Alto Velo Club Rides
Alto Velo club members organize and lead rides almost every day of the
- The Sunday A Ride. A long,
aggressive ride, often with significant climbing. The route frequently
goes out to the coast and back, so if you are unsure about your
fitness, we'd recommend trying the B Ride first.
Though the pace may be fast at times, the ride always regroups
at the top of significant climbs. The group meets at Peet's Coffee
in Los Altos at 9:00 am, Sundays. If the web page is not up to date,
Check the AV list on yahoogroups
for the latest route.
- The Saturday B Ride. The
pace of this ride is slower then the A ride, with an emphasis on a
steady pace with short regroups. If you need to really hammer, go on
the A ride. The B Ride meets at Peet's in Los Altos at
9 am on Saturdays. If the web page is not up to date,
Check the AV list on yahoogroups
for the latest route.
- The Wednesday Ride. The Wednesday Ride is
typically an epic ride through the coastal mountains led by Dave Stahl.
Local pros often use this ride as an opportunity to get in some steady,
easy miles, and this is a great opportunity to ride with them. It meets
at Peet's in Los Altos at 9:00 am
and leaves at 9:10 am - arrive early if you want coffee.
- The Egan Ride. If you have to do intervals,
the Egan rides is one of the least painful ways to do them. It leaves
from the Egan Middle School in Los Altos at 6 pm
on Tuesdays once day light savings time takes effect. The route
typically winds its way through Los Altos Hills in a serpentine roller
coaster of climbs and descents designed to generate a
deep lactic acid burn in even the strongest riders.
- The Juniors Ride. Alto Velo
now supports a juniors program. They will meet the first Sunday
of the month. Check the AV list on yahoogroups
for the time and place.
Other Local Group Rides
Alto Velo club members can often be found on these other local group
- The Spectrum Ride. The Spectrum Ride
officially starts at the Starbucks at the corner of Hollenbeck and
Homestead in Sunnyvale, but often picks up additional riders as it
motors along Foothill expressway toward Palo Alto. The route has
changed somewhat over the years, and now winds its way through
Portola Valley, and out Canada road through Woodside. Riders
typically contest hot spot sprints at the Woodside town line,
and the end of Canada road. This local classic starts each Saturday at
9 am, and typically rolls past downtown Los Altos around 9:15.
- The Noon Ride. For those that desire a bit of
interval work, the noon ride at Page Mill and Old Page Mill road at
12:00 PM sharp is worth the aggravation of getting there. Pick up the
pack about 12:06 rolling past the Park and Ride on Page Mill Road.
There's always a 1-hour loop back to Page Mill and Foothill, with
longer options on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The loop is about
Doing the ride a couple of times a week will leave you with the sense
that you're participating in a cycling epic. It's also good training
for road racing, with an occasionally unruly pack that demands good
bike handling skills. Frequently unfolding like a road race with surges
and little attacks on the hills, you'll contest sprint points in the
middle to the end.
- The Morning Ride. This fast group ride meet
at the downtown Palo Alto Starbucks (on University Ave) early in the
morning at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This ride travels
opposite of the Noon ride around The Loop: Sand Hill, Portola, Alpine.
- The Wednesday Ride (aka The Valley Ride).
This popular group ride departs from the Los Altos Peet's
around 6 pm each Wednesday once day light savings time kicks
in. A true hammer-fest, with many local elite riders using it
as their hard, midweek training session between weekend races.
The route takes you through Woodside and Portola Valley, with
an intermediate sprint at the Woodside town line. The climax of the
ride is the KOM sprint at the top of Huddart Park, but riders also
contest the sprint for the Addison-Wesley sign on Sand Hill
road and the sprint for Page Mill road.
- The "Alviso" Ride. This ride leaves at 12:00
sharp on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Santa Clara Golf Course
parking lot. Depending upon conditions, the ride will either do a
3 laps around Alviso with a sprint near the end of each lap or it will
be a simulated criterium in a nearby parking lot. Each ride is
approximately 20 miles and both are fast.
Beyond the Bay Area
- Sacramento Saturday River Ride Meets behind City
Bicycle Works at 2419 K St at 10AM. It is a fast ride it picks up in
pace in the Garden Hwy. Description: Meet behind City Bicycle Works
(24th & K Street) and roll out at 10:00am. The ride cruises through
downtown Sacramento and out to Garden Highway. The ride picks up in
pace and begins to settle in after the long right hand curve. The ride
pace is fast and furious with plenty of attacks. The ride sprints for
the Yolo county line and then turns around. The pace on the way back
will also be fast with a final sprint for the Sacramento county line.
- Folsom Ophir Milan - Coffee Republic Ride
- When: Saturdays - 9:30am PDT to about 12:00pm
- Where: Greenback and Auburn Folsom Blvd in Folsom (the
parking lot of Coffee Republic & McDonalds
- Route: The ride winds through towns like Granite Bay,
Auburn, Penryn and finishes back in Folsom. The pace is moderate up to
the half way point, which is mainly up hill. On the way back, the pace
is fast with a rotating pace line.
If you would like to add another ride to this page please send an
email to the webmaster!