The event started off with an afternoon ride through the park. A sizable crowd showed up for the pre-festivities ride that included three different routes for various skills levels.
I ended with the group that I believe should have been called “Should have known better group”.
We decided to climb Jackson to Suycutt Wash and then up to the saddle between North and South Fortuna Mountain. There is some steep freaking fireroads on this route. Somewhere near the top of the saddle, I remembered why I don’t ride much here. Freaking fireroads everywhere trying to be passed off to the public as trails. Just because you designate something a trail does not make it a trail. I did chuckle pretty hard later in the day when someone said this place should be called “Missing Trails Regional Park”. The rumor/good news is that the management is starting to see the light on sustainable multiuse singletracks. Okay rant aside, after making it to the saddle we hung a right and climbed up to the peak of South Fortuna Mountain were we got in some cool views of downtown, Point Loma and the Coronado Islands. From here we got in some mighty zippy descending that included some hike-a-biking down a portion of “The Steps” trails Before long we were back to Jackson Drive and dumped a lot of hard earned elevation down the gravely fireroad.
Back at the visitor’s center, I along with a bunch of trails rats and dirt divas enjoyed a good time hanging, grubbing and conversating with each other. Some of these folks I only see during trailwork events. It was certainly a good time.
Some people looked to be planning for world-wide singletrack domination.
It was a pretty lively crowd and there was a rumor that a gang sign or two might have been thrown around. (I think I caught the highly secretive “Sparticus” sign in use)
Later in the evening, there was some absolutely funny awards and killer swag handed out. Many Shimano shiny bits, cool clothes and various assorted goodies found there way to good homes that evening. Nobody left empty handed.
There was one huge item left to the end for SDMBA’s Volunteer of the Year. For that Dave Turner was on hand to present Mike MacGregor with a brand spanking shiny new Turner Frame! Mike logged a grunch of trailwork hours at SDMBA events over the past year, established and headed up the new Trailwork committee and devoted a mountain of time off the trail to help out SDMBA and the MTB community at large.
Special thanks to Andy, Minette, the Social Comittee and rest of the folks that put this thing on. I think everyone that was there would say it was a really great event.