$3000 in Gift Cards for our Prize Raffle

$3000 in Gift Cards for our Prize Raffle

Here’s your chance to win a shopping spree at any of the Rock N Road Cyclery stores in Orange County!

When you enter our raffle*, you’ll have a chance to be one of EIGHT lucky winners of a super-generous Gift Card from ROCK N ROAD CYCLERY.  We’ll have (4) Gift Cards valued at $500 each, and another (4) Gift Cards valued at $250 each.  That means you have eight chances to win!

What will you buy with all your winnings?  A new helmet?  Some fancy new cycling shoes?  More bike bling for your favorite steed?  Put your shopping list together, and come join our huge post-ride party and HUGE prize raffle at on October 23.  

*Raffle tickets can be purchased when you register for our event.  They’ll also be on sale during the post-ride party.  You must be present to win.

Grand Prize Bike for 2021

Grand Prize Bike for 2021

Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 1

Enter our Grand Prize Bike raffle, and you could win this SWEET bike – courtesy of our friends at The Path Bike Shop!

If you’ve tried to find a new bike in the past year, you know how crazy the bike industry has been – everyone is out of everything!  But we’ve partnered with our good friends at The Path Bike Shop, to offer this super-sweet lust-worthy trail-shredding epic-ride brand-new carbon-beauty – valued at $6000.  And if you win it at our event on October 23, you’ll be able to take it home with you that day*!

More details about the bike can be found on Giant’s Web Site.  Our frame is a size L, and it’s fully loaded: Advanced Composite frame, 135mm Maestro suspension with flip chip adjustable geometry, Fox 36 Performance Elite fork 150mm, Fox Float DPX2 Performance shock, dropper post with remote, SRAM GX Eagle shifters and derailleur, SRAM G@ R hydraulic brakes, CRAM XG-1275 Eagle 12 speed cassette, Giant TRX-2 29 wheelset.

This bike could be yours – if we pull your lucky raffle ticket during our HUGE post-ride prize raffle on October 23.

(Actual Grand Prize bike is pictured below.  If you want to see it in person, stop by The Path in Tustin.  Just don’t drool all over it please!)

*Raffle tickets can be purchased when you register for our event.  They’ll also be on sale during the post-ride party.  You must be present to win.

Grand Prize bike
Giant Trance X Advanced Pro 29 1

New This Year: Dry-fit Tech Tee’s for Riders

New This Year:  Dry-fit Tech Tee’s for Riders

Want to show your support for our Good Dirt Ride event when you’re out on the trails?  Now you can!

All registered riders will receive a cool and comfy Dry-fit Tech Tee this year.  Now you can look cool – and actually BE cool – when you’re sporting one of our event tech-tee’s on your ride.  We’re still working on the design.  But trust us, you’ll want one!

Training Rides for MTB and Gravel

Training Rides for MTB and Gravel

Our good friends with Linked Cycling support our ride every year by partnering as our Trail Ambassadors on event day.  You’ll see them riding along our trails all that day (watch for their bright green Trail Ambassador bike placards).  If you need help with a flat, or just an encouraging word to make it up that last steep hill – our boys in green are here to help you!

This year, Linked Cycling is organizing a series of group training rides for both MTB and gravel. Each ride will get progressively more difficult and should augment the training of those looking to complete the 25 or 50-mile courses as well as to help familiarize riders with the Good Dirt Trails. They’re not meant to be your sole training rides; they’re meant to be benchmarks in your personal training regimen.  

Please feel free to email the Linked Cycling director, paul@linkedcycling.com with any specific questions or comments.

Schedule: (All rides are weather dependent) 

Gravel:  3/14, and 4/4 – Gravel rides will focus on Tijeras creek out to Casper’s and O’Neil Park and are intended for intermediate to advanced gravel riders only. Cross-Country mountain bikes are welcome. Riders are welcome to join us for pre-ride prayer and devotional or come ready to ride at roll time. All rides will meet at 0715, pray at 0725, roll at 0730 sharp.

Gravel Training Ride (on 3/14) Strava  –  https://www.strava.com/routes/23842359

·       Estimated 32Miles, 3,500 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Applied Medical: 29977 Avenida De Las Banderas building r100, RSM 92688

Gravel Training Ride (on 4/4) Strava  –  https://www.strava.com/routes/24009276

·       Estimated 46 Miles, 5,300 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Taco Mesa: 27702 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

MTB: 3/21, 4/11 – Mountain bike training rides will be part of Linked Cycling’s Saturday rides. Riders are welcome to join us for pre-ride prayer and devotional or come ready to ride at roll time. All rides will meet at 0715, devotional at 0730, roll at 0745 sharp. 

MTB Training Ride (on 3/21) Strava  –  https://www.strava.com/routes/24049048

·       Estimated 26 Miles, 2,600 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Taco Mesa: 27702 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

MTB Training Ride (on 4/11) Strava  –  https://www.strava.com/routes/24049131

·       Estimated 32 Miles, 3,500 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Applied Medical: 29977 Avenida De Las Banderas building r100, RSM 92688

Requirements:  All bikes must be well-tuned and ready for the rigors of off-road riding and recently tuned. Please bring a spare tube and any nutrition required for multiple hours on your bike.  

Free Socks for Christmas

Free socks for Christmas**

**Register for the Rwanda Ride (now called the “Good Dirt Ride”) before the end of December, and receive a FREE pair of cycling socks.  Simply add a pair of our official Cycling Socks to your REGISTRATION, and enter socks in the coupon code.  Hit “Apply” and you’ll get $10 off your total.  But hurry – you must register by midnight on December 31st to receive this special offer.

2019 is in the Books

Two of Team Rwanda’s original cyclists – Adrien and Rafiki – at the starting line.

Thank you for making our 13th Annual Rwanda Ride the most fun event ever! The weather was perfect, the vibe was awesome, the food was delicious, the beer was cold, and the PRIZES were plentiful. Together, you helped us raise $127,000 this year. That’s incredible! Because of your support, Team Africa Rising will continue to train young athletes in Rwanda and beyond, providing hope and inspiration to a whole new generation. And we’re also providing durable utility bikes to impoverished school children and farmers in Africa. Who knew you could make such a difference simply by doing what you already love doing – riding a bike?

New Caspers Route for 50 Milers

**NEW CASPERS LOOP FOR 50 MILERS**
Due to significant trail damage along Oso and Bell Canyon Trails inside Caspers, we will drop down Sun Rise Trail from the East Ridge Trail this year. You’ll be skipping half a mile of hike-a-bike, and you’ll thank us later. You’re welcome!

Food. Food. Beer. More Food.

You’re going to work up an appetite on event day.  And you’re gonna be thirsty.  We’ve got you covered!  Our food lineup this year includes:  Habit BurgerChick-Fil-ASmoqued BBQGreen Olive, and Everbowl Acai.  Back by popular demand, the local Rotary Club of Coto/RSM will be hosting our Beer Garden – featuring tasty micro-brews from our friends at Docent Brewing and Laguna Beach Beer Company.  Bring your friends and family to join our post-ride party from noon to 3:30pm, with a HUGE prize raffle starting at 2:30pm.

Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti to Join Our Ride

Adrien Niyonshuti was the first Team Rwanda cyclist to participate on the world stage in the 2012 London Olympics. Adrien will be joining our Rwanda Ride event for the very first time this year – helping us to launch our new 75 Mile “Grind” route.

Here are some Fast Stats about this amazing Rwandan cyclist: 1) One of the original five riders of Team Rwanda Cycling, 2) First Rwandan to qualify for an Olympic cycling event (2012 London Olympic XCO MTB), 3) First and still only Rwandan to race on a World TOur Team, 4) Only Rwandan cyclist to race in TWO Olympics (2012 MTB and 2016 Road), 5) Traveled to the US for the first time in 2007 with the original five riders, 6) Returned to the US in 2015 for the Tour of Utah with Team MTN Qhubeka.

Adrien is not only a world class athlete, but he is also a world class human being – helping to “give back” to his country by inspiring a whole new generation of young athletes through his Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy.

Helping Farmers in South Africa

A portion of the funds from the 2018 Rwanda Ride has helped 100 household farmers build gardens to feed their families while also teaching these farmers how to harvest grey water to lessen the impact on an already drought-stricken region of South Africa. These farmers also received a Qhubeka bicycle to help them transport water and their harvests.

Qhubeka, one of the non-profits our event supports, has now donated over 90,000 bicycles on the African continent. These bikes have gone to school children, health care workers, and farmers all in a targeted effort to ease the effects of poverty and lack of access to school, healthcare, and proper nutrition.

Tsatsi Phaweni, Executive Director, Qhubeka NPC speaks to the importance of the project the 50 Mile Ride funded.  “Qhubeka is proud to support the Impilo Household Vegetable Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Great Commission Networks (GCN) NPC. The project aims to create 100 household food gardens in the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole districts.  Recipients earn their bicycles off their commitment and participation in the project, which will eventually benefit 100 Cape Winelands vegetable garden project participants. The bicycles will allow participants to plant and water their gardens and make sure they get their produce to market as quickly as possible, using their own transport.”

Another exciting development within the Qhubeka program is the launch of its new bicycle building company, Real Bicycle Company (RBC). “RBC is an end-to-end bicycle design and manufacturing entity that will help us to supply the best commuter bicycles in the world, as well as creating a new revenue stream for Qhubeka Charity.  Plus we’re providing employment and skills development opportunities in the areas in which we work,” explains Tsatsi Phaweni, director at RBC and Qhubeka.

All bicycles produced in the South Africa manufacturing warehouse will have the South Africa Certificate of Origin, enabling passage of goods to many countries within Africa duty-free. With the launch of RBC, quality bicycles are now being built by Africans for Africans, providing jobs and opportunities beyond the Qhubeka program.

On behalf of Ride for Rwanda, thank you for your support of this event.  Your continued participation is supporting so many young African men and women vying to reach their goals – whether through racing or education, changing their family’s lives forever.  Together, we’ve impacted thousands of lives over the past 13 years. 

Making the world a better place one bicycle at a time! #teamisteam