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