NEW START LOCATION!
- Don't let the similar mileage fool you, folks: this is a monster ride that will double the vertical feet from last week! (But you can do it.)
We usually avoid out-and-back routes, but these roads are so fantastic you'll want to see 'em twice. In fact this out-and-back portion from Lexington Dam to the outskirts of Soquel -- Acts 1 and 3 of our journey -- could be fairly described as Pure Cycling Heaven On Earth.
.... which is a good thing, because Act 2 through Santa Cruz itself will be a bit... grungy. It's urban riding, with probably tons of cars and peds. Still, it's going to be a fun and scenic adventure you won't forget! Rather "touristy" compared to other rides in the series, which is good in its own way. Just don't plan on making great time through this part, especially the mile going straight through the jungle of Beach St. Think of it like a bit of a break before tackling the big climb home.
0 - start (Lexington Dam)
11 - Summit Center (grocery store)
32 - rest stop: Lighthouse (water)
40 - lunch: Café D'Anna
51 - Summit Center again
62 - end
LOGISTICSPlease add your row to the carpool coordination spreadsheet
ASAP, even if you don't intend to carpool: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_HLwYZ7NMOEd4VwLDNAhhpgBDyPI8ZWE4237bwANiGI/edit#gid=0
This is to spare both the air and the parking fees (you'll need a credit card for the pay station). Or if you're thinking of riding to the start, just note that the only even remotely reasonable way to get there involves a fairly unpleasant (but totally doable) 2-mile dirt and gravel trail. Allow extra time on that.
WHAT TO DO
Invite friends. Bring two
water bottles, electrolyte mix
, plenty of whatever you like to snack on while riding, a charged
phone, credit card
, tube-change necessities and sunscreen
Please plan ahead and be at Lexington Reservoir early!
These are unsupported
rides. There will be no food or water provided. There will be no car support ("SAG"). If you find yourself unable to complete the route, you will need someone you can call for a ride... mobile coverage is questionable in these hills. Pick a ride buddy.
You are responsible for riding safely, legally and courteously. Bicycles are vehicles and must follow the rules of the road. Don't blow through stop signs. Use hand signals, call out when slowing or passing, and try to point out road debris to the riders behind you. Please remember that your actions on these rides reflect on Google, BikeMS and all cyclists.