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Fort Ord ride... Sea Otter pre-Ride. Cat2 Course Intermediate Ride

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.

 

RIDE ROUTE:

I'll post up a map and link to the full route in a little bit...

 


RIDE RATING:

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.

3000FT+ GAIN

 

 

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.

 

-David Butler

 

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...

Any other questions feel free to email me @ [masked] or give me a call @[masked]

 

Also don't forget SJMTB T-shirts are available in pretty quick order.  So don't forget to order yours today!

SJMTB T-shirt site

 

 

 

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  • Johnny

    Nice work finding the track with those school kids all over the place. Apologies for the hold ups.

    April 7, 2013

  • David

    Really a great ride out there today. Such a strong group of riders. You guys all kept me honest and we managed to make pretty good time.

    April 7, 2013

  • Chaz

    Hate to bail at the last second, but my ankle won't survive another day of biking. I thought it would be better this morning, but it isn't. Gonna wuss out and try to heal up.

    April 7, 2013

    • David

      no worries Chaz. take it easy, we'll catch up with you soon.

      April 7, 2013

  • Chris G.

    Anyone want to carpool from Los Gatos?

    April 5, 2013

    • Chris G.

      See you in the morning David!

      1 · April 6, 2013

    • David

      sounds good Chris

      April 7, 2013

  • Johnny

    Hey David, what are the nearest cross roads for the start?

    April 6, 2013

    • David

      Johnny there aren't really any cross roads. You enter the Laguna Seca recreation area off of hwy68 then head up the hill through the entrance and then make the first right. There is a little dirt lot to your left right next to a big restroom facility.

      April 7, 2013

  • Jon N.

    Damn... Sorry I have to flake on this ride... I totally forgot I need to be in Sac tomorrow.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    recent incident prevents me from ridding this wkend.

    April 4, 2013

    • David

      Yeah that sounds bad. Take care of your self buddy. We want to see you out again soon.

      April 6, 2013

    • Chris G.

      Hope you get well soon Louis

      April 6, 2013

  • Johnny

    Really looking forward to this ride - how long do you think we will be riding for - the course at race pace is between 1:30 to 2 hrs. Would I be right at about 2:30 hours?

    April 5, 2013

    • David

      I'd say 2.5 would be pushing it. Even at a good strong intermediate pace we aren't racing and will be regrouping at intersections. I would guess in the 2.5 moving time with overall being closer to 3.5. It all depends on how fast the group can ride together

      April 5, 2013

  • Chaz

    Whichever will slow you down enough so I can keep up.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Chris G.

    This may or may not hurt a little.

    Should I bring the "light" 29 Hardtail 3x9 or the "heavier" 2x10 Nomad... DECISIONS.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Rick

    I laughed out loud when I looked up the CAT 2 course on the Sea Otter page, 39.8 mi / 7500ft gain. Then I realized it was 2 laps. Your doing one lap, right? trying to decide if I should do this, Wilder Saturday, or both.

    March 24, 2013

    • David

      Lol no way rick we're doing three laps for good measure ;). You should probably do both rides though because riding is awesome! (In case others missed it that's sarcasm, we're doing one lap.)

      March 25, 2013

  • Michele M.

    Thanks David- the big sur mud run is at 830- so I'm thinking ill be able to make it

    March 19, 2013

  • David

    March 17, 2013

  • David

    Just an update everyone... We'll be doing the Cat 2 course on this pre-ride for those ambitious riders. It adds a few miles to the course, which includes additional climbing. Also while our first pre-ride was more of a beginner friendly pace this ride will be at a full on Intermediate level. That means fewer breaks and a quicker pace over all. Repeat this is not a beginner ride. As soon as Sea Otter is over I'll be back again for a slower paced 15 and 20 miler ride at Ft. Ord.

    March 17, 2013

  • Sophie

    Maybe!

    March 17, 2013

  • Chris G.

    So want to ride this.

    March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There's nothing to stop you! The power of the universe is at your command!

      March 12, 2013

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