Blazing Saddles - The Rumble at the Ranch!

1700 La Honda Dr, Escondido, CA 92027, USA


A 3-DAY EVENT WITH: Music @ Rock Ridge Stage

 Food Vendors, Camping, Bike Racing


MTB & Gravel 

ALL DALEY LONG: 24-hour race (individuals & teams)

DALEY LIGHT: 12-hour race (individuals & teams)

DALEY BEAST: 6-hour race (individuals)

ROCK RIDGE RALLY: Road/Gravel event


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 — Escondido, CA — Monuments of Cycling, a premier cycling events producer, announced today that it will be launching this fall, BLAZING SADDLES, a unique cycling, music and food festival set at Daley Ranch in Escondido on October 15 - 17, 2021. BLAZING SADDLES will bring together an eclectic mix of food, drink, music and cycling unlike anything Southern California has ever seen.

“The festival was conceived during the downtime of Covid, when the riddle was posed: In 2000, if Coachella and Sea Otter Bike Festival hooked up and had a lovechild, what would that child grow up to be like?” says Monuments of Cycling CEO, Michael Marckx. “This is a festival that will showcase Southern California’s thriving cycling, culinary, beer and music scenes and will be presented with an appreciation for bringing the world together again in a beautiful, idyllic and rustic oasis. In addition to 6-, 12- and 24-hour racing for both mountain bikers and gravel riders (for individuals and teams), BLAZING SADDLES, not unlike Coachella, will incorporate camping options with a seamless, interactive experience for all guests and be the first festival of its kind. We love festivals, but no one has ever brought all these complementary things together in one three-day extravaganza!”

To ensure the very best experience, BLAZING SADDLES has created a team with exceptional talent. David Anderson, cycling chef extraordinaire, has been named Food Director, and will be curating the festival’s food experience including a unique, outdoor dining hall. Jay Isbell (radio and major event producer with more than two decades of concert conception and execution) has joined the team as Sound Director. Isbell will create a line-up showcasing outstanding local and national musical talent and unexpected performances. Michael Marckx, who has vast experience in beer drinking, concerts, and events, will act as the Booze Director and lend a hand to the overall scope of the festivities. Phil Tinstman, Founder and Race Director, has created the racing format and courses for riders of all ages and abilities. “We are creating an experience you can’t find anywhere else by compiling the best cycling and San Diego has to offer, in one place, for one weekend, every year hereafter,” said Phil Tinstman, BLAZING SADDLES Founder. “We love music festivals almost as much as racing our bikes, but we also love camping under the stars, local beer, great food, and being able to enjoy all of the above in comfort, style and convenience. We are producing a festival that creates a community of people who share our love and appreciation for cycling, and who are also looking for an elevated yet rustic festival experience.”

To celebrate the launch of the festival, a limited number of discounted weekend festival passes will go on sale May 1, 2021. They can be purchased at The event will offer family fun across a wide spectrum of activities, including numerous bike racing opportunities, festival camping, food and booze passes, musical acts and an expo of bike brands and local vendors.

BLAZING SADDLES will offer riders of all stripes a chance to race or ride their bikes in a truly unique setting just a few minutes from downtown Escondido and the 78 and 15 freeways. The festival will also offer cycling brands, local restaurants, breweries, distilleries, vineyards and craftspeople the chance to cavort with the legion of cycling fans who will descend on Daley Ranch for this inaugural event. To learn more about being an exhibitor or vendor, please email Jim Miller at

ABOUT MONUMENTS OF CYCLING Monuments of Cycling is committed to delivering the most unique cycling events in the country, offering experiences for the most elite athletes on the planet as well as those in awe of them, through the creation of world class races that engage riders in myriad and unexpected ways. Our mission is to inspire riders of all stripes to reach, grow and aspire to new levels of fulfillment and joy, finding unusual ways to test their physical and mental fortitude. To learn more, visit and Instagram

Full rules and details to be posted soon. Categories wih less than 3 can be combined for awards.

Premium/Deluxe camping map can be found here.

Car-pooling is highly recommended as parking is limited

What’s Included?

Registration includes initial registration, taxes, open tent camping, beer, food and endless entertainment! Does not include premium or RV’ Camping.


The San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) has been improving trail access for mountain biking in San Diego County since 1994. Over 1500 members have stepped up to help SDMBA make mountain biking better for everyone in San Diego County. SDMBA advocacy volunteers provide a unified voice for trail users in public land use policies favoring sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities. Liaisons, trail builders, and other advocates seek out and build harmonious unified alliances and partnerships with businesses, land managers, and communities. Specialized volunteer-run programs support this mission and further inspire youth to explore and learn about nature and become its future stewards.


SDMBA is working with the City of Escondido and local partners (Monuments of Cycling, Valley Center Trails Association and the Friends of Daley Ranch) to unlock the potential of Daley Ranch with the help of funding from events like BLAZING SADDLES. The City of Escondido specifically and the San Diego region as a whole are significantly constrained by development and lack of open space for legal mountain bike trails. In direct contrast to this is the City of Escondido‘s Daley Ranch. Daley Ranch is comprised of 3,058 acres with 20 miles of existing trails. The vision is to upgrade the existing trail system at Daley Ranch, which limits the user experience due to lack of trail planning, difficult access, lack of flow or destination and overall poor trail alignments. The trail system is comprised of the remnants of old ranch roads and has never been optimized to incorporate the natural beauty, topography or any other positive aspects of Daley Ranch. We all believe the potential for trail improvement and overall user experience is very high at Daley Ranch and we cant wait to create lasting change with improvements that will manifest a location that is not only beloved by the local community but sought after by regional riders. You can learn more at


There is limited space in the Dixon Lake area. We must keep a lane open for emergency vehicles so it will be labeled out where to park. To help control numbers in the staging area, we will be limiting the amount of space allowed to each team. We will also have a drop off for gear/bikes/people:

Remote Parking is available- Details to follow.




10 A.M. Camping check in begins

12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Onsite registration & packet pickup

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Course is open for preview


6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Onsite registration & packet pickup

10:15 a.m.: Mandatory Rider Meeting (Podium)

10:45 a.m.: Staging

11 a.m.: Race start

5:30 p.m.: Mandatory lights on course (all racers)

5 p.m.: 6-Hour Daley Beast race ends

7 p.m.: Awards for the Daley Beast


6 a.m.: Registration for Rock Ridge Rally

8 a.m.: Rock Ridge Rally start

9am: ‘Daley Light’ awards

11am: Race finish

1pm: All Daley Long Awards

Music, food and vendor fun throughout each day

Movies at night



The campground at Dixon Lake is being taken over for the Rumble at the Ranch.

All registrants are open to camp in the open tent camping areas, this is first come first serve. Premium camping spots are also available, and many spots have hook ups, those are reserved for RVs (most have room for multiple riders).   

Wood fires are never allowed (this includes pressed logs) anywhere in the park.  Campsite barbecues are designed for charcoal only, and the use of wood or wood products in the barbecues may result in the loss of camping privileges. Propane pits are also allowed.

Campground and picnic area reservation can be made online on the racer registration site. Please note that only reservations for campsites and picnic shelters are available online. 

Check-in time for camping is any time after 10:00 on Friday and checkout is noon on Monday.

Book your camping spot HERE. Spots are limited!



Nearby Hotels

Best Western Escondido Hotel

1700 Seven Oaks Rd, Escondido, CA 92026

(760) 740-1700


Quality Inn Escondido Downtown

501 W Mission Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

(760) 745-6100


Dixon Lake is a jewel in the hills above Escondido.  Campsites at Dixon Lake range from secluded and shaded, to wide open views of the lake, mountains or city lights. The campground is open year-round, with 24 hour accessibility.  Roads and trails from the Dixon Lake campground provide walking access to great trout, catfish and bass spots along the shore. There are boats available for rent at the Park's concessions as well.


Raccoon Update:

If you've been to Dixon Lake lately, you may have noticed that we've had a bit of an increase in 4-legged bandit activity.  Our raccoon population has been taking advantage of food and trash left out on tables and near trash cans.  While the raccoons are not as dangerous as the famous Yosemite bears, they can be quite assertive when it comes to taking what they want, when they want it.  Here are a few tips to keep the "bandits" at bay:

  • Never leave food out on tables when you leave your campsite.  Put all food in your car or in the food storage locker provided on the campsite.
  • Do not entice the raccoons with handouts.  This only makes them expect to be fed, which leads to assertive behavior when they're ignored.
  • Make sure the lid to your trash can is fully secured.  You may notice raccoon tracks on our trash can lids, because they can climb easily.  However, they have not been able to open lids that are properly secured.
  • Don't leave extra bags of trash next to the trash cans.  If you have more trash than will fit in a trash can, notify a member of the Dixon Lake staff.  Someone will stop by and properly dispose of the excess trash.
  • Finally, remember that raccoons and pets don't mix, and pet food left out on your campsite will only invite trouble.

Rules and Regulations for Dogs at Dixon Lake

  • All dogs must be maintained on a leash of no more than 6' at all times. The leash must be held or controlled by the person handling the dog.
  • All persons bringing dogs to Dixon Lake shall be responsible for immediately cleaning up after the dog. Waste disposal bags shall be placed in a trash can.
  • All dogs brought to Dixon Lake must have a current license issued by the animal regulation agency where the dog owner resides.
  • Dogs are not allowed within 50' of the shoreline, nor are they allowed in any boats on the lake. Service animals are exempt from this requirement.
  • Dogs shall not be left unattended in any camper, motor home, tent, vehicle or other camping equipment at any time. Animals in distress will be released from unattended vehicles by the appropriate enforcement agency.
  • Continually barking dogs in the campground may result in loss of camping privileges for the owner/handler.
  • Dogs are not to be tied to any trees, shrubs, posts, fences or any other items at any time.
  • No dogs are allowed in any buildings at Dixon Lake, including restrooms, the rental cabin or the Ranger station. Service animals are exempt from this exclusion.