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 . 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 recommended). 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 [masked] (cell) if you have any questions.