We will meet at Epicenter Cycling area in Aptos at 10:30 AM and take the Shuttle bus toward the top of Demo. With just a few miles of fireroad to ride you will be ready for your 15 miles of descent through the redwoods in the Forest of Nisene Marks . This will bring you back to Aptos Village just south of the city of Santa Cruz to end at Epicenter Cycling and the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Fesitval.
Shuttle tires roll as soon as the bikes are loaded at 11AM. Arrive early to find parking!
I do not plan to ride Demo, however you may and then loop back around to ride down the Nisene Marks fire road.
This is almost all downhill... Let's Ride and then do the Fesitval.
There is a $25 fee per head, limit is ?, they will be using 3 shuttles. You must register and pay online for your shuttle spot. The Link is above.
Your RSVP here does not get you a spot, however let me know your on the ride with a yes RSVP. Lets fill this ride with South Bay Riders.
As organizer, I will reserve the right to change your RSVP should I feel you're not ready for this ride location or you have been a no show on past rides. RSVP priority will be given to current members in good standing.
Remember, all riders need to be members of Meetup.com & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guest are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.
RSVPing "YES" for a ride and not showing will get you moved to the wait list on the next ride you do wish to go on. Please be courteous if you need to change your RSVP and drop out early enough to give the more reliable riders a chance to adjust their schedules and attend.
Distance: 17 total miles? 14 miles is downhill at the end. Riding time: 2-3 hours? http://www.thatsmypark.org/cp-parks-beaches/the-forest-of-nisene-marks-state-park/
Difficulty rating: It's downhill, nontechnical.
Trail surface: well-graded dirt fire road.
Terrain: Shaded second-growth redwood forest through mixed woodlands to the ridge, good views of Monterey Bay.
Bring plenty of water, as well as food, because there is none in the park.
Rain will cancel. I will post a weather update by 8 AM if we need to cancel.
Take 17 South toward Santa Cruz and then south on Highway 1.
Exit at the State Park Drive exit from Highway 1.
Turn left on State Park Drive at the traffic light.
Turn right on Soquel Drive. Go 1 mile to Aptos Creek Road.
Turn left on Aptos Creek Road (Aptos Station).
There is parking next to Epicenter Cycling in the dirt parking area on the right.
If your not sure where you are going or think you will be late, please leave earlier. It is not fair to have everyone else wait while you get ready to ride. Bring a spare tube and master link? There is a restroom on site.
***Please remember, a helmet is required for all our rides.***
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