The 21st annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge is a road cycling event presented by the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club (SCCCC). Start and finish is the Baskin School of Engineering courtyard at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).
Four routes include a 45-miler with 2,900’ of climbing, a 75-miler with 6,700’ of climbing, a century with 10,300’ of climbing and a double century featuring 12,550’ of climbing. Each ride features challenging climbs, coastal views and gorgeous scenery, with the three longer routes passing through Big Basin State Park.
Double Metric Route
The Double Metric ride is the crown jewel of the SCMC. Route includes a loop through Big Basin Park with magnificent redwoods, twisty rollers and the best road surfaces in the county. With 127 miles (204 kilometers) and 12,550′ of climbing, this route comes close to the Death Ride in elevation. More climbing bang for your buck at 98 Feet Per Mile (FPM)! Riders should start by 7:00 am and clear the Lunch Stop by 1:00 pm, or return via the 100M route, as there will not be sufficient time to complete the 127M route. Due to the amount of mileage and elevation gain, READ MORE →
Not quite tuned up for the Double Metric? The Century route is the ticket. At 10,300′ of climbing, it offers excellent bragging rights at 100 FPM. Riders should start by 7:30 am and clear the Lunch Stop by 1:30 pm or take the 75M route back as there may not be sufficient time to complete the 102M route. This route is suitable for experienced cyclists. READ MORE →
This route offers many of the scenic roads from the Double Metric and Century rides. This 75 mile route is no slouch of a ride, with 6,700′ of climbing or 90 FPM. Riders must start by 8:00 am. This route is suitable for experienced cyclists. READ MORE →
This route offers some of the best ocean views Santa Cruz has to offer. At 45 miles with 2,900′ of climbing, it works out to a leisurely 46 FPM. Riders should start between 9:00 – 10:00 am. This route is suitable for most levels of cyclists who enjoy hills. READ MORE →
Delicious food and hydration will be set up throughout all of the routes. All rest stops will have snacks and water and electrolyte replacement drinks to carry you through the day. Lunch is also provided. Plus there will be support vehicles and SAG wagons to assist the riders. After ride meal at the end consists of burritos, salad and ice cream.
This is the Santa Cruz Cycling Club’s 20th annual fundraising bike ride. Proceeds from the event go towards the SCCCC grants program which supports local cycling initiatives. SCCCC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The ride is limited to 650 riders.
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🎁 This Giving Tuesday, consider donating to the folks building the longest mountain bike trail in the world. It’s called Orogenesis, and it stretches from Canada to Cabo.
🚵♀️ The trail is 95% complete and there are a few rough spots in the middle (to put it lightly!). It will cost $5 per foot to complete and they could use your help.
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The inspiring work of @roytuscany and @hi5sfoundation is featured on our cover and in the pages of our current issue. Have you picked up a copy?
Other articles featured in this issue include:
🐢 How field biologist Tim Shields’ @hardshelllabs is saving baby desert tortoises by making conservation fun using lasers, drones and techno-torts to outsmart predatory ravens.
🎁 Our annual Gift Giving Guide will help you find the perfect gift for the adventure enthusiast on your list.
🚡See what’s new at your favorite winter resort in this issue’s Resort Roundup by @lariverbeach.
🗻@stateofthebackcountry shares a recent backcountry ski trip to the new Frog Lake Backcountry Huts. Thanks to the @truckeedonnerlandtrust — these backcountry huts will inspire year-round backcountry exploration and conservation for our community.
🚵♂️ Long time ASJ writer @chrisvanleuven shares how e-biking, climbing and writing saved him after his home burned down in the Oak Fire and he started losing his hair due to an undiagnosed health condition.
🍺James Murren writes about hiking Elfin Forest with a reward @lostabbeytr in this issue’s #earnyourbeer column
🚮 Read how @wavehuntress1 has found joy in picking up trash and reminds us to #leavenotrace and always pack your @kulacloth
🌱 Considering going plant based? Read the interview with author of @forforkssakebook Rachael Brown
🏆 Matt Johanson rounds up some of the good news for a review of 2022.
📆 Check out our events calendar for upcoming biking, running, skiing and triathlon events in your area. Thanks to @badwaterhq, @quickndirtymtb and @thegreatskirace for supporting this section.
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Day 3 was tough. My riding partner had been exhausting herself trying to make a failing bike work. The shifting had gotten so bad that she was down to two gears and we were moving at about 5mph. She was clearly getting demoralized so we chose to hop a bus 10 miles to Siletz Bay where we got an inexpensive room at the cool and funky @anchorinn_lincolncity.
The following morning we managed to have a new bike delivered from @rei in Salem.
Day 4 was spent switching all the touring gear, bars, pedals and whatnot to the new ride. And eating, lots of eating with a stop at Shuckers Oyster House for a round of their famous jalapeño vodka infused oyster shooters.
Just like that, I could barely keep up.
Day 5 was glorious with many miles off 101. Around Otter Crest Loop, past Yaquina Head Lighthouse ending at South Beach State Park after a successfull foraging mission produced enough lobster mushrooms to share with other riders.
A big shout out to Elliot at Bike Newport for pouring us some draft IPA's while Joe made some needed adjustments to the new bike.
The Upper Tyrolian Trail, North Lake Tahoe’s newest single track mountain bike trail is now open above Incline Village, Nevada.
Spearheded by the @tambatahoe (TAMBA) with a $60,000 grant from the @tahoefund, the trail was built in collaboration with the @u.s.forestservice and @sensusradtrails, a trail building nonprofit by local freeride mountain bike athlete @camzink.
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📸 Courtesy of TAMBA
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Please help save Yosemite’s Camp 4.
Yosemite Valley is the center of the universe for rock climbers. From Royal Robbins to Yvon Chouinard to Lynn Hill to Tommy Caldwell to Alex Honnold to countless others—the history of our sport is etched on the walls of Yosemite.
Unfortunately, under Yosemite’s current 100% digital reservation system, all the campsites in Yosemite Valley are continually booked many months in advance during the climbing season. A relatively small number of tech-savvy tourists book all the campsites and climbers get almost nothing. Climbers are forced to sleep hours away or pay for expensive lodging in the Valley. This makes it nearly impossible for us to follow in the footsteps of our heroes.
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The 10th Annual season of the @ca_enduro is a wrap! A little late getting this posted, but it still worth a click over to the 🔗 in our bio to get a recap of the season finale that took place in Ashland and check out the awesome images by @bixxel.media
📸 Janea Perry, Pro Women 2nd place...
Last night we were excited to hear NPR's coverage of the Minden siren. For those who don't know, this is the last sundown siren in America and Adventure Sports Journal is proud to be a part of the movement to turn it off. Minden is a small town near Lake Tahoe.
Take a listen as a multi-racial group of activists, including ASJ co-founder Matt Niswonger, work together to stop the siren. Also included in this group, are Marty G Meeden and Kutoven Stevens who is on our current cover.
A big thanks to The Sum of Us podcast host Heather C. McGhee and Joaquin Cotler of Futuro Media for covering this important story.
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⛰️ We were stoked to get this photo from our backpacking editor Matt Johanson. After years of reading and helping proof Matt's articles for ASJ, our wonderful Michele Lamelin got to be his trail angel this past weekend. Michele has been so inspired by Matt's backpacking stories, that she has gone on to sectioning the PCT with her dog Anneke. ⛺️ 🐕️
🗣️ Matt had just completed a 1300+ mile section of the PCT. Matt messaged us saying, "I had such a good time driving back from Crater Lake with Michele last night. Not just because I needed a ride so badly (there’s no public transportation there , so I don’t know what I would’ve done otherwise), but because it was so fun to get to know her and talk about our mutual interests like hiking, dogs and contributing to the magazine. We might even hike a section of the PCT in SoCal together next year." 📰
👏🏽 Our contributors come from all over the state, so having them get a chance to meet (and even be a trail angel) doesn't happen everyday.❗️
🙏🏼Thanks Matt for sharing your inspiring stories with ASJ readers, and thank you @michele_and_anneke for taking time out of your busy schedule to be Matt's trail angel. 😇
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Bobby McMullen: 1964 – 2022
The cycling community lost one of its best ambassadors to the sport last week. Bobby McMullen fought an extensive battle with diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, and other health issues with humility, grit and grace.
"Blind Bobby" lost his vision 30 years ago and never let that get in the way of him hitting the trails. We were honored to have him on our cover back in 2012.
Bobby leaves behind his wife Heidi and daughter Ella. Bobby and Heidi were set to celebrate their 10 year anniversary later this month.
Click the 🔗 in our bio to learn more and read a tribute to Bobby by his longtime friend and riding partner @yhauswald....
➡"I'm here because of stories that my grandma would share with me, and all our other elders. I picture them scurrying away from town when the siren did go off. People are still alive today that would have to leave town," said Washoe descendant Stacey Burns.
📸 Stacey Burns contemplates the legacy of the sundown sirens in the Carson Valley during the Siren Run. Photo by Anthony Cupaiuolo / @acwithft
🔗 Learn about the Siren Run that happened earlier this year by checking the link in our bio. ...