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.

Here is a great post from a blog I follow that explains the health benefits of riding a bicycle!

http://lovingthebike.com/guest-post/health-benefits-of-commuting-by-bike

I haven’t been able to blog for good reasons I guess. I have been so busy with my real estate career that I just couldn’t spend the time to sit down and write a post. I have been so busy showing homes. Some weeks I would show 6-7 different appointments! That’s busy!

This is all coming from the market in my area finally flattening out and making a turn for the better. I really do see the stats all around improving. Multiple offers on everything out there, the stock market is improving, the unemployment numbers are going down. Things are just getting better. Yes slooooowly but better is good. At least it’s not worse!

All this time being spent on taking clients out and showing homes has prevented me from blogging and also doing what the blog is about, cycling! I haven’t been able to ride my bicycle(s) in weeks!

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”

I will make a concentrated effort to post more about what I like to do and that is ride my bicycle!

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 wish I could say I broke the two little toes on my right foot from a crazy down hill at Towsley or over at Placerita Canyon. That is not the case, I shut off the light in the living room and walked into the coffee table full steam and broke 2 toes! I have not been able to ride let alone walk normal!

Today I thought I was going to give it a go and just suck it up and ride but when my little 18 pound Jack Russell dog stepped on my toe I winced in pain!

I am not saying that I am a wimp or anything but I do see professional road racers ride extremely mountainous hills in the tour de france with broken collar bones and they don’t wince.

Guess I will wait a few more days to get back on the bike and ride, commute by bike and all that fun stuff I am missing.

Go for a great mountain bike ride up Mentryville this weekend!

Here is the web site for the history of Mentryville – http://ow.ly/3G0s7

Here is a map http://www.scvhistory.com/mentryville/mvilletrailmap.pdf