Calero & Rancho MTB Ride (9/28)

This event has been cancelled due to not meeting the required rider count of 100 by 8/25/19. Refunds have been issued to those that were signed up.

Date:Saturday, September 28, 2019
Location:San Vicente Open Space Preserve
21131 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
(Google Maps)
Race Distances:23 Miler, 8 Miler
Start Time:8:00 AM

About the Race

This event is tucked away in the incredibly beautiful foothills of the South Bay Area, starting in Calero County Park and winding through Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve. The area is comprised of two hidden-gem parks that combined give you double the pleasure.

If you’re looking for easy and flat, this is not the race for you. But if you’re up for a challenge, the climbs are well worth it: At the top is a panoramic view of the entire Bay Area southward, plus the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The downhills are a blast and have some fun technical sections.

These two parks will give you a mix of single track (40%) and some very enjoyable fire roads (60%) to play on. There are lots of beautiful old oak trees to enjoy but lots of exposure, so come prepared.


Volunteers needed: Course assistance, sweeps, response teams on bike, rider check-in, start/finish, timing, and parking. Help out and get a free future race!


Registration fees are as follows:

  • 23 Miles (Open/16+) – $55
  • 8 Miles (Open/13+) – $40

Active military receive a 15% discount. Entry fees are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Pre-registered runners may purchase a T-shirt for an additional $25.00 if they register at least 2 weeks before the event.

There is a 150-rider limit for this event.

Note: As declared by SCC Parks we will need 100 riders signed up for this event. If for any reason that number has not signed up the event will be cancelled.
Refunds for your chosen distance will be given, but we are unable to refund the registration fee imposed by

Online registration will be available through the morning of the race.

Register by Mail
Print a PDF form and mail to us. (To come)

Register at Race
Race day registration is available beginning at 6:45 AM. Please add $10.00 to the above fees.


  • 6:30 AM — Parking lot opens
  • 6:45 AM — Registration opens & Rider Check-In
  • 7:50 AM — Rider trail briefing
  • 8:00 AM — Start of 23 Miler
  • 8:10 AM — Start of 8 Miler

Course Information

Set in the Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, the course is a mix of single track and dirt roads. It’s a very hilly, and smooth and fast course with no real technical sections.

Time Limits

  • 8 Miler — 90 minutes.
  • 23 Miler — 3 hours.

Map / Elevation Profile

8 Miler

8 Miler 3D Flyover

More Details & Download Links

23 Miler

More Details & Download Links
Trailforks map

Potentially Dangerous Sections – Pay Careful Attention To Warnings and Ride Slowly

On the Lisa Killdough Trail leading down to the Cattle Trail is some very steep downhill for a long period of time. Please use extreme caution. Pay careful attention to yellow and red ribbons.

Race Markings

Pink ribbons will mark the course over to Rancho Canada del Oro to Casa Loma paved road.

Orange ribbons will mark the course from Rancho Canada del Oro back to the finish.

Yellow ribbons: Use caution.

Red ribbons: Riders slow down and proceed with caution.

Aid Stations

Two aid stations will be located at the intersections of the Longwall trail and Catamount trail, and at the intersection of Catamount and Bald Peaks, will be provided, with water, Gu Brew, Gu gels, bananas, etc. Bathrooms are available at the Start/Finish line.

Spectators / Crew

If you want to see your rider at Rancho Canada del Oro, you can.
Crews/families/friends must be over at Rancho Canada del Oro Parking Lot parked and waiting for their rider at 8:20am. Please use the overflow parking lot if the main lot is full.

No vehicles entering the preserve or parked in the back overflow lot will be allowed to move until all riders have passed through.

Please use extreme caution as you might encounter a very fast moving rider on the road. Many riders will not stop at the aid station and will continue at a very fast speed.

Directions and Parking

Use this Google Maps link for directions.

South of San Jose, Take exit 373 from US-101 S. Continue on Bailey Ave. Take McKean Rd to Parking area.

Start/Finish is at Calero Park at the Rancho San Vicente Entrance.

Parking is restricted to areas designated as parking areas. Parking is very limited. Please arrive early and carpool if possible. There are 110 standard spots and 2 handicap spots.

Carpool if possible please.


All finishers will receive a medal.


Wyndham Garden San Jose Silicon Valley Hotel
located near this event in South San Jose
399 Silicon Valley Blvd
San Jose, CA 95138
(408) 972-7800


Results will be posted at the top after the race.

Images courtesy of Trailforks.

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