ROUTE MAP: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2676595
(Note several changes below)
Pedals turn at 9 AM sharp, so be there and READY to go. Bring your helmet, liquids, at least one spare inner tube, and anything else you may want along the way! There will be several restrooms along the route.
This is a 26 mile cruise around Irvine. We'll be going out around the Great Park, up to Portola along the foothills, down Hicks Canyon, the SDCT, and through William Mason Park.
Our route will differ from the map at Portola and Jeffrey. To get onto Hicks Canyon we'll stay on Portola past Jeffrey, crossing at the first opening in the center divider, then riding back to Hicks Canyon Trail.
Enjoy the downhill on Hicks Canyon to Culver. After going through the underpass for Culver and up the other side, make a sharp RIGHT turn on the sidewalk, and another right on Culver to get to the Starbucks at Culver and Irvine Blvd. We'll take a little break here.
After refreshments we're on Irvine Blvd to the Lower Peters Canyon Trail and head towards Bill Barber Park and the SDCT.
Head down the SDCT towards the Back Bay, but exit the trail at Harvard, go 1 block and make a left on University to get into William Mason Park.
Our route will again differ from the map as we take the long way around the park and cross to the wilderness section at Culver and Harvard.
There will be a post ride lunch for those who so desire at the food court in the shopping center at Jeffrey and Alton (Sand Canyon to Alton, turn left to Jeffrey).