

10/11/15 Paceline Adventure: Viva Calle SJ

Date:  11 Oct 2015

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.  We will repeating a photo scavenger hunt style ride along with the Viva Calle SJ event on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

Viva Calle SJ is a San Jose City event where a designated (6 mile) route 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 Emma Prusch Farm Park (corner of Story and King) at 10:15am on Sunday Oct 11, 2015.  We will go over the rules for our photo scavenger hunt, break up into teams, and layout some logistics for the event.  Once we are in teams and everyone understands the rules, each team will have about 2 hours to ride bikes (or run or walk) along the Viva Calle SJ route.  After 2 hours (around 12:30pm), we will meet back at Parque de los Pabladores (corner of First St and Market St) to have lunch together and hand out awards.  After that, you are free to continue to enjoy the festival or head back to your cars.

Parking:  There are no dedicated areas for parking cars.  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.  From there, you should be able to ride to our starting location and ride back to your car after event.  Also, this event is on a Sunday during 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.  I looking forward to having some fun with all the people of Paceline.

-Tom (tluzod@sbcglobal.net)

2015 March Road Ride

2015 March Road Ride

Date: 21 March 2015

Welcome back to a new Paceline Season!

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 expereinced).  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.  This is early in season and we could encounter some rainy/colder weather which we will ride rain or shine.

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

Focus:  “Why not me” Challenge

-Tom

Questions, e-mail: tluzod@sbcglobal.net

 

2014 October Family Ride ~ Adventure at Alum Rock

2014 October Family Ride ~ Adventure at Alum Rock

What a blast this day is!  Come enjoy this beautiful woodsy ride with the destination being a terrific Wildlife Festival put on by the Youth Science Institute.  We had a great time riding last year and then experiencing the festival ~ seeing raptors, owls, reptiles & a few other critters, meeting master gardeners, doing a few crafts, and listening to music.  We hope you’ll come on out: pedal, walk around – get some exercise, learn some stuff, relax, and enjoy God’s amazing creations!

Date & Time: Sunday, October 5th, 11am

Meeting Place:  Right from the internet: http://www.traillink.com/trail/alum-rock-park-trail.aspx    “Parking and Trail Access  From Interstate 680 take Berryessa Road East. Turn right onto Piedmont Road then left on Penitencia Road. Continue past a residential area on Penitencia Road until you come to a dead-end with a parking lot and signed trailhead.”    You may also park in the nearby neighborhood and bike in.

Route: The trail is 2.4 miles long that includes paved and dirt road portions.  It starts with a short steep incline – our kids just walked their bikes up this part – and then levels out quickly after this.  It passes through  trees and a creek and shared by walkers and a few who run it too – it’s really quite pretty.  The trail becomes paved 1.4 miles in and within a tenth of a mile from there are a lawns, bathrooms, picnic tables, and two playgrounds.   Yay!   Stop here and enjoy the festival.  At some point you may want to ride just a bit further into the park and see stone bridges, grottos and information about the history of this place, the oldest county park in California.  

Here is a link to a full description of the trail and map:  http://www.traillink.com/trail/alum-rock-park-trail.aspx.  You might have to “join” this Rails to Trails Conservancy site to access this view, but it’s a great source of information for riding and hiking and it doesn’t cost a penny.  NOTE: the description talks about a “steep canyon”   — we didn’t find this to be there: whew!

Here is a link to YSI’s October 2014 calendar.  Click on Wildlife Festival to get a description of the event ~ I think it’s the 29th annual this year!  http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=ysiorgcalendar&op=cal&month=10&year=2014

Bring: bike, helmet, water, food/snacks, money to buy more food and drinks, maybe a thin blanket to sit on

Contact: Judy Eagleton at 408-569-4090; text or phone me to let us know you are coming and we will look out for you all.

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

2014 July Family Ride – You Name It !

2014 July Family Ride – You Name It !

The best kind of riding for my family is the kind where we can ride from our front door ~ we feel blessed that this is the Los Gatos Creek Trail, about a mile away and we’re never tired of doing this trail.   Yet, other times, we go for simple – easy, and ride around the neighborhood to a nearby playground or school where we’ll play tetherball, basketball, or tag!   For this month’s ride, we’re game to come to your neighborhood or do a ride that is your family’s favorite!  We can meet at your house or a nearby park,trail, or school or …. you name it!  We’re just happy to be taking a spin with friends.

ROUTE – HOW IT WILL WORK:  For quick planning, text or call Judy (me) at 408-569-4090 by this Friday 7/11 before noon to let me know your family would like to ride this Saturday and from where you’d like to ride.   We can chat about what would work best and then I’ll post it on this website within the hour!  I’ll go with the first place that sounds like it will work and if we don’t ride from your place this month, we’ll do so another month ~ it will be so fun!   If you’d like to ride the LG Creek Trail or Almaden Lake (see previous ride posts), or have another trail you like or want to try, that’s great too; just let me know!

DATE & TIME:  Saturday, 7/12/14, Meet at 10:00am

BRING: Helmet, water, sunscreen, snack

CONTACT: Judy Eagleton at 408–569-4090 (text or voice) or judyreagle@yahoo.com.   Hope to hear from you!

FOCUS: John 3:8

 

 

Paceline BBQ – 6/29/2014

Paceline BBQ – 6/29/2014

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Date: 29 June 2014

Location: Alum Rock Park (Look for the big Paceline Banner to our location)
Time: 3pm to ~6pm

We are looking forward to having a fun time to relax and celebrate the summer getting here with a BBQ.  Each family can bring their own meat to BBQ and also bring a side dish to share with others.  This event is for the whole family so bring your kids and spouses to have to fun.  I’m looking forward to just hanging out and talking with everyone.  So bring a smile (and your don’t forget your BBQ meat).

For any questions, please let me know at tluzod@sbcglobal.net.  If you are planning on coming, please email me that you will be coming.  Hope to see everyone there.

-Tom

June 2014: Los Gatos Creek Trail ~ Note: TIME CHANGE – 1pm Start

June 2014: Los Gatos Creek Trail ~ Note: TIME CHANGE – 1pm Start

Our house will be happy to have a slow Saturday morning this weekend, so we’ll start a ride after lunch instead of in the morning as originally planned.  Hope you all can relax a bit too and then join us for some fun on wheels!

Meeting Place: Los Gatos Creek Trail  Parking Lot on CHARTER OAKS Drive; cross street Lark Avenue.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 21st , 1PM

Route: The creek trail is paved and mostly flat with a few not too steep up/down hills.  We will ride with the goal of making it about two miles into downtown Los Gatos.  We can have snacks and drinks at the park near the library — it will be open and you might want to go in and take a peak!   As a point of reference, it takes about 30 minutes for us to ride this distance with our 8 & 11 year old kids.    Vasona Park, about a mile from the starting point, would be a fine stop if this is as far as your family would like to go.  Otherwise, head on into town for a cool refreshment!  We will ride back when everyone is rested and ready to go.

To learn more about the LG Creek Trail,  See: www.traillink.com/trail/losgatoscreektrail.aspx  

Parking: Small parking lot on Charter Oaks Drive as well as street parking.

Good to Know: Bathrooms – Vasona Park – there is a great playground there with the creek nearby,  Snacks & beverages can be purchased in Los Gatos.

Bring: Bike, helmet, water, snacks, sunscreen; optional: money, bike lock

Questions: Email: judyreagle@yahoo.com; Cell/Text: 408-569-4090

Romans 12:10

2014 May Mountain Ride

2014 May Mountain Ride

RIDE DATE: Saturday, May 31
RIDE TIME:  Meet at VCC at 2:30pm in the front parking lot.  Carpooling out at 2:45pm.
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!
FOCUSOur Careful Unbelief
              . . . do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor              about your body, what you will put on —Matthew 6:25

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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

2014 May Family Ride: Los Gatos Creek Trail

2014 May Family Ride: Los Gatos Creek Trail

Please come out and join us for this family favorite ride!  We plan to make it from Campbell to Los Gatos  and have lunch at Pizza My Heart.   Jim, Judy, Aleia (11) and Lucas (8) hope to see you!!  Check back for updates on this ride or text Judy with questions/ideas (see contact information below).

Meet: Campbell Park located at Gilman & Campbell Ave in Campbell

Date & Time: Saturday, May 24th.  Start  10:30am at Campbell Park – located at Gilman & Campbell Ave in Campbell

Route:The creek trail is paved and mostly flat with a few not too steep up/down hills — not too hard to walk a bike up/down it if needed.  Watch for geese, running water and bridges; there are other bikers/families/joggers/hikers sharing the trail so some steering skills are very helpful. Want More Info on the LG Creek Trail?  See: www.traillink.com/trail/losgatoscreektrail.aspx   

Pace: It took our family about an hour to ride 8 miles ~ stops for water, bathroom, geese viewing and multiple times to answer  “are we almost there?” included!  We will make changes as we need to for everyone’s enjoyment.  No one left behind on this ride … encouragement always available – I think cut up power bar helped!

The last time we rode this trail it was late afternoon and we were running out of time  to bicycle back to Campbell after dinner.  So, Jim rode back to get the car — that was great! 😉   There are options if your kids (or you) don’t want to make this a round trip ride.    .

Mostly Free Parking Options:  1) Los Gatos Creek Trail Parking Lot on Gilman – small though and probably will be full  2) Street Parking on Gilman  3) Parking lot in downtown Campbell (cost?)  4) Pruneyard Parking Lot (free except Pruneyard Towers area).  Here’s an idea: drop off bikes etc. at the park;  park the car at Pruneyard, and then bike the 3/10th of a mile back to the Campbell Park to meet everyone.

Bring: Bike, helmet, water, snacks, money for lunch, a lock in case you want to leave your bike to walk around town.

Food/thoughts for the ride:  Children: Ephesians 6:1-3 ; Parents:Ephesians 6:4

Questions: Email: judyreagle@yahoo.com; Cell/Text: 408-569-4090