Gravel Bike California’s 1st Ride: Biking Pacifico Mountain

When Gravel Bike California semi-officially launched in June of 2019, I knew the first ride had to be epic and biking Pacifico Mountain had to be the one.

The question was telling a group of strangers to drive to a far off point that has scant cell phone reception, would anyone show?

Also in consideration in hosting our first ride, I had to consider if someone has a major mechanical, gets lost, is not able to hack it or is a complete asshole.

While that’s a lot of luck to ask for, I was hoping for a bit of preparedness, decent temperatures and the good heartedness of the gravel community to reduce the odds of calamity.

All that I ask for is if people crash, please do it while my video is rolling which was obliged twice.

 

 

Meeting way out at the Monte Cristo Fire Station, people got there on time (and some even earlier) ready to put some miles in before the heat.

I won’t give a complete rundown of the route because, geez, how many times do I have to do this?

Needless to say, the ride went as perfect as you could ask, it was good company and we even got back right on time.

We even ran into another member of Gravel Bike California while meeting a new one as well.

The photos and video should tell it all about biking Pacifico Mountain.

There’s so much opportunity for gravel!

 

Rolling out on Angeles Forest Highway with Sam and Arthid.

 

Dan found his way out of the trees….

 

Sorry Robert. I think I take this picture on every trip….

 

Bob on 32s with the road to Mount Gleason in the background.

 

Conditions get rougher as you near the peak of Pacifico Mountain

 

Just about there….

 

Break.

 

Sierras be out der…

 

Trophy shot

 

Side note: the Zephyr kit looks really tight

 

Some momentary pavement

 

Side diversion to Mount Mooney is always worth it…if you can remember.

 

Back at it

 

ABCG – Always Be Capturing Grams

 

Dan made his 30s work somehow…

 

Thumbs up to finishing the ride from Jason.

 

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