Mtbr Norcal Members climb 10,000 feet in Soquel Demo Forest


Some ride reports:
By: Ask

I rolled out with the group around 8… 15 mins later I realized I forgot my gels. There was no way I was going to make 10k without them, so I headed back. I tried to catch back up… But ended up riding the first ~8k solo.

At about the 6hr / 7k mark my wife sent me an encouraging text and a photo of a poster my kids made for me… That gave me a serious boost. At 8k I finally found more 10k riders. Randomroot and I rode together for a bit and rode out with Shredchic, Ratpick, and MarkMass.

I passed the 10k mark while chatting with Ratpick on the fireroad back to the parking lot. So stoked! Great chatting with all the riders along the way.

After the ride I had to bail… My wife was home sick with 2 crazy boys, so I had to skip Camp Loma. Hope everyone had a good time.


By Shredchic

Wow, nice vid Francis! You always capture the good vibes. What an awesome group of people. Saturday was the perfect day for an all-day ride. 

So, this was my first 10k ever and all in all, it wasn’t so bad! The original route I had meticulously laid out in the google spreadsheet (as I feared) had some pretty inflated footies! I had to make some on-the-fly adjustments in order to get to 10k. All in all, it totalled up to 10,147. Yay! The hardest part was midway through the ride after the pit stop in the parking lot. I had became really weary when I arrived at the bottom of Cussacks, I just stopped and got really still and stared up into the beautiful orange and green Madrones. I started to think how slow I was going, and how late in the afternoon it was and began to get a little bit worried about not making it. I decided the best thing I could do at this point was to not think and just ride. Then I hopped on the bike and gradually strength re-appeared. After descending Saw Pit the 2nd time and climbing up from Hihn’s Mill to Sulphur, out of nowhere I heard a bike approaching about double my speed. I kind of moved over to the right to allow for passing and turns out it was Ratpick! I had thought that I was the only person left out there still riding! We talked Aussie rules footy and rugby for a little bit and I expected him to resume his usual pace, but I guess he had already bagged his 10k+ for the day and humored my snail-pace pretty much all the way up Sulphur (my 4th time, his 6th ). We were going to just go down Braille and call it a day, but at the helipad, the gps said there was still 1000′ to go, so it was gonna have to be a 3rd Saw Pit in order to have the longer climb out. At that point, RandomRoot and his riding buddy showed up, and happily, they were also descending Saw Pit! It was a blast descending Saw Pit in our group of four. At the bottom of Saw Pit, we then ran into MarkMass and it was nice to get to chat with him a bit on the way out. Mr. Shred, who had just arrived at Demo after a photography class, rode a little bit down Hihn’s Mlll and was a happy sight for sore eyes (and legs). Michelle and Eve and Jade and Kyle’s kid were all cheering when we arrived at the parking lot.  What a fun day!

All in all, the route was: Parking, Cussacks, Upper Bacon loop x 2, Ridge, Corral, Sulphur, Saw Pit, Sulphur, Braille, Parking, Cussacks, Upper Bacon loop (1x), Ridge, Corral, Sulphur, Saw Pit, Suphur, Saw Pit, Hihn’s Mill, Parking.

Sadly, there was only one time down Braille. 

So today, I couldn’t resist a short sweet Braille recovery ride. tburger says I can add today’s Braille loop to my total, haha, so that makes it 11,928 

Here is the Strava for Patrick who climbed about 12,000 feet.

All the planning and ride reports can be found here:

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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