First of all l would like to thank all of you for sponsoring the Mendocino Monster Century Ride that definitely lived up to its billing. The weather was perfect the scenery absolutely gorgeous and all of the volunteers from beginning to end very helpful and friendly.
The Mendocino Monster Century Bicycle Ride, is happening on June 9, 2013.
There are three rides this year – the Scary Monster is 100 miles (160 kilometers) and includes 9200 feet of climbing - the Hairy Monster is 62 miles (100 kilometers) and includes 6900 feet of climbing – and new this year is the Merry Monster which is 26 miles (41 kilometers) with 750 feet of climbing.
All rides depart and finish from Mendocino College, just to the north of Ukiah in Mendocino County, California. Both the Scary Monster and the Hairy Monster take you over quiet country roads and include challenging ridge top climbs with stunning panoramas of Mendocino County. Both the Scary and Hairy travel through beautiful redwood groves and pastoral farmland, and if you choose the Scary Monster, you’ll also get to ride along the Pacific Ocean.
The Merry Monster is a beautiful easy ride that goes through some beautiful countryside with vineyard views and peaceful farmlands.
All three of these rides are really well organized with outstanding rest stops, great food, full SAG vehicle support and a great barbecue meal at the end of the ride.
- Scary Monster – The Scary Monster leaves Mendocino College and heads west over Orr Springs Road with a big climb. It then drops down into the redwoods and heads to the quaint town of Comptche. After Comptche, you continue west all the way to the coast. You then ride along the coast for a bit before looping back east again and eventually climbing up the backside of Orr Springs and then back to Mendocino College. This route is about 100 miles (actually 96.8 miles or 155.8 kilometers) and includes 9200 ft of climbing.
- Hairy Monster – The Hairy Monster also leaves Mendocino College and heads west over Orr Springs Road with the same big climb. You then drop into the redwoods and head to the quaint town of Comptche. At Comptche, instead of heading farther west to the coast you turn around and head back through the redwoods before climbing up the backside of Orr Springs and then back to Mendocino College. This route is basically a metric (100 kilometers) century (actually 61.7 miles or 99.3 kilometers) and includes 6900 ft of climbing.
- Merry Monster - The Merry Monster also leaves Mendocino College, but then heads east and north into Redwood Valley, making a loop around the valley, past many vineyards and farm lands and country homes. The vistas are beautiful. You'll return to Mendocino College on a different route to complete your loop. This route is about 26 miles (actually 25.5 miles or 41 kilometers) and includes 750 ft of climbing.
We provide conveniently located rest stops with lots of great food and drink. All rest stops will have rest room facilities.
We also have well organized SAG support, which will be available to help you if you are too tired to finish or need mechanical help. All our SAG personnel are also licensed HAM radio operators, which allows good communcation in the many areas of our route without cell phone reception.
The registration fee for all three rides includes a wonderful barbecue meal at the end of the ride (with a vegetarian option, of course). Extra meals for friends and relatives of riders can be purchased at the time of registration.
Both the Scary Monster and Hairy Monster rides are $75.00 ($65.00 if you register by April 7, 2013) and include great rest stops with really good food and drink, SAG support, goodie bag, event t-shirt and barbecue dinner at the finish.
The Merry Monster is $50.00 ($40.00 if you register by April 7, 2013 or $25.00 for riders less than 18 years old) and also includes great rest stops with really good food and drink, SAG support, goodie bag, event t-shirt and barbecue dinner at the finish.
This is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ukiah. We will be using the proceeds from this event for local scholarships for students, repairing park playground equipment, creating local parks, contributing to the worldwide effort to eliminate polio and developing and building water projects in India, to name a few.