My buddy, Brett, put this one on - as he does every few months. It's a great time at my local trails, and it's nice to be able to introduce other riders to Santa Teresa County Park: an amazing South Bay gem. As always, the Sunday Dirt Mass rides are "no drop", so no matter how slow you are, we always wait up.
We all arrived at the trailhead around 9:00am. On my way over I caught up with Brett (who also rides to the trails) on the paved multi-use trail and we spun along at a break neck speed of 9mph on our single speeds on flat ground. Pulling up, we already noticed a gang of people and knew that it was going to be a nice turnout; surprisingly strong during the NFL playoffs. We started our ride around 9:20am.
The head count was approximately 25-27 riders - all skill levels, all ages, all types of bikes.
We broke up into two groups: the "faster" group - who took on the more difficult trails at a faster pace, and the "slower" group, who I took on a good calorie burner. What makes Santa Teresa County Park especially accommodating is that no matter which route you take, you will pretty much always end up in the same place. This allowed the group at large to meet at central locations for a large re-group. Even with the "no drop" rule, some riders took wrong turns and ended up breaking off, but we all eventually found each other due to the trail system.
I'm very happy that my group had fun. I didn't want the route to be too difficult, but I also didn't want it to be too boring. There was a lot of climbing, but there are also fun, technical descends (like Stile Ranch Trail).
Until next time, dirt thumpers.