RIDE DATE: 4 August 2018
RIDE TIME: Meet at Quicksilver Parking Lot (Hacienda “southeastern” entrance) at 7:45am. If people need carpooling, please let me know and I will arrange meet up spot (Fit 3 other people). We will be rolling on wheels by 8am.
ROUTE: Quicksilver (~10.5 miles)
WHAT TO BRING: The typical bike, helmet, & water. Please bring snacks to refuel and plenty of water. It’s getting hotter on the hills, so plan ahead!
RIDE INFO: The ride starts from the Hacienda (southeastern) entrance of the park. First comes a fairly long and uninterrupted climb, which makes up the majority of the climb of the entire ride. Starting virtually right at the trailhead, this almost unbroken climb lasts for just under 2 miles at a nearly constant grade around 8.5%. The trail begins a gentle descent after passing the hilltop area that is most densely packed with historic remains.
The descent quickens toward Guadalupe Reservoir and nice views of the reservoir lake open up as a short series of descending (extremely wide) switchbacks begin. Shortly thereafter, you’ll have to make sure you don’t miss the right turn onto Randoll Trail. This marks the beginning of the return portion of your loop.
Randoll Trail weaves in and out of the creases of the hill side and gently undulates over minor humps once in a while. On average, it very gently gains elevation, but you might not even notice this. Overall, Randoll is a pleasant hill-side fire-road ride under partial oak tree cover. Once you reach the first multiway intersection near the beginning of the ride, you’ll know that all that’s left is the short-but-fun steep descent back to the parking lot.
You will gets lots of encouragement from the group to make it through. You will feel awesome for pushing yourself through this little course.
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