Our Winter ride series may be over, but that doesn't mean any fewer rides at Ft. Ord. I love this place and ride it all year long. I'm not afraid of a little (read a lot) of sand. And with Sea Otter Classic in April we should get out for a pre-ride of the course. Because this is a pre-race ride we'll call this a B paced ride. That means it's not a beginner ride (don't worry we'll do more of those here again soon). We'll follow the complete CAT2 race route so anyone looking to try out the race for the first time will know what they're getting into as far as terrain goes. The only real part we won't be able to ride is the start loop on the race track, but this isn't San Jose Road Biking anyway. The faster pace won't be anywhere close to a race pace, but we will only be stopping at key intersections with a sweeper and lead guiding us all the way. I'll bring a copy of the route on a couple maps so the sweeper, and anyone else that wants one, can have it. I'll also go over the entire route before we head out from the cars to make sure everyone has at least some idea of the route we're taking. The race route for CAT2 is usually around 20 miles so if you ride with me at Ft. Ord you should be used to this sort of distance.
I'll post up a map and link to the full route in a little bit...
Intermediate Ride: Faster than social pace we'll stop when we need to for people catch up, but then we'll be moving again. I'll map out all the major intersections so people know where they're supposed to go so study the course before our ride if possible. Remember this is a PRE-RACE RIDE.
Tech 6-10: If the route follows a similar route to last years then there are some tricky sections with deep ruts and deep sand chutes.
Phys 7-10: The faster pace will make this ride more physically taxing than the route would other wise be.
15-20 MILES: I'LL UPDATE OUR DISTANCE ONCE I'VE COMPLETELY MAPPED THE ROUTE I'M PLANNING ON.
How to get there...
From San Jose using 101S
Take 101S into Salinas and exit on Main St.
Continue on Salinas St. and turn left on John St.
Take the first right onto S Main/68W
Continue about 8 miles to the entrance of Laguna Seca Recreation area.
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. Longer rides will require a bit more in the way of water and supplies. If you've got questions please contact the ride organizer or refer to the links below.
SJ MTB is having a great time riding this year so come out and join us.
For more information on how we rate our rides check our ratings page here...
and for a basic idea of what to bring on a ride, we also have a beginner gear guide here...
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