We are very excited to introduce you to a new venue on our schedule: Quail Trail.
The Irvine Open Space Preserve recently opened up a few trails to the Mountain Bike Community for daily use. (7:00AM to Sunset). Here is link to the map:
When: Wednesday 03/28/12, roll off sharp at 6:00pm,
Where: Quail Hill Trailhead Parking Lot
For your GPS: 34 Shady Canyon Dr, Irvine, CA
Directions: off the 405 HWY at shady canyon/sand canyon, turn towards the hill on shady canyon, after the roundabout, it will be on the right side next to the fire station.
We suggest to arrive between 5:30pm and 5:45pm. You should be able to spot us with our Sho-air/Rock N’Road/Team Velosport Jersey’s. We will have a short meeting about safety rules and the two routes.
Novice Rider / Social Group:
Here is the catch! Quail Trail is PERFECT for this group, except right away in the beginning a very VERY nasty climb (approx. 400ft). It is going to be perfectly okay to push the bike. After this little “hick up” we are talking about a perfect flowing mix of single trail and fire road, with no steep climbs or technical sections. At the end of the trail (2.5miles) we will turn left to West Canyon Trail, which is again a rolling fire road leading us the Nix Nature Center. There we will turn around and ride exactly the same route back. Surprisingly the way back always seems faster and easier …. We did a “test ride” with a beginner and it took us exactly 91 Minutes for this 10 Mile loop.
We will start with the same route as the beginners and the above mentioned climb at the beginning will certainly test your fitness! At the end of the Quail Trail we will continue to climb up Serrano Ridge Trail until Shady Canyon Oaks (2.8miles). Now will come the Highlight of this Route! We will turn left and rush down a recent built single trail with banked turns and very technical passages. With the rain on Sunday, we should have fantastic traction! Then again up and down on a single trail to the Nix Center and the same route as the beginners back to the parking lot. This is a 15mile loop with 2K of climbing, with pretty much everything you can ask for!
Last but not least, future planned Rides:
04/04 O’Neill Regional Park
04/11 Whiting Ranch Regional Park
We always post details for the next ride on Monday’s or send us an email if you would like to get information via email as well. Looking forward to see everyone!
John Dang (firstname.lastname@example.org)