Bears plus Low Key Ride

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Michael and I left the house and climbed Spruce to join up with Jane Bailowitz and Mark Abrahams (on a tandem) for a T pace GPC club ride starting out from the top of Spruce and Grizzly Peak Blvd in Berkeley.

The route goes along Wildcat Canyon, pass Inspiration Point and drops us down to the intersection of Bear Creek Rd and SPDR. We head west on SPDR to the Park N' Ride lot at the corner of Castro Ranch Rd for a brief regroup. We then climb Castro Ranch before making the descent onto Alhambra Valley Rd. The rolling terrain on this stretch of road brings us to Bear Creek Rd. This road leads us to the climb on Mama Bear. The climb is a little under a mile with the average gradient being 7%. There is a series of big rollers in between before you reach the climb on Papa Bear. Papa Bear is also under a mile long with an average gradient of 7%. You get a blasting descent down Pumphouse before reaching Baby Bear. Baby Bear is the final lip up to the intersection of Bear Creek Rd & SPDR. The gradient hits a max of 12%, fortunately this climb is very short. We continue on Wildcat Canyon, the final climb of the day. Wildcat is 2.5 miles with the average gradient being 7%. The road eases up after you pass the intersection of El Toyonal. There is another regroup at Inspiration Point and then it's back on Wildcat to Spruce & Grizzly.

Thank you Jane & Mark for a fun social ride!
29 riders in attendance with 2 tandems and 25 singles
37 miles with 3597' of elevation gain.

Weather: Sunny skies with the temps reaching a high of 85

*Photos may be enlarged by clicking on the selected images

*Photos are courtesy of Mark Abrahams
To see more photos of the Bears route, check out the Blog Archive from November 2010: The Bears and El Toyonal

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nance, I'm sorry I missed out! I was up in Auburn mt biking. It's been a while since I did that kind of riding so it took me the first half of the day to adjust to the riding on the mt bike. But did well over all. Heading up to Ukiah on Sunday to do the Mendocino Monster.
    C u soon.