Specialized A1 Ride Daze
Held the Sunday morning after the season-opening Monster Energy Supercross at Angels Stadium, the Specialized A1 Ride Daze mountain bike ride is always a good time. A road ride portion is held on Saturday, but seeing as it is the day of the race we’ve never been able to check it out because we’re already at the track! This year’s event was held in memory of Nicky Hayden, who lost his life tragically in a cycling accident in 2017.
This year, several Supercross racers showed up to join in on the fun; most notably Anaheim One winner Marvin Musquin and his Red Bull KTM teammate Broc Tickle, as well as fellow Baker’s Factory rider Zach Osborne. Retired racers Ryan Dungey, Jeremy McGrath, Wil Hahn, Tyla Rattray, Jeff Ward, and Ryan Villopoto were also on hand.
Chad Reed showed up to enjoy the ride with MotoGP stars Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller, and they were among the fastest finishers in the group, which grew to over 200 riders this year.
The event was hosted by Rock N’ Road Cyclery and started from the parking lot at the Mission Viejo store. Riders rode a bit of bike path before popping out on the road near the famous Cook’s Corner, then climbed Modjeska Road and Santiago Truck Trail before descending the Luge singletrack, a trail that is highly regarded as the best in Orange County.
Popular Supercross privateer racers Alex Ray and the Entinknap brothers – Adam and Tyler – also showed up to enjoy a nice Sunday recovery ride after the races. The Entinknap brothers even had their pair of Honda CRF450R race bikes in the back of their truck. “We’re driving home after this, dawg!” said Adam.