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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

West Coast Mountain Bikers

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John Nicholas Trail (C - Easy Pace / Advanced Beginner / 11 / 1300’ )

John Nicholas Trailhead in Sanborn County Park

Ride Rating John Nicholas Trail - Advanced Beginner / Easy pace Estimated at 11.5 miles and 1300’ 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! -Eran

Calero Reservoir-Ranch San Vicente Entrance (C/ADVBEG/16mi/1600ft)

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It's time to get out and explore! Calero County Park, in South San Jose, has opened up some trails to mountain biking. They are beginner friendly trails, with little to no technical challenge (think Alum Rock Park or Fremont Older or JNT) in the South County/ South San Jose area. The trails are well groomed and not very steep, in most cases, and feature a good flow to them. There is nothing terrible in the way of technical challenges so newer riders should feel comfortable with this ride. Ride Details: C pace (slow/mellow) BEGinner trails 14-16 miles[masked] elevation gain Meet at 8:45Tires roll at 9:00am Our plan is to do the lower loop in the counter-clockwise direction and hit the new Oak Cove trail. Face coverings recommended and physical distance will be followed. NOW THE NITTY GRITTY... West Coast Mountain Bikers is a group riding community. We don't 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. If new to our group, please take the time to read our Ride Rating Guide Here... https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eml9bs3b9aPik-XF9EuazGouBVefExveQXBc58Nkl9o/edit?usp=sharing All of our rides require a helmet and properly maintained mountain bike. Riders should be sure to read the description of the ride fully prior to their RSVP. Rides will vary by location and organizer, so be sure to sign up for rides that are appropriate for your skill and fitness level. If unsure if an event is appropriate, contact the event host prior to the event. If you have an existing medical condition please consult your doctor prior to joining an event. Meetup.com and West Coast Mountain Bikers do not allow minors to attend events. We will occasionally make exceptions, so long as the parent is also in attendance. The event host and organizers ultimately have the last call on who can and cannot attend a particular event. When a members safety is concerned we will always err on the side of caution. If you have any questions, related to the group, or our events feel free to email our President, David Butler, at [masked] Get Outside, Go Ride!

EVENT ORGANIZERS! NEW FORMAT TO FOLLOW FOR RIDE POSTS

Santa Teresa County Park - (SJMTB Harry Start)

Ride Title / Intended pace (physical difficulty) / Trail difficulty / Rough Mileage est. / Elevation est. Ride Title - pretty self-explanatory. This is whatever the ride leader wants it to be. Intended Pace - this is how physically difficult the ride will be i.e. C-Easy / B-Moderate / A-Fast / Race. C pace = Easy, new riders or those getting back in shape. More social ride with lots of breaks and regroups. Able to ride 1-2 hours with breaks B pace = Moderate, not breaking records but comfortable pushing yourself. A few breaks and regroups. Able to ride 2+ hours with minimal breaks. A pace = Fast, comfortable pushing your limits both up and down the trail. Very few breaks. Able to ride 2+ hours with no stops. Race pace = self-explanatory… This is for races or “training” rides. No breaks. If a training ride there will be a lead and sweep that both know the intended route. Trail Difficulty - this is where riders will get an idea of whether or not they are ready for the ride. IMBA rates trails from Easiest to Extremely difficult depending on various factors. Many of the trails in our area would rank somewhere in the “easy” to “very difficult” ratings, however, an easy trail does not mean it will necessarily be easy for a new mountain biker. The IMBA trail ratings assume a certain level of experience is present in the riders. For riders starting out in the sport, even an “easy” trail may seem intimidating. New Rider - Easiest (IMBA White Circle ◯ ) Example: Los Gatos. Trail BEGinner - Easy (IMBA Green Circle ⬤ ) Examples: Fremont Older, St Joseph’s Hill INTermediate - More Difficult (IMBA Blue Square ■ ) Example: John Nicholas Trail ADVanced - Very Difficult (IMBA Black Diamond ◆ ) Examples: Santa Teresa, Skeggs, Demo Ridge, Wilder (enchanted loop) EXPert - Extremely Difficult (IMBA Double Black Diamond ◆◆ ) Examples: UCSC, Pacifica, Demo Braille, Northstar NOW THE NITTY GRITTY... West Coast Mountain Bikers is a group riding community. We don't 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. If new to our group, please take the time to read our Ride Rating Guide, found at the link below. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eml9bs3b9aPik-XF9EuazGouBVefExveQXBc58Nkl9o/edit?usp=sharing All of our rides require a helmet and properly maintained mountain bike. Riders should be sure to read the description of the ride fully prior to their RSVP. Rides will vary by location and organizer, so be sure to sign up for rides that are appropriate for your skill and fitness level. If unsure if an event is appropriate, contact the event host prior to the event. If you have an existing medical condition please consult your doctor prior to joining an event. Meetup.com and West Coast Mountain Bikers do not allow minors to attend events. We will occasionally make exceptions, so long as the parent is also in attendance. The event host and organizers ultimately have the last call on who can and cannot attend a particular event. When a members safety is concerned we will always err on the side of caution. If you have any questions, related to the group, or our events feel free to email our Organizer, David Butler, at [masked] Your sign off Your name Your email (if you wish) West Coast Mountain Bikers Don't forget to follow us on: Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/westcoastmtb Instagram @westcoastmtbers

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