December 2020 Update:
Our group rides are off the schedule again, as the county wants us to discourage gatherings.
We do however encourage you to ride your bike in this clear winter weather. Wear a mask when you can't avoid other people, wash your hands, and stay safe and healthy. One day we will be able to look back on all this.
La Dolce Velo Ride Waiver
Join us for any of these weekly rides led by shop staff. There is a ride for every level of rider. Meet at the shop (except for the Sunday Waffle Ride). Bring fluids and fuels, sunscreen, etc.
Helmets are required on all outdoor rides. All rides are at your own risk. The ride leaders are responsible for setting the pace and regrouping and can help with flats and other light mechanical issues. Please let the leader know if you plan to drop off or leave early, so they don't come looking for yo
This is a no-drop, low-stress, slower paced, 26-31 mile ride in the 14-15 average mph range with frequent regroups and a stop for coffee near the end. Meet Saturdays at the back door of the shop at 7:45 to roll at 8:00. All cyclists are welcome.
Saturday Morning Shop Ride
OCTOBER UPDATE - TIll further notice this ride will depart at 8 am.
This is our marqee ride. Join us every Saturday at 7am (weather permitting) for 30+ miles. Frequent regroups, average pace around 16-18 mph. Route is always subject to change depending on rider concensus on the morning.
Hard rain cancels the ride, BUT we may go to Hellyer Velodrome for a track session. Meet at the back door of the shop at 7 am to roll at 7:15.
Here are a couple of typical ride routes, courtesy of Richard Parry's Strava feed. We almost always have an optional stop for coffee and breakfast at Chromatic Coffee on Stevens Creek at Lawrence.
Ride #1 - This is our most typical ride, covering 49 km (30.4 miles) with 442 meters (1450 ft) of climbing.
Ride route #2 is a little longer at 70.2 km (43.6 miles) and a little more rolling althougn similar elevation gain with 449 meters (1473 feet) of climbing. Not so steep though, which makes this route a good poor weather choice.
Saturday Morning Bravo Ride
The newest ride in our Saturday lineup, the Bravo ride is intended for all cyclists. We ride 26-31 miles at around 14-15 mph (average), and we keep the group together. We may do a chill route, or we may add a bit of climbing, depending on the mood of the group, but no one gets left behind. We return to the shop around 10:00-10:15 and meet up with the 7:00 am ride group for coffee at Crema.
La Dolce Velo back door
Sunday Waffle Ride
Join us for a friendly social/recovery ride. The Waffle ride starts at Everett Alvarez Jr Park in Santa Clara, and goes out to the San Tomas Aquino trail returning to San Jose via the Guadalupe trail. Twenty miles, flat, mostly on paved bike paths. Stop for breakfast and coffee near the shop. Meet across the street from the park to roll at 8:30 AM. Bring money for coffee and breakfast. Rain cancels ths ride.