Stagecoach 400/500

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


March 17, 2017 (UPDATED)
Start Time TBA, 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.

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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. If you’re not crystal clear about what this might mean, please read the article about self supported guidelines.  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 2017 Stagecoach 400 will benefit the Idyllwild HELP Center.

Schedule
We will have a rider’s dinner & meeting at Hub Cyclery. Food & festivities this past year were hosted by volunteers from the SMARTS project, TBA.

The Ride
Starting in Idyllwild, we will ride through the San Jacintos to the California Riding & Hiking Trail (doubletrack) ultimately to Lost Valley, Warner Springs, and Lake Henshaw, on to Pamo Valley, San Pasqual Valley, on out to the Pacific Coast. From there we will ride to downtown San Diego, have the option to board a ferry to Coronado Island, and make our way to the Lagunas on a mix of doubletrack and singletrack trails. We’ll descend out of the mountains to the Anza Borrego Desert, through long stretches of beautiful landscape to Borrego Springs. The route climbs from Borrego Springs to Anza by way of Coyote Canyon, and makes its way back to Idyllwild through Garner Valley.

The Stagecoach 400 can be a shakedown for Tour Divide riders. While the route’s terrain is highly technical, the ride is an intense test of gear system, resupply habits, and exertion.
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 NOT mandatory for 2017. Stay tuned to the SCES blog for updates.

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