The ride will start and finish at Corte Madera Park on Pixley Drive in Corte Madera, just of highway 101 in Marin. We have 150 km to cover, and we’ll start promptly at V past 9.
The first few miles will be a neutralized start through back streets of Marin, winding through a couple quaint and ritzy towns. Before long we’ll head out onto country roads, making a big loop through agricultural and coastal West Marin, where we may encounter such elements as wind, fog, sun, aging hippies and cowshit. We’ll keep the pace on this portion of the ride Casually Deliberate, stopping to regroup and probably to refuel in Pt. Reyes Station, and otherwise as appropriate, then heading up the coast to climb the Marshall Wall and exploring some isolated roads on the border of Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Once we’ve got 100 kms in the legs, we’ll head back through Fairfax and climb over Mt. Tamalpais (allegedly, the birthplace of mountain biking), via the Bolinas-Fairfax Road and Alpine Lake to Ridgecrest, which is sure to cause some real suffering and the abandonment of any remaining pretense to casualness. At the top of Bo-Fax you’ll feel you’ve already climbed a mountain, only to have a rendezvous with the Seven Sisters, 7 steep, short climbs overlooking Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean. You will call them something less courteous by the time they are down with you. From there we’ll have a magnificent descent into Mill Valley, and one last short climb and descent back to the start. Following that we will repair to the Marin Brewing Co. for Malted Recovery Beverages and food that will not be English Curry.
We hope you can join us. VLVV.