ROAD BIKING: S.A.R.T. From San Bernadino to Norco, Mt. Rubidoux, & Lake Evans

We had a great ride out there in June so let's do it again. We just did part one of the S.A.R.T. (Santa Ana River Trail bike path) between Corona and Huntington Beach. This is part two, this time from San Bernardino to Norco and back. We'll also pay a visit to Mt. Rubidoux and Lake Evans. This is just a sweet ride on a dedicated bike "highway" with only a few tiny hills, except for the climb up Mt. Rubidoux. We'll be going through some nice parks and have a great view of the river and river basin.

Click here for more information on The Santa Ana River Trail/Bikeway

Difficulty: Intermediate Road Biking
This ride is mostly flat with only a couple of tiny hills, except for the climb up Mt. Rubidoux (520 ft elevation gain). It is possible to skip that part of the ride and just head back to the cars the way we came. That would cut about 4 miles off the distance making it about 40 miles instead of 44.5.

We will be keeping an average pace of about 16-18 mph (on the flats). This is too fast for at least most beginner riders and more of an intermediate road biking pace. Some of the faster riders may want to get in some "interval" training along the way as well. If you do, I suggest you stop and wait for the leader at the next intersection or you may end up going a different way than the rest of us.

Slower Option? If there is enough interest we may opt to have a slower group as well, probably doing a doing a shorter/easier ride. So if you are a slower rider, feel free to sign up and indicate this and your typical pace on the flats. If we have several slower riders who wants to go, we'll make it a second group and assign a leader/sweep. We'll coordinate things over radio.

Note: "Road biking" is a bicycle terminology easily misinterpreted leading many to mistakenly believe it's referring to any kind of bicycling on pavement in general. "Speed biking" would have been a more accurate term.

Type of bike needed:
This intended as a "road biking" ride so a road (racing) bike is advisable although if you are a strong rider you may be able to keep up on a fast hybrid or XC mountain bike.

The Plan:
We'll meet at the bike trail head at the far end of the San Bernardino County Recorder Parking Lot at about 10:00 AM. It's cooler this time of year so we can start a little later.

We'll do some stretching, introductions, and ride briefing etc. and start riding at 10:15 AM. Please get there early. It usually takes 10-15 minutes just to get ready.

We'll follow the bike path all the way to its end in Norco. Near the end we'll take a break at bench under a tree overlooking the river basin. This is a good place to rest for a little while having some snacks and enjoying the view.

On the way back, we'll take a detour from the bike path and head up Mt Rubidoux. This is a really cool little mountain with great views of Riverside and San Bernardino. We'll take another break at the top near the big cross after paying a visit to the Peace Tower on the way up and heading down and around scenic Lake Evans. From there we'll get back on the bike path and head back to the cars.

We'll start on the east end because usually you'll have some headwind going west which tends to increase during the day. It's better to deal with the headwind early in the ride than at the end of the ride.

After the ride we'll have some much needed food at a nearby restaurant before heading home. Soup Plantation is right there but there are other options in the area as well.

About 44.5 miles (full ride).

Time Required:
I expect about 3.5 hours or so riding time including breaks.

Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot. Turn off from Hospitality Lane by Soup Plantation on to S Hunts Ln north and continue to the innermost parking lot behind the innermost building (see photo). You'll see the bike path trail head at the far end of the parking lot.

There should be plenty of spaces in the (free) parking lot.

No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the organizer and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 2 hours before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to events where there are people on the waiting list. If something happens on your way, so you can't make it, please call me.

Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in road biking and group rides. You can get hurt. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you. I am simply a "ride buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and your equipment and agree not to hold me or our MeetUp group liable in any way. Also, please adhere to the following:

  • Always wear a helmet when biking. This is mandatory, no exceptions.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working condition, with the tires properly inflated [masked] psi for road bikes) and the chain lubricated prior to the ride.
  • Bring at least one spare tube, energy bars/food, enough water, and sunscreen.
  • If you have toolkit, pump/co2, or first aid kit, bring them.
  • Learn and use standard hand signals for group rides.
  • Be courteous and considerate to pedestrians/hikers, equestrians, other riders, and drivers.

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