The Hard Ride benefiting VeloYouth is postponed with a likely date of 1/27/13 The primary reason for the postponement is the weather report. There is a 30% chance of rain in the backcountry area with a predicted high in the 50s in Ramona meaning it will likely be in the 40s in Black Canyon. The predicted high on top of Palomar is 35, meaning it will be below freezing for the majority of the day. I was on top of Palomar in sub 40 degree temperatures just yesterday and rain or snow would have made the ride go from cold and uncomfortable, to downright dangerous. Weather conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, and it can go from nice to hazardous in a matter of minutes.
All of this means a 100% chance of a freezing cold epic ride, and that's fine by me. But it also means a 30% chance of muddy dirt roads, snow, potential hypothermia as well as somebody hitting an icy patch and eating pavement. We have at least 2 planned follow vehicles but they are not buses and we can't pile people into them. There is no place to hide, and no easy way back once you get out there on this route. It is tough enough to sag a ride like this under the best of circumstances I cannot, with a clear conscience, try to support 40 people on this ride, nor ask my volunteer support crew to do so under these circumstances.
If a group of you decide to do the ride on your own, using my maps, then that's fine. But it is clear that you are doing it of your own volition and I take no responsibility.
To those of you that made donations, I believe the best course of action is to simply give you a credit towards our next benefit ride. Keep in mind that 100% of the donations goes to VeloYouth. CrankCycling even eats the credit card processing fees. If you insist upon a refund of your donation, you may request one via email, and I'll process it for you.