October 2010

Cold, damp, warm, dry, and grueling.

The 2010 San Jacinto Enduro is in the books. Bleary eyed mountain bikers gathered in a public campsite to review the course and talk about safety at 5:45am. We started out at 6am with lights on in the cold, damp after a couple weeks of steady rain on Mt San Jacinto.

We climbed Thomas Mountain and were rewarded with a fantastic sunrise above the clouds. Did anyone get a picture of that?

A friendly motorcyclist greeted us on Rouse Ridge with doughnuts. No kidding! Later, riders made their way past a surprise aid station just before hitting May Valley singletrack. Kelly & Mary staffed the suprise aid station, complete with marshmallow cheerios treats, apples, bananas, and oranges. Trail magic at its best.

Dave had the eye of the tiger.

Eric Nelson, a 2010 Tour Divide alum was greeted by the family.

The Mann Show


While we had fewer riders this year (many no shows likely because of questionable weather) the riders who did come were hammers.
The course ran very fast this year with damp, hardpacked roads. The first man and first woman(n) riders posted times 35-39 minutes faster than their respective records from last year. The singlespeed record was shattered by more than an hour and a half.
The first loop was highlighted by cool temps, dramatic weather in the surrounding mountains, and some surprise traffic on the roads.
In contrast, the second loop was sunny, warm, and drier. Riders reported rough conditions on this year’s additional singletrack, the Morris Creek trail.

Also on the second loop, riders found yet another surprise:

Abbey explains the finer details of home-baked trail magic.

The first rider arrived back at camp before 1pm.

Guy “20 proof” Sutton posted the fastest course time.

Dan “shakedown” Wilcox of Homebrewed Components crushed the singlespeed time. Amazingly, he did this on his brand new bike. The SJ Enduro was one heck of a shakedown ride!

Allison “wo-mann” Man beat her own record.

Nick “when’s the start” Zielinski started a good ten minutes late but managed to catch a lot of the group by the end of the first loop. He made up more time on the second loop after waiting, fruitlessly, for a good-for-nothing rider who’d decided to wrap it up after the first loop.

The two newest bikes on the course. The one on the left was a day old, the one on the right was two weeks old.

After the ride, a number of peeps stuck around the campsite to trade stories and make plans for the “next big ride.”

Freddie explains how he narrowly fought off a mountain lion attack on the trail.

Dave takes in the scene after a long day on the bike.






The SJ Enduro gives no prizes. Ever.

However, the first man, woman, and singlespeeder to finish the entire course find/earn one of these. Can you guess which ones are dedicated to whom?

Be advised: Morris Creek singletrack is the roughest trail on the course. Some of the roughest trail near Idyllwild for that matter.

Also, in case you’re still not clear on this trail’s context within the main maps, follow the candy trail:

We had a question this morning to clarify the  Loop 2 Addendum:

If you zoom out a bit, or pan the map to the northwest, you’ll see a pin. This corresponds to the start of the Wagon Wheel section, marked on your cues. The second pin marks the start of the Morris Creek singletrack.

If you’re not familiar with Google Maps, fiddle with it a bit and check out the map in different views. Satellite and “terrain” (under “more” in the map section) can be very helpful.

We’re set for the 2010 Enduro.

RSVP’d riders have the Loop 2 map addendum, camping info, and other important info in their inboxes.

The sun will rise on us somewhere near Rouse Ridge.