We will meet at Epicenter Cycling in Aptos at 9:00 AM. Tires roll promptly at 9:15 AM.
We will start from there and ride the fireroad up to Sand Point, near
the top of The Forest of Nisene Marks and back down. 18 miles round trip. This will bring us back to Aptos Village south of the city of Santa Cruz to end at Epicenter Cycling Aptos.
I plan to use this as a nice workout ride with minimal stops, and will need to be finished no later than 12 noon. If that means I have to turn around early, I will, but others can keep going. The view of the bay from 1600' is awesome!
Bring warm layers - it will be cold in the forest, and you will want wind protection for the downhill.
Remember, all riders need to be members of Meetup.com & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guests are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.
Difficulty rating: Moderate, steady climbs, 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.
The climbs are moderate but long. The descents are generally considered intermediate. However as long as you work those brakes you'll be safe.
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 7 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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