Will Schellenger of El Camino Bike Shop worked with Bryan Rogers to modify Bryan’s Trek District to a belt drive. Bryan did a great job with the video
The archipelago ride as it was called was in its second year. Created by a mountain biker and local legend it was designed to be a ride that would bring about awareness of the local recreation areas we have and to imagine how wonderful it would be if they were all connected together. Commemorative t-shirts were made showing the ride route on a map with each area strung together like a chain of islands.
This year over 100 riders showed up for what was sure to be an all day epic. It was being billed as a 50-mile ride that would include trails from 9 local recreation areas. Was it a ride? A race? Was it just a great excuse to ride a mountain bike all day with your friends? It turned out to be all of those and more.
Riders were treated to all sorts of challenges from monster switch back climbs to rocky stream crossings. Along the way the event coordinator would show up at key spots to direct traffic and make sure everyone stayed on track. He also entertained the riders by wearing outfits befitting of the “Hawaiian Island” theme of the ride. The ride ended with a BBQ complete with plenty of beer and food. In the end I felt as though I had been a part of something memorable. What the future holds for this ride is anyone’s guess. Some say it could become an official race, some hope that it remains under-ground true to its roots. One thing for sure is this event has the heart and soul to become one of Southern California’s premier mountain bike events. – 29ER Guy
Epic North County San Diego Mtn Bike ride on Saturday April 17th – 7am.
Our good friend Rich J is putting together his second annual Archipelago Ride starting from La Costa Hills and mostly traveling on some great trails to Penasuitos. Here is Rich’s description:
You have done your taxes and paid the man. That big hole in your wallet stings so now is the time for a ride and a cold one. This year we will ride segments that have names like The Jungle Ride, The Gauntlet, Herbie’s Trail, The Crosby Switches. The old standbys are still there and sorry but The Way Up still is The Way Up and it isn’t any easier. This year we will have greener grass more flowers and no asphalt. Not like we had a lot of asphalt before but this year there is more dirt then ever.
We will meet at North of the Border at 7:00 am and organize the shuttling process. There will be some with trucks and vans that can help shuttle but not knowing how many riders we have yet please plan it like you have to do your own shuttle but if you can squeeze on somewhere that will help make the world greener. I will let you know if some serious means to shuttle a lot of riders happens. Once we shuttle up to La Costa we will drive to the end of Junipero Serra, down the block from the usual trail head because this year we will go up Vista Del Mar instead of The Switchbacks.I want to be riding by 8:00am sharp.
Sagwagon will meet us at Elfin , Hernandez Hideaway, Lusardi Canyon and Black Mountain. Sag stations will have water and energy( Clif) bars and most likely a beer at Black Mtn. We will go up the Lopez Canyon Trail to end the ride at North of the Border. Food drinks and cold beers await. The ride will probably take until 3:00 to 3:30 for everyone to finish.
Entry fee will be $15 collected at North of the Border or if you meet us at La Costa and for $15 a classic Archipelago tee shirt will be available. The shirts will have the open spaces laid out like the Hawaiian Islands with a Hula skirted dancer palm trees and the date on front. A course map and sponsor logos on the back. You better let me know if you want one of these one of a kind classics or I may not get enough of them made.
Epic Action Cam is throwing in an action cam. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 a piece or $5 for 6 or $10 for 12.
If anything changes or gets added I will let you know. RSVP Rich@sdmba before April 10th so I can make adjustments and other plans as needed. All levels will be accommodated, no soul left behind, we will have dedicated sweeps.
Turns out the Wolfpack wins at more than cycling. They are shown here winning the Division II girls basketball championships. Which one is John Abate? I heard he is fast. Read the whole story here.