Grow for the gold…
Not fast enough to win? Maybe you’re swarthy enough to look good trying.
All Enduro racers will automatically entered into our ancillary moustache competition. Primes may or may not be offered on course for creative and original nose neighbors. Awards will be given apres ride by a panel of female judges for the very best mo’.

 

We’re unofficially pre-riding Loop 2 Saturday, October 1st. 

Meet at Hub Cyclery at 8am Saturday. Come prepared to ride Loop 2 plus a bit of May Valley trails between the shop and Garner Valley. Social pace.

 

By popular demand, we’re sharing some info with y’all dedicated Enduro fans. 

First off, if you want to ride: drop a line to sanjacintoenduro@gmail.com to RSVP. Consider this blog post the official “Game On” for the RSVP race. But please read the FAQ below first. Shit!

FAQ: 

What time do we start riding?
6am! Yeah, like cold and dark o’clock.

 Will people be camping? Where?
Yep, the last two years we’ve had camping at the Start/Finish area. It’s free. But last year it was friggin’ cold. Maybe not as bad this year? Dunno… cross your fingers. The camp area is easy to get to by common road vehicles, ie, you don’t need 4wd. The brave will carry on festivities well after sundown the night before.

What’s the course like?
It’s tough. about 78 miles and maybe just shy of 11,000 feet in climbing for the whole shebang. We have two courses; everyone will do the 48 mile Loop 1, only the brave will go on for Loop 2. Most of the route is doubletrack, but you’ll need to be on your game for the singletrack sections. (maybe 20 miles?)

When do we get the cues?
Soon. RSVP to sanjacintoenduro@gmail.com first and be patient. We’re changing the course a little from 2010 and need to rework it. And since you ain’t payin’ us to do it, we ain’t in that big of a rush. Give it a week or so.

Do you have GPS files?
Hell no. We provide the route info, cues, and time tabulation. Nothing else. If you think a GPS route will be beneficial- as it very well may be- it’s up to you to build it out yourself. Consider it your “edge.”

Since it’s free, can I just RSVP and wait a while to decide if I’ll show?
Hell no. Be brave, commit to this ride, and spend the next 50-some days hardening up. You might not be able to harden up that fast? Too bad, you still need to come get your suffer on.

Will you do a pre-ride?
We’re talking about doing a pre-ride of Lap 1 maybe the weekend of Sep 24th or Oct 1st. Let us know which date you might be interested to join in.

Do you cap the field? How come?
Yes, we have been capping the field at 40 riders. That’s a reasonable number to garner a tough, solid field and still be well within legal limits to host the event without a permit. It’s free, ya know… we want to keep it that way. Phantom riders will be tarred & feathered.

 

 

The date is set for Saturday, October 29.

Judging by the number of early RSVP’s from Enduro vets and other hard-men, it looks like it’ll be a good year for strong riding.

We might have some course changes, but we’ll finalize them sooner than later so as to facilitate your map review and strategy. We will not provide gpx files. Consider that sort of thing part of your very own top-secret preparation.

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

Neon!

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.


Marmu

 

 

 

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?