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I read somewhere that not enough rides get posted here, so how about this:
<p align="center"><img border="2" src=" https://californication.mtbguru.com/CoeMonsterCross/CoemonsterCrossHeader.jpg"></img>
2013 Coe Monstercross
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I will admit it is not for the faint of heart, however, if
- you've done a road, dirt or mixed terrain century or two and/or you're comfortable riding for most of the day (at endurance/moderate pace)
- you have a sense of adventure
- you don't mind if it takes riding to the top of Mt. Ham for the fun to begin
- your body odor is tolerable so an occasional paceline can be set up on the home stretch
you may just enjoy this one, a lot.

We plan to meet 6.30ish near the Starbucks in downtown Campbell (on Campbell Ave and 1st), and start riding 7am. ETA: 5-6pm or later, depending on the duration of the pit stop in El Toro Brewery.

For more info click the link under the image above, but here's a summary:
nobody has ever been dropped on this ride (though I need to admit not too many have lined up for it), some have suffered mild dehydration in the past (me). The climbing is very front-loaded and there is a very simple bailout option (top of Mt. Ham - beyond is where some commitment comes in). Terrain varies from asphalt (60 miles) of varying degree of smoothness to bumpy single- or zero-track (40 miles dirt total, ~two thirds of it fireroad), so the ideal vehicle is probably a cross bike.
 

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Dang! I won't be in town otherwise I'd borrow a cross bike and go with you. Might try something similar in April. The best part is that when I sweat, I smell like blueberry muffins.
 

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ElHombre, I surely cannot keep up with you guys but I appreciate the artistic humor. Awesome work on the flyer.:thumbsup:
 

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Sounds like fun, I'm in. I've got terrible form at the moment [no long rides in months], but what the hell, I've never climbed Mt Hamilton before and it's as good a time as any to reaqauint myself with a full day of groveling along in abject misery.
 

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This ride is certified awesome! You get to see parts of Coe usually only seen by the likes of plymmer!

It's been done on a road bike before although CX with disk brakes is the right call (you'll hate rim brakes descending bear mountain!)

Very much no drop - it's too much fun together!
 

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Watching the video..serious stokage!

<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/40496527">2012 Coe Monstercross HD</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user5287822">Dirk dB</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
 

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Oh man this sounds awesome. I like these type of adventures and have been Google exploring a lot of the dirt out that way. I'm particularly interested the area bounded by Valecitos, Calaveras Rd, Mines Rd, and 130, but had also wondered if there was a dirt way to connect to Coe.

Cool ride. I'm gonna see if I can get a hall pass for 2013 edition.

Cheers,
Isaias
 

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Excellent; looking forward to seeing you, jms and iluvcx. So far it seems a group of five/six is shaping up; weather forecast looks good - too good for CX, almost ;).

@LP: I promise this will be more fun than driving for two and a half hours to go ride a bunch of laps for an hour.
 

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Damn, this rides has always sounded "fun." But I am with theseawind, too slow.
 

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I'm in! Got the OK from the wife/boss. Curious what kind of tires you guys recommend? I've got some 28mm gatorskins or straight up knobby CX tires?

Thx!
 

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Rain or shine. I just checked wunderground and it says '20% chance of rain' for Saturday... doesn't sound too bad (and some would argue bad weather makes a better CX ride ;)).

Wrt tires, I don't know. Black with or without knobs ;). There is no single optimal tire selection, it depends how much tolerance you have for losing traction once and a while versus feeling too slow on the pavement. I was thinking narrow touring tire on the rear and a wider one with some knobs on the front (Conti Speed King or Small Block 8) but I may put knobs on both wheels this time...
 

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Hmm.. This is tempting! Considering ditching the CCCX race and throwing some CX tires on the race bike. Or even keeping the existing tires on there since they roll pretty well.
 

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Hmm.. This is tempting! Considering ditching the CCCX race and throwing some CX tires on the race bike. Or even keeping the existing tires on there since they roll pretty well.
Same here. This is the perfect time of year for this ride.

@LP - keep in mind for CCCX your lowest 2 scores are dropped, although you may already be factoring that in and planning to miss some future ones.
 
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