Camping, hard riding, variable distances, self support– the SJE may come back in 2019, possibly in October.
Eric and I headed out today in Garner Valley and scouted some of the former SJE area in Garner Valley, and also some new areas of interest. We found extensive flood damage, deep soul-sucking sand, and thigh-deep overgrowth. It was great.
The trails of Garner Valley are frequented more often by cattle than cyclists, and that’s part of what makes them so special. The area is rich in jaw-dropping beauty, history, and riding not quite like anywhere else.
The plan for the 2019 San Jacinto Enduro, if we can pull it off, will be similar to what we’ve done in years past– camping in a big pretty spot, a big day on the bike with route options, cues & gpx tracks provided for navigation, and strict adherence to self supported guidelines. The aim of the SJE is to bring people to our mountain, show off our goods, make friends, and spread the good word of self-supported riding.
We’re spinning the dusty classics and forgotten gems
The San Jacinto Enduro is back- it’s a campout, a hangout, and a throwback to what got us into the game in the first place. The ride is strictly self-supported, with 45 mile or 75 mile options on public, system designated USFS roads & trails, and even some highway. Stay tuned to this site for updates, and RSVP to socalbikepacking at gmail dot com to get your cue sheets and .GPX files.
The ride is full!
We’ll have an email coming out soon with gathering & start info.
Sign up, get training, and come together for a good cause
Click here for the registration link.
The SJ Enduro is BACK, set for October
25th 18th this year.
(updated to show change of date from 25th to 18th)
Scary as ever.
The route will be very similar to that of the 2012 route… a 45 mile first loop with an optional 30-ish mile second loop. Big, horrific climbs, and a ride out into quiet reaches of Garner Valley. The route will include a climb up Thomas Mountain, and a descent of Ramona Trail.
There will be one self-supported aid station, location TBA, between the first and the second loop. The ride will otherwise follow self-supported rules.
We will organize a pre-ride of some parts of the route, date TBA.
The ride will support a local Idyllwild cause, TBA.
Read all about it on the Hub Cyclery blog.
One week from now we’ll be kicking tires and lubing chains.
We’ve got the best Enduro route yet, with great weather in the forecast. (knock on wood). Idyllwild is the place to be right now.
Some reminders and things to think about as we get closer:
Bring 3-5 non expired, non opened food items to donate to the Idyllwild Help Center. This is one way we can collectively give back to the Idyllwild community, we can almost think of it as a partial, karmic “payment” for a free ride. 🙂
The Food Bank has a particular need for:
Bring it on down for collection at the start of the ride, or anytime at Hub Cyclery, Idyllwild.
Parking on site will be limited. Carpooling is a great idea. We’ll want to park in an orderly way, parallel to the road.
Good times will be had. Join us. The weather is looking favorable, but don’t forget to bring your warm sleeping bag.
Start List is Closed
We’re a week out now, in endurance riding terms that’s “last minute.” Let’s ride!