If you think it’s time to hang up your cross bike, think again. The next Hopper will kindle you adventuresome spirit and tie together a series of rides you have probably never done…at least not on the same day. Sweetwater, Old Caz and Willow Creek. Three major sections of dirt and some pretty gnarly roads. I road it last year on my Specialized Tarmac with 23c tires. Think I’ll ride the Roubaix this year with 25s or even 28cc and be careful on the Old Caz descent. It’s a gamble I’m willing to take. Want to let it all hang out on Old Caz? dial in your cross bike with some semi-slicks and bring it! Don’t forget to stop by NorCal and tell them you’re coming out to the Hopper and they can hook you up with the right tires and gear.
As always there is a gate at the top of Old Caz and one part way down that was added last year. You are not trespassing. This is a county road that has been closed. Maybe Sonoma Mountain will look like this in a couple of years. The road is in good shape and has worn into a nice single track. What did you expect, it’s a Hopper. Oh yeah, and there’s still water in Austin Creek so be prepared.
Don’t forget…we’ll be starting in Monte Rio this time. This means a playground for the kiddies and swimming in the Russian River afterward. I hear there’s even going to be an ice cream social. Stay tuned for last minute details later this week.