Butterlap, the deceptively named ~17mile weekly bike ride starting from the Ferry Building in SF’s Financial District, up along the northern coast of SF, through Golden Gate park, across the well known bike route known as “the wiggle”, and finally ending at Bender’s Bar in the Mission is not as easy as the name envisions! It does feature a considerable amount of smooth and fun downhilling (also probably the fastest I’ve ever gone on a bike), but to work up to those high points you need to climb about 250 feet on a few hills along the way - some quick, the way I like it, but some very gradual and tortuous.
By the end I was pretty beat, but glad I didn’t give up. Overall, it ended up being a pretty great ride with 30-40 other riders, with enough breaks after the larger hills to regain some energy.
My RunKeeper app I normally used didn’t work so well on this trip - probably due to the fact that it was in my pocket. Until I devise a better plan of recording next week’s ride, I’ve linked the GPS route of someone else who did it a few months ago using a Garmin watch.