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.
California’s OG self-supported endurance ride.
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!
Mountains – Desert – Ocean – Inland Sea… is now a thing!
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!
And we’ve got a lot cooking!
Here’s what’s going on:
If you haven’t yet registered, here’s your link.
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.
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)
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.
The 2017 ride will start on Friday March 10th.
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.
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!
April, March, February… March 11th.
Suck it, El Nino.
“Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. Let’s face it, the Stagecoach 400 was meant to be a March event all along.
After a couple consecutive HOT years, we (the Team Keepin it Real Steering Committee) selected a February start date for 2016. Conventional wisdom would call that “early” but then again we’ve been living in a drought-ridden California for almost as long as the Stagecoach 400 has been running, so we figured we could kick conventional wisdom out the door. Then came El Nino.
Yay, it’s gonna be so much fun! exclaimed some folks, excited for the novelty of riding in the cold, and rain. Well, we decided that’s just not keeping it real.
The “TKIR Steering Committee” spoke, and we’re moving to March 11th. Here’s why:
- March stays true to the “Spring Classic” spirit of the ride. Yeah you can use it to spring board to other big events.
- March gives us another month to train, or procrastinate. Your call.
- March gives us another hour of daylight. (just under 11 hours in February, about 12 in March)
- Average warmer temps. Average lower precipitation too.
- We’re less likely to cause trail damage in March.
- Better attendance. This is a popularity contest, after all.
- We’re becoming popular in SoCal, and that’s what SoCal folks want.
So there you have it. March 11.