Current Schedule

By Rod Doty, VP

 NOTE: Each week, the routes offered will be available on the Web. Click on “This Week’s Route Sheets.” Download the routes and bring them with you to the ride start.

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OCTOBER SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 3rd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, October 4th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, October 7 – 8:30 a.m. CAL POLY BY GOLLY (Long 65 mi & 3300 ft, Medium 45 mi & 2600 ft, Short 29 mi & 1200 ft)  We have often ridden these routes in the winter. I have memories of Christmas decorations up at the Mall where we start the ride and I remember once seeing the float Cal Poly entered into the Rose Parade. But the routes should be just as nice in the fall. It’s probably too early to see a lot of Halloween decorations, but you never know. Our primary destination today is the Cal Poly Pomona campus and all three routes go there. It’s a nice campus with a lot of newer buildings which have gone up in the last few years. I particularly like the mini-farm used by the agricultural students. You can usually see some sheep, pigs and steers as we pass by. The long and medium stay together over to the college and then on to Puddingstone reservoir. The long splits off at this point to do a loop taking them over Carbon Canyon and Brea Canyon while the medium heads more directly back to the start. The short takes a fairly direct route to the college and back. If riding these routes in the fall works out, maybe next time we will have to try the spring. I don’t know if we have ever done these routes in spring. START: PUENTE HILLS MALL in Industry.  From the Pomona Frwy (60), off and south on Azusa Avenue.  L – on Colima and L into Mall Parking lot.  We park on top of the rise near Colima (away from Mall buildings) and immediately across from Schabarum County Park. NOTE: New construction where we used to park will prevent our using that lot, but it appears there is still some parking immediately to the east or immediately below where we used to park.

Wednesday, October 10th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, October 11th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, October 14 – 8:00 a.m. LOOKING FOR LEONA CENTURY (century 101 mi & 6800 ft, metric century approx. 64 mi & 5400 ft) This is our century of the month for October. We haven’t ridden this one in a while and the last time we did, we used it as a Grand Tour trainer. It’s a nice century if you want to get away from it all but without driving very far to get to the start. It starts at nearby Reseda Park in the valley, but takes us all the way out to Leona Valley and back. Along the way we ride two picturesque canyons – San Francisquito Canyon and Bouquet Canyon. Leona Valley itself is a tiny town consisting of not much more than a gas station and café. We start by riding over to Santa Clarita via the Old Road. Then the route will take us up San Francisquito Canyon all the way to Lake Elizabeth Road. After a stop in Leona Valley, we will ride Bouquet Canyon back down. The long climb up San Francisquito is the big climb of the day, but there are plenty of lesser climbs too. The long downhill on Bouquet Canyon is fun, but there are a couple more short hills near the end including going back over the Newhall Pass to the Valley. We will be offering a metric century as well. In order to allow metric century riders to ride the best portion of the full century route, we will be starting the metric century from Santa Clarita and riding the century route up San Francisquito and down Bouquet. FULL CENTURY START: RESEDA PARK – Reseda & Victory Blvds in the San Fernando Valley  From Ventura Frwy (101), off and north on Reseda, right on Victory one block to park. METRIC CENTURY START: PARK & RIDE LOT on Newhall Ave. near Sierra Hwy in Newhall.  From the I-5 north take the 14 Frwy east for 2 miles and exit at Newhall Ave.  Park & Ride lot is at bottom of ramp to the southeast. Toilets available at nearby Carl’s.

Wednesday, October 17th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, October 18th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, October 18 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. For a second month we are giving our usual meeting hosts a month off and we are once again holding our meeting in meeting room “C” at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. We don’t yet have a host for November, so who knows – we may be back here next month as well. Room “C” has more seats than we have ever needed, so why not join us – we have plenty of room. The meeting always consists of the same activities. We will get the schedules ready for mailing and hold a business meeting and there will be refreshments (although we still need someone to provide those refreshments). This time of year there really isn’t much happening in the club. The Grand Tour is a long way off and nominations for next year’s officers don’t open yet. So mostly we will just gossip and tell stories. Sounds like fun. PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM C 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The conference rooms are in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking.

Sunday, October 21 – 8:30 a.m. MOUNT WILSON (Long 48 mi & 5400 ft, Extended Long 65 or 73 mi & 7600 or 8200 ft, Medium 29 mi & 3100 ft, Short 24 mi & 1600 ft) Riding to Mount Wilson in October has become something of a tradition in the past few years. It’s the last month before the Cosmic Café closes up for the winter and it is generally cool enough for the long climb. Last year there was a fire on Mount Wilson and we couldn’t go up to the top. Most of us only went as far as Clear Creek or Red Box with a few going on the Newcomb’s Ranch. Well let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can get to the top this year. The food at the Cosmic Café is rather unremarkable, but after the long climb to the top it is surprising how good a hot dog and chips can taste. I’ve said this before, but I think going up to Wilson is sort of an iconic ride for all Southern California cyclists – something all complete cyclists should do at least once. I know some of you are thinking it’s too hard. Well, consider this – it’s only 48 miles and only half of that is up-hill. So you’ve got 24 miles of climbing – not so bad. And the climbing is never excessively steep – the worst of it comes near the beginning.  So, you can just take your time – enjoy the fall scenery and you can make it. And if it really proves to be too much for you, you can always turn around at any point and practically coast all the way back to the start. Only the two long routes go all the way to the top of Wilson. The standard long then returns back down the way you came while the extended long returns via Big Tujunga. The medium makes it as far as Clear Creek Station before returning. The Short simply tours the Pasadena area without going up Angeles Crest at all. So why not give it a try. You might really surprise yourself and the feeling you get at the top is terrific. I was with Pam Leven the one and only time she went up there and you should have seen the smile on her face. START:  BROOKSIDE PARK – just south of the Rose Bowl. From Ventura Frwy (134) or Pasadena Frwy (110), off & north on Orange Grove, L – Rosemont, L – Seco and L- Arroyo to Park on left.  Meet near the Aquatic Facility / tennis courts.

Wednesday, October 24th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. DAVID DOES DESCANSO (long 37 mi. & 3100 ft, medium 31 mi. & 2300 ft, short 26 mi. & 1500 ft) The David of the title is David Nakai. He has been so busy this year piling up randonneuring miles that he hasn’t been riding much with the club. So, I think it is doubtful he will be joining us today on his ride. That’s a shame, but let’s not let it dampen our enthusiasm for this great set of rides. With a long route of only 37 miles, this has got to be one of our shortest set of routes, but there is a reason for that – it’s hilly. The one mile climb up Descanso for which the ride is named is the least of your worries. All routes head up to Descanso and have lunch in Montrose and then return together, but it’s the trip to Descanso that has the hills. The short takes a fairly direct route, but theres no avoiding the climb up Chevy Chase. The medium is the same, but adds a trip (climb) through the Mount Washington area first. If thats not enough, the long gives you plenty more. It is the same as the medium except that it starts with a trip (climb) through Elysian Park and a fairly difficult climb up and over Camino San Rafael between Verdugo and Chevy Chase. The trip through Elysian Park is nice and gives you a view down into Dodger Stadium (where they may be playing the World Series this time of year if they are lucky). The climb through Mount Washington is very pretty too. The final climb on the long is very steep and goes on for about 2 miles. So why not gives these routes a shot. The distances are short, so you have plenty of time to stop and catch your breath. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the NORTH end. From Ventura (134) Frwy or Golden State Frwy (5), exit near Griffith Park at any exit marked by signs to the Zoo or to the Autry Museum.  Follow signs into the park and to the Zoo lot.  We will be meeting at the NORTH end by the Camel sign.  Don’t confuse us with other groups which sometimes start here.

Wednesday, October 31st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

Thursday, November 1st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, November 4 – 8:30 a.m. AMAZING MAZE  (Long 66 mi & 3900 ft, Medium 57 mi & 2000 ft, Short 35 mi & 800 ft) A little history: These routes go back before my time with the club, but I’m told that at one time,  the “maze” portion of the ride in Villa Park was actually a challenge. The streets were very convoluted and the route sheets back then didn’t have mileage on them – just rights and lefts. The club also handed out route sheets with differing trips through the maze area so you couldn’t follow other riders – they may have had a different route. I was told riders would get lost. But since then, Villa Park has straightened out some of the streets, we now include mileage on the route sheets and everyone gets the same route. Add to that the modern usage of Garmin computers and it’s hard to imagine anyone getting lost now.  But we still ride through Villa Park because it’s got some nice homes to look at. Of course there is more to these routes than the maze. All routes head to the World’s Best Hamburger in Yorba Linda for lunch. The Long goes a roundabout way via Santiago Canyon while the other routes go more directly. On the return, the medium and the long head into the Anaheim Hills while the short takes an easier and more direct route. It is on the return that all routes still do the “maze” portion in Villa Park. We have often done this ride in December when the homes in Villa Park are decorated for the holidays. We are probably too early for that, but they may still have Halloween decorations up NOTE: Daylight Saving ended last night – if you forget, you will be an hour early to the start. START:  PINE TREE PARK in TUSTIN.  From Santa Ana Frwy (I-5) in Tustin, off & east on Redhill, L- Bryan one block to park.

Wednesday, November 7th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, November 8th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, November 11 – 7:30 a.m. CIRCLING SAN FERNANDO CENTURY (century 94 mi & 6100 ft, metric century 68 mi & 4200 ft) This is our century of the month for November. As the name implies, we will be riding pretty much around the perimeter of the San Fernando Valley today. However, we will be starting in West LA, so no need to drive out to the valley for this one. We start with a climb up Sepulveda (the biggest climb of the day) and then along Mulholland Dr. to the east (which really is about as close to the southern perimeter of the valley as you can get). We then go to the northeast corner of the valley (this is a long gradual uphill which actually takes you to the same elevation as the top of Sepulveda) then it is west across the valley and around the Chatsworth lake area before heading south. Finally, instead of going back east to complete our circle, we head out Mulholland Hwy from Calabasas and cut to the coast on Malibu Canyon and circle back to the start on the coast. Besides the initial climb there are several other smaller climbs sprinkled throughout the route that might get your attention, but nothing you can’t handle. We will offer a metric century as well. It will start with the full century but make a smaller circle of the valley and return back over Sepulveda. It stays with the full century for about the first 43 miles to the early lunch location on the full century and then splits off for the shorter return. START: WESTWOOD PARK Sepulveda & Ohio.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off and east on Santa Monica Blvd, Left on Sepulveda and L on Ohio and R into Park.

Wednesday, November 14th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, November 15th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, November 15 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING.  This month’s meeting will be hosted by Mel Cutler in the clubhouse of the Park Place condo complex at 10101 Galaxy Way, in Century City (LA). This is Mel’s third time hosting. We sometimes have to share the clubhouse with the activities of a few other residents, but that hasn’t been a problem in the past. Now that we are over the novelty of a new location the meeting should just be same old, same old. We will gossip, do a little work, gossip some more, do a little work, gossip some more, eat refreshments and gossip while we eat. Sounds good to me. Now a little more about the location: IMPORTANT: if you plan to attend, you must RSVP to Mel before the meeting so that he can put you on the list for the security guard and you can be issued a guest parking pass. You enter the complex off Galaxy Way and can park along the one-way circular drive inside the complex. The clubhouse is about ¾ of the way around the perimeter road and has steps leading to the entrance. Contact Mel at cutlerme@nullearthlink.net  or phone: (310) 871-0558

Sunday, November 18 – 8:30 a.m.  APPLE BLOSSOM TIME (Long 56 mi & 4900 ft, Alternate Long 43 mi & 3800 ft,  Medium 37 mi & 3800 ft, Short 29 mi & 1600 ft). I really enjoy this ride but we only run it about once every two years because it’s a long drive out to the start in Redlands. But it really is worth the drive. The routes head up to the apple growing area of Oak Glen. It’s fall, so technically, this ride should be called “Apple Picking Time” but that’s perfect. It’s Thanksgiving week and maybe you are thinking of making some apple pies for the holiday and want to use fresh apples. You can buy them (or even pick them yourself maybe) on this ride. Don’t worry about carrying them back to the start – it’s almost all downhill on the way back. All but the short route go up to Oak Glen for lunch (and maybe apples). As I mentioned, one nice thing about these routes is that its almost all uphill to lunch and then almost all downhill on the way back. The Medium heads straight up to Oak Glen while both Longs take a roundabout way through Beaumont. The Short route simply tours the Redlands area. The holiday may bring out the tourists and the restaurants may be busy, but in the past we have had a late lunch down the hill. Really try and make this one. You wont regret it. It is a tough climb (it is one of the climbs on annual Breathless Agony ride) but the routes are not long so you can take your time and rest when you need it. And remember – it is almost all downhill after lunch. START: SYLVAN PARK in Redlands  Go east on San Bernardino Frwy (10) to Redlands, off and left on University.  Left on narrow road just after crossing RR tracks into park.

Wednesday, November 21st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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No Triple Dipper Ride on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 8:30 a.m. THANKSGIVING DAY RIDE (Long 39 mi & 1100 ft, Medium 37 mi & 1000 ft, Short 27 mi & 600 ft) Last year when I wrote this description, I expressed my doubt as to whether Trump would follow tradition and  pardon the turkey.  But, he did pardon it. In fact, he has used his pardon power a bit too freely for some people’s taste. This year I’m wondering if he’ll impose tariffs on foreign turkeys. Our holiday turkeys might cost a bit more in an effort to keep those cheap Canadian turkeys out. Well, we can discuss this on the ride. Despite the vacillations in government policy, out rides remain the same. Our routes today are old standards. The long and medium head to the Palisades where we used to see a couple of live turkeys, but they were gone last year. After the Palisades, we head down to the Marina for a break before returning to the start. (The difference between the long and medium  one uses the bike path while the other uses streets.) The short skips the Palisades, and heads directly to the Marina. All routes are short and easy, leaving you plenty of time to go home and have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, probably with good old American grown turkeys. START:  THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills.  From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 1 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Sunday, November 25 – 8:30 a.m. BIKE TRAILS GALORE (long 69 mi & 1400 ft, Medium 52 mi & 1000 ft, Short 37 mi & 600 ft)  Today the long will ride 4 different bike trails (San Gabriel, Rio Hondo, LA River & Long Beach Bike Path). I’m not sure if 4 qualifies for the word “galore.” If I went to a new bike shop and told you they had bikes galore, wouldn’t you expect they had more than 4 bikes? But I suppose the word is relative. In Southern California 4 is a good number of bike trails in one ride. For the long, we start with the San Gabriel River trail up to the Santa Fe Dam. Then its the Rio Hondo south to the LA River Trail and the Long Beach Bike Path over to Seal Beach for lunch. Then it’s the San Gabriel Trail again back to the start. The medium is much the same, except it does not go all the way to the Santa Fe Dam. The short is similar to the medium except that it doesn’t go all the way south to Long Beach. It is pleasant riding, with almost no hills. It’s easier to talk to your companions on bike trails. So how can you go wrong? You will have fun galore. START:  WILDERNESS PARK in Downey.  From the Santa Ana Frwy (I-5) South bound, take the Florence Exit (which is actually off the transition lanes between the 5 and the 605), cross Florence and then go R on Little Lake Rd to park.  Park in lot or on the street (lot sometimes fills early).

Wednesday, November 28th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, November 29th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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