The format of the trail ride is fairly basic, there is a leader (Alexander), and you are not to pass him. Now before you think “that’s lame, I want to ride fast”, just remember that Alexander is a Romaniacs finisher, as well as finishing this year’s Dakar rally, so being held up by the trail boss is not an issue. The main course is marked by orange ribbon, the hard, optional trails are marked with pink ribbon, and the yellow ribbon marks an easy route around a difficult obstacle. The starting order is based upon who puts their bikes in line first, and since this was my first time riding the event, and was riding it with my 67 year old father, I didn’t rush to get my bike in line and figured we could start toward the back so as to not hold anyone up. Being that Southern California hadn’t seen rain in a few weeks, this proved to be a mistake, after roughly 250 riders started in front of us, (3 riders every minute) by the time we got to the first hill we were riding in talcum powder. I didn’t mind the level of difficulty as much as some of the entrants who looked as if they were trying to swim in a gigantic bag of flower.