Cycling is a liberating pursuit. Having the ability at the earliest possible age to pedal down a driveway is the first true act of independence, maybe even rebellion. I would argue that this first act, and those that follow (riding on the sidewalk, on the street, around the block), instill in one a lifelong rebel spirit that will always look to keep cycling as pure as that first pedal away from authority, and towards freedom. In that spirit Mudfoot, over the past three years, has endeavored to create events, such as they are, with the conviction that cycling at its core is something liberating and pure. Something that is the opposite of elusive, it is just outside your door.
No entry fee, no “sponsors”, all stoke.
Certainly this is nothing new, nothing fresh, and nothing of great notoriety. If these rides have gained any traction it is because they speak to a common feeling among all, and stand on the shoulders of others. In Los Angeles that would include the perennial New Years ride/race up Mt. Wilson, the intermittingly held ‘Feel My Legs I’m A Racer’ ride, the grueling Santa Monica 100, even to the now maligned alleycats and early Wolfpack Hustles of downtown. Across the country it includes events like the Almanzo, Stagecoach 400, Philadelphia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’, and Bike Jerks’ Bandit CX, among an immeasurable number of others.
All these rides however would be nothing without those that ride farther than they thought they were capable of, are ready to re-calibrate their perspective, and at times choose an unconventional bicycle. It is those people we thank. The pro cyclist from Redlands, the shredders from Sacramento, the stoners from the San Fernando Valley, the lurkers from the internet, the luddites from previous generations of the ‘cycling scene’, the new LA transplants discovering something that we once did. Beautiful isn’t it.
Don’t know what the next ride will be. But you can trust it will be in this spirit and for you.
Mudfoot is a group of cyclists based in Los Angeles, but with membership across the USA. It began as (and continues as) a cyclocross team and an elite think-tank exploring the outermost limits of pure fun.
Keeping the Fundo Fun. Important Stuff.
Fundo Riders. We want you all to come back safely to Golden Saddle Cyclery at the end of the day so we can eat some Pure Luck food and drink some beers with you. Below are some tips to ensure this happens.
It looks like the high will be around 55 in the mountains this Saturday with a 20% Chance of precipitation. That means it will be cold. And possibly wet. We highly recommend bringing a jacket and anything else you think you will need to stay warm.
As mentioned previously this ride does have some exposed single track. It could be dangerous. We recommend that if you are not comfortable riding exposed single track or are just not feeling good about it then you should take the alternate route. What is the alternate route you ask? The alternate abridged route is when you reach mile 20.72 instead of getting onto the Strawberry Peak trail you will continue on Hwy 2 Angeles Forest Hwy to mile 30.91 on the Route Slip below. This is Redbox where you will join the rest of the ride and continue on. You will still be catching the 10 miles of dirt starting at mile 50.25.
Ride Time and Lights.
This is a big ride. It is a lot of climbing. Which for most of us will be slow going. We are going to be trying our best to leave Golden Saddle at 7am. Please be on time. Depending on your pace and whether or not you have to deal with mechanicals you could end up coming back through the city in the dark. So bring a front and back blinky light.
Please don’t forget. Buddy up with somebody. Make sure that you are accounted for. We will have a sign in sheet at the start, we hope that everyone who signs in either signs out when they return or calls Golden Saddle Cyclery to let us know you are safe.
And most importantly
This is just a ride a bunch of people are doing and you are joining in at your own risk. Nobody is putting this on. Nobody is responsible for you but you. We are just here to stoke the fire you all have for riding bicycles in our beloved Angeles Forest.
MF Fundo GPX file: Download on right under ‘Route Info’
Mudfoot Fundo Ride
What’s in a name? That which we call bike riding by any other name would be as rad! We ride bikes with skinny tires; we ride bikes with fat tires. Call it what you will, do it for reasons that you must, but grab a bike and ride.
Road ride, exposed single track, hike-a-bike, ‘alpine’ climbing, fire roads, canyon carving. Bike choice is key. We recommend, large tires with knobbies a good attitude, and some dirt skills (no, really)
Saturday May 23rd 7:00 AM Golden Saddle Cyclery
Approx. 100 miles 13k elevation gain. 7 miles of single track, 10 miles of dirt.
Bring food, tubes, tools, and at least 2 water bottles. Long day. Minimal support.
-You are responsible for yourself, and trail courtesy dictates others as well. Bring at least 2 tubes, food (lots of it), and 2 bottles of water. There are several sections with no water, most the elevation gain will happen there. Some trail magic might come your way but don’t count on it. Bailout points are non-existent on the dirt sections.
Large tires, knobbies?
-Yes, don’t be ‘that guy’. This ride has been done on a road bike with 700×28 slicks. Was it fun?…of course. Was it as much fun as a bike not spinning out and ripping on the downhill sections? …probably not. But honestly ask yourself do you have the skills and the tubes to do it?
No but really, single track, exposure, food/water, knobbies bikes?
We’re not looking to raise any bars or alienate anyone, just sharing ‘the stoke’. Back in 2007 (or was it 2008), a young Cole Maness and Chet Bearclaw (back before his untimely disappearance while hand-gliding into a volcano) lead whiskey filled ride through some of these trails. This ride is in the spirit of those salad days and making rad decisions.
The climbing is sustained and very loose and rocky in some sections, sandy in others. Compact gearing will come in handy as will the traction that knobby tires provide. Climbing will be less painful, descending will be more fun, and the likelihood of getting a flat will be significantly less. This is not an easy ride. You will negotiate rock gardens and sections that will have you puckering. Ride within your limits.
MF Fundo cue sheet & GPX file (coming soon)
Come on out and enjoy the beautiful Angeles Forest on your bicycle May 23, 2015. The ride starts at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles at 7am. It will be about 100 miles and around 12,000 feet of climbing. It will be hard but will be very rewarding.
Some vague details for now. More accurate details coming soon.
Donuts and coffee will be served at Golden Saddle Cyclery prior to the start but this ride is completely unsupported. There will be enough places to get water along way so long as you are carrying TWO bottles. Bring lots of snacks and whatever else your body needs. The ride will be going right by Newcombs Ranch Bar and Restaurant around Mile 65 so you can plan around that. Also. Be smart and either ride with a buddy or find somebody at the start to be a buddy with so if you go missing somebody will know you have gone missing.
We look forward to riding with you all in our beloved Angeles Forest.