2023 SDMBA Archipelago Ride - 15 Years Strong!
Get ready for the 15th edition of this southern California off-road classic! Get in the luau state of mind and start putting down miles to train for the SDMBA Archipelago Ride, our signature springtime event.
Why is it called the Archipelago Ride? Affectionately known as the “Arch Ride”, this adventure attempts to keep the dream of trail connectivity alive by linking the "islands" of open space together from La Costa Preserve and Elfin Forest in the north to Black Mountain Open Space Park and Penasquitos Canyon Preserve to the south for the full route. The Half Arch route begins at Sundevil Way at Black Mountain Open Space Park and continues up, over and around linking to Penasquitos and onto the Finish Line Luau. Either route is a guaranteed good time on two wheels, and the friends you’ll make along the way can last a lifetime!
The Full Arch is a point-to-point route is approximately 48 miles with over 5000 feet of climbing and is a serious endeavor. While the Half Arch, a "pint-sized" version of the classic Full Arch covering approximately 23 miles and over 2100 feet of elevation.
We are proud to have Gravity Heights return in 2023 as our host for the Finish Line Luau. Gravity Heights location offers ample parking for the epic parking lot Finish Line Luau held on top of the parking garage adjacent to the brewery & restaurant. When you roll in from the epic ride you will be greeted with fun, food, vendors, friends and amazing Gravity Heights brews! Families, friends and cheering squads are invited to join in the fun!
Join our Arch Ride 2023 Facebook group for updates, training, route tips, camaraderie and more.
We thank our conservation partners who help preserve and protect our open spaces while providing recreational trail access. Without these conservation partners, we would not have these places to ride. Proceeds from this event will further SDMBA's mission of improving trail access for mountain biking in San Diego and will benefit trail projects with the following partners:
San Dieguito River Park - Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve - Center for Natural Lands Management - The Escondido Creek Conservancy -The County of San Diego - The City of San Diego - The City of San Marcos
Riders will meander their way from San Elijo Parkin San Marcos to the Finish Line Luau at Gravity Heights experiencing a variety of terrain through the open spaces of central San Diego County. The point-to-point route is approximately 48.1 miles with over 5000 feet of climbing and is a serious endeavor. Route will explore Rancho La Costa Preserve, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, Del Dios Highlands Preserve, San Dieguito River Park, Black Mountain Open Space Park, Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and more. Participants must train for the Arch to be physically able to handle this extreme level of physical challenge. Start logging those miles now. Four fully stocked aid stations at approximately mile 10, 21, 27 and 37.
Check in 6:15 - 7:15 a.m. Start window 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. We highly encourage you to be conditioned enough to complete the course in a reasonable amount of time. Cut off times for Aid Station #3 is 3:30 p.m. and for Aid Station #4 is 4:30 p.m. If you arrive at these check points after this time and you choose to continue you will not have the support of our sweepers.
Electric Mountain Bikes are not permitted on the Full Arch ride.
A "pint-sized" version of the classic Full Arch covering approximately 23 miles and over 2100 feet of elevation gain starting at Sun Devil Way at Black Mountain Open Space Park, hitting up 2 fully stocked aid stations and on to the Finish Line Luau at Gravity Heights. following along the traditional Full Arch Route. Check in 8:15 -9:15 a.m. Start Window: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
This is still a challenging ride with plenty of climbing and rugged terrain; suitable for solid intermediate and advanced riders.
Electric MTB’s (class 1 and 2) are permitted on the Half Arch route.
$100 - SDMBA Members Only Discount Available January 16-20
$120 - Full Price General Public Available January 21 Until Sold Out
There is NO Day of Event Registration. There are NO refunds.
T-shirts available for pre order during the registration process for $20 each until March 10, 2023.
Jerseys by Canari Cyclewear: Custom Archipelago Ride Jerseys are available for pre-order from January 3, 2023 until February 18, 2023. 3/4 sleeve and short sleeve enduro style jerseys are available in two different colors. Orders will be shipped directly to you in time to wear for the event.A portion of sales come directly back to SDMBA to support our work!
There will be a limited number of jerseys and T-shirts for purchase at the Pre-Arch Ride Happy Hour on March 30 from 5-8 p.m. at Gravity Heights and at the Finish Line Luau on the day of the event.