10.17.2016 Search Brigade

Search Brigade - Search L.A. 12/4/2016


Search L.A. - San Gabriel Mountains

The cross-country Search Brigade will return in the summer of 2017 as our hallmark initiative of the summer. The Search Brigade, as a concept, is expanding and we are proud to announce our first one day event, Search L.A. Search L.A. will feature a challenging 140 mile mixed terrain mountain route planned by Eric Brunt. Eric will also lead the event on December 4th. All event details and signup information is below.

The Search Brigade is our answer and approach to organized rides and individual events will vary greatly in their distance, terrain covered, and size. Search Brigade events will also take place all around the world, anchored by the June-August Search Brigade Out & Back cross country ride in the United States. The following principles however will apply to every Search Brigade regardless of their location, distance, or timing:

The Search Brigade is hard

For most, events will test the physical (and mechanical) limits of what's possible on a bicycle.

The Search Brigade is free and open to all

Some events may have a cap on total number of participants for logistical reasons.

The Search Brigade is entirely self supported.

This means, you, your bike, your food, and your shelter. Search and State provides a great deal of planning, ride leaders, transportation, lodging and logistical support that varies by event.

The Search Brigade embraces the unknown and discovery.

We will encounter unplanned challenges and diversions (this really is the whole point).

Event: Search L.A.

Date: December 4, 2016

Location: Los Angeles, California - Start/Finish at Golden Saddle Cyclery 1618 Lucile Ave, LA, CA 90026

Distance: 140 miles, 16,000 ft of elevation gain (estimated 12-15 hours of ride time to complete the full loop)

Registration: You must register by emailing searchbrigade@searchandstate.com - you can also reach out to us with any questions

Search L.A. features 140 miles of mixed terrain on paved and fire roads that are often rocky and sandy...that Eric Brunt likes to call, 'hero dirt'. This route will travel through the San Gabriel Mountains and explore a great deal of the Angeles National Forest with an exceptional amount of climbing, descending, and remote beautiful scenery.

Equipment Recommendations: While you can ride any bike you're comfortable with and dress however you please we strongly recommend and may require the following:

- 700x32 tires or larger

- Road gearing is not ideal and would be foolish for most riders

- Clothing and extra layers for cold, rain, and sudden changes in weather - at a minimum you should have a rain shell and arm/leg warmers

- Enough food and water for a 10+ hour day

- The equipment and ability to fix multiple flats and deal with mechanicals

The Search L.A. is not a race. You can ride however fast or slow as you wish and there is no time limit. There is also no support and no one will be there to help should things not go as planned. This event is designed to be a discovery of yourself and your limits. If you are unsure of your ability it's possible that this ride is not for you. We strongly encourage anyone considering joining to test ride some of the course to get a better understanding of the unique terrain and challenges we will encounter. There will be opportunities along the route to 'pull the plug' and return to the start, but even then it's still a challenging and long ride that you would have to navigate yourself. Have fun, be smart, and we look forward to seeing you on December 4th.

Email searchbrigade@searchandstate.com to register