Tagging along with the San Diego Mountain Bike Association Has its rewards, as the BICYCLIST Adventure Team Captures the benefits of collective organization.
A change of date due to rain didn’t stop the inaugural ‘Ride the Rancho’ from being sold out to San Diego Mountain Biking Association members and friends. Despite the minor setback of date change, the ‘Ride the Rancho’ at Rancho Guejito was a meticulously appointed afternoon/evening event that brought in all the right elements to satisfy even the most persnickety of tag-along guests. That’s a tall order for any event, let alone one that centers around riding bikes in the dirt.
SDMBA Executive Director Susie Murphy, along with Advocacy Committee Chairperson Ben Stone, set the stage with an itinerary that most anyone would enjoy. A mellow rolling trail party in an empty parcel of private land, followed by some of the best BBQ outside of Texas, served up by local favorite, Bar None.
Rouleur Brewing, local San Diego brewer, was on tap, supplying refreshing IPA and mouth-watering Stout for the beer drinkers, while the wine aficionados in the group raved over the available tastings of wine from Rancho Guejito in-house winemaker Chris Broomell.
The ride itself was a fully supported, 15-mile scenic tour through Rancho Guejito, a 36 square-mile private ranch that has been altogether closed to public access for over its more than 150 year ownership. All manner of bikes were on display, gravel and mountain bikes, as well as some electric-powered.
Amid fading light, attendees enjoyed classic rock ballads from the local band ‘Crossroads’, and filled their bellies with a dessert bar featuring unique treats like pickle juice cupcakes (much better than they sound) and chocolate-caramel dipped pretzel rods (with an edible SDMBA logo) all courtesy of Mountain Bike Baker, Jennifer Kober. The atmosphere was a fitting end to a truly memorable day.
At the end of the event the consensus was clear among the riders – this must become an annual occasion. Smiles were all around and everyone seemed to have had a great time. Proceeds from the event helped to support the Association, that include current trail building plans and projects around San Diego County.