Finish the Ride in Santa Clarita

Route Preview: Finish the Ride Across Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles county and is an access spot to trails in the surrounding mountains including Agua Dulce Canyon, Central Park, East Walker Ranch, Elsmere Canyon, Golden Valley Ranch, Haskell Canyon Open Space, Quigley Canyon, and Wildwood Canyon. Because of the size of the city, and the proximity to great natural landscapes, the city places great emphasis on recreation activities and facilities. Within the boundaries of Santa Clarita, there are 3,000 acres of open space and 32 miles of off road trails. All this contributes to Santa Clarita’s relationship with the cycling community, including being the finishing city for Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California, and now one of the host city’s for the annual Finish the Ride.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Aqua Dulce Canyon, CA

The exciting half metric century is the toughest route for the 2017 Finish the Ride Across Santa Clarita. The 62 miles of road cycling utilizes the newest and best bike trails in the city, including segments of the Santa Clara River Trail, Chuck Pontius Commuter-Trail and San Francisquito Creek Trail. Post event festivities include a Street Safety Expo with live music, food, drink, free stuff from sponsors and a raffle. Additionally, all proceeds from food and drink purchases will benefit Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE).

Finish The Ride started after bicyclist Damian Kevitt was dragged nearly a quarter mile under a car. It was a gross hit and run crime which has become a common occurrence in California. Having barely survived, he vowed to get back on a bicycle and FINISH THE RIDE — not just for himself but to help make the streets of California safe for all.

Now the event is about finishing for the nearly 7,500 other people in LA who have been severely injured in traffic collisions and hit and run crimes. By participating, you are helping Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) raise awareness and handle the epidemic of hit and run crimes, while providing assistance to those affected by traffic collisions and traumatic injury.

Bridge leads bicyclists through the southern Californian suburb of Santa Clarita.

START:

Frame:Warakin custom butted austenitic stainless steel frame
Fork:Fox AX gravel suspension fork, 40mm travel
Handlebar Tape:Cork bar tape
Tires:Schwalbe 2.10" Thunder Burt
Brakes:Shimano BR685 hydraulic disc brakes
Front DerailleurShimano 105 11 speed
Rear Derailleur:Shimano 105 11 speed
Shift Levers:Shimano 105 - 11 speed, front shifter connected to fork lockout
Cassette:Shimano 105 11-32t
Saddle: WTB Volt Comp 142
Seat Post:FSA Gossamer 27.2mm
Handlebars/Stem:Lithic Corundum
Headset:FSA with Wolf Tooth headset spacer and stem cap
Wheelset:Race Face Æffect 27.5
MSRP:starting at $3,849
Website: otsocycles.com

Turn by Turn

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DIRECTION – DISTANCE (miles)

0.2 mi Slight right to stay on San Francisquito Creek Trail
0.2 mi Make a U-turn at Bouquet Canyon Trail
2.8 mi Slight right to stay on Bouquet Creek Trail
3.2 mi Continue onto Santa Clara River Trail
5.5 mi Turn left
5.8 mi Turn right onto Golden Valley Rd
6.1 mi Turn right onto Valley Center Dr
8.3 mi Continue onto Santa Clara River Trail
8.4 mi Continue straight
10.7 mi Turn right onto Soledad Canyon Rd
27.8 mi Turn left onto Syracuse Ave
27.9 mi Continue onto Escondido Canyon Rd
36.7 mi Continue straight onto Agua Dulce Canyon Rd
37.2 mi Turn right onto Davenport Rd
47.3 mi Continue right onto Santa Clara River Trail
48.4 mi Continue onto Chuck Pontius Commuter-Rail Trail
50.7 mi Slight left to stay on Chuck Pontius Commuter-Rail Trail
52.5 mi Slight right to stay on Chuck Pontius Commuter-Rail Trail
53.2 mi Continue straight to stay on Chuck Pontius Commuter-Rail Trail

53.4 mi Turn right onto Valencia Blvd
53.5 mi Turn right onto South Fork Trail
54.3 mi Slight right to stay on South Fork Trail
56.1 mi Continue onto San Francisquito Creek Trail
56.8 mi San Francisquito Creek Trail turns slightly left and becomes Bouquet Canyon Trail
57.2 mi Turn left to stay on Bouquet Canyon Trail
57.2 mi Continue onto San Francisquito Creek Trail
58.7 mi Turn right to stay on San Francisquito Creek Trail
59.3 mi Turn left toward Copper Hill Dr
59.3 mi Turn right onto Copper Hill Dr
59.5 mi Turn right onto San Francisquito Creek Trail
60.5 mi Slight right to stay on San Francisquito Creek Trail
60.9 mi Keep right to stay on San Francisquito Creek Trail
61.6 mi Turn left
62.0 mi Finish!

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