On this page you can learn more about our spin program, the triple mountain challenge, and bike clinics.
Spin | Indoor Cycling Training
These are not your typical spin classes, but rather are a time efficient and effective approach to cycling training, which guarantees fitness and performance gains. This year the club offers indoor cycling training in four locations around SF with three different coaches.
Visit the Spin Signups Page for 2015 Spin Class Details
2015 Triple Mountain Observatory Challenge
Reach for the stars with the 2015 Triple Mountain Challenge by summiting Tam, Diablo, and Hamilton, each with an observatory on the top! Complete all three climbs in 2015 and be rewarded with the cheers of your peers (and a groovy SF Tri Club - 3xMt Challenge water bottle).
For extra credit summit all three in one day using public transit in the alt.ride (https://www.facebook.com/Altride)
Mt Tam - approx. 43 miles; 4000 feet of climbing
Mt. Tam is a familiar sight for many cyclists in the Bay Area, and an epic destination for summer solstice. From the Presidio this is a 43 mile ride with about 4000 feet of climbing. You can do any ride you like on either end, as long as you summit East Peak. Here's a sample ride from Sports Basement. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5663725
Mt. Diablo - 15+ miles; 3800 feet of climbing
Mt. Diablo climb is a 15-mile out and back from Pleasant Hill BART Station with about 3800 feet of climbing. Heads up to you fog-dwelling SFers, this one and Hamilton get hot, hot, hot in summer. This is handy site about Diablo with road conditions and regular group rides http://www.diablocyclists.org/index.php
There are several longer loop rides, or you can opt to go up and over and back up again for a double Diablo http://sftriclub.org/Resources/Routes/double%20diablo%20from%20pleasant%20hill%20bart.pdf
Whatever you do, just be sure to post a ride that shows you summit. Post a question on the club Google group email if you need some suggestions or want some company on your ride.
Mt. Hamilton - 36-100 miles depending on where you start; 4700 feet of climbing
Mt. Hamilton is the tallest peak in the Bay Area and is a little harder to get to for most, but well worth the trip. The club ride gallery has this century ride turn sheet from Livermore (not far from Dublin/Pleasanton BART): http://sftriclub.org/Resources/Routes/Mount%20hamilton%20from%20Livermore.pdf
Here's a Strava link from someone who did a 90-mile BART to BART ride starting at Dublin/Pleasanton and ending at Fremont: http://www.strava.com/activities/2468227
There are lots of options for making this ride really memorable for scenery and distance. Here are some sites with suggested routes:
Please fill out the Google Doc below with your Strava activity links when completed.
The club also offers a number of skills clinics throughout the season. Here's what's planned so far for 2015.
Group Riding Skills Clinic with Michael McCormack (M2)
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
LOCATION: McInnis Park Soccer Fields, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael
COST: $30 per person (a $50 value). Limited to 10 people. This clinic is SOLD OUT.
Got group pace-lining skills? Well now is your chance to practice! Join Michael McCormack (M2) for a Group Riding Skills Clinic. M2 is a former Ironman Canada Professional Champion and owner/founder of M2 Revolution, an indoor performance cycling center. Many of you will have seen the M2 ride group on your weekend jaunts.
This clinic is geared for confident cyclists who are looking to become more complete and skilled cyclists, specifically by learning how to ride effectively in a group. If there were ever an example of the sum being greater than the individual parts, so it is for a smoothly functioning ride group. Fast, fun, energizing! The route will take us from McInnis Park out to Nicasio and slightly beyond - distance will be 35 or 45 miles as we see the make up of our group. Our route lends itself to practicing a variety of pace-line exercises, and also provides a couple of descents to practice downhill skills. Riders will receive a Paceline Guidelines sheet beforehand that they will be expected to review in advance.
Registration includes a complimentary session at M2 during the month of February 2015 for those riders who have never participated in an indoor cycling class at M2.
Directions: 101 North to Lucas Valley Road exit. Turn right upon exiting. Proceed about 0.5 miles to McInnis Park. Park on left by soccer fields BEFORE entering McInnis Park.
Bike Maintenance Clinic Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
LOCATION: Big Swingin Cycles, 2260 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
COST: $2 per person. Limited to 10 people.
Pizza and drinks provided. Registration on Eventbrite opens January 26. Payment guarantees your spot.
OK so you can change a tire (and if not, get thee to the flat clinic), but what about if something else goes wacky on the road? The experts at Big Swingin Bikes will give some basic instruction on how to inspect your bike for safety, derailleur adjustment, fixing a broken chain, cleaning & lubrication, proper tire pressure, brake and headset adjustment. No need to bring your bike, they will demo on their bike. If you have a specific topic, or technical area you want them to address, there will be time for that too.
Questions? Feel free to email the Spin Coordinator or Bike Coordinator