It’s been a while since we’ve posted a ride report on C-Loop Thursdays, but this mid-week afterwork ride is still going strong thanks to the leadership of Bill Bir and Erik Leung. I joined today for the first time in a while, leaving from home instead of downtown, and met Bill, Erik, and Mark enroute in the headlands. Today was a perfect day for riding. A bit of cooling fog, not much traffic (bike or car), and not too much wind.
I have to admit, I got a bit spooked the last time I led this ride by the winds that were gusting that day on the bridge. The tornado-like swirls in particular around the two towers can be a bit hairy, quite different from the usually calm winds we encounter on the Jersey Ride and other morning bridge crossings. Fortunately, bike traffic is typically light in the afternoon, and there are rarely any tourists on rental bikes.
But please don’t let the wind stop you from joining DSSF on Thursdays! The ride leaves from the Ferry Building at 6:00 p.m. Meet at the pedestrian island between the Embarcadero, near the crosswalk from Market Street. The ride takes one of a couple routes through the Fisherman’s Wharf area, along Crissy Field, up to and across the bridge, up and down Conzelman, and up McCullough. Bill and Erik usually make a couple more loops. Heck, I’m posting this at 10:15 p.m., and for all I know those guys are still out there looping around!
C-Loop Thursdays continue through the summer and into early fall, as long as the longer daylight provides for enough safe riding time. Remember, the fog can make it somewhat dark pretty quickly up there and on the bridge. So even if it is bright and sunny in SF, it is a good idea to bring a red-blinky light just in case.