Lake Hodges Novice/Beginner Class & Ride

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.

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YOU MUST FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT MOUNTAIN BIKING INVOLVES RISKS AND DANGERS OF SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY, PARALYSIS, AND DEATH.
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  • Robin

    Was hoping to see a picture of my "graceful" crash on Saturday... If anyone has one, but was being polite by not posting it, thank you, but please post it or send it to my profile. I'd love to see it! Either way, thank you to everyone. I had a great (albeit banged up) good time!

    January 6, 2014

    • Stephen

      Posted. Caution: Not for the faint of heart.

      2 · January 6, 2014

    • Ron

      Agreed, that is tough to see...glad you're OK Robin!

      January 6, 2014

  • Abby B.

    Great, fun ride. Thanks to Doug and other leaders and sweeps for organizing, leading, and imparting such helpful info. to us newbies.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Jess S.

    Had a great time. I really liked way it was set up. I'm looking forward to more of these type of rides- instruction/riding. Doug, thank you and your group too.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Ray

    great ride fun-fun

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Steve B.

    hi all I lots my gloves yesterday in the parking lot they are black they are daking let me know if if some one have them thank you

    January 5, 2014

  • Ron

    Thanks again Doug for a great event I had a blast sweeping and helping out where I could.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • James C.

    Great meetup. EXCELLANT job Doug!!!

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Doug V

    Thanks for taking the time Doug, lots of good info! Fun ride too.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride, thanks! Doug, I appreciate the extra help and advice :)

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Mark W

    Great meetup for begginers. Lots of good information.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • John

    I learned a lot and look forward to practicing it. Super well organization from a guy that can't even remember his camelback sometimes. A million Thank You's!!!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Omar

    Thanks Doug for todays class you did great, a lot of great stuff to learn. I hope to see everyone out riding again.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Stephen

    Fun ride. Nice big group. Enjoy the pics.

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • Doug

      Great job Stephen. I think that's a new record for photos on one ride :) I really appreciate you taking all of those fine photos. It seems like they've been uploading for hours.

      3 · January 4, 2014

    • Steve B.

      thanks doug great day thanks for the pic

      January 4, 2014

  • Joaquin L.

    Thank you Doug for such a complete MTB Meetup (class and a ride); what a great day.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Doug

    What a great day for mountain biking. Thank you to all that came out to ride and hopefully learn a thing or two. It was great to see a lot of new faces and meet so many new people. Special thanks to Omar and Glenn for leading the two groups and thank you also to the sweepers and all the others who helped me today. And finally thanks to the photographers, especially Stephen, for some great work. I hope to see all of you again soon on the upcoming rides.

    2 · January 4, 2014

  • Doug

    Thanks for the photos Joaquin.

    January 4, 2014

  • Eric K.

    Thanks Doug for organizing this ride; it was a fun and informative.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Doug

    It would be great if you could help Stephen and tag some of the riders in the photos - even your own! Thanks.

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome! Doug was a great teacher and I look forward any classes he might offer in the future.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Dalton

    Thanks, it was a fun ride.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Steve B.

    good times

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Chuck H.

    Heres the route. Check out my 12.3 mi Ride on Strava: http://app.strava.com/activities/104004092

    January 4, 2014

  • Chuck H.

    Great ride. Thanks Doug and all the leaders. Can't wait to see the pictures

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Kristin K.

    Thanks Doug! Great ride, nice that you and others were able to share your experiences and expertise with some of us newbies! Great instructors, see you out in the trails.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • NancyM

    Thank you for a great ride! Nicely organized and met some fantastic riders.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Jen

    Thanks for the fun ride!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great first ride!

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Hal S.

    I'm a maybe, for this ride

    December 29, 2013

    • Chuck H.

      Omar - thought I was the designated sweeper - since I'm always in the back :-)

      1 · January 3, 2014

    • Ron

      I may show up, I can sweep.

      January 3, 2014

  • Jess S.

    Did some MTB in the past but no formal instruction. I'm looking forward to this meet up because of the instruction part. I have not been on the bike for a long time but recently bought one. I need to work on my cardio.

    January 3, 2014

  • Eric G.

    I'm not an absolute beginner as I used to MTB a lot in the 90s, but have a new bike and much older body now, so I may join the ride portion tomorrow with the kids to reacclimate myself to the basics. I hope that's OK.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make the ride this Saturday, hopefully next time.

    January 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to mountain biking.

    January 2, 2014

  • Barbara C.

    Looking forward to the fun!

    2 · January 2, 2014

  • Robin

    Do you have a rough estimate of when the ride will be finished?

    December 29, 2013

    • Doug

      Hi Robin - This is my first time doing something like this so I will be winging it a little bit but I'm expecting about an hour maybe 1 1/2 hours for the class. The ride should be at about 6 mph so figure about 1 1/2 hours for that. I tried to start it a little earlier than I normally would so I'm thinking we should be finished sometime between 11:00 and noon. I plan on taking a group vote for which ride we do. It also would be ok to turn back early if necessary and I'll make sure you have a riding partner, if not the whole group, if you decide to do that.

      December 29, 2013

    • Robin

      Thanks, Doug! I was estimating about that time too, but just wanted to be sure. If it gets late, I'll be OK to head back on my own. I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's ride on my account. Looking forward to Saturday. See you there!

      December 29, 2013

  • Chuck H.

    3661 Sunset Dr, Escondido, CA, 92025, us

    December 28, 2013

  • Chuck H.

    Click the link. It takes to a map and address

    December 28, 2013

  • Doug V

    Do you have an address to the meeting location?

    December 28, 2013

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