I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I presume there are some of you that just got their first mountain bike or dusted off an old one with the intent of getting fit and/or losing some weight as a new year’s resolution. As many of the beginner rides are merely beginner level trails and/or distances without much instruction, I designed this class/ride to remedy that so as to include some instruction. Hopefully, the response will be positive and, if so, I’ll do more in the future.
Today’s class and ride is designed for new and beginning riders. I will start with an hour or so of instruction, including taking questions, and then we will do a moderate ride. The class portion will focus on basic riding skills with a focus on shifting and braking. I can also cover bike prep and tuning, bicycle repair and maintenance, bike setup and fit, basic suspension setup, and other riding skills. I do plan to cover some of these in future classes however. Any more experienced riders are, of course, welcome to join us and any assistance would be appreciated.
The speed will be that of the slowest rider.
The distance is planned to be either 8 or 12 miles. The 8 mile route would be East to the base of Raptor Ridge via the Mule Hill/San Pasqual trail and return. The 12 mile route would be West to the Del Dios Community Park, or perhaps a little further to Hernandez Hideaway, and return. The distance/route will be determined by group consensus upon completion of the class.
The 8 mile route will start at the Sunset Dr. trailhead. We will ride East on the Mule Hill/San Pasqual trail to the base of Raptor Ridge and return. This route is a relatively flat and short.
The 12 mile route will start at the Sunset Dr. trailhead. We will ride West on the bike/footpath to the footbridge. From there we will continue on the fire road on the North side of Lake Hodges to the boat ramp parking area and then on to the Del Dios Community Park. From there we can either turn around and return or continue on the singletrack to Hernandez Hideaway and turn around there. This route has a few more hills and of course is a little longer.
As always, a helmet is required. Please have your bike in good working condition and bring sufficient water and nutrition.
By signing up for this meetup, I agree to the following:
Mountain Biking can be dangerous and cause serious bodily injury or even possibly death. The organizers of this group and it's members will not be held responsible for the actions of any participant at any event. Each rider attends an event at their own risk and is solely responsible for any damage to their equipment or themselves.
YOU MUST FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT MOUNTAIN BIKING INVOLVES RISKS AND DANGERS OF SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY, PARALYSIS, AND DEATH.
FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES, COSTS, AND DAMAGES.
HEREBY RELEASE FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, LOSSES, OR DAMAGES ON MY ACCOUNT CAUSED OR ALLEGED TO BE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY THE MEMBERS OF THIS GROUP.
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, I FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY ATTENDING AND HAVE ATTEND FREELY AND WITHOUT INDUCEMENT OR ASSURANCE OF ANY NATURE AND INTEND IT TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY TO THE GREATEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW.