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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…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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the link here to read about how Buyers are moving to bike friendly areas!

This is just great that people are now looking at areas that are more bicycle friendly for work purposes so they can commute!

Enjoy your ride!

This article is courtesy of The Washington Post.com web site

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

http://www.arideforlife.com/

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.

I was able to make time and do a ride with the Newhall Bicycle Company. This was a Monday evening ride leaving from the Newhall Bicycle Company shop at 6pm. Lights were required on this ride.

Ride had approx. 10 riders, myself included and it started with a short warm up and then it picked up speed from Calgrove to Wiley onto the bicycle trail. The hills on this ride were Newhall Ranch followed by Golden Valley and then Placerita.

I personally got dropped by the main group and was riding with another rider who got dropped, Mary. Once we got to Sand Canyon the lights needed to be turned on. Then up and down the roller coaster of Placerita in the dark. We did finish back at the shop.

Riding at night is a different type of riding. I had a blast and plan on doing that ride as many times as possible.

We had no encounters with four-legged animals but Mary said she has had a coyote run along side of her before!

If you are up for a fast 30-35 mile Monday ride then you just might like this. The group does stop at one location to meet up with everyone also. I must say Roger, the owner of Newhall Bicycle Company, who is a mtn bike racer himself and has won numerous awards, offers his support willingly to people.

So…get on your bike and ride!

The final stage of the 2011 Amgen Tour Of California starts in Santa Clarita. Here is a great preview video.