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100 Miles (10,150 ft)
62 Miles (6,400 ft)
50 Miles (5,320 ft)
25 Miles (2,015 ft)
Summers Past Farms
El Cajon, California
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We have a ride for all levels: Alpine (25), Descanso (50), Pine Valley (62) and Mount Laguna (100) Mile Rides. Challenging vertical gain. The Alpine Challenge is an opportunity to explore East San Diego County's mountain scenery. This is a charity ride benefiting the Alpine Challenge Scholarship Fund for at-risk kids. Visit our web site for ride details. Check-in begins at 6am.

We have six SAG stops with porta-a-potties, refreshments (fruit, sandwiches, energy bars), energy drinks, and lots of water, plus roving patrols, medical support by AMR vans, roving repair van, CHP monitors. On your return, we have a goodie bag, Beer Garden drink ticket, and a Post Ride meal of spaghetti or chicken and beverages.

Teams, Clubs, Students and Military receive a 10% discount. Please present verification during check-in


Event Start Location
Summers Past Farms
15602 Olde Highway 80
El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 390-1523

Course Description
The Alpine Challenge Ride consists of a 25 mile Alpine Ride, a 50 mile Descanso Ride, a 62 mile Pine Valley Ride, and a 100 mile Mount Laguna Ride..

The Alpine Ride route is designed for the seasoned rider and provides a strenuous but doable ride both east and south of Alpine. If you're a "weekend warrior" looking to go to the next level, this challenge is also for you. You will begin by going west to Lake Jennings Road and then travel back east on Blossom Valley Road and Flynn Spring Road. After returning to ride past Summers Past Farms, you will head east to Harbison Canyon, then up to Alpine and back to Summers Past Farms. During the course of this ride you will enjoy some of the area's most beautiful rural roads. The Dehesa Grade climb, with 2,100 feet of elevation gain, will challenge you - but your efforts will be rewarded with refreshments and water at the top of the climb.

The Descanso Ride measures 51 miles . It remains one of the toughest rides in California. Riders will be amply rewarded through not only completing the challenge but also in the sheer enjoyment of the long, long, downhills, quiet country roads and spectacular mountain scenery. This is not for the casual rider and the experienced riders are encouraged to start training early.

When the Descanso riders turn towards Julian on Hwy 79, this ride continues east and rides through Guatay and Pine Valley. In Pine Valley, we tour an area on the Pine Valley Creek and then return to Hwy 79. There is a SAG stop on Valley View Trail. This colorful extension adds 12 miles to the Descanso Ride - a total of 63 miles - this will be the ultimate challenge!

When you enter the town of Pine Valley on Old Hwy 80 and the Pine Valley riders turn into town, the Mount Laguna riders continue on Old Hwy 80 to the "T" intersection with Sunrise Highway. You will turn north onto Sunrise highway and continue up into the Cleveland National Forest. You will ride for 13 miles until you reach the Penny Pines Turnout. At that point you turn around and retrace your route down to Old Hwy 80 and into Pine Valley. This extension adds 35 miles to the ride with a total elevation gain of 10,150 feet. As you ride into Pine Valley you will turn north onto the Pine Valley Ride route and continue back to Alpine and Summers Past Farms.


Post Race Activities
Post-Ride festivities include lunch, a massage, a drink ticket, Beer Garden, music, raffle prices, and more.

Weather
This is a Rain or Shine ride

Directions
From Interstate 8, exit at the Harbison Canyon/Dunbar Lane exit (it is the exit just before the Alpine/Tavern Road exit) and turn left at the stop sign (North) to cross under the freeway. Turn left at the first road (Olde Highway 80). In one mile, Summers Past Farms is on the right at Hawley Road. Personnel and signs will lead you to the registration area.
 
 

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