Group shot outside The Path Bike Shop Live Oak Center locationreport and photos by Eric (Auk) Akiyoshi, The Path Bike Shop Ambassador Race Team

The chance to enjoy the independence that was declared by our forefathers on July 4, 1776 with a Path shop ride, what else could one ask for?  About 20 riders showed up for good times at the future Live Oak location of the Path Bike Shop.  The mood was light: with a rogue water gun roaming the area, Tallboy manuals abounding, and frequent explorations through the new location

At about 9:15, the troops were rallied and "BANG!"  enthusiastic pedaling reigned…for about 5 minutes.  Swooping and whooping through O'neill Regional Park and up into the trail system the group rode off.  Quite a motley crew, ranging from spandex clad XC racers, to Dickie-wearing-iPod-rockin' ol' timers, to patriotic jerseys, and a blend of every possible world all wrapped into one ride.  Heck, Brian Blair was even spotted riding a 26-inch Santa Cruz Blur TRc:  truly, armageddon was upon us!  GOTTA LOVE RIDES LIKE THIS!
 
Up through the live Oak trail system the ride progressed and tied back into the bottom of Live Oak Canyon Road.  Auk had to leave early and started pedaling up the hill.  Perhaps this is what inspired further enthusiastic pedaling as Neil took off shortly after and reeled him in, catching (and passing) him on the downhill towards Cook's Corner:  at 5'8" 155 lbs, Auk had no chance against Neil's 5'10" 205 frame.
 
 
The ride picked up its pace and looped through Whiting Ranch (climbing Dreaded), from there the diehards continued up Santiago Truck Trail and back to Cook's corner for lunch and brews.
 
Happy 4th of July to all (enjoy the pics)!
 
Santa Cruz Tallboy leaning up against VW Baja Bug 
The Path Bike Shop future Live Oak Center location

The Path Bike Shop mountain bike ride at O'Neil Park

The Path Bike Shop mountain bike ride at O'Neill Park

mountain bike ride at O'Neill Park

Bicycling Magazine 100 Best Bike Shops logo

League of American Bicyclists bronze logo

IMBA International Mountain Bicycling Association logo and link to website