This inaugural event, not really a race, is to be a multi-surface cycling festival and will involve 3 days of cycling on the best trails and roads in the Marin Headlands. It will be held on the 23rd – 25th July, 2010. Organised and run by AdventureCORPS Inc. an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance and extreme sports events, it promises to be a weekend of adventure and fun.
This event sees a longterm dream coming true. Ever since his article on ‘Mountain Bikes: Who needs them?’ in the February, 1993 issue of Bicycle Guide, Chris Kostman of AdventureCORPS has dreamed of hosting a rally to celebrate the “Any Bike, Anywhere” ethos and lifestyle.
In his opinion, Rough Riding is a state of mind, a riding style with limitless freedom and an all-pervasive sense of adventure. The Rough Riders slogan is “Any Bike, Anywhere” and the general idea is to use as little technology as possible while traversing a variety of riding surfaces and terrains.
The region chosen for the event, the Marin Headlands, offers truly spectacular cycling with views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Mt. Tamalpais (“Mt. Tam”), Tiburon, Mill Valley, the Bay Bridge, a bit of the Golden Gate Bridge, and dramatic, rugged Northern California coastline.
Some consider the route chosen to be “mountain bike territory,” but this route is 99% rideable by an accomplished Rough Rider on a road bike with 32mm cyclocross tyres (or on a cyclocross bike), and perhaps 90-95% rideable on a road bike with 28mm road tyres. It promises to be a great weekend in an absolutely spectacular cycling paradise.
Friday will be check-in, get to know the other Rough Riders and collect your goodie bag. There will be a very hilly to mountainous ride all on paved roads with option for a trails bypass from Ross to the Fairfax-Bolinas Rd and a pizza party in the evening.
Saturday will be the epic, ultimate rough riding adventure with roughly 55 miles and approximately 6000′ of elevation gain and features single track, double track, fire road, gravel road, abandoned paved road, and newly paved road.
Sunday sees an 8 a.m. start with a ride up Railroad Grade to the summit (East Peak) of Mt. Tam, time to enjoy the view, pose for more photos, and a regretful return.
Admission to the Rough Riders Rally is $169. There is a 100 rider limit and it will SELL OUT! Sign up NOW! Please note, once the event is sold out, it is SOLD OUT. Photo ID is required to check-in for the event. Entry includes: Friday evening Pizza Party, Saturday evening Awards Dinner, route maps, the opportunity to enter the bike ridden that weekend in the Bike Show, the opportunity to enter photos in the Photography Competition, Rough Riders Rally Magazine, Rough Riders water bottle, Rough Riders patch, Rough Riders decal, Rough Riders pin, Rough Riders cycling cap, AdventureCORPS tote bag, Hammer Nutrition samples, plus discounted services from Tam Bikes…