COME RIDE WITH US APRIL 25TH, 2020

Make A Difference

This event gives riders, sponsors, and their families an opportunity to make a real difference while doing what they love – mountain biking.
Last year we had over 1100 participants – and we want to break that record this year.

Legendary After-Party

After your ride, join us for our legendary post-ride PARTY. We’ll have a HUGE raffle with tons of cool prizes donated by our generous sponsors – over $30,000 in raffle prizes every year! Plus, we’ll have a huge bike shop expo, local-favorite food trucks, plenty of cold drinks and hot music. Bring your friends and family to share in the fun!

Ride Cost

Friendly 10 Mile Ride – $40
Cruiser 25 Mile Ride – $70
Signature 50 Mile Ride – $70
Epic 75 Mile Grind – $100 (includes medallion award)

Ride Location

All Riders Staging and post-ride party at
Applied Medical
29947 Avenida De Las Banderas,
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Pick Your Distance

Our 10 mile route option is a great way for novice or younger riders to join the fun. 10 Mile Ride – $40

This route shares the same beginning and ending as the 50 miler – but skips the Caspers section. 25 Mile Ride – $70

This is the signature distance that Doug rode to start this event back in 2006. 50 Mile Ride – $70

 For those who are still sparky after 50 miles – this route is for YOU. But bring your “A” game. 75 Mile Grind – $100

10 Mile Route

TYPICAL 2 HOUR RIDE TIME, 400 FT CLIMBING – SUITABLE FOR ACTIVE NOVICE TO INTERMEDIATE RIDERS.

After exiting the Applied Medical parking lot at Comercio and Empresa, riders will travel along Empresa a short distance to Aventura, where they will turn left and continue to the end of Aventura to access the Tijeras Creek and Arroyo Trabuco trails. In this shorter route, riders will turn SOUTH on the Arroyo Trabuco trail and continue until the turnaround point at approximately 4.5 miles. We’ll have a small aid station at the turnaround point, and riders will return along the same trail back to Applied Medical in RSM. Yes, there will be some hills, rocks, streams (hard to avoid in mountain biking). But we guarantee you’ll have a blast.

25 Mile Route

25 MILE ROUTE ACTUAL MILEAGE IS 25.4, WITH 2400 FEET OF CLIMBING. TYPICAL 3-4 HOURS RIDE TIME, SUITABLE FOR STRONG INTERMEDIATE RIDERS AND ABOVE.

After exiting the Applied Medical parking lot at Comercio and Empresa, riders will travel along Empresa a short distance to Aventura, where they will turn left and continue to the end of Aventura to access the Tijeras Creek and Arroyo Trabuco trails. Riders travel north into O’Neill Park, up the Live Oak trail to the cell tower, then down Vista trail, back through the base of the park and then up Twisty Tire to the upper Mesa section of the park. The route then travels along Plano Trabuco road to the Dove Canyon waterfall (site of a major aid station). After refueling, riders follow the Tijeras Creek Trail past SMCHS, across Coto de Caza, down and alongside Antonio Pkwy, then dropping down Waterworks onto the Arroyo Trabuco Trail, making their way back to the start/finish at Applied Medical in RSM.

50 Mile Route

THE 50 MILE ROUTE IS OUR SIGNATURE EVENT. YOU’RE IN FOR A TOTAL OF 47 MILES AND 5000 FEET OF CLIMBING. TYPICAL 5-7 HOURS RIDE TIME, BEST TO TRAIN FOR THIS ONE!

After exiting the Applied Medical parking lot at Comercio and Empresa, riders will travel along Empresa a short distance to Aventura, where they will turn left and continue to the end of Aventura to access the Tijeras Creek and Arroyo Trabuco trails. Riders travel north into O’Neill Park, up the Live Oak trail to the cell tower, then down Vista trail, back through the base of the park and then up Twisty Tire to the upper Mesa section of the park. The route then travels along Plano Trabuco road to the Dove Canyon waterfall (site of a major aid station). 50 Milers will continue out to Caspers Park using the Bell View and West Ridge trails, dropping down Starr Rise, continuing to the aid station at the Old Corral parking lot. Then riders will climb up East Ridge, back around to Starr Rise and retrace their route back to the Dove Waterfall aid station. After refueling, riders follow the Tijeras Creek Trail past SMCHS, across Coto de Caza, down and alongside Antonio Pkwy, then dropping down Waterworks onto the Arroyo Trabuco Trail, making their way back to the start/finish at Applied Medical in RSM.

75 Mile Route

Why would anyone do this?

Back by popular demand, the Epic 75 Mile GRIND. For those of you who are still sparky after 50 miles – this route is for YOU. But bring your “A” game – you still need to finish the entire route by our 2:30pm cut-off. All finishers will be awarded a commemorative Rwanda 75 Mile Grind medallion.

*** The 75 Milers will cue up at the front of the 50 Mile Ride start line.  You’ll complete the 50 Mile Route, but when you get back to the paved bike trail leading back to the Applied Medical finish area, you’ll veer left and head back onto the Arroyo Trail towards O’Neill.  You’ll tack on the 25 Mile Route – through O’Neill, to Dove Waterfall, through Tijeras Creek Trail to Waterworks and return back on the Arroyo Trabuco Trail to our finish and well-deserved post ride party. ***