Browns Ravine Trail - BEGINNERS ONLY

This is the "Beginner" ride in a series of rides (Beginner, Strong Beginner, and Intermediate).
This ride is for beginners, meaning that you are new (or fairly new) to mountain bike riding and want to learn skills and techniques for taking your bike "off road". To participate in this series, you should be in good physical condition with a real desire to improve your riding skills and conditioning.
I will be limiting these rides to a total of 5 riders (not including me) in order to assist you and provide individual instruction. I am not an expert (strong intermediate), but have learned a lot the last year and would like to pass on some of it. Beginner rides will stay on the first section of the Brown's Ravine Trail (between the dam and Brown's Ravine). This section is hilly and curvy, but does not contain anything really technical. After discussing techniques and equipment - we'll practice, letting you get used to braking, shifting, leaning, etc. We'll then take on some hills and learn to ride over obstacles before hitting the trail. At challenging sections, we'll stop to discuss riding techniques for conquering these sections, then ride and practice. After riding out and back (about 5 miles) and if you're feeling confident, you can take the beginner challenge test
biggrin. This involves riding the same course (out & back) without falling, and without walking up any of the hills. When you can do that, I'll consider you a "Strong Beginner" and you should be ready to go on posted "Brown's Ravine - Strong Beginner" and other group "Strong Beginner" rides. Brown's Ravine strong beginner rides take you on more challenging sections of the trail - but slowly and still with instruction and demonstrations. Intermediate (and Intermediate Plus) rides will take place on the same trails as the "Strong Beginner", but there will be limited (if any) discussions about obstacles and techniques - we'll just be going for it!!! Meet at the trail access just off Green Valley Road and Sophia Parkway, El Dorado Hills. If you're heading up the hill toward El Dorado Hills, turn left at the Sophia Parkway sign (this is actually Kipps Lane) and is a gravel road. It will take you to the State Park parking lot. If you don't have a park pass, it costs $3. There's also legal parking about 300 yards away on the wide shoulders of Sophia Pkwy on the south side of Green Valley Rd (just across the street). You can also park in the parking lot at the Purple Place (bar and grill). If you park at the Purple Place, just hop on the single track trail that parallels Green Valley Road and meet me at the gate above the State Park parking lot at 10:00am. If you've signed up and
can't make it, please change your RSVP as soon as possible since I'm limiting attendance and someone else may want to go. Advancing your level of riding will take practice and exercise (improving your fitness level). Unless you push yourself you'll have a hard time moving up to the next level. Come on out and have some fun! Helmets and eye protection are required. I also recommend gloves and a water bottle or camel pack (
camel pack highly
r
ecommended). You may also want to wear knee and elbow protection. Your bike should be in good mechanical condition and you should carry a spare tube and the equipment to change a flat. Please have your bike ready to go before you get there (air, chain lubricated, adjustments, etc). Light rain will not cancel this ride. Check site 2 hours before the ride (if raining) to see if it's cancelled. Please E-mail or call me (916)[masked] (cell) if you have any questions.

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time learning new techniques and building up my confidence on the dirt. Instruction was given at a comfortable pace and did I mention the loads of helpful info? Everything from bike maintenance to how to skid (way cool!!) Thanks again Bryan!

    June 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time Brian, lots of good information & chances to practice some skills! Thank you for taking the time on this and all the training rides you do!

    June 20, 2009

  • Anna

    A really great experience for my first time on trails. Bryan is a very thorough and patient instructor and the group members are so friendly and fun!

    June 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great learning experience. Bryan had tons of helpful tips. I feel quite a bit more comfortable on my bike.

    June 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A really great group of motivated riders who didn't mind taking some chances. Hopefully everyone learned a few things that will help them. Photos coming soon!

    June 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Bryan,

    Thanks again for your time and expertise! Are you sure you have only been riding for about 16 months? :) I learned so much from you today - now I can skid.

    June 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's gonna be pretty hot so you may want to wear a suit or something you can swim in (and maybe bring a towel and sandals/watershoes to stash before the ride). The water's right there when we finish - and it's VERY refreshing!!! : )

    June 19, 2009

7 went

  • Anna
    Energizer Bunny
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create a Meetup Group and meet new people

Get started Learn more
Allison

Meetup has allowed me to meet people I wouldn't have met naturally - they're totally different than me.

Allison, started Women's Adventure Travel

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy