Beginners ~ De LaVeaga Park Ride

  • December 1, 2013 · 11:15 AM
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This will be a beginner to advanced beginner level ride, about 6-8 miles, 1-2 hours.

This will be at a slower pace - we will take more time climbing while challenging ourselves on the more technical sections of singletrack here.

With the chance of colder weather this time of the year, we will start a bit later to allow the sun to warm it up some.

De LaVeaga Park is a small Santa Cruz city park with something on the order of 10 miles of singletrack open to biking. Considering the fact that all of this trail network is pretty much limited to a single hillside, it's a respectable amount actually. Almost all of the trails are singletrack, technical (a couple of them highly), and fun. No one would expect this little park to be a destination for bikers from distant places, but it's an enviable option for short rides for the locals. Still, don't let that stop you from trying out this place, even though you're not a local.

Meet at 11:15 AM in the dirt parking area along the right hand (east) side of Branciforte Drive, outside the park, 0.2 miles north of Goss Avenue.

NEW DIRECTIONS from San Jose: Hwy 17 South to Scotts Valley. Exit at Mt Hermon Road, then turn right on Glen Canyon Road. From there it's about 8 minutes to Branciforte - watch your speed here. Glen Canyon tees into Branciforte. Turn right on Branciforte, go through the road washout stoplight, and immediately turn left (east) into the dirt parking area.

There are restrooms available inside the park, near the picnic tables and ball fields. We can stop there during our ride if you need to.

Tires roll at 11:28 AM or sooner if all YES RSVP's are present. Please be there by the meet time, we don't want to leave without you!

Ride Details:

Difficulty: "Moderate, with some technical trails and mostly single-track. On my scale of 1-5, 1 being easy - I will say this may be a Level 3 in places, but we'll keep the pace mellow so you can walk those short sections if necessary.

Remember, all riders need to be members of & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guests are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.

Rain will cancel. Check this listing the morning of the ride. I will post by 8 AM a weather update if we need to cancel.

This is a great opportunity to explore and enjoy more Santa Cruz trails in this corner of the world.

***Please remember, a helmet is required for all our rides.***

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Please remember to bring water, and check that your bike is ready to ride. Also remember to carry an extra tube and a chain master link with you that fits your bike. Its ok if you need help to repair it, you will have the items needed to keep your ride going.


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  • Ray G

    Any seat time is a good time. Hey all you no show beginners, you will never get better until you actually show up and ride. If you only RSVP yes for rides, that really doesn't count.

    December 2, 2013

  • Michelle

    Always a fun ride here. Great to see Gabi back in the saddle. Thanks Ray for organizing three rides in four days. :-)

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Gabi

    So good to be back on my bike. Now, if I could just stop falling off...thanks, Ray and Michelle, for your patience! Btw, I really like this little park so close to home.

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Bob E

    I'm leaving from Sunnyvale.. Anyone want to carpool?

    November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change in plans. I'll have catch the next one :(

    November 30, 2013

  • Ray G

    If you really want to go on this ride, join the wait list as some will drop out as the time gets closer.

    November 4, 2013

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