What's The Sunday Moto Club?
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The esteemed motojournalist Peter Egan has written extensively and poetically about his local Slimey Crud Motorcycle Club in Madison, Wisconsin. As a fellow contributor to Cycle World and Wisconsin native, I've always been a tad envious.
My wife Jean is the general manager of Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View, California. I've met several moto-minded friends there for coffee and a ride to the coast, and thought it high time to create a riding club based on a column Egan wrote many years ago, where he waxed nostalgically about his days living and riding in southern California. He used the term "Sunday Morning High Mass at The Church of Mutual Admiration Club" to describe jaunts he would make with pals.
So I've created a club**. We'll meet on non-MotoGP race Sundays at Red Rock Coffee at 8:15 a.m. to chew the fat while chugging the caffeine, then saddle up and ride to the coast. We may stop for brunch at Alice's Restaurant, swing up Page Mill Road and down Alpine to cruise into Pescadero for a pitstop at Downtown Local, or swing and sway up and over Highway 9 to Ben Lomond Bakery. Either way, let's gather!
Our destination is the Marin Museum of Bicycle/Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Fairfax on Sunday, March 25. The ride will carry us over the Golden Gate bridge into Mill Valley, where we'll stop for coffee at the Equator Proof Lab Surf Shop at Tam Junction.
Peninsula/South Bay riders: meet at Red Rock Coffee starting at 8 a.m., with kickstands up at 9 a.m. sharp. All other riders: meet at Equator Proof Lab Surf Shop at 10:15 a.m.
Once caffeinated, we'll ride up and over Mt Tamalpais, crossing Ridgecrest Boulevard before turning right on Fairfax-Bolinas Road toward Alpine Dam.
After weaving our way through the serpentine roads, we'll have lunch at the Gestalt Haus in downtown Fairfax around noon.
From there we'll tour the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, getting our fill of historic bicycles, many of which originated in Marin County. The curator is Joe Breeze, assisted by fellow Hall of Famer Otis Guy. Admission is $10.
Our day ends with a spirited ride south on 101, crossing the Golden Gate one more time. This is not a ride for beginners, and is quite technical. Please RSVP below if you plan to join!
Caletti Cycles was one of our destinations on March 4.
The Vintage Monkey in Sacramento was our last ride destination of 2017.
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** All are welcome. We're not a reckless riding club, so knee-dragging racer wanna-be's wouldn't enjoy our company.