Enduro II: 90 mile mixed terrain Enduro - SAT MARCH 20th
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SATURDAY MARCH 20th.
Start and end in central San Francisco.
Ride is ~90 miles give or take. Rocks, roads and dirt. Wind, trees and ruts. Hills... lots of hills. Not for the faint of heart.
Bring a bag with dry clothes to the start. It will be transported to the finish for you. Finish is very near the start. Full-on BBQ / beer bash and post ride sports massage included!
All proceeds go to Matt Peterson's memorial fund.
Details at <a href="http://sfenduro.blogspot.com">sfenduro.blogspot.com</a>
All proceeds go to benefit the Matt Peterson Memorial Fund.
Who was <a href="http://rememberingmatt.blogspot.com/">Matt Peterson</a>?
Remember last years event?
Last edited by datenschwanz; 03-05-2010 at 01:04 PM.
You <i>are</i> the man. I wish I could ride that far. Maybe I'll do an aid station again.
Great cause and Crank for the Bank was the shiz.
In! Like one big flow and gg2mb ride but longer
Looks awesome. We need something like this around Santa Cruz.
Looks like a fun event.
I wish there were more info on the sfenduro.blogspot.com as details are extremely vague.
Did anyone participate in this event before and how did it go?
All of Murphy's events are memorable and kick ass. From his post it appears more details will be posted on Sunday evening. Route is not disclosed before hand to add to fun factor as route finding on these type of rides is half the battle, the other finishing and enjoying all the swag, friends and food/drink. Plus it is a fundraiser!
Originally Posted by iWiLRiDe
Check out the previous edition thread.
I'm in -- were do I sign up -- Live in Belmont anybody want to ride MTBs TO and Back from the event -- Belmont as the staging area?
If I didn't go off and move to Denver I would hit V2 for sure.
The last one was one of my most memorable rides/races ever. So much fun and so much pain at the same time. That keg of beer and the lbs of hummus and bread I ate at the finishing party was the best part I think Have fun everyone...this one is a can't miss.
BTW - not sure if he is doing this one again, but if anyone does plan to do this race that isn't familiar with SF and Marin trails be sure and suck Grrah's (Raf) wheel as long as you can. I think if Jeffh, Rensho, and myself wouldn't have ridden with him on V1 we would have been hosed on this race. The maps you get at the checkpoints are good, but the mistake factor on making wrong turns is still HIGH
BTW - If the course is anything like last time...CX bike is the ticket IMO. The front suspension on my 29er was certainly nice to have at certain points, but I was eyeing the CX bikes (and that 7-8 lbs weight savings) with envy at about mile 65+
The real men rode SS last year. Sick folks.
The party afterwards is off the hook. Murph knows how to throw a party, and a bike ride.
Bring a light and blinkie, and lots of food.
So you planning to enjoy the pain again? If so good luck
Originally Posted by rensho
Hmm, its on a Saturday...
I wonder if my knee will be up for it... or my legs for that matter...
No dinner date conflict for me this time. I am IN!
I'll be riding a rigid 29er with light tires. How do I know this is the perfect choice? Because that's how my bike is set up right now, and I'm lazy.
Hmm.. it's my bday, and my friends said they'd do anything I want... maybe I'll sucker them into a 'nice little bike ride'....
...that'd be too mean.
Mmm, 90miles can be a lot, especially on dirt.
Probably a good training for Boggs V...
Yes, if the calendar will behave, I will be there. Though, I've been trying to get to the snow all year, and each weekend, there is something prohibiting that.
Originally Posted by MSH
Originally Posted by iWiLRiDe
hey everyone... i could use a couple/few more helpers for the event to man a checkpoint and help with the BBQ after...
if you wanna hang out but not do the ride PM me.
I think I'm going to come out on my SS and ride until I can't ride anymore. There is no way I can make 90 and 10k but I can always hitch hike home.......
Sounds like "fun", and a great cause. Unless I have to escort the "dirt smurf" up to the NorCal HS MTB league race in Granite Bay, I'll be there.
Assuming there is such a thing, I'm hoping the CX bike is the right choice. And the long range weather forecast looks good too.
Update via Murphy with approximate meeting location, beer sponsor and swag!
"Our good buddy Stein over at Spaten is pulling out all the stops so to speak and tells me Spaten is going to be providing their delicious Munich beer for all of us to enjoy! It sounds like he's got quite a bit of it and he also mentioned Franziskaner Weissbier too!
Mike's Bike's is in with some prizes for us and checkpoint help and the fabulous Sheila Moon said she's got a trunk full of sweet gear to give away. Marin Bikes is showing up to race and they're pitching in to make the prize trove grow. A generous sponsor has also donated a new Flip video camera to be given away as a special prime.
Chris Lane from Roaring Mouse has been keeping a lid on his plans for us, so I know he's brewing up something special. Also, the peeps at Cyclocross Magazine are throwing some subscriptions our way to give out as prizes and Carlos at Bike Monkey is going to make sure we look good.
I'll post an update on the start location and parking details soon. It will be near the Panhandle area of Golden Gate park or thereabouts. The details will become available as soon as I can get them to you.
Other notes: BRING BLINKY LIGHTS!!! You won't need a lock, but bring some blinky lights with you in case you get caught out after dusk, just to be sure.
More updates Friday or Saturday... stay tuned!"
more updates from the weekend, more to come today too!
check back for latest: http://sfenduro.blogspot.com/
Wednesday AM Update:
Ok, so this is a real treat... sponsors are getting a hold of me now to include items in the prize trove for this event! When's the last time that happened?
The list of sponsors has grown to include:
Boozley's Pickle's and Preserves (DFL Brad, local bike racer has taken is hobby business full time!)
Big Swingin' Cycles SF
there's a couple more i'm forgetting now too i'm sure.
we're making the maps tonight and the t-shirts are in the works.
i checked out part of the course and there are some MEAN ruts out there!
we made the menu last night and my buddy Stein from Spaten came by and dropped off cases and cases of delicious Munich beer.
more updates later today! check out the website listed in the above post for more.
Dang it, I knew this was coming and after reading the thread from last year looked like fun! But I'm going home this weekend, can you guys postpone it? haha
HF everyone! Take pics, the weather will be AWESOME!
if anyone is going to come up form the Santa Cruz area, please PM me as i've got a racer who wants to come and needs to carpool.
Frontier flight 0165 3/18 Departs Denver 9:10PM arrives SJC 10:51PM ...OK I'm dreaming.
Murphy...is the plan to make this an annual deal? If so, with better planning, etc on my part, I will be there nxt yr
Have fun everyone....post lots o pix and vid if possible. Have to live vicariously!
Well, I'm definitely "in" and looking forward to this little extraviasco.
And as much as I'd like to use the CX bike, I'm now leaning toward the 29er hardtail w/low drag tires [kind of a CX bike on Roids]. I'm hoping to guard against the possibility of the "organizers" tossing in ascending Willow Camp, toward Bolinas Ridge,
or groveling up one of the other dirt covered elevator shafts that litter Tam with a 34 x 27 low, or being subjected to some other example of "cyclo-sadism" I can't foresee.
You guys couldn't have picked a better day weather wise - long range forecast is for @ 70 degrees on Saturday.
It should be a freakin blast.
I was thinking the same thing about being good training for Boggs V. That and Murphy throws a great party. I wish I could make it but work has me out of town again and I think my kids might start to forget what I look like. I'll have to wait for the Murph's party up at Boggs. Which, by the wayn, I might have to take a page out of plim's book for my technique as I'm in sad shape. Too bad since I've got the perfect monster cross bike for this.
Best best is to look for parking along Fell or Oak St. both are high traffic one ways and you can find some spots right next to the Panhandle park. Otherwise Fulton St. which parallels GG Park always has tons of parking, even for big ass SUVs. And then cruise through GG Park to where ever the meeting spot is. No meters and all day weekend parking in these locations.
Last edited by Ryan G.; 03-18-2010 at 01:09 PM.
^^^ what he said.
if you're thinking about driving up from the south bay or east bay wherever, the Panhandle of Golden Gate park is one of the easiest places into to get to from the freeway and it's usually easy to find parking there too.
from 101 take the Octavia exit to Fell St... that's all you need to know.
I'm so looking forward to this.
I think I'm going to try to do the longest ride I've ever done on my full suspension bike, or gear way down on my 'cross bike. ****.
I still don't know what bike to ride. I think I'm going to flip a coin.
So bummed I'll miss this. Wife's new job, (putting on mtn bike races for kids!) puppy shots and my boy's jazz trumpet lessons (that he dislikes) take precedence. *sigh* Have fun y'all.
Got the "hallpass" from the wife and I am good to go. I was going to ride a single speed but a buddy of mine who did it last year on a single is doing it on a geared bike this year. Hmmmm...I'm thinking cross bike
Speed costs money, how fast can you afford to go?
Missing this for the 2nd time
makes it suck just that much more. Guess ill have to wait for SFlow.
have fun everyone. update frequently
meeting spot is
"Start location is the statue (it's William McKinley actually) at the far east end of Golden Gate Park's Panhandle. It's the corner of Fell St. and Baker St. The CA DMV is right across the street. Street parking should be easy."
Last edited by Ryan G.; 03-19-2010 at 11:16 AM.
I plan to be there,
Working on bike prep today, rigid 29er with gears I know it's going to be the wrong bike half the time.....
should be fun.
Cross bike it is.
Can I borrow someone's full sus for a downhill or two? I'll lend out my cross rig for a climb in exchange...
OK Murph, save a beer for me, even if I don't roll to the finish till 10pm...
rensho... you'll be FINE!
final updates: sfenduro.blogspot.com
That was the hardest friggin' ride of my life.
And definitely one of the best.
Thanks so much to Murphy for putting this on and opening up your house for the after-party, all the people manning the checkpoints and all the other racers for being such good company -- especially Johnny Moab for giving me the push to pedal up to Radio Towers and back.
I finished DFL with Johnny Moab, but, to my own complete surprise, did 100% of the ride. 95 miles, 11500ft. in about 12.5 hours. I'm off to bed now and might wake up by Monday.
Thanks again. So awesome.
Thanks, Murphy!! That was an incredible ride. Brutal, but incredible. Great planning, awesome volunteers, and a killer route (in more ways than one!) ... kudos to all involved. One day later I'm wondering if Chex Mix turtle bars are the ambrosia they seemed when we were standing under Sir Francis Drake facing the last hellish climb.
OH, and thanks to the weather gods for bringing the temps down from Friday!
Margaret and Tony Z
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thanks to Murphy for organizing and throwing one hell of an after party.
Route was . As soon as we got to the Legion of Honor from the starting point to get the maps I knew this would be epic. Weather cooperated and trail conditions were good. After reaching the first checkpoint atop Mt. Tam I was already spent. Descent down Eldridge brought me back enough to make my way to the golf course and start climbing up Pine Mountain. But a wrong turn took me to the wrong lake . Should know my local trails better. Was spent trying to correct my mistake and had images of pulled pork and Spaten dancing through my head and made my way down to the singletrack and home.
Congratulations to all who finished that ride, everyone out there was freakishly talented and crushed it. I need to ride some more. Jameson brought me back to life.
Tell me someone took some pictures of this thing.
pix from checkpoint 4.
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What a great time!
Thanks Murphy, I had a blast! It was a pleasure meeting you and doing this event. The Coke at the base of Loma Alta was a godsend. Thanks also, so much, for opening your home to us after the event, the food was wonderful and the hospitality better still.
Having no personal knowledge of the route, and no desire to see how quickly I could get lost, I took in the sights and played "follow the local" all day. The second we started dropping down Eldridge Grade, I knew using the 29er hardtail was the right choice. Aside from JeffH, Rensho, Justin, and Ryan, I tagged along with Johnny Moab, a plague of rodents [the Roaring Mice], Tony Z. and finally "Wes" intermittently during the day. Thanks you guys! You kept me company and saved me from testing my feeble map reading skills. I'd still be out there circling some neighborhood in Larkspur w/o you!
I really enjoyed taking in the GG bridge on the way out and coming back in; probably only second to seeing the "Mice" euthanize themselves en mass descending Eldridge and on Pine Mountain aboard their CX bikes. I never knew rodents could whine. Going up Railroad, I was nearly mesmerized by the views of the bay. All great stuff out there on Sunday. Makes the broken finger and 2 ticks I had to pull less annoying.
Hope there's an SF Enduro III. I'll be looking forward to it!
Last edited by jms; 03-22-2010 at 08:19 AM.