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De LaVeaga C-pace

  • Feb 23, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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A destination spot for Trek Dirt Series skills clinics.

The hillside of De LaVeaga consists of multiple singletrack loops totaling 6-9 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. ~Krista

RIDE RATING:

PACE: C

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

PHYS: 5

MILEAGE: up to 9 depending on weather

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.

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  • Fredric

    I just added the photos I took today that actually came out clear. Everyone enjoy them. I hope that the number of walk of shame photos reduces drastically as we all continue to practice at this course and get better. Haha. Luckily you guys didn't catch the sheer number of walk of shames I had to do myself on the single speed.

    February 23, 2013

  • E

    Thanks for the last minute accommodation Krista! De La has got the same feel as China Camp but more changes in elevation and narrow trails in certain sections. The drop are ok in hindsight. Btw there will be a free bike fitting class in Mountain View Thurs March 14th 7pm for those interested.

    February 23, 2013

    • E

      Bike fitting class will be at REI Mountain View campus.

      February 23, 2013

  • Cassie

    One of my favorite rides. See you next time!

    February 23, 2013

  • W.W.

    Got called in to work this Saturday

    February 19, 2013

    • Fredric

      Aww bummer. I would have needed someone in the medical field there when I pass out from single speeding.

      February 20, 2013

  • Fredric

    This time trying it with a single speed, hardtail 29er. Get the defibrillator ready.

    February 18, 2013

    • W.W.

      I guess no Coyote Lake for us

      February 18, 2013

    • Fredric

      Yeah I wanted to dust it off. I built it months ago and have only ridden it a couple times.

      February 18, 2013

  • Chaz

    Have to work all that weekend now. Hopefully I can ride with y'all soon.

    February 7, 2013

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