What we're about

The Mountain Biking Club is part of Shepherd Sports, the sports ministry of Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, and we are a group of mountain bike riders who gather every Saturday of every month to enjoy our beautiful Southern California home - not on pavement, but on dirt trails and in places that cars cannot go. Trail locations and the degree of difficulty vary but most of our rides are suitable for both beginning and advanced riders. For more information please contact our team of MTB leaders via email at mtb@shepherdcycling.com or visit our website: Shepherd Sports.org (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679)

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Simi / Las Llajas

Broken Arrow and Flanagan Dr.

By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following: ► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death. ► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on. ► I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride. Ride Description: Multiple options for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced riders as noted below on the Strava links. We typically divide into three groups on any given ride: Genesis: our beginner group. Everyone was new to mountain biking once, so don't fret, we'll have you Gospel-ready in no time. Genesis is a NO DROP group. Gospels: Intermediates to more casual advanced riders in this group. If you're on a Most-Wanted list, avoid this group as they will take and post online an average of 50 pictures a ride. The Gospels are a NO DROP group and usually go the same route as Revelations but at a more leisurely pace. Revelations: our A group. Fire, fury, and mayhem. Most of these guys and gals are either on competitive teams, or were, and riding with them will be a sweat-pouring, cardio-pushing, speed & tech fest that will leave advanced riders grinning ear to ear. Revelations is a DROP group, meaning you have to keep up AND not get lost if you can't. We'll head south from the parking area and take a right on Broken Arrow Street, which dead ends into the North Ridge Trail. This trail starts with a climb west and then north toward the trailhead at Evening Sky for Las Llajas. The Genesis group will likely head up Las Llajas, but the other groups will take the Chivo to Mar Ranch route for an extra loop. The climb up Seashells is tough, but the view is worth it. From there, you'll make a decision to either turn around and zoom down the fireroad OR continue up Rocky Peak Rd to the Chumash trail and the 2 mile, technical single track downhill of the Chumash trail and ending at Flanagan Dr. Strava Chumash Option (Advanced): https://www.strava.com/activities/1332021814 What to Bring: • Helmet (mandatory) • Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack) • Snacks for energy • Extra bike tube and patch kit • Bike Pump • Apparel appropriate for trail riding • Protective eyewear • Sun screen • Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues • 2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride) – Please post comments or contact the ride hosts if you have any other questions or concerns about this ride. Newcomer Recommendations (cont.): • Continue training throughout the week in order to build up strength and riding skills. • Attend the CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association) Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month; http://www.corbamtb.com/programs/skills.shtml "Although the Shepherd Church MTB Club in not affiliated with CORBA some or our riders have benefited immensely from the free training they provide. You can visit the CORBA website here: http:// http://corbamtb.com/ and join their MeetUp Group Here: http:// http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Victory Trailhead

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve Victory Trailhead

All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church. You may get yours from either this link 2017 Shepherd Sports Waiver Sports Waiver (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwXMtG-lxdvJcHpVVE4xVzc4Y0lhVjFfbXRnRjRPbDUxZkN3/view?usp=sharing) or download a copy from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679) By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following: ► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death. ► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on. ► I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride. Directions: Google map: Victory Trailhead (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Upper+Las+Virgenes+Canyon+Open+Space+Preserve+Victory+Trailhead/@34.1849298,-118.6703826,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c29c2f795342bf:0x52745ce95e418b0d!8m2!3d34.1849298!4d-118.6681886?hl=en) We will be parking on Victory Blvd. just outside the main trailhead parking lot. There is plenty of parking. Meet in the dirt parking lot area near this sign: Level: Beginner to Intermediate Ride Duration: About 1.5 hours moving time / Total ride time approximately 2+ hours with breaks. Strava Link (this shows the route): Laskey Mesa simple (https://www.strava.com/activities/779966070) Miles/Roundtrip: 8.2 miles Bathrooms at Trail: There is a large porta-potty at the trailhead but none in the park. Tree Coverage: Yes - There are sections of the trail with coverage, about 40%, depending on the route. Level: Advanced. Victory into Chesebro and to Triple Threat Ride Duration: up to 3 hours of moving time Miles/Roundtrip: 21.7 miles, 2700 feet of climb Strava link: Victory to Chesebro (https://www.strava.com/activities/780107192) This area has a diverse variety of riding trails from beginner to advanced with fun for everyone. The area is a beautiful open preserve with enjoyable sites along the ride to stop and take some great photos/selfies. The majority of trails are fire roads with a few double wide trails. We will adjust the ride according the riders in attendance and if needed split into beginner and advanced groups. IMPORTANT: Although some posted rides are considered intermediate to advanced level a strong beginner-level rider should be able to make it. As always, all riders should be aware that mountain biking can be extremely physically demanding. Each rider should be conscious of their own limitations. It is encouraged to walk any sections of the trail you are not comfortable riding. Don’t be surprised if you are not able to keep up with the group your first time out. Don’t get discouraged. It will take some newcomers a few rides before they can build up their leg strength, cardio and overall technique before feeling at home on a mountain bike trail. be encouraged– We will have volunteers that will help you along the way and stay with you at your pace. – See more Newcomer Recommendations at the bottom of this post. What to Bring: • Helmet (mandatory) • Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack) • Snacks for energy • Extra bike tube and patch kit • Bike Pump • Apparel appropriate for trail riding • Protective eye-ware • Sun screen lotion • Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues • 2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride) – Please post comments or contact the ride hosts if you have any other questions or concerns about this ride. Newcomer Recommendations (cont.): • Continue training throughout the week in order to build up strength and riding skills. • Attend the CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association) Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month; http://www.corbamtb.com/programs/skills.shtml "Although the Shepherd Church MTB Club in not affiliated with CORBA some or our riders have benefited immensely from the free training they provide. You can visit the CORBA website here: http:// http://corbamtb.com/ and join their MeetUp Group Here: http:// http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/ "Happy Trails…"

Big Sycamore and More

Potrero Road & S Wendy Drive Trailhead

This ride starts at a scenic part of the trail and heads to a paved road, then down a steeper paved road know as "Black Betty", among other names. Then we are on the Big Sycamore Canyon trail. From there we have a few options from which to choose: Level: Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced (Multiple Options). The group will stay together for the first portion of the ride then divide into smaller groups based on skill and interest. Ride Duration: About 3 hours moving time / Total ride time approximately 4 hours with breaks Miles/Roundtrip: 18.6 miles or less for those who turn back earlier on the routes. IMPORTANT: All riders should be aware that mountain biking can be extremely physically demanding. Each rider should be conscious of their own limitations and to WALK any section of the trail you are not comfortable riding. Shepherd MTB Club Basics: All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church. You may get yours from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679) By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following: ► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death. ► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on. ► I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride. We ride together to start but typically divide shortly after the start into three primary groups: Genesis: our entry-level group. Everyone was new to mountain biking once, so don't fret, we'll have you Gospel-ready in no time. Genesis is a NO DROP group, but baseline skills and fitness are still required. See Newcomer Recommendations below. Gospels: Intermediates to more casual advanced riders in this group. If you're on a Most-Wanted list, avoid this group as they will take and post online an average of 50 pictures a ride. The Gospels are a NO DROP group and usually go the same route as Revelations but at a more leisurely pace. Revelations: our A group. Fire, fury, and mayhem. Most of these guys and gals are either on competitive teams, or were, and riding with them will be a sweat-pouring, cardio-pushing, speed & tech fest that will leave advanced riders grinning ear to ear. Revelations is a DROP group, meaning you have to keep up AND not get lost if you can't. Newcomer Recommendations: Shepherd Church MTB welcomes new riders but baseline fitness is required. • Attend the CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association) Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month If this is your first MTB ride • Continue training throughout the week in order to build up strength and riding skills. "Although the Shepherd Church MTB Club in not affiliated with CORBA some or our riders have benefited immensely from the free training they provide. You can visit the CORBA website here: http:// http://corbamtb.com/ and join their MeetUp Group Here: http:// http://www.meetup.com/CORBAmtb/ What to Bring: • Helmet (mandatory) • Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack) • Snacks for energy • Extra bike tube and patch kit • Bike Pump • Apparel appropriate for trail riding • Protective eye ware • Sun screen lotion • Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues • 2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride) About Us: Shepherd MTB Club is part of Shepherd Sports, the sports ministry of Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch. Our mission is to lift up Jesus so that the world may believe. I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.-- Psalm 121: 1-2

M*A*S*H with New Millennium Option for Advanced Riders

Juan Bautista de Anza Park

What a L.A adventure riding in the mountains along the backdrop of an old T.V show!!!! M*A*S*H has a diverse variety of riding trails from beginner to advanced with fun for everyone. The area is a beautiful open preserve with enjoyable sites along the ride to stop and take some great photos/selfies along the backdrop of the T.V show M*A*S*H!!! The majority of trails are fire roads with a few double wide trails. New Millennium Trail Description: It isn't called Switchback City without reason, hence the multiple "CAUTION: Steep Switchback" signs. Narrow trails, climbs on the edges of mountains, and SPECTACULAR views, the New Millennium Trail has it all. Shepherd MTB Club Basics: All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church. You may get yours from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679) By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following: ► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death. ► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on. ► I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride. We ride together to start but typically divide shortly after the start into three primary groups: Genesis: our entry-level group. Everyone was new to mountain biking once, so don't fret, we'll have you Gospel-ready in no time. Genesis is a NO DROP group, but baseline skills and fitness are still required. See Newcomer Recommendations below. Gospels: Intermediates to more casual advanced riders in this group. If you're on a Most-Wanted list, avoid this group as they will take and post online an average of 50 pictures a ride. The Gospels are a NO DROP group and usually go the same route as Revelations but at a more leisurely pace. Revelations: our A group. Fire, fury, and mayhem. Most of these guys and gals are either on competitive teams, or were, and riding with them will be a sweat-pouring, cardio-pushing, speed & tech fest that will leave advanced riders grinning ear to ear. Revelations is a DROP group, meaning you have to keep up AND not get lost if you can't. IMPORTANT: All riders should be aware that mountain biking can be extremely physically demanding. Each rider should be conscious of their own limitations and to WALK any section of the trail you are not comfortable riding. Newcomer Recommendations: Shepherd Church MTB welcomes new riders but baseline fitness is required. Although some posted rides are considered intermediate to advanced, a strong beginner-level rider should be able to stay with the group. If you are completely new to mountain biking, we strongly recommend that you first attend a training class. An excellent one is hosted by CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association), Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month; http://www.corbamtb.com/programs/skills.shtml What to Bring: • Helmet (mandatory) • Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack) • Snacks for energy • Extra bike tube and patch kit • Bike Pump • Apparel appropriate for trail riding • Protective eye ware • Sun screen lotion • Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues • 2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride) – Please post comments or contact the ride hosts if you have any other questions or concerns about this ride. About Us: Shepherd MTB Club is part of Shepherd Sports, the sports ministry of Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch. Our mission is to lift up Jesus so that world may believe. I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.-- Psalm 121: 1-2

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