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Endurance Team Ride (ETR) -- Old Ridge Route

When:
Sunday, May 19, 2024, 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
Where:
Starbucks (Vine at Castaic Shopping Mall)
31783 Castaic Rd
Castaic, CA  91384
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Chi Ao
 
Sigrid Caldera
Category:
Endurance Team
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The Old Ridge Route Classic Loop

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/43041998

Distance: 69 miles

Elevation gain: 7,570 ft


Date: May 19, 2024 (Sun)

Meeting time: 7:30 am

Rolling time: 8:00 am


Regroups:
Mile 10.7: Gate to historical section closed to cars
Mile 23.1: Tumble Inn Archway
MIle 45.3: Lake Hughes Refuel


This ride takes us through remnants of the historic "Castaic-Tejon Ridge Route" that was completed in 1915 and was credited with connecting the Southern and Northern parts of California.  Not only is the ~ 13 mile stretch of the Old Ridge Route closed to cars, the rest of the route also sees very little traffic.  The ride through the smoothly paved Pine Canyon Rd on the way to Lake Hughes is a joy after the rough surfaces on the Ridge Route.  After the last bits of steep climbing, the views of Castaic Lake as you descend back to town are spectacular.

You can read more about this route from this excellent article by Neil Shirley:
https://roadbikeaction.com/the-forgotten-highway-riding-californias-ridge-route/

Because of the poor surface conditions on parts of the Ridge Route, wider tires (30 mm or wider) are recommended.  Gravel bikes work well, but I actually think the ideal bike for this route is a road bike with wider tires since the majority of the route will be on smooth pavement.  Knobs are not necessary. 


On degree of difficulty, I would rate it about the same as the Acton Loop.

 

We will have a ride sweep; however, please try to be self sufficient.  This ride is very secluded, with little service after you leave Castaic.  Bring extra tubes, mini-pump, tire plugs (if running tubeless), multi-tools, etc. to help get you back on the road if needed.