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Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay: Ride Like a Girl – Santa Cruz

Did you know that “pogonip” is a mangled version of a Shoshone word meaning “freezing fog”?

We mention it because the July edition of women’s ride series will start in Pogonip Open Space Preserve and work its way up to the trails above UC Santa Cruz. We’re reasonably sure we won’t encounter any actual pogonip, thankfully.

Join BTCEB and ride leader Rebecca Lewington on Saturday, June 15th for our next installment of Ride Like A Girl. Meet at 8:30am just off Highway 1 at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz. It’s a charming spot with proper bathrooms and even a pump track. We’ll gather up for a quick huddle to talk about the ride at about 8:45, and roll by 9:00 am.

We’ll likely split into two groups. The Teal group will cover about 14 miles with 2,000 feet of climb, including the insanely fun Sweetness trail. The Denim group will be a bit more challenging in both distance and difficulty, covering about 18 miles with 2,800 feet of climb. The extra comes from the even more insanely fun Magic Carpet trail. But fear not! None of the climbs are terribly steep.

Note that these trails are not suitable for inexperienced riders. Intermediates should be fine, but be prepared to walk a couple of tricky sections.

The mission of Ride Like a Girl is to have fun, learn new trails and meet other women (cis, trans and femme) who love to mountain bike. We’ll take care of you: these are no-stress rides where no one is left behind.