Looking for an un-festive way to pick up some KM’s this holiday season?
Brian had heard about the Old Ridge Route a few years back and had casually mentioned about exploring it some time. Fast forward to 2016, and SFR planned a pretty awesome 1000K route where many of the finishers raved specifically about Old Ridge Route. Check out rando superstar Max P’s photos and recap of the ride here.
Anyways, Brian and I would love to have company on the route. Details below:
Old Ridge Route Metric Century
Meet up at Castaic Starbucks 7:30am
Roll at 8:00am
Bring plenty of food and drink as there are limited services for major portions of the route. Also bring lights and reflective gear if you plan on riding at chill MPH, since we might be finishing after sunset.
CHEERS and cya in a few weeks.
I get it, it’s tough to commit to social events especially when people like Courtney don’t care if you go or not.
But I REALLY do care, and if you haven’t committed to a Swift Campout 2016 event yet, it would be dope if you joined the Boyz and Box Dog Bikes at Lake Del Valle!
Some of us will be leading a group on a VERY CHILL ride from Dublin Pleasanton BART, meet up is at noon on Saturday June 25th.
You can explore the good times at the previous #bdbsummercamp’s here and find event details here!
It’s been two years since our original attempt at traversing Indians Road during the SFR Flèche. This year we had a different team, slightly different route, but the same result.
The route is still pretty amazing and we still had a great time. MAYBE THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM?
The weeks leading up to the Super Bowl weekend were downright chaotic in the Bay Area and while there was some humor directed at the issues, there also was an uneasy feeling of corporate greediness, inequality and injustice and just bizarro choices in general that permeated daily life.
With all of that said, I’m glad I was able to coordinate with my friends in January and plan an escape from San Francisco for the Super Bowl weekend. Most people joined for a quick S240 to the Madrone Campground at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and a select few braved an extra night at the campground while fending off raccoons and ravens. There was even time for a quick jaunt to Point Reyes Station for some excellent pastries, a side trip to Black Mountain Cycles (where Jacquie Phelan and Charlie Cunningham were just chillin’ on the couch) and an afternoon hike to Mount Barnabe. All in all, a good weekend and hopefully just one of many camping trips planned for 2016.
Here’s a collection of some of the great moments as documented by the Instagrams and flickr’s of the internets (click the photos for the sources, I ain’t taking credit for your photo mastery!):
It appears school is back in session and it’s debatable whether or not it’s still summer, but come join us anyway for our final curated ride of the year! Ride #3 will take place on Saturday September 26th and we’ll be embarking on a ‘best of’ dirt tour of Marin county.
Meet up is at 8:00am at Dynamo Donuts in the Marina (GPS: 37.805847, -122.447447). Roll out at 8:30am.
We’ll be riding 30+ miles of dirt fire roads & trails on this 70 mile ride. For the North Bay savvy, we’ll be riding Old Railroad Grade -> 7 Sisters -> Bolinas Ridge Trail -> Cross Marin Trail -> Old Railroad Grade (White’s Hill) -> Larkspur/Tiburon Ferry back.
Expect large roots & ruts on Bolinas Ridge Trail. You can certainly run what you brung, but try to bring 45+ tires or 30+ tires with your rad bike skillz.
Remember to bring your lunch money, because we’ll be stopping at Arti’s Indian Cafe for lunch in Lagunitas (sandwiches from nearby deli are also good).
The leg between the two water spots: West Point Inn & Samuel P. Taylor can be long & thirsty. Bring 2-3 large water bottles. We will try to make the 4:45pm Ferry at Larkspur but will go to Tiburon if that doesn’t work out.
Hope to see you there!
With summer in full swing, it feels like “The Days Are Just Packed”. Trying to make the most of these long days, this past weekend’s Summer Skool Session #2 ride (a.k.a. MTBrevet) tried to emulate these feelings of carefree exploration and wonderment of the great outdoors.
It was great to see a grip load of people meet up for the ride at the 4th and King station at Caltrain in San Francisco, as we nearly took over the train car. It was even cooler to see a few more people hop on Caltrain along the way at different stations and another group meet us at the proper ride start in Mountain View. All in all, we had a head count of 24 during the ride. There was such a quirky mix of rando bikes, cross bikes, mountain bikes, and other bikes that defied conventional categorization. Surely with that many people and bikes, there would be some pressure for the route to be amazing, right?
Safe to say, after rounding each corner or climbing up the next set of hills, riders were greeted with scenery that seemed to transcend the views that they had just seen. About midway through the ride, there was a magical Hot Dog stand oasis that provided much needed sustenance and hydration for the group. Shortly after departing from this oasis, there was a stark change in the scenery on the route and it pushed us into full “mind blown” territory.
After forty some miles and somewhere between 5000-6000 ft of climbing, with nearly half of it on single track, the group stopped at the Alpine Inn for a few post ride burgers and brews. Here are some highlights from the ride:
(Source: Jake Mann)
You can check out Jenny Oh’s ride report and photos here, peep Manny’s photos here, and view some other photos from the ride here. Stay tuned for the details for the final Summer Skool Sessions ride of the year!
(Photo Source: Manny Acosta)
Ride #2 of our Summer Skool Sessions will take place on Saturday, June 27th.
Things will work a little bit differently for this route, as we will meet up at:
– 4th and King Caltrain Station at 8:00am
– Board the Southbound Train #422 at 8:15am
– Arrive at Mountain View Station at 9:31am
As usual, run what you brung, but unless you have sick skillz, you may want to bring at least a 700×40 width tire with some tread or be prepared to walk or cool it now on some of the sections.
So the Boyz have been getting a failing grade in the blogosphere this past calendar year, so we’ve been forced to enroll in Summer Skool Sessions.
This past Saturday was the first ride in our series, a tried and tested route through some beautiful coastal scenery and redwood forests. Here are some highlights from the grams of instant:
Stay tuned and keep your eyeholes open for more details about ride numero #2 and #3 of the series.
This video by Alastair Humphreys has got me dreaming for travel. Maybe next year for a bothy tour?
Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights from Alastair Humphreys on Vimeo.
Okay this is a few months old (and we’re not here to spark any debates about analog vs digital) BUT you can read our abbreviated story in PRINT in the latest issue of American Randonneur (Volume 17, Issue #4).
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