It’s here. Limestone is ready. I got to get a lap in though my android Pixel GPS failed, you’ll get the idea of elevation and route here.
Note: There is no preriding this course, but it’s simple to follow and very little to question. This course is limited to only the Sport through Elite classes due to difficulty and distance. That means the Beginner and Intermediates get their own private race course tomorrow.
You’ll pedal approx 16 miles in total, with approx 800 feet of elevation (I left off the road from and to Irvine Lake here)
Elevation profile in Limestone
The pain is all upfront on the climb, but the good news is we also have the shade of the hills with coastal prevailing breezes coming up over the ridge to keep you cool.
You’ll climb Haul road with the first 3 miles being pavement, then you’ll peel left on the fire road onto East Loma Ridge. It’s loose recently grated fire road.
Once at the top of the ridge look to your right and you’ll see Irvine Lake (your finish location) off in the distance.
And finishing you’ll get to fire down some epic single track. You’ll be completely separated out at that point after the climb, and there’s approx 1.5 miles of single track no passing in this section.
This is a very special place and holds tons of history preserved by OC Parks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy, from the ole’ Irvine Ranch operation days. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see old cow loading docs, and be able to imagine ranch fires with cowboys and dogs chasing cattle around the ranch.
As always, please respect out partners and the land.
Basically boils down to this:
It’s going to be a sweet course and we only get to do it once a year, so come on out and enjoy it. See you tomorrow.