before the drop

Central Park is a multi-use park here in (Saugus) Santa Clarita, off of Bouquet Canyon Road. It has been for quite a few years and hardly used for mountain bikes. It has mostly been used for such activities as:  running, walking dogs, hiking, field sports,  and the free summer concerts along with many other events. There is even an 18 hole disc golf course, and two dog only areas.

Mountain biking came to life this summer with the Pedalfest Race Series. This was an eight week race series for all classes of racers from beginner to pro. From young to old(er). There was fun to be had by all! The racing itself was great and the fun around the Start/Finish line with bicycle vendors, food trucks and some cycling clubs/teams setting up their tents and having social time!

 

Pedalfest race series:

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little guys and gals pedalfest

 

 

There is mountain biking in  Central Park all year long. Follow the fire-road course around  the park and have a great ride!

Please be respectful for the walkers, runners, dogs, etc. or this privilege might be taken away.

Here is a map of Central Park created by the city of Santa Clarita.

 

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It was raining today when I got to the parking lot of Whitney Canyon Park for “The Beast” and it was looking real cloudy and wet up in the mountains. I waited about 20 minutes in the car deciding what to do and then the rain went away! I decided to do the ride after all. I proceeded up The Beast, the dirt was compacted and the clouds were low and the air was misty. I was socked in and loving it! It was perfect for mountain bike riding!

The Beast is a great hill to climb in the Santa Clarita area. It is straight up and then your reward of course is straight down. You can go either half way which is to “the bathrooms” which is basically at the entrance to what was a great technical single track, Los Pinetos until the fires last year and then the rain storms came through and changed the whole topography of the trail to be more of a hike a bike trail in many spots. From the parking lot of Whitney Canyon Park where I started it’s only about 4.2 miles or so up to the bathrooms. For some more fun, and quite frankly in my opinion the better half, you can climb to the top of that mountain to where Camp 9 is for great views of the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Up and back is aprox. 16 miles.

You can take many single track detours of of the fire road but the majority of the ride is the main fire road up and down, which is no easy task. The side trails from the fire road are fun to ride as well. It all depends how much time you have and how much you want to ride.

…Only for a moment!

Three years ago I was told to start my cycling blog again. So I did. It was one post and then I stopped, again…until now. Why did I stop? I had increased my cycling so much that I didn’t find time to pay any attention to my blog. Writing, adding pictures and making it better. I kept telling myself to get back at it, you actually like to write stories and well yes you like to ride a bicycle so why not bring them together to share with others.

Soooooo here I am… again. Starting the rebirth of my blog, BikeSantaClarita! Yippie! There I said it! WhooHoo! I will have as much fun with this blog as I do riding my bicycle(s).

Here is a synopsis of what has happened in these past three years:

  • I have taken many photos and saved them from my rides, weather they were road or mountain bike adventures.
  • I began racing mountain bikes again after a 15 year hiatus. I started back up on the very same dirt where I stopped 15 years ago at Castaic Lake.
  • I gave time trialing a try at Uncle Tren’s TT in Piru.
  • I became more involved in the community pertaining to cycling as a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Bicycle Coalition.
  • Met some really cool bicycle people!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wouldn’t pass this up for anything! I will ride with Professional cyclists and athletes from around the world! George Hincapie is the Grand Fondo Chief but there are many many others! Tinker JuarezIna-Yoko Teutenberg, Tejay van Garderen, Paul Amey, Amber Neben, Matt Bigos and Greta Neimanas  and the list goes on!

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I am going to be able to check off “riding with George Hincapie” from my bucket list! He is doing an Organized century ride here in Santa Clarita on 12/31/11

Click the link below for information

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If  cycling is a way of life in Portland , why not here? Are we afraid others will see us with a “nerdy” helmet? What about our big SUV’s are they really all that practical?

Watch this clip from CBS news Sunday Morning Show in 2008.

When riding the bicycle often one must get into the habit of cleaning your bicycle to have it ride and perform at it’s best. I personally do a quick clean on my bicycle every week on Monday if I am not riding on that day. Check the cables , tires, etc. Make sure everything is working sorta thing. I do a big cleaning once a month or two depending on the amount of cycling I do.

Here is a video on how to clean your bicycle.