October 26, 2015 – There will be moments you question our sanity. There will be moments you question your sanity. When that happens, you’ll know, this is the PELOTON Gravel Mob! Just remember – it’s only 58 miles. How hard could it be?
November 7th we are holding our second annual PELOTON Gravel Mob with our friends at The Mob Shop in Ojai, California. We’ll roll out from The Mob Shop, in the heart of Ojai, for a ride that takes in two monster climbs, crosses some of the most beautiful fire road in California, skirts the border of the gorgeous Sepse Wilderness, rolls deep into the Los Padres National Forest and provides stunning views you just can’t get to in your Honda.
Join us for a great day of riding with plenty of time to enjoy tacos and beers at The Mob Shop after and spin a tale or two of your adventures. Plus, get styled out with our Swag Toss and get a chance to win a set of new Zipp 30 Course Wheels. If you ‘re entered to ride, you’re entered to win!
All the details are below. Register at BikeReg. See you there!
BIG CLIMBS, STUNNING VIEWS, groomed fire roads, rutty, rocky dirt roads, creek crossings, (wet as of 10/26!), exposed single track and a sweeping ten mile road descent down Rose Valley back to Ojai.
The PELOTON Gravel Mob Full Pull: The first 7-8 miles is on pavement and is a neutralized roll starting from The Mob Shop at 8:30 AM with ride briefing at 8:00. Before we hit the 10mi Sulphur Mtn. fire road climb we will regroup to ensure equal Strava start times. After Sulphur Mtn. then we’re back on pavement for about 7 miles for the transfer to the next section of dirt. The descent off of the first climb is paved, narrow, tight and technical. Always stay far right and be prepared for traffic.
The second dirt climb, Sisar, is rutty and rocky for the first 3-4 miles then gets a bit smoother for the next 4 miles. After the official climb, the dirt continues along a rolling (sometimes steep) fire road until it meets loose, dirt single track descent called Howard for the last 2-3 miles of dirtiness. This descent will be neutralized and a 10mph speed limit will be in effect. The final 15 miles is paved and includes a long, sweeping rewarding 10 mile descent down Highway 33 back into Ojai.
There will be three support stations – top of Sulphur, top of Sisar and top Howard Single Track. We’ll feature hydration from NUUN with lots of options for calories.
The Mini Mob: Two monster dirt climbs is a big ask so no one will dispute the desire to head back into Ojai for a coffee or some R&R a bit early. To skip the second climb on Sisar and complete the Mini Mob simply turn left on Highway 150 after the road descent from Sulphur Mountain and it’s a quick five miles back to Ojai and The Mob Shop for a total ride of about 30 miles. You’ll also get to descend Dennison Grade, which has featured in the Tour of California many times. A sign denoting this short cut will be placed at the intersection of Sulphur and Highway 150.
Timing: The peloton Gravel Mob will be using STRAVA as the official timing system, to receive an official time you must be on STRAVA and have a smart phone or GPS device capable of recording your ride. The entire course must be completed to receive a time.
Sulphur: 16km, 2200 feet of climbing
Sisar: 13km, 3100 feet of climbing
Howard: 3.5km, 1000 foot descent
We’re recommending a cross or gravel bike with compact road gearing, but you could probably swing it on a road bike with a wider gravel or dirt tire. Last year a rider completed the course on 25mm tires… but had four flats along the way! Of course a mountain bike will be fine as well. Bring two tubes at least.
Did we mention that the views from both climbs are stunning! From the ridge line look left and the Channel Islands lie on the horizon, look right and the vast Sespe Wilderness beckons.
Pre-Ride Details: Registration packets can be picked up at The Mob Shop on Friday 11/6 between 10 AM and 6:00 PM, or on ride morning before 7:15 AM. There will be a limited number of first-come-first-serve ride day registrations available as well. The price for ride day registration is $75. Knead Baking Company will be serving baked goods and coffee for purchase starting at 6:45 AM on ride morning.
After Ride Festivities: There is a reason our ride isn’t 130 miles! Join us after the ride at The Mob Shop for all the tacos you can eat and a beer, included with every entry (21 and over)! We’ll be holding the world famous peloton Gravel Mob Raffle and a Swag Toss or two with some seriously good prizes, but you have to be present to win!
Ojai is a great location not just for riding but for family members that don’t ride. There is plenty to do in town while you suffer on the bike so bring the family and make it a weekend. We recommend Su Nido and Casa Ojai INN as the two best spots in town to get a room. Su Nido is in the heart of our quaint downtown and Casa Ojai as a quick stroll or ride to town.
Another important note: This ride runs through the beautiful Los Padres National Forest. The forest is a sacred resource that depends on our protection. Please give it the respect it deserves.