Hi old and new friends! Some may remember me - I transitioned to mountain biking because of back problems (lower lumbar stenosis) and it's been wonderful to exercise with vigor again, without the pain. But, I miss the company and sharing my journeys with others.
If you are a very strong intermediate hiker, but a beginning/intermediate mountain biker looking to diversify your activities, please join me!
Basic details: Distance: 15.2 miles
Elevation gain: 1500+ ft
Almost all unpaved fire service road
Additional details of this ride provided here:
There will be frequent breaks, and the focus will be on the group, not the strongest individual or leader so a pace that works for everyone will be a work in progress. All the same requirements and legal disclaimers utilized for the hiking group will be in effect including the following:
Mountain or Hybrid Bicycle (no road bikes)
Bicycle helmet and water. The helmet is non-negotiable, and you will be turned away from the ride without one. If other participants are willing to share their water, that is negotiable.
Other recommended gear: (personal choice)
Gloves, elbow and knee pads, multi-tool, chain tool, tire repair kit and basic first aid kit.
Bring snacks and/or a lunch, there will be a lunch break at Sand Point Overlook.
$8.00 entrance fee or State Park permit required for each car.
Ride duration: 4.5 - 5.5 hours includes lunch break
Group size limited
I recommend that people with state park passes, and people with vehicles that can carry more than one bicycle try to carpool to the park entrance from the dirt parking lot on Aptos Creek Road. (immediately past Epicenter Bicycling, 8035 Soquel Dr #23, Aptos, CA, 95003)