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MCBC Dirt Fondo, an Epic Ride on Mt. Tam, the Birthplace of Mountain Biking!
Presented by Dolan Law Firm and Powered by Mike's Bikes and Studio Velo
Multiple World Champion Juli Furtado will be the 2014 Guest of Honor!
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is proud to announce the MCBC Dirt Fondo, an all-day mountain bike fundrasing ride on Sunday, September 7, 2014. We encourage bicyclists of all skill levels to join us on one of the most spectacular and challenging off-road bicycle rides you'll experience!
The ride will start in the Marin Headlands at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 45-mile route takes cyclists on a journey that climbs and descends a number of ranges before the ascent to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. After stopping to take in the amazing view, riders will continue on a loop around the mountain and then head back to the Headlands for a BBQ feast and stories around the campfire.
Juli Furtado is one of the most accomplished women mountain bikers. She is a 3x World Cup Overall Champion and current record holder for most World Cup wins. She represented the USA in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and went on to create the first women's specific mountain bike.
Mountain bike pioneers Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze and Otis Guy have been invited to join us on the epic 45-mile ride with 7,000 feet of elevation gain! Other VIPs include Shine Riders Pro Lauren Gregg and NorCal High School Cycling League Executive Director Vanessa Hauswald.
While not everyone is prepared to ride such a great distance, we encourage all interested parties to give it a try. There will be turn-back options at the 5, 10 and 16 mile mark, creating loops of 10, 20 and 32 miles. And you have most of the day to complete the ride.
There will be great support along the journey thanks to sponsor Mike’s Bikes, Marin Bikes and Osmo Nutrition including three well-stocked energizer stations, ride leaders and sweeps, and mechanics to help with minor repairs.
What: An endurance ride, with 10, 20, 32 and 45 mile options
When: Sunday, September 7, 2014 (Soft start between 7 am and 8 am)
Where: Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center, 981 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94956
Registration fee: $95 - Includes well supported ride complete with SAG and energizer stations, a BBQ feast with Lagunitas beer and a MCBC Dirt Fondo t-shirt.
Are you coming into town for the Dirt Fondo? We recommend The Lodge at Tiburon. MCBC Dirt Fondo riders receive a 15% discount with code: LCRMCB For details visit http://lodgeattiburon.com/
In 1911 visionary William Kent donated much of the land on Mt. Tam for a park and watershed. Kent also save Muir Woods and probably did more than any one person to encourage the purchase of land for parks and open space in Marin County. Without William Kent, Mt. Tam may not have become the cradle of mountain biking.
Start / Finish - The event will start and finish at the Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center, which is situated between the historic Point Bonita Light House and Nike Missile Site. Registration and post-ride expo and BBQ will all take place on the Conference Center grounds.
Route – The epic route will take riders on a journey across three parks, starting in the Marin Headlands (GGNRA) and traveling north to Mt. Tamalpais (California State Park and MMWD) before returning to the Point Bonita YMCA conference center. The route will take riders on scenic fire roads, including Miwok, Deer Park, Bobcat and Old Rail Road Grade; and some of the best trails in Marin, including Old Springs, Coast View, Dias Ridge and Middle Green Gulch. There is just one route for all riders. It is a series of intersecting crossover loops. If you do the entire route it is a 46-mile ride. You can turn back at key locations for shorter ride options. Complete route details will be distributed to participants before the event.
Support - The ride will have incredible support, with three well-stocked energizer stations, trail marshals and roving mechanics.
Post-ride BBQ - We will draw on Marin's many organic beef, dairy and produce companies to supply top quality foods for our BBQ feast. There will also be a variety of beverages, including Lagunitas Brewing craft beers.
Proceeds benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's Off-road program.