Ok Ladies- (aka "Janes")
Just because it's almost winter, it's cold, it's wet, it's rainy- doesn't mean it's not fun to ride! I rode all winter long last year and I was so sad when spring sprung-because it's so fun to ride in the winter! If you get hot like I do when riding, well you'll love the natural air conditioning. And riding through winter keeps your legs toned and in shape so when summer arrives you're still in good riding condition.
Let's talk about what to wear, and what not to wear with winter riding in the comments below- any questions? I found that I didn't need much more than a waterproof jacket, and shorts not made of cotton. Don't wear cotton! Let's discuss more below and on our facebook page about clothing. Dirtyjane.com has products to offer for winter wear, as well.
We will be riding up a sometimes very steep fire-road into the beautiful forest of Nisene Marks. What is so awesome this time of year (after the rains start) is that this place is magnificently beautiful with water and bridge features, and a canopy of trees, branches, and leaves to keep most of the rain off of you.
Riding up the sometimes very steep fire road to sand point is our goal (about 8 miles of climbing to get there)- an awesome goal as the view from the top is outstanding- if it's clear that is. I will bring some warm tea or hot chocolate for us to share at the top!
Riding back down is fast and fun (another 8 miles) - and feels great after all that climbing.
Pace up the steep fire road will be slow- an advanced beginners pace- we will stop for breaks and breathers, and urge you to continue on. If you want to go ahead, that's great too. If you must turn back, it's an easy fire road back down to the cars- just let someone know you're leaving.
Don't feel pressured to be fast, there is no rush. Although, if you keep moving you will stay warm. I promise.
This is a fire road climb up so we don't have to worry about roots or rocks, just pedal, pedal, pedal- breathe, and smile :)