Stagecoach 400

Stagecoach 400
A self-supported endurance ride through mountains, desert, and ocean.

March 14th, 2014
6am start at Higher Grounds Coffee House, Idyllwild CA
400ish miles
Absolutely, positively, (delightfully?) NO support.
Ends in Idyllwild, CA @ The Hub Cyclery
SPOT satellite tracker use is mandatory.
GPS navigation assistance is strongly recommended.
Time Limit for the Stagecoach 400 is 5 days.

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The Stagecoach 400 is a mountain bike route highlighting Southern California’s geographic and cultural diversity. The route illustrates our area’s unique proximity to mountains, desert, and ocean… and likewise stands out among peer events for it’s challenges. The ride will crisscross historic routes such as the Juan Bautista DeAnza trail, the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, and the Ramona Stage Route.

This is a self-supported event. Please read the About page. Participants will be required to carry overnight gear and other items to safely and successfully complete the route. The commitment level is very high despite going near several population areas. Food and water will be hard to come by for long sections.

The 2014 Stagecoach 400 supports the Idyllwild Community Fund. The ICF is an unparalleled organization encouraging and supporting local nonprofits. The ride is free but we have a suggested donation of $20 to ICF.

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Schedule
We will have a rider’s dinner & meeting at Hub Cyclery. Food & festivities this year will be hosted at a local house.
Ride departs at 6am sharp from Higher Grounds Coffee House. Neutral roll out to the edge of town.

The Ride
Starting in Idyllwild, we will ride through the San Jacintos to Borrego Springs by way of Coyote Canyon, geographically diverse and a historic part of the Juan Bautista de Anza expeditions. The riding here will vary from Jeep road to cross country. We’ll ride sand washes through the Anza Borrego desert, up rugged doubletrack into the Lagunas, through the mountains on singletrack and west to the San Diego Bay on doubletrack, single track, and paved bike paths. The route brings us north along the Pacific Ocean and turns inland at Torrey Pines State Beach. From there we’ll ride singletrack through Penasquitos Canyon, Black Mountain Open Space, Lake Hodges, and the San Pasqual Valley Trail, entirely singletrack. The route climbs high back into the mountains through Pamo Valley, Black Canyon, and Lost Valley on long stretches of doubletrack before bringing us back home on the California Riding and Hiking Trail.

The Stagecoach 400 will be a great shakedown for Tour Divide racers. While the route’s terrain is highly technical, the ride is an intense test of gear system, resupply habits, and exertion.
Yep, we still say it’s a good Tour Divide shakedown.
You’ll have to ride your mountain bike in the dirt. Mountains, even. Desert too. There’s a city. Give yourself a pep talk. You’ll need some mental fortitude.
We will have a SPOT tracker leaderboard up for the event. SPOT tracker use is mandatory. Stay tuned to the SCES blog for updates.

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