Some advance notice for next week's Extra Credit Ride, 'cuz it'll be on Wednesday (not the usual Thursday) and will involve driving to the start.
Date: Wednesday March 21, 2012
Clip-in Time: 8:30AM
Start/Finish: Borrego Springs (Christmas Circle)
Distance: 50 miles
Elev. Gain: 4,600'
It's a Big Climb ride (featuring Montezuma Grade - about 11 miles) and the weather forecast looks really good. Bonus: if the current storm drops enough white stuff to last a few days, we might be treated to some snowy high desert vistas on the higher elevations of Montezuma Grade. Early spring rains have been light so there probably won't be big wildflower displays, but there should be some cactus blossoms. Last year's BFO ride was great and this year's should be even better.
The route hits Montezuma Grade after just 1.5 warm-up miles and climbing time will depend upon your fitness level, but two hours would be about right for most riders. At the top we'll make a stop at the Ranchita Country Store, and then roll down to the turn-off for Hwy S2. There's a one mile climb on S2 before we start dropping down (about 10 miles) to Scissors Crossing. The next leg rolls down through the narrows of Sentenac Canyon and then onwards to Yaqui Pass Road, where we'll make a stop at the Tamarisk Grove campground. The final segment will go up and over Yaqui Pass (about 2 miles) and then drop (about 5 miles) to the edge of Borrego Springs, before ending with fairly flat run back to Christmas Circle.
Plan for a post-ride Mexican restaurant stop.
Drive time from the Rancho Bernardo area to Borrego Springs is about 1.5 hours... I'm thinking we'll probably be back around 5:00pm.