Diablo Cyclists on Alhambra Valley Road in Martinez. Photo credit: Stephen Herrick.
Located 30 miles east of San Francisco in Walnut Creek, California, the Diablo Cyclists is a recreational road, touring and off road bicycle club. We are focused on providing cyclists of all levels an opportunity to ride, train and socialize with other bicycle enthusiasts. Our emphasis is more on the fitness, skill building, and social aspects of bicycling and less on racing. Please come out on one of our rides and get to know the friendly members of the Diablo Cyclists.
Amy Abele has again invited us to come to her family’s ranch overlooking San Jose on Mount Hamilton Road for a ride and barbecue. It is always a fun and popular occasion.
We will meet at the ranch at 9 AM on Saturday, Sept. 19, and ride up Mount Hamilton Road to the observatory on the summit. You can hang out at the top, take a tour of the Lick observatory, or, if you are ambitious, ride down the other side and back up. The ride up the San Jose side is long but not steep: the road was graded to allow horses to haul observatory equipment to the top. The back side is much steeper.
After the ride we will have a barbecue at the ranch. Bring a dish to share, something to barbecue, and something to drink.
With Daylight Saving Time we will resume the Wednesday evening Mount Diablo rides. We ride up Northgate Road to the junction ranger station. We usually smooze for a while at the junction and then ride back down Northgate, or go down Southgate and back on Danville Boulevard. Sometimes a few will go to the summit. There are two starting points: Heather Farms park, or the Mormon church on Northgate, one block from Castle Rock. The Heather Farms riders start first and swing by the church 15 minutes later.
The rides resume on March 11. The starting time depends on how much daylight we have. The schedule is as follows:
|Months||Heather Farm||Mormon Church|
|March & April||4:30||4:45|
|May through August||5:15||5:30|