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Ride Rating John Nicholas Trail - Advanced Beginner / Moderate Pace Estimated at 11.5 miles and 1500’ of elevation climb in total. We will try to keep a good pace on this ride, but plan on 1.5 hours if we get a larger group and stop at the rock and overlook for some pictures. ABOUT THE TRAIL... John Nicholas features mostly wide single track with few technical features and lots of climbing. The main climb is 2.9 miles of rolling uphill climb that quickly covers 1000’ of elevation. Nearly the entire trail is covered by trees including oak, fir and manzanita. If you are still learning technical skills, this ride should be fine, but you MUST be comfortable with lots of climbing to enjoy this ride. The first 2 miles is very easy fire road that winds down a little past a reservoir, and then from there the big climb starts. This section we will cover pretty quickly, but it does provide a nice warmup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5oOK45rihM ABOUT THE RIDE… There is limited parking at the trailhead. Carpool when possible and arrive early in case you need to park down the road. Most of the parking is dirt pullouts along Black Road. You can easily find the trailhead on Google Maps by searching for John Nicholas Trailhead. [masked] Black Rd Los Gatos, CA[masked], [masked] NOW THE NITTY GRITTY… West Coast Mountain Bikers is a group riding community. We don't really encourage individuals to come out to our rides that want to do their own ride five minutes after starting with us. We start together and stick together. No one gets dropped period. Of course if you have to bail for any reason, that's fine just make sure either myself or whoever is sweeping the ride knows and makes sure you know your way back to the cars. WCMB is okay with guests on our rides, even kids, just remember that they are your guests and as such they agree to the same terms of meetup that you did when you signed up http://www.meetup.com/terms/. We have a very casual and fun attitude about ourselves and try not to take ourselves too seriously, heck we're just mountain bikers. There are very few other rules we follow other than the stick together one… Riders must wear a helmet on all rides. This is a mountain bike group... Ride a mountain bike that is in good condition. :-) Riders must obey the rules of the trails. This includes the common etiquette rules of right of way (hikers, horses, then bikes) Respect the trails and each other Last but not least... Have fun! -Rob

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Welcome to West Coast Mountain Bikers!

Our group’s purpose is simple. We want to get people out riding whenever and wherever possible. As the Organizer of WCMB, I’m dedicated to helping people get out on the bike more often. I don’t care if you ride every day of the week or just a few times a month. I don’t care if you only ride with us or if you ride with lots of different groups. Mountain Biking for me is a passion that I want to share with everyone I meet. We don't care whether you're a hardened veteran that has seen the sport grow from fully rigid 21-speed bikes to the super machines they are today or someone who just bought their first mountain bike. We don't care if you if this is your first time riding in a group or if you're a member of every mountain biking social group there is.

My team of organizers and I have one simple goal: Try our best to provide you all with the absolute best rides. My team is made up of people from all walks of life from all over the Bay Area. We have Organizers representing nearly every part of the Bay including… the South Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, Santa Cruz and even the Central Valley and we all love to ride and share the ride with others.

Our rides will range from After-work social meetups and workouts to full on epic rides. We ride everywhere, including places that are off the radar of other groups. We ride all the local favorites, i.e. Fremont Older, Arastradero, Santa Teresa, Alum Rock, etc. as well as all the popular spots further outside our immediate area. Some of our favorites include Demo Forest, El Corte de Madera, Fort Ord, and the Many State parks nearby. We’ve also ventured to Tahoe, Downieville, Boggs and many more. As the years progress we will undoubtedly be adding even more exciting and fun places to our ride portfolio.

All of our rides will follow a no-drop policy. If you show up for a ride we’ll make sure you get out with us. Don’t worry about coming out and slowing people down. That sort of fence sitting will never get you out with a group. Come on out with us and we’ll look out for you. No one will be left behind on our rides.

If you ever have questions about how we rate rides or anything else please feel free to email me. I’m always willing to help a fellow rider, especially ones just getting started. We may not be the biggest group in the Bay but we are the best. I will always go out of my way to make my members feel welcome and appreciated. I also promise to never kick you out for not making it to a ride, I understand things happen. If you have idea for a ride or want to help out with hosting events, let me know. I'm always looking for passionate riders that love to share their passion with others on the trails.

Above everything else I just want people to get out and ride.

-David B.

President

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