March 28th Orange County Borrego Springs 600k

This 600Km covers a huge diversity of territory from beach views along the PCH, to 50 miles of grade isolated bike paths, to views of the highest peaks in Southern California (San Jacinto and San Gorgonio), huge wind turbines, vast desert landscapes, vista of lakes and high plains, and back to Pacific ocean. It has one huge climb up Montezuma, right after the overnight, but otherwise the climbing is spread out and relatively short. It’s scheduled early in the year to avoid the possible high temperatures in Palm Springs desert area. The weather at this time of year is generally exceptionally pleasant, except for normally cold temperature at the top of Montezuma in the early morning hours.

The route makes a giant loop from Foothill Ranch to Newport Beach and the PCH, Santa Ana River Trail (SART), Corona, Norco, Upper SART, San Bernardino / Redlands, Beaumont Banning, through the pass of San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, onto Palm Springs, Palm Desert, a long stretch along the Salton Sea, then back East to Borrego Springs for the overnight stop at the Hacienda del Sol. We will have places to sleep, food and showers available. Generous sized drop bags will be shuttled to the overnight, so you can throw in a pad, pillow and sleeping bag if you like.. Continuing it climbs 4000 feet up the Montezuma Borrego Hwy (the glass elevator), then downhill to Lake Henshaw, past Mt Palomar, onto Valley Center, and the San Luis Rey Trail to Oceanside. From there, north along the Pacific coast to San Clemente, Dana Point and then inland back to Foothill Ranch. The first day has little climbing and gradual grades. The second day has the monster Montezuma climb, and a few other bumps, but nothing big. There are plenty of places to get supplies, except for 3 stretches, Thermal to Salton City 31miles, Salton City to Borrego Springs 45 miles, and Borrego Springs to the stores at the base of Mt Palomar 50 miles. We will provide SAG support on the huge Montezuma climb (top is only 15 miles from the overnight). Overall it covers a vast area of Southern California with great views and minimal urban slowdowns.

Ride Organizer: Willie Hunt (willie@surefire.com)