Organizers of the Devil’s Slide Ride have put out a call to anyone who thinks they have what it takes to conquer “the Slide.”
Race participants can pick their poison in the form of a trail run or ride. Those looking to ride have three different courses from which to choose.
Regardless of the path chosen, proceeds from the race will benefit PARCA, a charitable organization serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.
“This year, there are three different courses,” said PARCA CEO Diana M. Conti. “They are all designed to be challenging but not daunting. I think people come in and just feel exhilarated.
“For people who would just like to have a nice day, or there’s a family where one person is going to run the half marathon, or they want to bring their kids, there’s a 4K on the run. So there’s something for everyone,” she added.
The Century From Hell is a 104-mile ride designed for expert, highly conditioned cyclists and triathletes. The demanding trail snakes through Devil’s Slide to Pescadero with over 9,000 feet of vertical gain and unforgettable panoramic views. The Century From Hell has earned a reputation among hardcore cyclists as a “must-do” ride and a real challenge of strength, grit and endurance.
The Merciless Metric Century is a 61-mile ride intended for seasoned distance riders as well as groups and teams seeking new challenges. The trail takes riders down the spectacular coast, up mountains, past ancient redwoods and back through pristine watershed area.
The Hellion’s Metric Half-Century is a 37-mile ride along the northern San Mateo County coastline heads south, down the coast to Half Moon Bay and back.
This ride is geared toward advanced-intermediate cyclists looking to push through to the next level and advanced cyclists who ride regularly and are looking for an exhilarating medium distance workout.
Riders under 18 looking to conquer one of these courses must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.
“It’s really important that they have a wonderful experience,” said Conti. “We’ve been working every year at providing more and more things that support the riders.
“It’s a challenging course, so you feel like you’ve accomplished something,” she continued. “We think it's one of the most beautiful rides in California. The San Mateo coast is gorgeous.”
The Devil’s Slide Ride starts and ends at the Pacifica Community Center. The run starts at San Pedro Park in Pacifica.
“People come back to the community center for the lunch,” said Conti. “We think it’s a great ride.”
All the money raised goes to help people with disabilities.
“This year, we’re going to have the beneficiaries cheer the racers on at the aid stations,” she said. “They are really excited about it.”
Registration is still open. Participants can register the day of the event; however advance registration is appreciated.
The Devil’s Slide Ride is Saturday. Start times vary and information can be found at devilsslideride.org.