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    Rockville Ride 01/12 hosted by BTCEB: Carpool?

    I heard there was some good technical riding out there. I want to check this out but I'm looking for people interested in carpooling. I'm in Fremont. Anyone interested? For more details check out the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay.

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    I know you had the 12th in mind, but I'm booked that weekend. You dead set on the 12th to roll up there?

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    Since I've never ridden up there I figure going to a hosted event with a well organized group would be a smart move. Depending upon the amount of riders showing up they break down groups with a team leader and clean up rider for (A riders: Hammers, B riders intermediates, C riders lower/beginners) with snacks and refreshments typically provided afterward. If you want to suggest another weekend I'll be happy to hit it with you as long as I have adequate notice to get clearance from the wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I know you had the 12th in mind, but I'm booked that weekend. You dead set on the 12th to roll up there?
    And if I am free the weekend you pick, I'd be happy to show you around.....
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    What's the estimated time that it would take to hitup everything good at Rockville? My thoughts are, while I'm visiting the North bay it would be worth while to visit Oat Mine Hill. It would be a blast to make a full day of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southbay Bomber View Post
    Since I've never ridden up there I figure going to a hosted event with a well organized group would be a smart move. Depending upon the amount of riders showing up they break down groups with a team leader and clean up rider for (A riders: Hammers, B riders intermediates, C riders lower/beginners) with snacks and refreshments typically provided afterward. If you want to suggest another weekend I'll be happy to hit it with you as long as I have adequate notice to get clearance from the wife.
    I've never done a BTCEB ride at Rockville, but I would guess that they might skip some of the "fun stuff" if it was a mostly newbie/beginner rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    What's the estimated time that it would take to hitup everything good at Rockville? My thoughts are, while I'm visiting the North bay it would be worth while to visit Oat Mine Hill. It would be a blast to make a full day of it.

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    I live 2 miles from Rockville and ride it atleast twice a week. You could hit all the fun stuff in 6-7 miles and around 1400' climbing. My usual Rockville ride is around 12.5 to 15miles with around 1900' climbing. I know the park well and often do just a quick fun ride like you asked about. Im also open to guide when Im free. I also ride there weekdays, since its close to home. I'll be riding there tomorrow around mid day. It would be a full day of riding if you wanted to hit oathill and rockville in the same day.

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    There be guys that know the trails and ride hard and fast leading the A ride. fuenstock if your are avlailble The B.T.C.E.B. could use your help leading or sweeping ,there might be some swag in for you. There will be free adult beverages and snacks.

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    Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay Gala at Rockville

    The BTCEB Gala Rides, regardless of where they take place, support all levels of riders from noobs to hammers. In broad brushstrokes we create rides which serve the desires and abilities (skill, stamina, fun factor) for each group every 2nd Saturday of the month.

    The rides are designed by the great local talent which exists amongst our friends and membership. We have top riders, skills instructors,industry folk, even racers in our A group and dozens of experienced riders who support each group including seasoned coaches and veterans of 20-25 years. In addition each venue has its own devotees who bring added richness to the whole deal.

    The routes are pre-planned but flex with the needs of the group. Groups generally go out in separate directions to spread the riders out, helpful especially in such a small park as Rockville. The B group, the mid-level group, tends to be the largest, and very frequently splits into several sub-groups, still with substantial leadership and support. Rides depart after splitting into groups at about 9:30 with the return of the groups targeted for 12-12:30.

    We have a social "hour" afterwards which includes beers, gatorade, water and such along with salty snacks, dips, slices fruits, and often sliced meats. We are picky about our beer.

    Remember that there is a $3 day use fee at this park and we want to support the park; we warned Ranger Teri we were coming.

    Go to our Meetup page to RSVP:

    BTCEB Gala Ride - Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay (Berkeley, CA) - Meetup

    The BTCEB Gala ride is open to just about anyone, member or not, and without charge. Donations are always welcome.
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    I'm also in Fremont, and heading up for the gala. I'd be up to carpool, but I won't be able to hang around for the social hour.

    Rockville is a great park, especially if you like technical trails. If I lived closer, I'd be there all the time. If you've ever wanted to check out the place, a BTCEB gala is a good time to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    I've never done a BTCEB ride at Rockville, but I would guess that they might skip some of the "fun stuff" if it was a mostly newbie/beginner rider.
    It's an all-skills ride. It will be broken into sub groups of Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner riders. We've had as many as 75 people come to this annual event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by medieval View Post
    ...and heading up for the gala...

    Yay! It will be good to see you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger View Post
    It's an all-skills ride. It will be broken into sub groups of Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner riders. We've had as many as 75 people come to this annual event.
    Dan - you bringing the kids or riding solo? If solo which group?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LJ0913 View Post
    Dan - you bringing the kids or riding solo? If solo which group?
    Solo. Probably B. Maybe C. I haven't really ridden in about a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southbay Bomber View Post
    I heard there was some good technical riding out there. I want to check this out but I'm looking for people interested in carpooling. I'm in Fremont. Anyone interested? For more details check out the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay.
    in Union City and interested in carpooling up. wife gave me the green, parole office gave me the green (as long as its in state)

    you driving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger View Post
    It's an all-skills ride. It will be broken into sub groups of Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner riders. We've had as many as 75 people come to this annual event.
    Sounds like it will be a fun group ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    There be guys that know the trails and ride hard and fast leading the A ride. fuenstock if your are avlailble The B.T.C.E.B. could use your help leading or sweeping ,there might be some swag in for you. There will be free adult beverages and snacks.
    Sounds like it will be a great event. I wish I could help out, but my wife is making me go to a co-ed baby shower this saturday. Belive me, I would much rather be riding!

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    DAMN. I will miss this

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    I missed this ride 2 years in a row. Not this time. Danger nailed it; technical. As such I will support the C Ride to provide instruction as needed.
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    Looks like two riders from this forum are interested in carpooling along with one from the BTCEB site. My van can take four rigs on my hitch rack and have plenty of room for gear. The meet up is at 9:30am so if Medieval meets me at 8am we can pick up Kilojoule on along the way. I'm looking forward to some technical riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    There be guys that know the trails and ride hard and fast leading the A ride. fuenstock if your are avlailble The B.T.C.E.B. could use your help leading or sweeping ,there might be some swag in for you. There will be free adult beverages and snacks.
    Who's leading the A ride. I might join..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng View Post
    Who's leading the A ride. I might join..
    Not sure. I'm taking one of the B groups this time 'round.
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    Anyone have an extra seat? I'm in Fremont/Union City

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    A ride? Blain and maybe Ian; they own this place.
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    See you in the C group Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike View Post
    A ride? Blain and maybe Ian; they own this place.
    The I-Man!? He's so dreamy. I'm there!

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    rockville rules. i live right down the road from it and love this place. i will definitely have to show up for this ride so i can see if i have missed any super secret hidden gems or help show some of the gems this place holds

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    Gonna try and join. 5" or 6" bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Gonna try and join. 5" or 6" bike?
    i ride my stumpy evo here all the time and its perfect for the place. its great for the choppy trails but will still get me up the hills. not sure what your set up is on your 6in bike but it would most likely be a good bike to have

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    Sounds like fun! Anyone in the South (ish) bay looking to just do the ride (I'm in San Jose but can drive up into Fremont or whatnot)? I might be able to get out of the house for a bit that morning but I'd like to get back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Gonna try and join. 5" or 6" bike?
    Rigid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Gonna try and join. 5" or 6" bike?
    Whatever floats your boat. No need for monster bikes here. I've seen everything from rigid to DH but keep in mind that this place requires pedalling. No really long downhills. Many bursts of up n down.
    Lots of funny techy stuff to play with though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzorich View Post
    i ride my stumpy evo here all the time and its perfect for the place. its great for the choppy trails but will still get me up the hills. not sure what your set up is on your 6in bike but it would most likely be a good bike to have
    My 6in is a DB Mission. Not the greatest climbing bike, needs propedal on for bobbing, but it's OK. My 5 in is a SC Nickel. Both weigh the same at this point in time. :P

    Is the park very technical in nature? Mike posted 5-6 miles, which seems a bit short. I could possibly bring my HT for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by will8250 View Post
    Sounds like fun! Anyone in the South (ish) bay looking to just do the ride (I'm in San Jose but can drive up into Fremont or whatnot)? I might be able to get out of the house for a bit that morning but I'd like to get back.
    Well, I'm in SJ but not really going to carpool. If the ride is only 5-6mi, I might go around again after the social break. May, as I haven't ridden since mid-Dec and may just be totally burnt after the group ride.

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    Rigid.
    My rigid is SS. I'm not sure I want to take it somewhere I've never been. I could bring my CX bike out though. I'm not sure how rough the trails are there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wg View Post
    Whatever floats your boat. No need for monster bikes here. I've seen everything from rigid to DH but keep in mind that this place requires pedalling. No really long downhills. Many bursts of up n down.
    Lots of funny techy stuff to play with though.
    Thanks, sounds good, might bring the HT then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHANguyen View Post
    Anyone have an extra seat? I'm in Fremont/Union City
    I'll need confirmation from the others before I know if I have room. My hitch rack holds four. I have yakima bars for my roof rails so I could put a bike with a standard QR up top. PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Thanks, sounds good, might bring the HT then.
    I ride Rockville on my 29er hardtail, 125mm and 160mm bike, depending on my mood. You'll will have fun on either of your bikes. I usual ride my 160mm there because I have the most fun on it. The hills are very short, so even if your big bike bobs like crazy, the uphills are over fast. Like WG said, lots of short ups and downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    Thanks, sounds good, might bring the HT then.
    Newton, bring the FS and don't even think twice about the HT.

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    79 riders came and warmed up a chilly day. At least 90% bought passes, the ticket kiosk being very busy, and the BTCEB made a nice donation. The BTCEB-sponsored Contra Costa Composite NorCal team bought 20 season passes, too. No one minds paying when it's fair. It makes supporting a park an expression of good will.
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    The BTCEB group was huge! I was riding with some friends down the rock garden on our way to the parking lot when a large group was stopped at the top of rock garden regrouping. Would have like to ride with the group, but we started at 7:30am because of other plans for the day. Every one with the BTCEB ride had big smiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassn View Post
    Newton, bring the FS and don't even think twice about the HT.
    Yep, I brought the Nickel. The HT is in pieces now, decided to clean it and swap wheels around. :P The HT would have sufficed for the route we did.

    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    The BTCEB group was huge! I was riding with some friends down the rock garden on our way to the parking lot when a large group was stopped at the top of rock garden regrouping. Would have like to ride with the group, but we started at 7:30am because of other plans for the day. Every one with the BTCEB ride had big smiles.
    It was fun. Whoever led the B-- group (didn't catch names) is funny.

    Rockville is a good place to ride, though I'm not sure I would be back unless doing the entire park for the day. I think I would tack on a bit more driving and hit Annadel instead. I think I drove a bit more than I rode yesterday (1.5-2 hr drive each way). It reminded me of a small scale Annadel.

    Met some cool people during snack time, but I couldn't stay long, had to be back to take the kids to a movie....which btw, my wife decided to move to 6:30. So, I actually could have done another loop after snack, like I had initially planned.

    Huge group, almost unwieldly, but BTCEB did a good job breaking up the group and then each group sub-divided again. I started in C, went to B- at the toilets, and then went to B-- when B-+ split off.

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    It's always a challange with the gala rides when there are big groups,and it's more so at a place like Rockville. What really helps is having people step up and offer to help ,there was a lot of stepping up for the ride ,getting carpools, bringing food . The gala doesn't happen without everyone showing up. To all who showed up yesterday or in the past or will in the future thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangeriderdave View Post
    It's always a challange with the gala rides when there are big groups,and it's more so at a place like Rockville. What really helps is having people step up and offer to help ,there was a lot of stepping up for the ride ,getting carpools, bringing food . The gala doesn't happen without everyone showing up. To all who showed up yesterday or in the past or will in the future thanks.
    It was very well organized. Thanks for putting on the show. I've seen some poorly run groups before, this was nothing like that. It would have been disastrous with the size of the group.

    I wasn't sure of the scale of Rockville. I had a chuckle or two when we kept running into different sub groups on the ride. Though, I do have to say, the A group gets free pointers from the riders there. I didn't realize you had the bikeskills guys with your org. Pretty cool. A good reason to ride hard and move up.

    BTW, President Mike needs a megaphone. I could barely hear the speech at the beginning.

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    Action from the A group ride

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    Very nice. You're keeping with Ian too.

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