Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo Sunday, September 9, 2012

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Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo, an epic ride in the birthplace of mountain biking

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is proud to announce the Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo, an all-day mountain bike ride on Sunday, September 9, 2012. We encourage bicyclists of all skill levels to join us on one of the most spectacular and challenging off-road bicycle rides you’ll ever experience!

The Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo is presented by Cannondale Bicycles. The ride will start in the Marin Headlands at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 45-mile route takes cyclists on a journey that climbs and descends a number of ranges before the ascent to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. After stopping to take in the amazing view, riders will continue on a loop around the mountain and then head back to the Headlands for a BBQ feast and stories around the campfire.

Mountain bike pioneers Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher and Otis Guy have RSVPd for the epic 45-mile ride with 7,000 feet of elevation gain! While not everyone is prepared to ride such a great distance, we encourage all interested parties to give it a try. There will be turn-back options at the 5, 10 and 16 mile mark, creating loops of 10, 20 and 32 miles. And you have most of the day to complete the ride.

There will be great support along the journey thanks to sponsor Mike’s Bikes, including three well-stocked energizer stations, ride leaders and sweeps, and mechanics to help with minor repairs.

What: An endurance ride, with 10, 20, 32 and 45 mile options
When: Sunday, September 9, 2012 8 am (beginners and intermediate encouraged to start at 7 am)
Where: Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94956
Registration fee: $65 – Includes well supported ride complete with SAG and energizer stations, BBQ feast, Lagunitas beer and a Mt. Tam Dirt Fondo t-shirt.

LIMITED SPACE! Sign up today at http://mttamdirtfondo.eventbrite.com

MCBC is launching the ride on the 100th anniversary of Mt. Tamalpais. It was in 1911 that visionary William Kent donated the land for a park and watershed. Kent also save Muir Woods and probably did more than any one person to encourage the purchase of land for parks and open space in Marin County. Without William Kent, Mt. Tam may not have become the cradle of mountain biking.

Source: Tom Boss

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