No one claims that the riding in Wildcat/Tilden makes for a destination but they came anyhow. 5 guided and supported rides from Noobs to Hammers went out for a spin through the north end of the Berkeley Hills to the end of San Pablo Ridge for the larges BTCEB ride event of the year. The ride finished with a sweet little piece of singletrack which dumped dropped into the Camp Bay picnic area in Alvarado Park. Our thanks goes out to the EBRPD who gave us a nice discount for the use of the spot (and to the Water truck dude who brought in our ice!)
Ride leaders were ample as the Council has developed its group ride method well. Adding to the mix, 9 riders form the Albany High Cougars MTB racing team, plus two alums, now collegiate racers, put some tempo into the faster groups. Ian, from Devil Mountain Cyclery in Walnut Creek was there with his special skills as a well. Joe Towbis and Eddie Pledger from the Coast Range Riders came to their first Gala. That is a nod to the Gala program as the upper levels of riding are being enriched this year to draw highly invested mtb community members.
84 folks attended the subsequent BBQ where Joe and Eddie cooked burgers, chicken kabobs and hot dogs, There was salad, chips and salsa, and Lia's handmade cupcakes. Beverages included sodas, Pelligrino, and beer. A raffle included 2 helmets from our sponsor Uvex, a Specialized pump from Solano Avenue Cyclery, BTCEB Arm Warmers and Sox.
It was great to see people hang out and relax around the Camp, as it was shady and lush against the heat of the day. Old friends and veteran riders abounded. You could clearly see the result of our Ride Like A Girl program with a much larger women's presence than last year. Lots of new faces but also lots of folks who have hooked up with us over the last 6-8 months and like the brand. It's nice to see the culture form before your very eyes. That, after all, is what this is all about. Once a community is solidly formed advocacy makes much more sense as it is driven by solid numbers and a broader array of talent to share the load.
This was a big weekend for the BTCEB as Saturday was spent doing the Bishops Walk Trail Reroute in Joaquin Miller. We are toast but what a great kick-off to the season. There is another thread about that from Saturday. Unfortunately there don't seem to be any pictures of the Wildcat Roll. Everyone was very busy making things happen or just having a nice time. However, we do have 6 cases of empty boutique beer bottles.
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