Ridin’ with the Rough Riders

On Saturday Bruce and I joined the Rough Riders for their Semi-Epic ride. Neither Bruce or I had ridden with them before and weren’t quite sure what we were getting into. We were both in agreement that we were probably in over our head. We were right. It’s funny how you can feel like you are in good shape, and then when you ride with people in great shape you really feel out of shape.

I rode the Fargo and Bruce rode his Bleriot. The Fargo was a pretty good choice for this ride. I think I could have ridden the LHT, but it wouldn’t have been as much fun.

The ride took us up the famous Mandeville canyon. At least I think it was that Mandeville Canyon. Then we made our way to Sullivan Canyon up to the junction of Sullivan Ridge. The group was nice enough to wait for us and we continued on to Dirt Mulholland. We made a left turn at a junction and headed to an area called the Hub. From here we headed down to Trippet Ranch and Topanga. On this descent Bruce had a blow out. It was at this point we told the group to head on without us. We fixed the flat and continued down to Topanga Canyon.

Our destination was Topanga Creek Bicycles. We left my truck there earlier so we hung out for a while before heading home.

Many thanks to Chris Kostman for putting on this ride!

Now for some pics. You can click the photos to see them larger. All the photos are on my smugmug here.

Here’s Chris giving us an explanation of where we are heading. Extra points for catching the runner in the shot.

The Fargo.

Bruce on his Rivendell.

We are heading way over there.

Bruce again.

Chris descending.


Bruce and his blown tube. It blew the tire off the rim!

A closeup view of the tire.

Changing the tire.

Near Trippet parking area.

Here’s a GPS track and the elevation profile from the ride.

Rough Riders Ride-Partial

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  • Calvin

    Hey Errin..
    Great to meet you, and cool riding with you and the other Rough Riders last month. Excellent write-up and pictures! Definitely was a fun ride. I hope Chris runs this one again. The singletrack on the Budwood Motorway was mind-blowing! 🙂

    Take care,

  • Hi Calvin,

    Good to hear from you. I’m looking forward to doing more rides like this. I just rode up there last weekend again. That Motorway looks pretty interesting. Gotta get in better shape to keep up with you guys though.