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    Three new Gravel Grinder Routes for Mendocino Coast

    I recently put together three new Gravel Grinder routes including an alternative course for those who want to ride safely with minimal exposure to Hwy 1 traffic. These scenic routes take in the Point Cabrillo Light Station, the Scenic town of Mendocino as well as the historic Mendocino Woodlands State Park.

    Big River Trail will be closed 3/4 of a mile in from parking area July 1 thru Nov 1, 2016 due to construction of a new bridge spanning a failed drainage area. Map number three is an alternative 56 mile course with tons of climbing. I know most gravel grinders are not afraid of thin air while pursuing a gut wrenching ordeal of a ride. So, I threw in places for great views to take your mind off the pain.

    First route is a short warm up of 39 miles with 7,800' of elevation gain. Here one will see many of the back logging roads never experienced before.

    Three new Gravel Grinder Routes for Mendocino Coast-grind1flat.jpg

    The second route is 52.8 miles with 5,116' of gain is open until July 1

    Three new Gravel Grinder Routes for Mendocino Coast-grind2flat.jpg

    Third route is 56.7 mi with 5,800+' of gain can be used after Big River Closure

    Three new Gravel Grinder Routes for Mendocino Coast-grind2aflat.jpg

    Bring your family and enjoy the cycling then head for dinner somewhere fun. Piaci has a plethora beers and ales along with great pizza for all taste bud seeking palates.

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    This aligns with my interests, dankie schön.

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    Thanks for the maps!

    Too bad about the big river. I find it a really relaxing way to start and end my rides.

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    Short warm up with 7800' of climbing? Mendo folks must come from hardy stock. Thanks Roo! Definitely on the bucketlist for a summer weekend.
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    Definitely riding one or more of these routs... thank you.

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    The wife was asking about going to Mendo. I saw the first route and thought, hey, 40mi isn't bad. But the climbing. Oy.

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    Here's a 40 mile/6000 ft route I highly recommend, from Saturday (NOT a gravel grind, but one of the best dirt rides in my recent memory):

    https://www.strava.com/activities/527749733

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    Kudos!

    Quote Originally Posted by J-Flo View Post
    Here's a 40 mile/6000 ft route I highly recommend, from Saturday (NOT a gravel grind, but one of the best dirt rides in my recent memory):

    https://www.strava.com/activities/527749733

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    Now that is a punishing ride! Kudos to you all!

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    Sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Flo View Post
    Here's a 40 mile/6000 ft route I highly recommend, from Saturday (NOT a gravel grind, but one of the best dirt rides in my recent memory):

    https://www.strava.com/activities/527749733

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    None of those are easy miles, either. Almost 100% singletrack

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    Stava tracks

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyf View Post
    None of those are easy miles, either. Almost 100% singletrack
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    I looked closely at your tracks from your big ride. I think your 40 miles is way too conservative considering how much signal loss you sustained on the route. What computer were you using? In either case, this is a mammoth ride.

    If you are ever interested I have a 70 and 103 mile ride. The latter has just under 18,000' of climbing. Brian Astell is the only one I know who has completed it in 13 hrs 30 minutes several years ago. Let me know if you have interest and I will send you the map and tracks. Maybe the boys will attempt it.

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    Wow, Brian is the man! That is an insane climbing ratio


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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyf View Post
    Wow, Brian is the man! That is an insane climbing ratio


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    This is the course I laid out for a future Redwood Empire 100 that Brian tested.

    Three new Gravel Grinder Routes for Mendocino Coast-redwood-empire-100.jpg

    There is some insanely nasty climbing north of Hwy 20. Once that section was done, two of the three riders bailed at 60 miles. Brian went on to finish the course at 8PM that night having begun the ride at 7:30 AM.

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    Now that's a big ride. I wonder if I'll ever find someone to do it with me, haha! Going to take some serious convincing.

    Every time I've come up here I've stuck almost exclusively to the area in the ride above posted by J-FLO, but lately I've been looking to see what else is out there. Thanks as always for the awesome map!


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    Hey Roo, thanks for your comments. I was using a Garmin Edge 510 to make that track. I have a speed sensor so one would think the mileage was not too far off. My companions on the same ride (without speed sensors) had shorter mileage.

    I'd be interested in seeing your uber-long ride tracks, although don't know if I could handle the really long ones. Only one way to find out.

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    Tracks for Redwood Empire 100

    Quote Originally Posted by J-Flo View Post
    Hey Roo, thanks for your comments. I was using a Garmin Edge 510 to make that track. I have a speed sensor so one would think the mileage was not too far off. My companions on the same ride (without speed sensors) had shorter mileage.

    I'd be interested in seeing your uber-long ride tracks, although don't know if I could handle the really long ones. Only one way to find out.
    The 500 series Garmin seem to track better than the 800. Good you have a redundancy for doing your rides.
    I'll try to attach the GPX tracks for Redwood Empire 100 here:

    Big river 100 miler track only.gpx

    Let me know if this came through.

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