Benefiting MCBC & NorCal | 9.7.19 Adventure Revival Course Preview
Marin County Bicycle Coalition, NorCal High School Cycling League, and a stellar team of sponsors are excited to present the inaugural Adventure Revival ride on September 7! Come join us for a gorgeous gravel ride through the coastal mountains of Marin, and support the two organizations’ efforts to develop the next generation of trail advocates. Today, we’re previewing the three route options: Spicy, Medium, and Mild.
All three routes start and finish in downtown Fairfax and include a challenging mix of road, fire road, and single track. And it’s Marin, so you’re gonna climb! The Medium and Spicy routes will retrace the tread tracks of early adventure riders along scenic San Geronimo Ridge, Bolinas Ridge and their surrounding valleys, while the Mild Route highlights the beautiful San Geronimo Valley.
In the video below, Off-Road Director Tom Boss and Matt Adams of Mike’s Bikes walk you through the course and tell you what they’re running on September 7.
spicy: 48 miles + 6000 feet
The Spicy route features a bit of everything. After starting with a difficult climb up to San Geronimo Ridge, you’ll enjoy rocky, technical fire roads, and steep single track descents. You’ll already be questioning yourself after you emerge on the valley floor. Your reward is a bit of beautiful flat riding as you cruise along the Cross Marin Trail before you’ll tackle the Jewel climb and and maybe make a bovine buddy or two on the descent into Olema. After a blast down Hwy 1, you’ll hop on some more up and down single track on the Olema Valley Trail and pop out ready to throw down on the Randall climb. Keep some in reserve because the top of Randall to BoFax Rd is a strenuous roller coaster along Bolinas Ridge. But you’ll eventually get to the world class road descent down to Alpine Dam, followed by a small climb over Azalea Hill and the final descent to the finish.
medium: 42 miles + 5100 feet
The Medium Route gives you most of the goodness but you miss the Olema Valley Trail and the Randall Climb as you turn left at the top of Jewell and Climb the entirety of Bolinas Ridge.
mild: 23 miles + 2300 feet
The Mild route is still a challenge and you complete the same opening sequence of punches as the longer routes, but then you get to call it quits and ride the road back to Fairfax after dropping down to the town of Lagunitas.
After the ride, we’ll throw you one heckuva party at Fairfax Pavilion with some hard-earned food and drinks, plus live music, raffles, and more!
All proceeds directly benefit the NorCal High School Cycling League and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. We appreciate you supporting the local organizations that are working hard on behalf of our beloved sport and trails.