Big Sycamore and More Saturday, June 01, 2019 7:30 AM

Shepherd Church Mountain Biking Club

This ride starts at a scenic part of the trail and heads to a paved road, then down a steeper paved road know as "Black Betty", among other names. Then we are on the Big Sycamore Canyon trail. From there we have a few options from which to choose:

Level: Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced (Multiple Options). The group will stay together for the first portion of the ride then divide into smaller groups based on skill and interest.

Ride Duration: About 3 hours moving time / Total ride time approximately 4 hours with breaks

Miles/Roundtrip: 18.6 miles or less for those who turn back earlier on the routes.

IMPORTANT: All riders should be aware that mountain biking can be extremely physically demanding. Each rider should be conscious of their own limitations and to WALK any section of the trail you are not comfortable riding.
Shepherd MTB Club Basics:

All new riders are requested to bring or email a signed waiver for Shepherd Church. You may get yours from the Church's website: Shepherd Sports Mountain Bike Club (

By riding with the Shepherd Church Mountain Bike Club I understand and accept the following:

? I understand that mountain biking can be dangerous and accidents can result in either injury or death.
? I understand that it is my responsibility to determine if my riding skills match the difficulty of the trail we are riding on.
? I understand that ride schedulers accept no responsibility for my safety on any ride, and that I undertake any ride knowing that I and I alone am responsible for my safety on the ride.

We ride together to start but typically divide shortly after the start into three primary groups:

Genesis: our entry-level group. Everyone was new to mountain biking once, so don't fret, we'll have you Gospel-ready in no time. Genesis is a NO DROP group, but baseline skills and fitness are still required. See Newcomer Recommendations below.

Gospels: Intermediates to more casual advanced riders in this group. If you're on a Most-Wanted list, avoid this group as they will take and post online an average of 50 pictures a ride. The Gospels are a NO DROP group and usually go the same route as Revelations but at a more leisurely pace.

Revelations: our A group. Fire, fury, and mayhem. Most of these guys and gals are either on competitive teams, or were, and riding with them will be a sweat-pouring, cardio-pushing, speed & tech fest that will leave advanced riders grinning ear to ear. Revelations is a DROP group, meaning you have to keep up AND not get lost if you can't.

Newcomer Recommendations:
Shepherd Church MTB welcomes new riders but baseline fitness is required.
• Attend the CORBA (The Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association) Free Mountain Bike Skills Clinics, held the 1st Saturday of each month If this is your first MTB ride

• Continue training throughout the week in order to build up strength and riding skills.

"Although the Shepherd Church MTB Club in not affiliated with CORBA some or our riders have benefited immensely from the free training they provide. You can visit the CORBA website here: http:// and join their MeetUp Group Here: http://

What to Bring:
• Helmet (mandatory)
• Water (in bike cage and/or in your back pack)
• Snacks for energy
• Extra bike tube and patch kit
• Bike Pump
• Apparel appropriate for trail riding
• Protective eye ware
• Sun screen lotion
• Multi-tools, etc. for mechanical issues
• 2-way radio if you have one (will select channel before ride)

About Us:
Shepherd MTB Club is part of Shepherd Sports, the sports ministry of Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch. Our mission is to lift up Jesus so that the world may believe.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.-- Psalm 121: 1-2

Attending: 3

Potrero Road & S Wendy Drive Trailhead 4128 Potrero Road Newbury Parkca  91361