Quadzilla Racing has several “standard” Rallying Points for rides. It’s helpful to know where they are and what the parking is like to be able to meet up with the group and enjoy your ride without worrying about your vehicle.
UCSC/Wilder/Scotts Valley Riding:
1. Scotts Valley Cycle Sport Parking Lot – park in the parking lot opposite SVCS in the Scotts Village Shopping Center and visit Andrew and the gang at Scotts Valley Cycle Sport for all your biking needs. There’s a Safeway for pre and post ride nutrition as well as Coffee Cat which brews a great latte (and I don’t even get paid to say that). Parking here is widely acceptable but we typically like to park in the non-premium parking to allow general customers better parking… it’s not required, just common courtesy. Riding from here links you up with sweet trails and allows you to link to UCSC and Wilder.
2. Rincon/Pogonip Parking Lot off Hwy 9 – park in the gravel parking lot a couple miles north on Hwy 9 from Hwy 1 junction in Santa Cruz. It’s on your right as you drive North and is just a bit past the rail road level crossing. Parking here is pretty much all hikers and bikers but also the occasional hooligan so locking your valuables is recommended although it’s generally a safe place. Pretty much the standard start is to ride up the Rincon/Pogonip trail head which is just South on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot which hooks up with the UCSC trail network. There are no real amenities here, so have everything ready to rock.
3. Swift and Hwy 1 – park on Old Mission Rd which is on your right as you turn onto Swift from Hwy 1. Parking here is good and there’s a Cross-Fit gym here where people come and go so it’s safe to leave your car without worrying about it. There’s a 7-11 on the corner which is a good landmark to find as well as a place to grab some grub or water if you forgot riding nutrition. Post ride there are some nice places to eat and get your drink on nearby. Rides originating from here typically ride up through UCSC trail network and hook into Wilder for some nice return trails.
Nisene Marks/Demo Riding:
1. Soquel and Main: parking is actually up Main St a little bit on the shoulder of the road in front of residential housing. It’s a fairly safe neighborhood but you should still be a bit cautious especially after dark. There’s a small (very small) convenience store on the corner in a pinch but you should really have everything you need when you come here. Rides from here usually start by riding down Soquel Rd and up into Nisene Marks State Park for a climb up the fire road. Extended riding takes you all the way up to Soquel Demonstration Forrest (Demo for those in the know) for some wicked riding before descending back to the cars via some sweet downhill.
2. Aptos/Nisene Marks: parking here is in the parking lot just off Aptos Creek Rd. There’s a bike shop there which can help you out (not one of our sponsor shops) if you’re in a pinch. Parking here is about as safe as it gets. There’s a pump track where local youth (and not so youth) play on their bikes. Nisene Marks is a jogger’s/hiker’s paradise as well as home of some great riding, so keep your head up and be very courteous to all pedestrian traffic. Also should remind all riders that UPHILL riders have the right of way and the DOWNHILL riders must control their speed at all times. The fire road is NOT a downhill race course so PLEASE be courteous to all traffic. Rides from here do an out and back starting and finishing on the fire road of Nisene Marks and can go up into Demo for some wicked loops.
3. Soquel Demonstration Forrest (Demo): parking is shoulder of the road parking off Highland Way. There have been break-ins in the past so it’s definitely recommended to lock your valuables and hide anything that looks worth taking – having said that, it’s been fairly safe as of late. It’s often extremely cold (for California) down in this valley. There are no amenities here but you pass Summit Store which has awesome pre or post ride food for sale as well as it’s a full service grocery store (we’re not talking massive, but definitely full service). Rides from here are loops starting up the paved road until you turn right onto the dirt fire road which climbs you up to the “helo pad” lookout where you can see Monterey Bay. From here the sky’s the limit: Braille Trail is a fairly built up downhill, Sawpit flowy and sweet, Tractor is tragically closed due to logging. There’s also Corral and Sulfur Springs for the less bold. For those who want more, there’s always Canadian Bacon which leads to even more options, but you have to climb back to the top to get back to your car, so be warned!
Los Gatos Area Riding: parking is… well, where ever you can find it. During the day, the best parking is on Park Ave off Main Street; however, it’s often full. After standard hours and on weekends, parking is fairly abundant. The Rallying point is usually in front of Los Gatos Coffee Roasters who make a pretty good latte. Parking safety… it’s Los Gatos, so your car is safe so long as it’s parked legally… your bike is also pretty safe even to be left temporarily in front of LGCR as you grab your cup ‘o Joe. Rides from here include: Montavina via dirt which climbs up through the neighborhoods to the North to Overlook Rd and Shannon, Montavina via Road which leaves LG to the South via the Los Gatos Creek Trail toward Lexington Reservoir and climbs up Montavina Road to the top, or Kennedy – which rides through town to Kennedy Road which leads to the foot of the climb at the crest of the pavement. Each of these is some 2000′ climbing and usually in good condition year for year round training.
Steven’s Canyon Riding (AKA -Saratoga Gap Bottom): parking is near the corner of Redwood Gulch Road and Steven’s Canyon Road if you’re lucky and if that’s full, you have to go up Redwood Gulch Road and park on the shoulder. Parking here is widely acceptable and generally safe, although local motorists can be a bit crazy at times, so be aware. There are no amenities here, so be ready to rock. Rides from here continue up Steven’s Canyon Road to the fire road and then allow a multitude of choices from there. All trails ride up to the top of the ridge where loops can be formed before descending back to the parking lot. Rangers sometime frequent the area with their speed guns, so riders should be aware.