1526 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA
Spring Time Beginner Rides
So spring is here, and I know there are lots of you that have taken the winter off or are perhaps just getting into mountain biking. So every few weekends, along with every other Wednesday or so, I'll be hosting beginner rides for those looking to find easy spots to ride. Arastradero is in my opinion one of if not the easiest places to start out in the bay area. There are some other places that offer "off road" riding, but they're mostly fire roads that aren't very fun nor challenging. Arastradero has enough climbing in it that if you're out of shape you'll know it, but not so much that you'll hate life, or worse mountain biking. I usually do a 5-6 mile loop with beginners so you're not committing to anything crazy or epic.
Because there are limits to group sizes at many of the Preserves in the area this ride is going to be limited to only 10 members, so rsvp early. If it's full get on the wait list, as people tend to drop off.
Beginner Level: Slower pace, lots of breaks as needed. The hills at Arastradero aren't very difficult but they do require some fitness and endurance. The rest of the trails are pretty well beaten by heavy traffic so there isn't really anything technical about this place.
Tech 3/10: Rolling hills and maintained trails make this place perfect for new riders.
Phys 4/10: Mountain biking can be strenuous and is exercise so since this place isn't flat it gets a little bump in its aerobic difficulty.
700ft +- Gain
As always a helmet is required for all SJMTB rides and extra protective gear is recommended if you are tentative about riding down rocky trails. If the ride is relatively short so you shouldn't need too much in the way of supplies. Water, a small snack, and your basic trail side tools (multi-tool, tube, pump) should be sufficient for these rides. Longer rides will require a bit more in the way of water and supplies. If you've got questions please contact the ride organizer or refer to the links below.
Let's get out and ride,
For more information on how we rate our rides check our ratings page here...
and for a basic idea of what to bring on a ride, we also have a beginner gear guide here...
Any other questions feel free to email me @ [masked] or give me a call @[masked]