Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ride Update

The ride will start and finish at Lake Temescal in Oakland.

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Registration will open at 11:30 and take place at the northwestern corner of the lake. $5 will sign you up for the ride, get you a map of the route, and get you food and refreshments at the end. Ride will begin at 12:30 sharp. I expect the first riders to complete the route in about 2.5 to 3 hours.

If you plan to take BART, disembark at Rockridge Station and make your way over to Broadway via Chabot Road or Keith Avenue. Ride up the hill to the lake and turn right into the parking lot. We'll be set up somewhere on the lawn directly in front of you.

If you plan to head over in a car, park on Broadway if you want to save yourself some money.

Will I need to carry a bag for the ride?
No. However, if you want to bring a bag with a change of clothes or whatever else, we will have a bag check at registration.

Will I need a lock for the ride?
No. Unless you plan to leave your bike locked to a tree in the middle of the forest.

Well, if I don't need a bag and I don't need a lock, what do I need to bring?

A Bike - The route is about 50/50 road and dirt, so bring whatever bike you think is best suited for the conditions. Just keep in mind that the East Bay is very hilly and some of the trails may be muddy. Unless your Adam (128), I strongly discourage riding a fixed gear without a front brake.

Layers - Depending on the weather, bring enough clothing to stay warm and dry throughout the race.

Water - Since the ride will take place in several regional and local parks with water fountains, water will be readily available. However, I recommend that you carry at least one water bottle to get through some of the drier sections.

Tools - While the route will never take you too far from civilization, I strongly encourage riders to bring at least a spare inner tube, patch kit, multi-tool and pump.

Ride safe! I look forward to seeing you on the 7th!

1 comment:

  1. fyi - Don't leave anything visible in your car if you park on Broadway. Popular smash and grab location.