I gave this San Francisco Bay Area ride its name due to two things: (1) it is about as flat as a century ride can get in this area, and (2) it goes through 3 of the major bodies of water between Fremont-Belmont-Los Altos: the San Francisco Bay via Dumbarton Bridge, the Crystal Springs Reservoir, and the Stevens Creek Reservoir.
It’s not the most exciting ride—I suppose most flat rides aren’t—but it’s a good recovery or winter-season one.
|0||Central Park in Fremont (near Stevenson/Paseo Padre intersection)|
|0||West on Stevenson|
|~3||R (north) on Cherry|
|L (west-north) on Thornton.|
|~7||L (west) onto Marshlands Rd. (CA-84)|
|West onto Dumbarton Bridge bike path (on south side of Bridge)|
|L. (south, then west) on Willow Rd. in Menlo Park (next intersection after University and 84)|
|R. (north) on Middlefield Rd.|
|L (west) on Ravenswood Rd.|
|Ravenswood becomes Menlo Ave; go straight (west)|
|R (north) on University for a couple of blocks.|
|~17||L (west) on Santa Cruz Ave.|
|19||L (south) on Alameda de las Pulgas|
|L (south) on Junipero Serra.|
|R (west) on Alpine Rd.|
|R (north) on Portola Rd.|
|~2||L on Whiskey Hill Rd.|
|0.2||L on Woodside Rd.|
|R on Canada Rd.|
|47||0.25 miles before Skyline Blvd., R onto Ralston Bike Path (easy to miss!) on other side of Crystal Springs Reservoir. Here are the steepest climbs (they’re short).|
|Ralston Bike Path merges into Ralston Rd. Descend down (east) on Ralston.|
|R (south) on Alameda de las Pulgas. Somewhere and somehow this becomes San Carlos Rd. for a couple of miles, going east; don’t be alarmed when it seems like you are not on Alameda de Las Pulgas anymore!|
|R (south) on Alameda de las Pulgas again.|
|<1||S (south) on Junipero Serra Rd.|
|10||S (south) on Foothill Rd., all the way to Stevens Creek Park.|
|62?||~13||Go back north on Foothill, then Junipero Serra, then Alameda de las Pulgas to Santa Cruz Rd.|
|94||19||Go back the exact same way you came from, back to Central Park in Fremont. Good job!|
From the Logbook
December 22, 2002 (Sun)
December has been an extremely wet month here in the Bay Area, but fortunately there was a long-enough reprieve for me to squeeze in one more self-supported century for the year.
Because I hadn’t been riding much since the 2002 Death Valley Double, focusing most of my training on running in preparation for the California International Marathon, I wanted to do something flat and easy. Hence this ride. I was actually climbing quite well, but my endurance was definitely off compared to months ago when I had peaked for the year. Somewhat demoralizing, but this is the off-season!
I ended up having to ride about an hour in darkness since I started really late, like 11:30 in the morning. Luckily I had my blinking taillamp; would have been a good idea to bring a headlamp too. This ride meant that I had done a century every single month this year except for February, and in fact every single month (except February) since November of 2001! I hope to maintain this streak well into 2003!