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2018 Stagecoach 400 Group Ride Start

March 16th, 2018 

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It’ll be a ride, we’ll have fun.
The route will be updated in advance of the ride, with changes made as required for development, land management changes, etc. We will continue to improve the route for touring purposes as well and will be using the latest version of this track for touring cyclists throughout 2018.

Registration details to follow!

 

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2017 San Jacinto Enduro

We’re spinning the dusty classics and forgotten gems 
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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.

Bring back the San Jacinto Enduro

California’s OG self-supported endurance ride. 

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We’ve been here for years

The San Jacinto Enduro is coming back, date TBA early fall 2017.
Expect: 45 mile, and 75 mile options.
Time tabulated for route completion
AND… segment times.

All timing will be reported on the honor system, using methodology TBA.
Self supported rules apply.
No BS allowed!

Stagecoach 500 is now a thing

Mountains – Desert – Ocean – Inland Sea… is now a thing!

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We’re just toeing the salty water here. A full blown Salton Sea bikepacking route is in the works. The original Stagecoach 400 route was envisioned to go around the Salton Sea (and other places TBA) but it didn’t make sense for the final mileage goals. Admittedly, it isn’t quite as good as it’ll get to be. Particularly in the area between Ocotillo Wells and the sea. The better way forward isn’t what I’ve published, but I didn’t have a GPX track for that, yet. It’s rough. It’s good, and we’re going to use some hive thinking to make it even better now.

We’re offering a net 110 mile addition this year, totally optional, and encouraging desert-loving (and oddity-loving) riders to give it a whirl. This much is ready for prime time- barely.

On that note: please use it for good, not evil. This has been years in the making, and there’s so much interpretive information I’d like to convey- and can’t for this go- that stuff will come by this fall. I’ve been working with locals for years, riding it piece by piece, spending a lot of time there… my goal is to shine a light on this area, to bring more positive attention here. Instagram it and Radavist it (that’s a verb now?) and get stoked on it. The final product is due by this fall. Enjoy!

6 weeks to Stagecoach 400

And we’ve got a lot cooking!

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Here’s what’s going on:
Registration
If you haven’t yet registered, here’s your link

Core route
We maintain a “core” route very similar to what we finalized in 2016. This is the base for everything Stagecoachey going forward. An amazing tour in itself, and the basis for time tabulation for anybody “not-racing” or ITTing. That’s the 385 mile classic, awesome Stagecoach route we all love so much.

Options
For anybody touring and open to additional adventure, there’s a beautiful beach stretch in San Diego (low tide only), Coronado Island (daylight hours only), and a huge bonus stretch around the Salton Sea. (cool weather only)

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Yep! The Salton Sea.
Since 2012, this has always been in the background as something I’ve wanted to have part of the route, but for one reason or another- route kinks & weather mainly- it just never connected well enough to make sense. The new choose-your-own-adventure format lends itself very well to bring in the Salton Sea at long last.
The Salton Sea plugin is part of what’ll soon be a stand alone route, strictly for touring purposes. It is not a race in any way, at all. It demands stops, photos, and slowing down.
In that spirit, I’m working hard to provide worthy cues and interpretive information for the many wonders this area has to offer.  I want to do the Salton Sea bikepacking route justice. More to come.

Route files coming to your inbox this week. 
You’ll get the first communique this week, before Thursday. This’ll be the gpx files, and rough schedule of events. The cues will take a little bit longer.

2017 Stagecoach 400 date announcement

The 2017 ride will start on Friday March 10th. 

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This group start ride will be counterclockwise, as we did in 2016. We found it made the ride more pleasurable for most of the group and had a lighter impact on the Anza Borrego Desert section of the route.

The 2017 event will benefit an Idyllwild charitable organization TBA.

Small route improvements pending include more options for riding along the ocean, including a stretch of beach riding available at low tide, and some new restaurant & brewery options throughout the route.

2016 Grand Depart Communique Sent

The latest 2016 Stagecoach 400 GPX file, cue sheets, route addenda, and interpretation have been sent out to all the riders participating in the smARTS Project fundraiser. 

Sink your teeth in and we’ll see everybody in about a month!

-BC