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Mixed Terrain: Planet of the Apes | 18 miles 2400' climb | Road or MTB will work

Here we go for one wild ride on Pedro Mtn Road in McNee State Park, Pacifica, which you can do with a Road or MTB!  The first time I did this so-called "Planet of the Apes" on a road bike, I hated it.  The second time I felt like I was in Indiana Jones Territory although everyone kept reminding me it's called "Planet of the Apes."  It's a fun ride with gorgeous views and very technical riding according someone with my level of experience but I've done it twice. Mountain bikers will probably find it medium difficulty. The first part is broken pavement and gravel and has the ocean views; the descent has "better" pavement through a forest setting.

Meet: 10:30 AM Depart:  10:45 AM sharp 

Details: ~18 miles, ~2700' climb  10 minute waits to regroup at top of hills and intersections. 

Rough Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/397335866

There is one portion that is VERY STEEP uphill with an average grade of 10% for about 2 miles and you will likely have to walk part of it, so just be mindful if you don't have recessed cleats.  

I'm going to use a hybrid with wider tires.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Mountain_Road

One of the easy parts.

Montara Bakery and Cafe Lunch Stop

Bring: Helmet, Water/Lytes/Snacks, Tube (s), and a sense of adventure.  


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  • Brian

    I picked up a yellow water bottle from the bakery assuming somebody in our group left it. It has Tahoe on it. Let me know and we can arrange a return.

    April 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, Brian that was mine, thank you for picking it up, I set it there hoping to remember it on the way out, but Franny was standing there offering hugs and I forgot all about it, I kinda treasure it because it's been with me a long long time. Where are you at? I'm heading south to San Jose next weekend, I think your down that way

      April 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, I seem to have lost the message you sent, but I will be going through PA very early Sat am. If you want to leave it on your front porch I will grab it.

      May 2, 2014

  • Brian

    We looped but using Grey Whale Cove Trail which paralleled Hwy 1. It only required riding on Hwy 1 without a shoulder for a few hundred yards before getting to Devils State Park. Made for a nice scenic loop. Thanks for a fun ride!

    April 28, 2014

  • Pete S.

    Too bad we got split up, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

    April 27, 2014

    • Franny

      My fault! I sent you guys up the mountain and realized my mistake! But so long as everyone enjoyed, that's the point! Dropping down into Montara was fun with more varied terrain. We ended up taking a slightly different route back over the mountain.

      April 27, 2014

  • Franny

    PS. Now I know that when I create an event like this it should just be "advanced intermediate (for the conditioning part) mixed surface." I learned that mountain biking is really a different style of riding!

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Franny

    Great to do something different. As always, fun people to have a little adventure with. I learned a lot about riding and the region. I know we parted in the middle but sounds like the rest of you found your own different paths in the "Apes!" So long as you had fun! Thanks for coming out!

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on riding to the start point from SF (near the panhandle) a bit earlier. Anyone else thinking of doing that too?

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you there Peter, I'll be on a white cross bike with red accents

      April 26, 2014

    • Marc R.

      Be there in 2

      April 27, 2014

  • Franny

    From the attendance list and short bios, unfortunately for me, I see that you all are expert fast MTB'ers. I'd like to attend, but I don't want to hold anyone up. Let me know if 1-2 of you are willing to exercise patience while I catch up. I plan on brunch break in Montara and taking the "hard way" home, which is bound to slow you down, fyi! I'm an experienced road cyclist, but semi-beginner dirt rider for those who don't know me. Thanks!

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Come along Franny, we won't drop you! This will be my first MTB ride.

      April 26, 2014

    • Brian

      I'm thinking of doing it on a tandem with my son. We aren't fast but we aren't slow either.

      April 26, 2014

  • Jim M.

    will start at Daly City Bart when we get there with Chris Long etcetera

    April 26, 2014

  • Franny

    Hi Cyclists! Just an update about Sunday's ride. The weather prediction from the NWS is:

    "A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. West northwest wind around 10 mph." I am going to keep this event on unless the rain is looking very heavy on Sunday AM. If you can no longer attend, simply update your RSVP to "No." I'll e-mail you my cell #. Thanks and see you in Pacifica!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning on going to Montara, then continue down the coast on easy trails and back roads then continue up Purissma Creek reserve and over the hill to redwood city Caltrain, if anyone wants to join me let me know.

    April 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Franny, I am

      April 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      taking Bart from Milbrae and riding down to Pacifica

      April 21, 2014

  • Franny

    Since I "repackaged" this ride with SO many changes, I'm going post this ride a second time. You don't have to RSVP there, but if you do, it's ok.

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Jason U.

      Thanks for the update...

      April 21, 2014

  • Franny

    You may choose to do a longer route from San Bruno BART, Daly City BART or SF, but I have decided to drive to Pacifica this time and shorten the route.

    Note location and time change. Thanks!

    April 20, 2014

  • Jason U.

    I also have never ridden this route and don't really know what the terrain is like. If I had an older road bike I would probably use that. Will most likely be using a hardtail.

    April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If it helps, I will be riding 35mm cx tires with small light tread blocks and a mostly-slick center section.

      April 13, 2014

    • Daren

      Hard tail for the hard core!...even though I'll probably fall back with the 10 extra pounds of frame and fork

      April 15, 2014

  • Franny

    Any type of bike will work for this ride, but it's a matter of preference. There's quite a bit of steep road and steep dirt riding and some walking of bikes will likely be required. I did this on a road bike with 25mm tires twice. This time, I'm going to put on 28's. That's what I think will work best for me.

    April 11, 2014

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