Monday, April 21, 2014

Prepping for 2015!

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Yes, we do hope to make this an annual event! Went out scouting the trails this beautiful weekend, and came up with some gems!

There are two main goals for designing next year's course: Reduce the amount of low/no-shoulder road being shared with fast cars and dial back the technical singletrack descents. Those were the two critiques we heard from multiple people, and we listen because we care! But don't fear, we'll still have a bit of climbing involved!!!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Who comes to Redlands to ride a bike?

The Redlands Strada Rossa drew participants from all over Southern California (and Virginia!). Redlands as a destination for bike riding is a pretty cool idea. We would love for Redlands to be on people's minds when they're thinking "What should I do this weekend?"

On that note, here is a map showing the towns that riders came from. This is only for those that showed up, so we're not trying to inflate it to show anything that's not there. Only one tag per town, so somewhere like Carlsbad that had four riders only gets one point. A very cool map, the benefit of living in a GIS town! Thanks John, for putting this together!


Monday, March 17, 2014

And that's a wrap!

Wow.

Really, wow.

This event is now in the history books. A total success as far as my unbiased opinion goes!

The volunteer crew was fantastic. The ride was billed as unsupported, and we wanted to make people were self-contained. That said, providing some water and moral support at key junctures made sense. Hopefully it helped keep riders safe and happy out there.

The plans for the future definitely include a 2015 iteration of this ride. So plan on a mid-March rendezvous in Redlands! It’ll probably be about the same size to keep it manageable and make sure the kinks are worked out.

Thanks again to everyone that came in to help. We even had riders that asked if they could do anything. Amazing outpouring of good will from everyone’s part.

Our goals of 1) Promoting the Inland Empire as a bicycling option, 2) Highlighting the city of Redlands and it’s trail networks as a destination, 3) Fostering a bit of cross-pollination of the bicycle cultures, and 4) Having a kick-ass day were all met!

Only criticisms we heard were a stretch of San Timoteo between Live Oak Canyon and Alessandro was too busy with fast auto traffic and that trails could have been marked better.

And here's some really cool data on where the participants came from. Of the 133 riders we had sign in Saturday, we know the city that 104 came from:

CityStart
altadena
altadena
Apple Valley
Banning
Beaumont
Brea
Carlsbad
carlsbad
Carlsbad
Carlsbad
Carlsbad
Carlsbd
claremont
colton
Crestline
Crestline
crestline
dana point
El Cajon
Encinitas
fontana
Fontana
Forest Falls
Fullerton
Hemet
Hemet
hesperia
Highland
Highland
Highland
highland
Huntington beach
Irvine
La Canada
La Mesa
laguna beach
laguna Beach
Loma Linda
Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Mentone
Mentone
Mentone
mentone
Mentone
MIDLOTHIANVA
Montclair
Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley
Murrieta
Oceanside
ontario
Orange
Pasadena
Pomona
Rancho Cucamonga
redlands
Redlands
Redlands
redlands
Redlands
Redlands
Redlands
redlands
Redlands
Redlands
Redlands
Redlands
Redlands
Redlands
RIALTO
Rialto
Riverside
Riverside
Riverside
Riverside
Riverside
RIVERSIDE
Riverside
San Bernardino
San Bernardino
San Diego
san luis obispo
Santa Ana
Santa Ana
Sunland
Tustin
Vista
Vista
Vista
Vista
walnut
West Hills
Winchester
Yucaipa
Yucaipa
Yucaipa
yucaipa
Yucaipa
Yucaipa
Yucaipa

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Minute Prep

Two late-breaking items of interest: Don's Bicycles of Redlands is offering 20% off all accessories for Strada Rossa riders on Friday the 14th! If you need last-minute tires, tubes, chain, cassette or a new wheelset, get to it!

Also, Redlands Bike BBQ will be open tomorrow night at 6:00 to put Stan's latex sealant in your tubes. You don't need special tubes or tools, they'll show you how to do it! Donations accepted!

Bail Out Points

While this is a recreational/fun ride, it is still going to be pretty damn tough.  Plus it's unfortunately going to be hot... at least 85F. Be sure to have plenty of self-contained water and know the water options on the route (Hulda Crooks Park tennis courts, Wildowood City Park, Crafton Hills College gym).

If at some point on the ride you need to get back to Redlands, please be familiar with the route back. The recommended bail out spots are San Timoteo Canyon Rd at the 31 mile mark. Followed by Calimesa Blvd at the 41 mile mark. The final logical way back would be Oak Glen Rd at the 50 mile mark.

San Timotoe Canyon Rd. route: Left on San Tim, Right on Alessandro, over hill into Redlands.
Map point: http://tinyurl.com/l3vvumz

Calimesa Blvd route: Continue straight on Calimesa Blvd (will be busy, high/fast traffic), cross Oak Glen Rd (light), continue on 14th St. Cross Yucaipa Blvd (light), continues on as Sand Canyon Rd. Follow into Redlands.
Map point: http://tinyurl.com/krmp5dc

Oak Glen Rd. route: Continue straight on Oak Glen (may be busy, moderate to high/fast traffic), follow down hill, Right on Chapman Heights Rd (light), Right on San Canyon Rd. Follow into Redlands.
Map point: http://tinyurl.com/lgdrlrv

Please know that everyone is invited to the after-ride party!!! No requirement to have finished or even to have begun the ride!!!