Le Championnat de France Cross Cyclo-pédestre, 04 Mar 1923 (Image taken from Le Miroir Des Sports, 08 Mar 1923, blackbirdsf.org)
Everything is coming together for Saturday. As a reminder, registration will open at 11:30 at the northwestern corner of Lake Temescal (see location on the flyer). $5 signs you up for the ride, gets you a map of the route, and food and refreshments at the end of the ride.
The ride will promptly being at 12.30 sharp. The speediest riders will probably complete the course in 2.5 hours. The after party will be held at the starting location in Lake Temescal.
The course is approximately 35 to 40 miles and roughly 50/50 road and dirt. All dirt trails are "legal" and allow cyclists. However, on some trails riders will be sharing space with hikers and dogs. Please be considerate when passing. As mentioned below, the East Bay is very hilly, and this ride is no exception. There will be steep paved climbs, long downhill dirt descents, gradual dirt climbs and other conditions. Choose a bike that you will have fun on and will get you through the course safely. Keep in mind that the East Bay has had a bit of rain the last two days. Conditions will be muddy.
What to bring?
Layers, water, and tools - including a spare tube, patch kit, mini-pump and multi-tool. If you want to bring a bag with a change of clothes, there will be a bag check at registration.
What are the prize categories?
While I hope people turn out for the ride with the intent to have fun, there will be prizes for top finishers. Categories will include: 1st Overall (male and female), 1st Fixed/Singlespeed, 1st Klunker (loosely defined) and Lanterne Rouge (DFL). Depending on how things play out, other categories may be added last minute. Anyone that jeopardizes the health and safety of other riders will be DQ'd.
I guess that's all you need to know. Ride safe and I'll see you tomorrow!