Dirt Mulholland and the eastern side of the Santa Monica range, near Topanga State Park, are always a good time with glorious panoramas of the LA Basin. Multiple options for riders ranging from all day adventures to out and back to the Hub with choices made depending on who turns out. A few are detailed below.
Shepherd Mountain Bike Club basics:
All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church.
You may download a copy from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (http://www.shepherdsports.org/page/679)
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 let lost if you cant.
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.
This ride begins at Greenbriar Dr. east of the Temescal Fireroad. We start with long section of climbing along a moderate incline which can be challenging for new riders. Most of the ride is along a wide fireroad. The route to the Nike site continues on the Dirt Mulholland road up to the Nike tower. The other routes lead to the Hub Junction. The most difficult section of this route is the climb to The Hub Junction where we can choose to take a short bathroom break. The trails continue with many options; to the Foundation along the Temescal fireroad, or Down through Topanga State Park and up to a beautiful ocean view at Parker Mesa Overlook (Intermediate and advanced conditioned riders only 19-20 mile route).
Shepherd Church MTB welcomes new riders but baseline fitness is required.
Training with runs, rides, and core exercises through the week will quickly build up strength for riding.
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;
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)