THE PELOTON GRAVEL MOB FULL PULL: First 7-8 miles is on pavement and is a neutralized roll starting from The Mob Shop at 8:30 AM with ride breifing at 8:00. Before we hit the 10 mile Sulphur Mountain fire road climb we will regroup to ensure equal Strava start times. After Sulphur Mountain, 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 oncoming traffic.
The second dirt climb, Sisar Canyon Road, is usually rutty and rocky for the first 3-4 miles, but thanks to fire crews work it is ultra smooth now. After the official climb, the dirt continues along a rolling (sometimes steep) fire road until it meets a loose + exposed, dirt single track descent called Howard Creek Trail for the last 2-3 miles of dirtiness. This descent will be neutralized and a 10 MPH 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.
* Due to the Thomas Fire and heavy January rain the route is in rough shape in some areas - the ridge line - and great shape in others - the bottom of Sisar is a super highway - so we're recommending a bit more tire volume this year. Think 35mm with some decent knob. As always ride under control!!! Especially on the Nordhoff Ridge Road, it is rougher than years past on the steep downhills!!!
There will be three support stations - top of Sulphur, top of Sisar and top of Howard Single Track. Plenty of hydration + calorie options will be on hand for your dining pleasure:-).
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.
Gear: We're recommending a cross or gravel bike with compact road gearing and 35mm tires, of course, a mountain bike that's a solid climber will work, but a gravel bike is fastets in this course. A rider previously completed the course on 25mm tires but had five flats along the way...so maybe don't do that! Please bring at least two tubes.
Featured Climbs + Descents
Sulphur Mountain Road (Dirt)
Length: 10 miles (16 km)
Elevation Gain: 2200 ft (670 meters)
Notes: Groomed fire road with views of Ojai Valley + Nordhoff Ridge to the North, Ventura + the Channel Islands to the South
Sulphur Mountain Road (Paved)
Length: 2.6 miles (4.2 km)
Elevation Loss: 1200 ft (365 meters)
Notes: Tight, technical + fast paved descent - please be careful!
Sisar Canyon Road (Dirt)
Length: 8 miles (13 km)
Elevation Gain: 3100 ft (945 meters)
Notes: Rocky, rough + steep fire road with views of the Ojai Valley, Sulphur Mountain, the Oxnard Plain, Ventura + the Channel Islands to the South and the vast Sespe Wilderness to the North (from Nordhoff Ridge).
Howard Creek Trail (Dirt)
Length: 2.25 miles (3.5 km)
Elevation Loss: 1000 ft (305 meters)
Notes: Loose, exposed single-track. Please be careful, do not pass unless you are invited + abide by the 10 MPH speed limit!
Highway 33 (Paved)
Length: 10.4 miles (16.75 km)
Elevation Loss: 2565 ft (780 meters)
Notes: Fast + sweeping descent back to Ojai through Los Padres National Forest - your reward for all that hard work!
Click here for the detailed route on Strava including many segments.
Pre-Ride Details: Pick up Registration Packets at The Mob Shop on Friday, 11/16 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, or on ride morning between 6:45 AM and 7:30 AM. Packet pick-up will be closed promptly at 7:30 AM on ride morning.
There will be coffee and fruit available 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 must 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.
Another imortant note: This ride runs through the beautiful Los Padres National Forest and is being held under a Special Use Permit from United States Forest Service. The forest is a sacred resource that depends on our protection. Please give it the respect it deserves.