This will be an easier beginner ride. St. Joseph's hill features mostly wide trails with some scenic views of the south bay. The climbs aren't impossible but they will make you work. The ride will start near Summit Bicycles in downtown Los Gatos and then wind up the fire road to Lexington Reservoir. Then we'll head into St. Josephs. Or more specifically up St. Josephs. The first climb is the hardest so we'll get it out of the way first. Then we'll wind our way back towards downtown. The ride will total about 5 or 6 miles with about 1300ft of climbing. The trails are pretty wide and don't have a lot of technical challenges on them, just keep your speed in check and you'll be fine.
(level C / Tech 2 / Phys 4 /5-6 miles/1300ft gain)
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. 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.
It's going to be a great year for riding so let's get to it.
For more information on how we rate our rides check our ratings page here... (http://www.meetup.com/sanjosemountainbiking/pages/SJMTB_Ride_Ratings_Guide/)
and for a basic idea of what to bring on a ride, we also have a beginner gear guide here... (http://www.meetup.com/sanjosemountainbiking/pages/SJMTB_Gear_Guide_for_beginners/)
Any other questions feel free to email me @ Sanjosemtb@yahoo.com or give me a call @408-515-4385
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 (https://sites.google.com/site/sanjosemountainbiking/home/san-jose-mtb-store)