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August 2019

The Endurance Rating rates distance, climbing & pace of the rides.   E1 represents the lowest level of exertion needed to complete a ride. And E5 represents the highest level of exertion needed to complete a ride.

The Technical Rating (how smooth/rocky):

T1

Mostly smooth & wide

T2

Mostly smooth but variable width

T3

Predominately uneven surfaces & somewhat rocky

T4

Long segments with rocky and uneven surfaces

T5

Extensive segments with rocky & uneven surfaces with possible drops & exposure


Summary

Saturday

August 3

8:00 AM (E4 - T3.5)

TamaraSycamore: Sin Nombre/Two Foxes/Guadalasca/Backbone/Sage Loop

Sunday

August 4

8:00 AM (E3 - T3)

DesiCanyonback/Westridge Loop

Wednesday

August 7

5:45 PM (E3 - T2)

CharlotteEVENING INTERVALS

Saturday

August 10

9:30 AM (E2 - T2.5)

RandyCheeseboro for Beginners

Sunday

August 11

8:30 AM (E3 - T3)

RobertSycamore Canyon from the Beach - Overlook/Backbone

Saturday

August 17

9:30 AM (E2.5 - T1)

MichaelVentura Beach Path to the County Line

Sunday

August 18

8:00 AM (E3 - T3)

Steve KGrasslands - Short Bulldog Loop

Saturday

August 24

11:00 AM (E2.5 - T1)

RandyBike and Blade on the World Famous LA Beach Path

Sunday

August 25

8:00 AM (3.5 - 3.5)

CharlotteMTB Space Mountain - Moderate Pace


Randy - 805-530-2554   mtbikesman@aol.com

 

Desi - 818-383-4679   gfxdesi@mac.com

Tamara - 805 490-3650   MtnBykGirl@yahoo.com

 

Steve K - seriousslack@gmail.com

Charlotte - 805 890-1234   cfarrens@gmail.com

 

Robert - roberthiga69@yahoo.com

Michael - 805 886-2605   mkwan@silcom.com

 


The Fine Print

By riding with the North Ranch Mountain Bikers I understand and accept the following:

► I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.

► I understand there is no charge for the bike rides.

► I understand that the trails the North Ranch Mountain Bikers ride may not be verified for safety or ridability.

► I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.

► I understand that the ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.

WEEKEND RIDES

Saturday, August 3: Sycamore: Sin Nombre/Two Foxes/Guadalasca/Backbone/Sage Loop.   Well start off on the Wendy Connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. Well descend down into the canyon and take Sin Nombre & Two Foxes all the way down to the Wood Cyn Fireroad. From here well climb to the top of Guadalasca. Then well ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy a fun descent down to the canyon floor. From here we'll climb to the top of Wood Canyon and descend Sage. Then its a climb up Sin Nombre to Ranch Center and on up the main road to the dreaded asphalt hill. From the top its just a short ride back to the cars via the Wendy Connector. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E4, Technical Rating = T3.5, 21 Miles and 2400 Feet of Climbing , About 4 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Tamara

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in Newbury Park. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendy until it dead-ends at Potrero Road. Park in the adjacent dirt parking area.

Sunday, August 4: Canyonback/Westridge Loop.   We will start at the Southern most Top of Reseda Blvd. There is a short singletrack that will take us to the Mulholland fire road. We head East on dirt Mulholland where it ends at a small parking lot and connect onto the Canyonback fire road. Again, we are met with a short fun singletrack that parallels the fire road. We take it till we turn down a fun descent on Hollyhock. Cross over the road and then ride up Garden Land. Once we hit the Westridge/Mandeville fire road we will turn onto one of the singletracks that brings us back onto the fire road. We turn around and climb back up Westridge, this time going all the up to the Nike Tower. After taking a nice rest, we will return to Mulholland fire road and descend back to the Top of Reseda. There are options to avoid all the singletracks and just stay on fire roads if one chooses to do so. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 14 Miles and 2224 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Desi

Directions:   Take the 101 Fwy to the Reseda Blvd exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda; pass the Caballero trail, up through/past the opening in the fence up to the paid parking area. Park just before the "white line" as the paid parking starts just beyond that white line.

Wednesday, August 7: EVENING INTERVALS .   High intensity intervals help build endurance in just a short workout. We will be doing intervals and it will appropriate whether your are barely fit or super fit, the interval speed and length is self driven. We will be doing a short group warm up ride, and then over to the "interval hill" where we will do our intervals at our own pace and speed, each person dictates their own pace.

Interval training is a simple technique novice and experienced exercisers can use to get the most out of their workouts. The long-term health benefits from interval training are similar to those achieved from most types of longer-duration, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. The warm up and intervals should be about 1 hour.  Meet at 5:45 pm and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T2, About 1 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Charlotte

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Park outside of the gate as it closes at sunset.

Saturday, August 10: Cheeseboro for Beginners.   We'll be riding Cheeseboro, as it is an ideal place for a beginner's ride. Just watch out for the big rock with poison oak!! We'll ride 'til we drop, (to Shepherd's Flat) and turn around and ride back. I guarantee it will be a fun ride. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2, Technical Rating = T2.5, 10 Miles and 700 Feet of Climbing , About 2 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Randy

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Continue up the paved road 1/4 mile to the top parking lot.

Sunday, August 11: Sycamore Canyon from the Beach - Overlook/Backbone.   Starting at the beach side, we will start climbing at the Overlook Trail. When riding at this trail, there are gorgeous views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean. After the climb of the Overlook Trail, we will take a short break at the top of Backbone. We then will enjoy the fun, swooping downhill on our favorite Backbone Trail. We will head up to Two Foxes and beyond before heading back out to the cars.  Meet at 8:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 15 Miles and 1500 Feet of Climbing , About 3 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Robert

Directions:   For those who are coming from the San Fernando/ Los Angeles area: Take the 101 Fwy towards Ventura and exit on Kanan Road (make a left turn from the exit ramp).
Then make a right turn on PCH 1 and head towards Sycamore Canyon (it is approximately 14 miles northwest of Kanan Road and is on the right side).

For those who are coming from the Santa Barbara/ Ventura/ Oxnard/ Camarillo area: Take the 101S Fwy (101N for those who are coming from Thousand Oaks/ Simi Valley) and exit on S Las Posas Road (going towards PCH). Then go to PCH 1 South and look for signs to go to Sycamore Canyon (which is on the left side).

If you dont want to pay the $12 fee for parking in the lot you can look for parking on PCH. For the ride we'll meet on the park side of Pacific Coast Hwy 1 for the ride (in front of the restrooms, located by the campground/ parking lot area, turn left after you pass the gaurd).

Saturday, August 17: Ventura Beach Path to the County Line.   Every year we have a great time on this ride and lunch at the beach.  With the hot summer days upon us, come and join in again for a cool ride on the beach path from Ventura, up to the Shoals restaurant for lunch! We will have slower paced level and moderate-level speeds...something for everyone! We will meet at the Marriott Hotel in Ventura across from the In n Out at Seaward, then pedal 15 miles up the paved bike path and old coast road that parallels the beach. At the end of old PCH, we ride the stunning Ralph Fertig bike path around Rincon Bay to Bates Road and then turn back. After crossing over at Bates road and tracking south 2 miles, if the group is interested, we can have a leisurely lunch at the Shoals restaurant at the Cliffhouse Inn (http://www.cliffhouseinn.com/) where we will be seated outdoors right next to the ocean (Lunch from $10 $15). Otherwise, there are other places to eat on our return trip. We should be back to the cars by 2:00. Note: this will not be off road riding, any kind of bike will be fine. Good for family members. Meet at 9:30 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T1, 30 Miles, About 4 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Michael

Park on San Pedro St. Meet at the entrance to Ventura State Beach Park.

Directions:   Take the 101 to Ventura. Exit at Seaward Ave and turn south towards the ocean. Turn right on Harbor Blvd. The Marriott is located at 2055 Harbor Blvd. We will meet on the far side of the hotel that faces San Pedro St. There is usually lots of daytime parking in the hotel parking lot on that side.

Sunday, August 18: Grasslands - Short Bulldog Loop.   We’ll bike over to Malibu Creek State Park via the Grasslands trail. Once inside the park we’ll proceed along the main fireroad, which passes through a fairly short but technical rocky streambed. After a short stop at the M*A*S*H site we’ll tackle the first 1.25 miles of Bulldog. After the steep but fairly short climb up Bulldog we’ll cut off onto Lookout Fireroad that will bring us down to a paved road in the Malibu Lake area. Then we’ll take Crags Road to a back entrance of the park and pedal back to the cars via the same path as before. Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E3, Technical Rating = T3, 14 Miles and 2100 Feet of Climbing , About 3.5 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Steve K

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

Saturday, August 24: Bike and Blade on the World Famous LA Beach Path.   This is the ultimate California experience. We meet at the Merry-Go-Round at Santa Monica Pier and cruise down to Hermosa Beach to see all the beach sights. We’ll dine in splendor on the beach in Hermosa Beach and then head back. It takes all day but it is a great way to see the sights along the beach. You can ride your mountain bike, road bike, beach cruiser or even rollerblade this ride. Meet at 11:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = E2.5, Technical Rating = T1, 30 Miles, About 5 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Randy

Directions:   From the Ventura County area: Take Pacific Coast Hwy 1 South towards Santa Monica until you get to the pier. From San Fernando Valley: Take the 405 Fwy South. Exit on Santa Monica Blvd. and make a right turn from the ramp. Turn left on Ocean Avenue. On the right side, you'll see the Santa Monica Pier as you arrive in Santa Monica. There is parking with a flat rate of approximately $8.

Sunday, August 25: MTB Space Mountain - Moderate Pace.  Meet at 8:00 am and be ready to depart 15 minutes later.
Endurance Rating = 3.5, Technical Rating = 3.5, About 2.5 Hours
, Ride Scheduler: Charlotte

Directions:   Take the 101 Freeway to the Moorpark Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Moorpark till it dead-ends at Greenmeadow Avenue and park in the dirt lot on the right.

NIGHT RIDES

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Nights.  See Summary Section of the Newsletter for meeting times, ride times are 15 minutes later. The lengths of all rides are between 10 & 15 miles with ride times of 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Lights are needed for the months of September to May. During the summer months they may not be needed, but it's a good idea to bring them just in case there's a delay. The specific routes taken for the night rides will be determined at the trailhead.

Meeting Locations for Evening Rides:

EVENING INTERVALS .   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Park outside of the gate as it closes at sunset.

MTB Backbone at Encinal.   From Thousand Oaks and points west, exit the 101 Freeway at Westlake Blvd and head south. About 3.5 miles past Potrero, turn left onto Mulholland and go 2.5 miles. Make a very sharp right turn onto Encinal Canyon Rd (west, back towards Decker), drive for 2.3 miles until you see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.
From Agoura and points east, exit the 101 at Kanan and head south. After 6 miles, turn right onto Mulholland for 1 mile, then bear left onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 2.3 miles more, you will see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.

MTB Backbone at Encinal - Beginner.   From Thousand Oaks and points west, exit the 101 Freeway at Westlake Blvd and head south. About 3.5 miles past Potrero, turn left onto Mulholland and go 2.5 miles. Make a very sharp right turn onto Encinal Canyon Rd (west, back towards Decker), drive for 2.3 miles until you see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.
From Agoura and points east, exit the 101 at Kanan and head south. After 6 miles, turn right onto Mulholland for 1 mile, then bear left onto Encinal Canyon Rd. After 2.3 miles more, you will see the LA County Fire Camp sign on the left. Turn up the dirt road on the right that takes you to the trailhead parking.

MTB Backbone from Kanan at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Kanan for several miles until you reach the third tunnel. Park in the paved parking area just before the tunnel.

MTB Backbone from Kanan Beginner.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Kanan exit in Agoura Hills. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Kanan for several miles until you reach the third tunnel. Park in the paved parking area just before the tunnel.

MTB Calabasas Peak at Night.   Take the 101 Fwy to Valley Circle/Mulholland Dr. exit. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue south on Mulholland and make a right on Valmar which becomes Old Topanga Canyon Rd. Continue on Old Topanga which will join Mulholland Hwy briefly and then continue on the left. Follow Old Topanga about 1.5 miles and look for the Calabasas Peak trail head on the right across from Summit to Summit trail.

MTB Cheeseboro at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Park in the lower, paved parking lot (the gate to the upper lot is closed and locked at sunset).

MTB Cheeseboro at Night - Beginner Ride.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Chesebro exit in Agoura. Head north and make a right on Chesebro Road. Follow the narrow road one-mile and turn right at the park entrance. Park in the lower, paved parking lot (the gate to the upper lot is closed and locked at sunset).

MTB Chumash at Night.   Take the 118 Freeway to the Yosemite Avenue exit in Simi Valley. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north to Flanagan and make a right. Park on the side of the road at the end of Flanagan.

MTB Dos Vientos at Night.   From the 101 freeway, turn south onto Wendy Drive, towards the ocean. Continue for about 0.7 miles and turn right at Borchard Rd and head West. Turn left on to S. Reino Rd heading South for about 0.5 mile to the Alberton's parking lot. Park in the Northeast corner of the Alberton's parking lot. We will meet there.

MTB Grasslands - slower paced .   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

MTB Grasslands at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

MTB Grasslands/Las Virgenes View at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

MTB Grasslands/MCSP at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

MTB Johnson's Motorway at Night.   From Thousand Oaks take the 118 and exit at Rocky Peak Rd. Turn right, and then an immediate left onto Santa Susana Pass Rd. Proceed to Iverson Rd. and turn left. From the the South, from the 118 exit Topanga Cyn Blvd & turn left. Turn right on Santa Susana Pass Rd., and right onto Iverson Rd. Parking is just outside the gate, near the underpass in Iverson Rd.

MTB Lang Ranch/Albertson - slower paced.   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 3 miles. When you go past the North Ranch Community Center you will go downhill and the first traffic light is at the corner of Westlake and Lang Ranch Parkway. Turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway and drive about 0.8 miles to where the pavement ends and Albertson Fire Road begins.

MTB Lang Ranch/Albertson at Night.   Exit the 101 Freeway on Westlake Blvd and head north for about 3 miles. When you go past the North Ranch Community Center you will go downhill and the first traffic light is at the corner of Westlake and Lang Ranch Parkway. Turn right onto Lang Ranch Parkway and drive about 0.8 miles to where the pavement ends and Albertson Fire Road begins.

MTB Lang Ranch/Sunset at Night.   Heading north on the 23 toward Simi, get off at Sunset Blvd and turn right. Continue straight until just before you get to the guard shack. Park in the lot on the right.

MTB Las Virgenes Canyon at Night.   From the 101, exit Las Virgenes and turn North (away from the ocean). Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the dead end. Parking is on the street.

MTB Malibu Creek State Park at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Las Virgenes Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Las Virgenes toward the ocean. Park in one of the dirt areas on the corner of Las Virgenes and Mulholland.

MTB New Millennium/Las Virgenes View/Grasslands at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

MTB New Millennium/Las Virgenes View/MCSP/Grasslands at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lost Hills Road exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Park in the lot for DeAnza Park located on the northwest corner of Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.

MTB Reseda at Night.   Due to the extra drive, we will meet @ 6:15 and ride by 6:30. Meeting place: Take the 101 Freeway to the Reseda Blvd. exit in Tarzana. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Reseda and park at the Caballero trailhead. Trailhead is on the left. If you pass the Braemar Country Club youve gone too far.

MTB Santa Rosa/Wildwood at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Lynn Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north. Take Lynn for several miles (it will turn into Olsen Road) until you reach Mountclef Blvd (at CLU). Or, from the 23 Freeway, exit at Avenida de los Arboles and go west. Turn right on Mountclef (at the stop sign after Moorpark Rd.), cross Olsen Rd. and park on the street.

MTB Space Mountain at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Moorpark Road exit in Thousand Oaks. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the ocean. Take Moorpark till it dead-ends at Greenmeadow Avenue and park in the dirt lot on the right.

MTB Sycamore Canyon at Night.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in Newbury Park. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendy until it dead-ends at Potrero Road. Park in the adjacent dirt parking area.

MTB Sycamore Canyon- Beginner.   Take the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in Newbury Park. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendy until it dead-ends at Potrero Road. Park in the adjacent dirt parking area.

MTB Topanga Area at Night.   From Thousand Oaks: take the 101 South and exit at Mulholland Dr/Valley Circle Blvd. Turn left on Calabasas Rd then make first right on Mulholland Dr. Drive approx 1.75 miles and turn right (south) on Topanga Cyn Blvd. Drive approx 3 miles and make a left on Viewridge Rd (just past the summit). Park at end of Viewridge Rd. From the East SF Valley: take the 101 North and exit at Topanga Cyn Blvd SOUTH. Drive South for 3.5 miles and make a left on Viewridge Rd (just past the summit). Park at the end of the Viewridge Rd.

MTB Trippet Ranch to Overlook at Night.   Take the 101 Fwy to the Topanga Blvd exit. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south (towards the ocean). Continue up Topange approx. 5 miles until you reach Entrada which is the entrance to the park on the left. Follow Entrada to the park entrance.

MTB Triunfo Canyon Trail at Night.   Exit the 101 Freeway going south on Westlake Blvd. Go south for about a mile and then turn west (right) on Triunfo Canyon Road. This will lead you to Triunfo Park. Turn left onto Tamarack St and turn into the second parking lot on the left. We start at the far west end of the park.

MTB Wildwood at Night.   Take the Lynn Road exit, off of the 101 Fwy in Thousand Oaks, and go north until you come to Avenida De Los Arboles. Turn left and go about 1 mile to the end. From Simi Valley, go west on the 118 Fwy and then south when it turns into the 23 Fwy. Get off on Avenida De Los Arboles and go right for about 2 miles to the end. Hang a U-turn at the end (watch for opposing traffic) and then turn right into the dirt parking lot.