That Elusive Bike Guy

Gary Fisher Home: San AnselmoActivity: Mountain BikingFavorite Destination: Mount Tamalpais, Marin Gary’s loop is only for those crackin’…

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Gary Fisher
Home: San Anselmo
Activity: Mountain Biking
Favorite Destination: Mount Tamalpais, Marin

Gary’s loop is only for those crackin’ at a chance to kill their thigh muscles in what amounts to the pedal of the century for hardcore bikers. Fisher discovered the route 20 years ago, and was immediately inspired by the challenge it threw him. “It’s an Olympic-style double-track, with a little bit of single-track and the most beautiful paved roads in the world,” he says. “The only way you can do it is with a mountain bike.” Most bikers should give themselves ample time, plenty of water, and an iron will for the ride. “It’s an advanced ride that will take you three to four hours on a good day if you’re hauling ass.” What’s the payoff? “You can see all of Mt. Tam, ocean views and lakes, and not much civilization,” he says. Now that’s a ride to remember.

TIP: It’s not a great idea to tackle Fisher’s trails after some hearty rains. Wait for drier soil, then go for it. Best of luck to you—and may the wind be at your back!

Directions: Begin in San Anselmo. From there your long climb continues on to Natalie Coffin Greene Park in Ross, following the roads heading up Eldridge Grade and onto Mt. Tam. When you get to the top, turn right and continue down Ridgecrest Blvd. along the spine of Mt. Tam and past the radar station, veering onto the Bolinas Ridge Fire Road all the way to Peter’s Dam – Shafter Grade. Continue this monster loop on San Geronimo Ridge Rd. Finish with the historic “Repack” trail into Fairfaxand a slice of old-world apple streusel at Cafe Amsterdam. Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. back to your car.

Café Amsterdam, 23 Broadway St., Farifax; 415-256-8020.

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