De LaFriday C-pace Technical Training Ride

  • November 2, 2012 · 3:30 PM
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Last week was a great ride at De La!

Today I'd like to take the pace down to a C and use the time to work through technical sections. For anyone interested in working on technical skills this would be a great opportunity.

Jim will be available for pointers as he's been riding for many years.

The hillside consists of multiple singletrack loops totaling 8-9 miles intermingling between redwood groves, oak woodlands, Branciforte creek, mixed forests and grasslands. At the "top of the world" aka "Corona Trail"- there's a lookout offering an awesome view of the Monterey Bay and east Santa Cruz.

Multiple loops in different directions provide variety (and increased mileage) in an already diverse area to ride. Be prepared for rocks, ruts, roots, drops, flowy sections, short steep climbs, off camber and narrow sections with high penalty for mistakes in some areas. There's a short fire road climb for a nice break between singletrack sessions. This park allows for you to gain speed and be challenged at the same time.

Although small, "De La" offers a variety of singletrack in a beautiful area to practice your technical skills. Definitely worth getting off work early. TGIF! ~Krista

RIDE RATING:

PACE: C

TECH: 5/10 Wide variety of technical difficulties with opportunities to ride around them

PHYS: 5

MILEAGE: 8-9

ELEVATION GAIN: APPROX 1100


Directions from San Jose:

1. Head south on CA-17 to Santa Cruz- over the hill

2. Slight left to stay on CA-17 S (signs for CA-1 N/CA-9/Half Moon Bay/Boulder Creek/Ocean Street/Beaches)

3. Continue onto Ocean St

4. Turn left onto Water St

5. Turn left on Market St

6. Market turns into Branciforte

7. Continue on Branciforte and look for the dirt parking lot on right side of road at about .2 miles past Goss Ave.

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.

SJMTB is having a great time riding this year so come on out and join us.

With the winter settling in these rides will obviously be subject to location or date changes.  That being said the rains haven't really started up yet so lets get out and ride while we can.

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  • Vinh P.

    Thank you Krista and Jim for organizing the ride. Great little place with a variety of terrains.

    November 3, 2012

  • Christo

    Thanks Krista! Great ride yesterday. Eclectic bunch of people, beautiful place, perfect terrain.

    I really enjoyed the mellow pace. Gave us all a chance to socialize, ride, learn, play, be a little goofy, and of course exercise! Im gonna try to make it out again next week if work allows.

    November 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks for the ride, did not agree with everything, but how can you?

    I still had fun

    Have a pic to share. For some reason the thing did not post online yet, even have mapped the route out..

    Anyway, I am more advanced that most of you folks think.

    Sure I got stuff to improve, but did not show my skill due to the circumstances/etc of the ride

    November 3, 2012

  • Jim A.

    Conditions were phenomenal. This is a fantastic place to work on technical skills.

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Jim for being the best sweeper-sport and allowing the faster people to ride ahead.

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you don't see me there - consider me out. I may ride anyway -- but, I'm getting hung up getting "enough" work done today as well.

    November 2, 2012

  • Magdalena P.

    I'm getting hung up at work. I hope I can still make it, but don't wait too long for me :(

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks David and thanks to Jim for his help!

    October 31, 2012

  • David

    Glad to see this ride taking off, way to go Krista!

    October 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok David we will. ;)

    October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mud or no mud- we are riding!!

    1 · October 24, 2012

    • David

      Just be mindful of trail wear ;) have fun getting dirty!

      October 24, 2012

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