California Aqueduct

The Bethany to O’ Neil Forebay aqueduct trail is a path near Patterson that is extremely lightly used. The surface is generally rough chip seal but there are some sections of pristine tarmac. Although the route is road bike friendly there are regular sections where you have to get off to walk to transverse gates.  For this reason, I recommend MTB shoes.  There are also a few rough and gravely sections where CX tires make things a lot more pleasurable.  The worst sections of the course are some beat up old cattle guards where you really have to be careful.cop

There is virtually no climbing on the route but wind can be a significant factor. The route is also very exposed so in the summer the heat can be brutal. You see very few humans on the route with only the occasional fisherman for company. I have ridden one mid week in the morning and seen perhaps 3 people all day.  The only down sides to the route is that there can be a lot of broken glass near the gated areas (even with chunky CX tires I have flatted) and one section goes by a massive bee community (seasonal).

 At the time of writing I have not yet managed to do the whole course.  WORK IN PRORESS

Bethany To Patterson Section – 35.6 miles

 

Bethany To Patterson Section – 35.6 miles

Segment Length Time Speed KOM
Bethany to Patterson 35.6 2:19:46 15.3 Mark King
Aqueduct : Bethany to Grantline 3.4 8:56 23.4 Alan Nevin
Aqueduct Bikeway 3.4 8:58 23 Mark King
Aqueduct : Mountain House To Hansen 1.3 3:43 21.1 Mark King
Aqueduct : Hansen to Corral 4 9:59 24.2 Mark King
Aqueduct : Corral to S.Tracy 1.6 3:55 24.9 Mark King
Aqueduct : S.Tracy to Chrisman 2.3 5:46 24.1 Mark King
Aqueduct : Chrisman to S.Bird 2.3 5:50 24.7 Dave Simons
Aqueduct :  S.Bird to Blewett 0.9 2:25 23 Mark King
Aqueduct : Blewitt to Gaffery 2.5 9:55 15.7 George Crawford
Aqueduct : Gaffery to Khalsa 3.1 8:03 23.8 Inez Ramirez
Aqueduct : Khalsa to McCraken 1.4 3:59 22 Inez Ramirez
Aqueduct : McCraken to Howard 1 2:45 23.2 Inez Ramirez
Aqueduct : Howard to Needham 1.7 5:10 20.7 George Crawford
Aqueduct : Needham to Patterson 4.9 13.51 21.4 Joel Luna

 

Patterson to Bethany

Segment Length Time Speed KOM
Aqueduct : Patterson to Needham 4.9 15:50 18.6 Jim Silk
Aqueduct: Needham to Howard 1.7 6:19 16.9 George Crawford
Aqueduct : Howard to McCraken 1.1 3:09 21 Jim Silk
Aqueduct : McCraken to Khalsa 1.4 4:12 21.3 Jim Silk
Aqueduct : Khalsa to Gaffery 3.1 8:59 21.1 Jim Silk
Aqueduct : Gaffery to Blewitt 2.5 10:27 14.9 George Crawford
Aqueduct : Blewett to S.Bird 0.9 2:51 19.1 Jim Silk
Aqueduct : S.Bird to Chrisman 2.4 7:16 19.9 Dave Simons
Aqueduct : Chrisman to S.Tracy 2.3 7:22 18.9 Jim Silk
Aqueduct : S.Tracy to Corral 1.5 4:51 19.3 Jim Silk
Aqueduct : Corral to Hansen 4 13:31 17.8 Bao T
Aqueduct : Hansen to Mountain 1.3 5:08 15.3 Mark King
Aqueduct : Mountain to Grant 3.4 8:37 23.9 Mark King
Bethany Bike Trail: Grant Line to Bethany 3.3 9:25 21.6 Bao T

Patterson to O’ Neil Forebay (approx. 28  miles)

Segment Length Time Speed KOM
Aqueduct : Sperry to Oak Flat 3.3 8:21 23.7 Collen Sibanda
Aqueduct :  Oak Flat to Ward Ave 0.8 2:19 21.7 Collen Sibanda
Aqueduct : Ward Ave to Fink Road 1.2 3:05 24.4 Collen Sibanda
Aqueduct : Fink to Davis 1.0 2:40 22.7 Collen Sibanda
Aqueduct : Davis to Orestimba 4.9 12:45 23.2 Collen Sibanda
Oreistimba to Sullivan South 5.4 13:42 23.9 Johnny R
Aqueduct : Orestimba to Shiells 1.4 3:38 23.9 Bob Novoa
Aqueduct :  Shiells to Pete Miller 3.1 7:24 25.6 Johnny R
Aqueduct : Pete Miller to Sullivan 0.7 1:41 24.9 Johnny R
Aqueduct :Sullivan to Sparks 2.3 6:28 21.9 George Crawford
Aqueduct : Sparks to Cottonwood 2.0 5:13 23.1 George Crawford
 Cottonwood to Butts  1.9  4:21  26.3  George Crawford
 Butts road to Mcabee  2.5  6:17  25.7  George Crawford
Mcabee to O’ Neil  ?  ?  ?  ?

O’ Neil Forebay to Patterson

Segment Length Time Speed KOM
O Neil to Mcabe ? ? ? ?
Mcabe to Butts 2.6 7:38 20.8 Brent Chipponeri
Butts to Cottonwood 2.1 5:46 22.4 Brent Chipponeri
Aqueduct : Cottonwood to Spark 1.9 6:11 19 Eric Foltz
Aqueduct : Sparks to Sullivan 2.3 6:21 22.4 Bob Novoa
Aqueduct : Sullivan to Pete Miller 0.6 1:42 24.6 Bob Novoa
Pete Miller to Oriestimba Creek 4.6 10:13 27.1 Bob Novoa
Aqueduct : Pete Miller to Shiells 3.1 7:16 26.1 Bob Novoa
Aqueduct: Shiells to Orestimba 1.4 3:08 28 Bob Novoa
Aqueduct: Orestimba to Davis 4.9 15.41 18.9 Eric Foltz
Aqueduct: Davis to Fink 1 3:12 19 Danny Souza
Aqueduct : Fink to Ward 1.3 4:18 18.1 Mark King
Aqueduct : Ward to Oak 0.8 2:53 17.3 Mark King
Aqueduct : Oak to Sperry 3.2 11:32 17.1 Mark King

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