Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sunday Rides

Mike's Bikes Sunday Mountain Bike Rides

Noncompetitive, social rides guided by expert level guides Dana Beckstoffer, Chad Etheridge and
Celia Graterol

All rides meet at 1:30 pm and start at 2:00 pm
Mike’s Bikes discount coupons available to ride participants!!!

To view the list of the Sunday rides (date, riding level, riding place, meeting place and ride leader) click here.

Front China Camp: This is a quick trek into the woods. Enjoy well-maintained singletrack through the hills along San Pablo Bay. Ride toward the ridgeline and follow the contours to China Camp Village. This picturesque spot offers a piece of local history. Return along the edge of the hills near the shoreline. This is a great introduction to mountain biking. Technical features are switchbacks and a few rocky sections that are easily walked or ridden. 1.5 - 2 hours. Guard Booth is located at the entrance of China Camp at North San Pedro Rd.

Start out with a nice warm up climbing up a paved road, followed by nice singletrack climb through some narrow switchbacks and rock gardens. It levels out for some rolling singletrack. There is only one area that I would call “really technical”, the “boulder”, but the rest of the loop will keep you on your toes. 2 - 2.5 hours. Java Hut parking lot is located in downtown Fairfax across Iron Springs Brew.

Mt. Tam: Route to be determined.
Considered an Intermediate/Advance ride due to length of ride and sustained climbing. 2.5 - 3 hours. Depot is located in downtown Mill Valley.

This ride offers incredible views of the ocean and San Francisco Bay Area. It includes a steady gradual climb through Marincello followed by a fun descent via Bob Cat. After climbing via Coastal a well deserved fun downhill follows via Old Springs singletrack. 2 – 2.5 hours. Tennessee Valley Parking Lot is located at the end of Tennessee Valley Road in Mill Valley.

Annadel State Park (Santa Rosa):
This Park is a mountain bikers paradise offering over 40 miles of singletrack, plenty of climbing and fun technical descending. Dirt Parking Lot is located at 6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa, CA before the ranger station.

Mt. Tam/Headlands:
This ride has two sections. First section starts with an out and back climb and fun descend with gorgeous views of the ocean and the mountains between Muir Beach and Pantoll Station via View Coastal singletrack. Back in Muir Beach, the second section of this ride will go through the Green Gulch Zen Center to climb Middle Green Gulch singletrack and descend back to Muir Beach through Coyote/Miwok/Diaz Ridge or Coyote/Fox/Coastal. First Section 2 – 2.5 hours. Second Section 2 – 2.5 hours. Total 4 – 5 hours. Muir Beach parking lot is off Shoreline Hwy by the Pelican Inn.