Rwanda Ride

Title: Rwanda Ride
Location: Santiago Canyon / Trabuco Canyon Areas
Link out: Click here
Description: Non-profit fundraiser
Start Time: 06:30
Date: 2012-4-28
End Time: 20:00

Get dirty for a cause!

The 6th Annual 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda will be held on Saturday April 28, 2012
in Orange County California. The event pulls around 800 mountain bikers who
raise funds for two non-profits: Project Rwanda,  and Team Rwanda Cycling.

The event offers three different route options to choose from: the epic 50 mile route,
a moderate but still challenging 25 mile route, and a new 10 mile route suitable for casual
and beginning mountain bikers.

50 mile option starts at 7:00am (check-in at 6:30am)
25 mile option starts at 9:00am (check-in at 8:30am)
10 mile option starts at 9:00am (check-in at 8:30am)
NOTE: 10 mile riders start and finish inside O’Neill Park (not at Cooks) –

For registration and full details click the icon above.

A post-ride party will be at Cook’s Corner

Roadies, please be extra careful going through Live Oak / Santiago Canyon;
or get on your mountain bike and join in the fun!




OC Tri and Duathlon

Title: OC Tri and Duathlon
Location: Mission Viejo / Lake Forest
Description: 2k-40k-10k race
Date: 2012-5-20

There are 1.5k & 2.5 mile open water swim and  a mini-aquathlon suitable for kids as well as the international distance triathlon and the Du. The spectacular venue at the lake, the pristine ride through Santiago Canyon, and the primarily off road run through the hills of Mission Viejo will bring the 7th Annual OC Duathlon to the next level, and it will soon become a major stop and a “must do” on the Duathlon circuit.

The OC Duathlon has been combined with the OC Triathlon which takes place
Sunday the 20th. Starting with the swim in Lake Mission Viejo, the athletes will
bike a portion of  Santiago Cyn and probably a small portion of the Aliso Creek Bike Trail from Santiago Canyon to the transition area by Marguerite and El Toro.

If this event is close to previous ones, riders will bike from Olympiad onto Marguerite, then onto El Toro / Santiago Cyn to a turnaround spot, then heading back along Santiago Cyn, enter the Aliso Creek MUP down to the parking lot by Marguerite to begin the run back to the lake.

Turnout is usually pretty good for this event as it is sanctioned by Triathlon USA.  Be on the lookout for traffic controls during the morning in these areas.

Best of luck to all the competitors!

Vision Quest and Counting Coup Ride

Heads up in the Santa Ana Mountains and Santiago / Trabuco Canyon areas!

April 7th is the Warrior’s Society’s  sold out Counting Coup, a relatively modestly brutal mountain bike ride at 44 miles with over 8,000′ gain, and the positively brutal but Vision Inducing Vision Quest (hence the name) at 56 miles with more than 11,000′ vertical!  That would have me seeing stars – or passing out from the effort!

There will be extra traffic and people all about the hills and canyons so please be extra careful if you’re riding in the area or in the hills.  The finish line for the Event is on Trabuco Canyon Road so get your cowbell (or bear bell), and cheer the riders as they complete a very tough but rewarding mountain bike course.

Riders will be starting at “o’dark-thirty” in the morning, with shuttle services running from Live Oak to Black Star from 2pm-5pm.
A special shout out to all the Volunteers and Sponsors and Supporters, Thank You!

The weather looks to be near perfect, best of luck, and congratulations to all the riders for even lining up for the start.