Saturday, June 30, 2007

2007 Giro Di Peninsula

The Festa Foundation organized a wonderful bike ride today called the Giro di Peninsula. The ride benefits the cause of developmentally challenged children and adults in the area. Several ride options were available: 100 miles, 100 k, 70 k, 30 k, and 30 k EZ.

The event kicked off this morning at 7:00 AM at Bay Meadows Race Track in San Mateo. Registration involved signing a waiver and getting a route map. Breakfast was available at the race track and two rest areas were setup on the course. At all locations a variety of food and beverages were available to help you re-fuel.

The 70 k ride was pretty challenging! It featured a climb to Skyline, a long stretch along Canada road, and the local Loop. Here's a complete map of the 70k ride.

Giro di Peninsula 70k Ride on Bikely

All told, Bikely estimates the total climb at 2703 feet. This is considerably more than the 1531 ft climb for 40 Miles to Freedom.

The Festa Foundation did an excellent job by chalking out arrows letting riders know where to turn. This made it easy to focus on riding and not on the route itself. The stretch along Canada road offered great views of the Crystal Springs reservoir and a real sense of being out on the open road.

A volunteer commented that over 1000 people had registered for the event which made for a nice fund-raiser for a worthy cause.

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