• NorCal Group Rides

    by  • November 28, 2013 • review

    Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 10.47.19 PMThis list of groups rides, and commentary, was started a while ago. We’ve tried to make it complete based on several local websites and rider resources. There are definitely gaps so please shoot us an email with any revisions, typos, review additions, or general commentary. Hell, we’ll even take formatting suggestions. Email suggestions to norcal at love.com.

    Every ride has its own etiquette. Best to ask a regular before doing something “unique.” Ride safely.


    Here are the SF Rides – what else is out there?

    Roasters Ride

    • When: Saturdays and Sundays  8 AM
    • Where: Golden Gate Bridge (south side/south parking lot)
    • Route: San Francisco – San Anselmo – Fairfax – Nicasio – Point Reyes Station – Olema – Samuel Taylor Park – Fairfax – San Francisco.

    The Lowdown: A very organic ride which has been going for a long time – people show up every sat at 8:00 unless its a hurricane – there are always riders there. A really competitive 45 mile ride with 17 miles of preamble and 17 of warm down riding out and back from the bridge – 80 miles in total.

    Scotty’s Ride

    • Where: Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion
    • When: Saturdays 8:30

    The Lowdown: Same loop as the 8 AM Roasters ride but a more social pace.  Good for base building.  This group stops at Pt. Reyes station to eat at a really good bakery called Bovine.  The ride then usually takes the coast back to SF.  It is a hillier route, but more scenic, than the Roasters ride

    Headland Raiders

    • Where
      • 6:10am from 17th/Sanchez
      • 6:30am from Arguello Gate in the Presidio
    • When: Tuesday/Thursday
    • Route: Ride to top of Headlands across the bay.

    The Lowdown: “A bunch of type A’s trying to get their heart rate up before they go peddle sub prime mortgages and lose other people’s money in the financial district. ” ~ Anonymous Pro. While I don’t think that’s true, it was way to funny not to put in there. I’m sure one of the regulars can email us with some info on this ride’s character.




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    Former NorCal resident now residing in Madison,Wisconsin. I race cross, but I'm named after a velodrome. Support your local bike shop, NorCal race promoters, and go learn to race on a track. Hellyer Velodrome - http://www.ridethetrack.com