Descenders Ride-Sat, 9 April

Hi Guys,

The weather will not be San Diego perfect springtime, but it will be good enough to ride; I hope.  Dave Ernst is hosting our group ride tomorrow.  He has provided a summary intro below.

So who knew we have a fairly strenuous mountaintop finish in the heart of SD County, in fact effectively along our regular Elfin Forest route?
In fact we do, in the form of the newly opened Double Peak natural park in the San Elijo Hills community.
So this Saturday rather than stopping at the coffee shop in the San Elijo Hills Village, we’ll bypass this stop in favor of a hard right on San Elijo Road (we’ll probably do a quick re-group at the corner).

From the corner it’s about 2.5 miles and 1,000 vertical feet to Double Park natural park. Get mentally prepared – the last 500′ feet of the climb is the steepest, or “beyond category” in sissy Tour speak. We’ll take a much deserved break at Double Peak park to gaze at the terrific 360 degree views plus take advantage of the available restrooms and water.
After the tough climb we’ll double back (careful on the scary initial descent) and resume our regular Elfin Forest route back to Santaluz.
Check out the route on the link in the Descender Ride Schedule for yourself. 

Where: San Diego, CA
When: Apr 9, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Description: Elfin Forrest: Meet at Rancho Bernardo Road and Pomerado Road at 8:00 am

If the weather craps out and it is blowing rain sideways, the ride may be postponed until Sunday.  I also will be posting the last two weekend rides before the Alpine Challenge on 30 April.  Be sure to get in your applications by 16 April; we get a 10% team discount as well.  You can get applications from any local bike shop.  The next two weeks will be tapers as we prepare for Alpine.  I am thinking of Old Julian Road next week but skip Mussey/Pamo.  The following weekend I might be able to get Jeff Cresap to lead us around Rancho Santa Fe.

I will be at the Black Mountain Rd and 56 bike path at 7:15 am to head over to Spring Meadow.  Pray for dry roads.

See you tomorrow-

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