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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APRIL SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 3rd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, April 4th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, April 6 – 8:00 a.m. PIUMA TRAINER (59/73 mi & 4900/5200 ft) This is our 2nd Grand Tour Trainer and for this week’s inspirational song I have chosen “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. It was good enough to propel Bill Clinton to the presidency and the title says it all when it comes to riding a trainer — “Don’t Stop.” Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvSbZEYlfnM

We rode this one last year as our second trainer and I would have preferred to swap it with the Fernwood trainer, but parts of the Fernwood trainer remain closed due to the Woolsey Fire. This ride has about the same distance and amount of elevation gain as last week but it is probably a bit more difficult because it packs the bulk of the climbing into the first 27 miles. This includes the 6 mile climb up Piuma followed very quickly by the almost 2 mile climb on Schueren. Today we start with a quick trip out to Malibu and through Malibu Canyon to the featured climb of the day  Piuma and Schueren. Then its down Stunt Road. It’s a bump over to the Valley for lunch and then its across the Valley and over Sepulveda to complete your day. There is an extended version offered for those who want more. It will take you to the North Valley for lunch before rejoining the main route over Sepulveda. Just remember, when the going gets tough – Don’t Stop. START:  BRENTWOOD ELEM. SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy). We park on the street.

Sunday, April 7 – 8:30 a.m. LONG BEACH RIDES (Long 64 mi & 1200 ft, Medium 45 mi. & 500 feet, Short 31 mi. & 500 ft) Long Beach is supposedly one of the most bike friendly cities in Southern California so it is only right that we ride there from time to time. Today’s routes really see a lot of the city. It is difficult to make a detailed description of today’s routes because they loop around a lot. Each makes a different tour of the Long Beach area including Belmont Shores, Naples and Seal Beach, but the long and medium also head inland for a loop before returning back to the coast. These are among the flattest routes we have in the club library with only the long doing any significant climbing and even it never gets much over 200 feet above sea level. If you want to get a metric century in for the club’s century challenge, here is a good opportunity. At 64 miles, it actually is a metric century (not the cheap 60 mile kind) and without much climbing, how can you go wrong.  So why not join us today. See if you agree that Long Beach is a bike friendly city. START:  EL DORADO PARK in Long Beach.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & North/East on Studebaker 1 mi. to Park.  Park in Library lot on right just before Spring St.

Wednesday, April 10th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, April 11th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 a.m & 9:00 a.m.. A WHALE OF A CENTURY (full century – 104 mi & 2400 ft; metric century – 63 mi. & 2000 ft).  For our third trainer of the year we usually stretch things out with an easy century. For our inspirational music today I have selected the theme to the movie “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis. That movie was about running, but it works for cycling as well. Just picture those men running on the sand as you ride today. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ1MTVL00sE

We haven’t used this century as a trainer before, but we have run it as a century of the month the last several years. This is also our century of the month for April this year. Because it is a century of the month, we are also offering a metric version. The full century is very flat with long stretches with no stop signs, so it’s a fairly fast and easy century. The route runs from Camarillo up to Santa Barbara and back. It gets its name because it makes a loop to view the huge whale skeleton on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. It rides along the coast much of the time, which accounts for it being relatively flat. The profile shows 5 distinct hills, but 4 are only about 200 feet each and one tops out at about 300 feet. It uses a lot of bike paths along the way which eliminates the stop signs. The metric century rides the center portion of the full century. This gives you the best portion of the full century and with the later start time, a chance to still ride with the full century riders. Starting in Ventura, it joins the full century route up to Santa Barbara and back to Ventura It still does the bulk of the climbing of the full century. NOTE the two separate start locations and start times. START (Full Century – 8:00 a.m.): VALLE LINDO PARK IN CAMARILLO. Take the 101Frwy North to Camarillo and exit north on Carmen Dr. Left on Ponderosa Dr & Right on Valle Lindo Dr to park. Park where Valle Lindo Dr curves left.  START (Metric Century – 9:00 a.m.)  PARK & RIDE LOT IN VENTURA Take 101 Frwy to Ventura and exit at California St. go 2 blocks north to a left on Main St. Go 0.8 mi. west to parking lot which is on the left just after crossing under 33 Frwy bridge.

Sunday, April 14 – 8:30 a.m. SIERRA DONUT RIDE (Long 47 mi & 2100 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2100 ft., Short 18 & 900 ft) These routes were put together by Richard Wedeen and I think this is the first time we have ridden them since he passed away. It would make a nice memorial ride. The ride is based on one Richard used to do almost every Saturday with some friends. They would ride up to Sierra Madre for a break at a donut shop and then return. Today’s medium route is basically that route. To create the long, he added a few miles with a loop to the South into San Marino. I’m not sure, but I think the short was a shortened version that was used by Richard’s wife Nancy, who wasn’t up for the longer route. Richard’s original Saturday ride started from a donut shop in Burbank so that it was a donut to donut shop ride, but for the club version we moved the start to the Zoo where we start several other rides and there is ample parking. Both the long and medium make it to the title donut shop. The medium is a fairly direct route, while the long adds the extra loop mentioned above. From the donut shop, both routes stay together on the return. The routes gently, but consistently, climb on the trip up to Sierra Madre, but it’s mostly downhill back to the start. The short doesn’t make it to the shop, but does visit an equally popular bake shop in Montrose. If donuts really aren’t your thing, there are alternate lunch sites nearby on all routes. So come on out and maybe we can share some memories of Richard. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot  Northeast Corner 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 in the Northeast Corner of the lot near the camel sign. Other groups often meet here, so make sure you are with the Wheelmen.

Wednesday, April 17th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, April 18th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, April 18 – 7:00 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING Once again we will be in our home-away-from-home – the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Culver City and again this month we will be in Room B. This is our 3rd month in a row in Room B so it should start feeling like home. Please note: We have decided to start our meetings at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 as we have in the past. So, please, don’t be late. This month, in addition to our usual business of preparing schedules for mailing and conducting the business of the club, we will no doubt be discussing the upcoming Grand Tour. It is only about two months away. Whether you plan to ride it or volunteer on the staff, you might want to join us to get the insider’s view of this event. As always, we will have refreshments provided by a member. Once again I’ll mention that now that we are not using a host for our meetings many of you who were unwilling or unable to host a meeting can volunteer to provide refreshments. Why not take this opportunity to become more a part of your club. If you can provide refreshments, contact Rod Doty at roddoty@nullroadrunner.com PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM B 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.

Saturday, April 20 – 8:00 a.m. SAND CANYON TRAINER (69 miles – 5200 feet) With several of our usual trainers unavailable due to the Woolsey Fire, we are dipping back in time to 2012 for a trainer we don’t often ride. Today’s inspirational song is “We Are the Champions” by Queen. Every time you crest a major climb today you should be thinking to yourself: “We are the Champions.”  Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04854XqcfCY

Although we haven’t ridden this one in a while, it is one of our classic trainers dating back to the 80s when the training rides began. We begin to increase the difficulty of the trainers this week with several major climbs. The big one of the day is up Sand Canyon with its double peaks. One nice thing about this route is that you get to ride down Little Tujunga which we climb on the trainers every year (we will be doing it in a few weeks). We start the ride with a couple of moderate climbs – Sepulveda to the valley and the hump over to Newhall. Then it’s up Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon. A quick trip across the Valley and the final climb back over Sepulveda and we are done. Be sure to bring some snacks to eat up at Bear Divide, because it’s a long way to lunch on this route. (One of the reasons we don’t ride this one very often.) Bear Divide, with its picnic tables, is always a pleasant place to re-group after the climb (I do not think water is available there any longer. I don’t think there are any bears there either.) START:  BRENTWOOD ELEM. SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy). We park on the street.

Sunday, April 21 – 8:30 a.m.  FUNNY BUNNY EASTER RIDE. (Long 44 mi & 1900 ft; Medium 34 mi & 1300 ft; Short 25 mi & 500 ft) Today is Easter but maybe we should celebrate it as the end of Lent. After all, if you gave up something like chocolate or candy for Lent, now you are free to indulge in those things again. I wasn’t raised Catholic so I’m not sure if you can start indulging today or you have to wait until tomorrow, but what the heck – if you gave up chocolate for 40 days, you deserve a little today. Isn’t that the point of all the chocolate bunnies? Well, anyway, we’ve got some rides for you to today to work up an appetite for that Lent breaking indulgence. Today’s offerings are short and relatively flat. The routes head down to the Marina for brunch where we can dine al fresco and soak in the rays. The long and medium do a few small hills in Beverly Hills first (nothing real bad) before heading south to the Marina. The short skips the hills. The long takes an extra loop on the return for a couple of more hills and some extra miles. Come on out. The rides are short so you can spend the rest of the day gorging yourself on whatever you gave up for Lent. Enjoy!!  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, April 21 – 8:30 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly newcomer ride which is designed to introduce riders to the joys of club riding. It’s Easter today – a holiday about rebirth. Maybe it’s a good time to think about rebooting your life a bit by taking up cycling. You think it’s a good idea, but how do you go about it? Riding with a club can help. It provides an established schedule of rides and many like-minded riding companions to help keep you motivated. Club rides take you on time-tested routes which cover a wide range of places so you don’t get bored riding your own neighborhood week after week. But if you are not familiar with club cycling, this ride is for you. This ride is meant for those new to club or group riding and who might be unsure about the etiquette or protocol of group riding. It’s a chance to learn the ropes on a short ride with a patient leader who will introduce the fun of club riding and answer all your questions. You can expect an easy ride of about 20 miles. It is a holiday today, so we promise to get you back home in time to celebrate, if that is your thing. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 1½ miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Wednesday, April 24th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, April 25th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday April 27 – 8:00 a.m. BALDY VILLAGE DOUBLE OPTION TRAINER. (58 mi & 6100 ft or 48 mi & 5000 ft An optional climb adds 10 mi and 2000 ft to these totals)  Today’s motivational song is “What a Feeling” (the theme to Flashdance) by Irene Cara. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beF4Ywct-Uo

These training rides are going to start getting harder every week, but they don’t have to be torture. Ease back a little, lift your head and look around as you ride and enjoy the beauty around you as you ride. Then when you get to the top of the main climb today maybe you will be singing “Oh what a feeling.” This is one of our most popular trainers and we offer two options up to Baldy with a common return. The traditional route (58 miles) takes us up Hwy 39 to East Fork, up Glendora Mountain Road and then along Glendora Ridge to Baldy Village for lunch. The other option (48 miles) heads across the San Gabriel Valley to the base of Mount Baldy and then takes Baldy Road straight up to the Village. After lunch both options return together back along Glendora Ridge and down Glendora Mountain Road. Although the 2nd option is shorter and has less total elevation gain, climbing up Baldy Road is significantly more difficult than the climbing on option one. So take your pick. Both routes have the further option of adding the very difficult climb from the Village up to the ski lift and back for those who haven’t had enough. This adds another 10 miles round trip and about another 2000 feet of climbing. Come see why this ride is so popular. Its very pretty and has relatively low traffic. Yes, it’s a lot of climbing, but with the short distance, you can afford to take your time and enjoy the beauty. START:  Pioneer Park in Azusa  From Foothill Frwy (210) off and north on Azusa Ave, R on Sierra Madre Ave 1 block to Dalton & Park

Sunday, April 28 – 8:30 a.m. JOHNS RIVER RIDE (Long 60 mi & 1800 ft, Medium 56 mi & 1100 ft, Short 36 mi & 500 ft) Apparently there is a “Johns River” in each of Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont and Washington, but there isn’t one in California. So where are we riding today you may ask. Well, the title of today’s ride doesn’t mean we are doing a ride on Johns River – it means we are doing John’s ride which happens to be on a river. The river in question is the Santa Ana River. All routes head down the Santa Ana River to Huntington Beach. The short simply goes down and back. Both the long and medium take the river all the way to the coast and then head over to Balboa Island followed by the Back Bay and a portion of the San Diego Creek trail. The long makes a few extra loops for added mileage and adds a climb through the Tustin Hills, but both work their way back toward the start, eventually hitting the river once again for the final portion of the return. So come on out. Only the long does any significant climbing and even that is not so bad. The long is a metric century for the club’s century challenge or add a few extra miles to the medium for a metric without the extra climbing. There is also a Johns River in Ireland, but I don’t think this ride could have meant that one either. START:  BOYSEN PARK in Anaheim. From Artesia/Riverside Frwy (91), off & south on State College Blvd, R – Vermont to Park.

MAY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 1st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, May 2nd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, May 4 – 8:00 a.m. – DECKER CANYON TRAINER (72 mi & 4800 ft) Today’s inspirational song is “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor which is the 2nd Rocky movie theme I’ve used for these descriptions. Let’s face it – the Rocky movies are inspirational. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPJPFnesV4

We rode this trainer last year and normally we would swap it with the similar Encinal trainer, but Encinal remains closed due to the Woolsey fire. Today is the 6th trainer and marks the half way point of the series. You may be starting to tire and you may be questioning your ability to complete the series. Now is the time you will want dig deep for that inner strength or “eye of the tiger” to help you continue the fight. There are 3 significant climbs today but only one of them is really memorable. That one is of course Decker, which we hit early. We start by riding north on PCH out to Decker (Hwy 23) and then up the Canyon. It’s about a 4 mile climb, with the first mile being fairly steep. We continue Hwy 23 on down into Westlake. From Westlake we return by a standard route through Agoura Hills along the freeway, up Mureau road (the 2nd major climb) into the Valley. Then it’s across the Valley (using the Wells Drive medley) and over Sepulveda (the 3rd climb) to the finish. Complete the ride and prove you have “the will to survive.” START: BRENTWOOD ELEM. SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy).

Sunday, May 5 – 8:30 a.m.  SAUGUS SPECIAL (Long 67 mi & 4100 ft, Medium 56 mi & 4000 ft, Longer Short 39 mile & 1800 ft, Shorter Short 26 mi & 1700 ft) “Saugus” is a Native American word thought to mean “great” or “extended” but they weren’t thinking of our community of Saugus here. Our Saugus was simply named for the Saugus in Massachusetts to which the Native American word was originally applied. But our Saugus is the gateway to two great or extended canyons which form the heart of today’s routes, so maybe the name fits after all.  Those canyons are San Francisquito Canyon and Bouquet Canyon. Today we get to ride both of them. Both the long and the medium will climb up San Francisquito and come back down Bouquet but the long will go a little further than the medium. The medium will only go up as far as Green Valley (the medium lunch stop) and then cut over to Bouquet on Spunky Canyon. The long will go all the way to the end and cut over to Bouquet on Lake Elizabeth Road with a stop in Leona Valley for lunch. These are both scenic canyons. Bouquet is rather pretty. San Francisquito, not so much, but you get to see the site of the famous dam which failed in 1928. If all this sounds too tough, there are two short routes which simply ride around the Santa Clarita area without doing as much climbing. We don’t get out this way more than once or twice a year, so make your plans to ride with us today.  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 south. Toilets available at nearby Carl’s

Wednesday, May 8th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, May 9th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, May 11 – 8:00 a.m. THREE HILLS TRAINER  (Full route 74 mi & 7800 ft, but shorter options are available)  Today’s inspirational song is “Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down)” by Chumbawamba. Again, the lyrics might not exactly fit with our trainers, but the main refrain is “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.”  Today as you face each hill, you might feel like you are being knocked down, but get up and climb that hill. Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LODkVkpaVQA

Today’s trainer was new last year, but it rained that day and we didn’t really give it full trial. Mike Eberts, who created the route, named it the “Three Hills Trainer” for its 3 main climbs, each more difficult than the last. Starting from Marsh Park near the LA River, our first hill is a ride through Griffith Park on some of the back roads in the Park. This is not so difficult. We then head over to Glendale for our second hill which takes us over the top of Camino San Rafael. While this hill is not much higher than the hill in Griffith Park, it is a good deal steeper – in fact – very steep.  However, if you think it is too tough, you can take Chevy Chase as an easier route to the top. Once at the top, it’s just a short hop to our third hill which is a trip up to the top of Mount Wilson. Although considerably higher than the first two climbs, the trip up is never excessively steep. You can also cut this final climb short by only going as far as Clear Creek or Red Box (or turn around anywhere you want). After a well deserved break at the top, it’s mostly downhill all the way back to the start.  Last year no one completed all three hills due to the rain, but with luck we will get the entire ride in this year. START: Marsh Park in Glassell Park. The Park is on the LA River near the intersection of the Glendale Frwy (2) and the Golden State Frwy (5). If you are on the 5 northbound, you exit at Riverside Dr (just before the 2) , take Riverside north to a right on Fletcher Dr Take a R on Ripple St (just before river) and follow it into Rosanna St which takes you into the Park. If you are coming south on the 5, you can exit directly to Fletcher, and go left to a right on Ripple and to the park. 

Sunday, May 12  8:30 a.m. ALHAMBRA & BIKEWAY (Long 54 mi & 2200 ft, Medium 45 mi & 1600 ft, Short 30 mi & 1000 ft) The bikeway of the title is actually the Rio Hondo. We ride the Rio Hondo on other routes, but I think this is the only one where it is the title bike path. As I write this in March, the Rio Hondo is currently blocked near the top by high water. It will probably be down by May, but if not, there is a short work-around.  I like sets of routes like today’s because you don’t have to make your decision as to which route you want to do until well into the ride. That could be important for those who rode the training century yesterday.  All routes are together for the first 27 miles when the short splits off and the medium and long stay together until mile 35 when they split. All routes start with a trip over to the Rio Hondo and up the river to the end and then over to Pasadena for lunch. From lunch the short is only a short 3 miles back to the start. After lunch both the long and medium head over to La Canada where they split. The medium heads back from there while the long adds a loop up into the hills above the Rose Bowl. If you are up for it, the climb on the long gives you some nice views of the city. So come on out. It’s not often all 3 routes stay together until lunch so everyone can eat together.  START:  ALHAMBRA PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & North on Fremont, R – Alhambra Rd, R – Raymond to Park.

Sunday, May 12 – 8:30 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly newcomer ride which is designed to introduce riders to the joys of club riding. It’s Mothers Day today. Whether you are a mother, are married to a mother or simply have a mother, what better way to honor her (or yourself) than by taking care of yourself? And what better way to take care of yourself than by taking up cycling. Sure, but how do you go about it? Riding with a club can help. It provides an established schedule of rides and many like-minded riding companions to help keep you motivated. Club rides take you on time-tested routes which cover a wide range of places so you don’t get bored riding your own neighborhood week after week. But if you are not familiar with club cycling, this ride is for you. This ride is meant for those new to club or group riding and who might be unsure about the etiquette or protocol of group riding. It’s a chance to learn the ropes on a short ride with a patient leader who will introduce the fun of club riding and answer all your questions. You can expect an easy ride of about 20 miles. It is Mothers Day today, so we promise to get you back home in time to celebrate with mom. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 1½ miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Wednesday, May 15th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, May 16th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Friday, May 17 – 7:00 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING  NOTE: This meeting is on Friday instead of the usual Thursday. Once again we will be in our home-away-from-home – the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Culver City but this month we will be in Room 2 which is in the basement (see directions below). We are only one month away from the Grand Tour, so no doubt that will be a prime topic of discussion. First we will perform our usual task of preparing schedules for mailing, but then we will get down to business. There might be other business besides the Grand Tour, but that will probably be the big item. Whether you plan to ride it or volunteer on the staff, you might want to join us to get the insider’s view of this event. As always, we will have refreshments provided by a member. Once again I’ll mention that now that we are not using a host for our meetings many of you who were unwilling or unable to host a meeting can volunteer to provide refreshments. Why not take this opportunity to become more a part of your club. If you can provide refreshments, contact Rod Doty at roddoty@nullroadrunner.com PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM 2 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. Room 2 is in the basement. From the rear lot, enter the sliding glass doors to the Culver City Recreation Dept. In the lobby of the Rec Dept, take the door to the left and go down the stairs to Room 2.

Saturday, May 18 – 8:00 a.m. TWIN PEAKS AND FLYING PIGS (full century 93 mi & 5700 ft; metric century 65 mi & 4700 ft)  Today’s inspirational song is “Let it Go” by Idina Mensel (from “Frozen) The lyrics don’t really apply to what we are doing here, but it is a song of self-empowerment and if you just let the spirit of the song flow through you, I think it can help get you up those hills. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk

We lengthen our trainer today into another century, but this one is a little more difficult than the one we did in April. (It is also our century and metric century of the month for May.) The twin peaks of the title are the two Topanga tops – both Old Topanga and New Topanga – which we will be riding over. As for the flying pigs – you will just have to find them yourself (there are two of them too). We start the day by heading out to Malibu and taking Malibu Canyon inland to Mulholland Hwy. We then go up and over Old Topanga down to New Topanga and take that up and over back into the Valley. After lunch in the Valley, we climb Santa Susana, but near the top we hang a left up Box Canyon for our final major climb of the day. After that, it’s simply back across the Valley and a return over Sepulveda (really the last climb of the day). If that sounds like too much or you are not really training for the Grand Tour, there is the metric century route. It does the twin peaks with the full century, but then cuts off the loop through Box Canyon and simply joins the full century for the trip east across the valley and over Sepulveda back to the start. The metric keeps one of the flying pigs, but you will miss seeing the 2nd. 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.

Sunday, May 19 – 8:30 a.m. SOUP TO KNOTTS (Long 71 mi & 4300 ft, Medium 59 mi & 2600 ft., Short 31 mi & 600 ft) I’ve only been to Knott’s Berry Farm once long ago and they have added a bunch of new rides since then. Every time we do this ride, I can look over in the distance from the start location and see the park and I sometimes wish I was over there on those rides. But there’s nothing wrong with the rides we will be on today. They have some thrills. The long lets you zoom down Turnbull Canyon and a few other hills. Knott’s has their famous chicken dinners, but we will be eating at the “World’s Best Hamburger.” Can Knott’s claim that? So maybe we’re not missing out by not going to Knott’s. Let’s look at the rides we are offering today. As mentioned, both long and medium routes head to Knowlwood (the World’s Best Hamburger), but the long takes 10 extra miles getting there, including a trip over Turnbull Canyon, while the medium goes pretty much directly there. Both routes return together with some additional climbing in the Anaheim Hills. While this is going on, the short riders are touring northern Orange County on their own. When we get back to the start we should be able to see people enjoying themselves over at Knott’s but didn’t we have as much fun on our rides? Our day was at least much healthier, so you should feel good about that. START:  WILLIAM PEAK PARK in BUENA PARK.  From Artesia Frwy (91), off & South Knott Ave  mi, L – El Dorado Dr. to Park.

Wednesday, May 22th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, May 23th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, May 25 – 8:00 a.m. TWO TERRIBLE TUJUNGAS TRAINER (73 mi &  7000 ft or 91 mi & 7900 ft) Today’s inspirational song is “Stronger (What doesn’t hill you)” by Kelly Clarkson. The main lyric is “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and that certain applies to these training rides.  Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn676-fLq7I

Today gets a bit tougher. There are two major climbs today. You might think they are the two Tujungas of the ride title, but actually only one of them is up a Tujunga Canyon. That would be Little Tujunga and that’s how we start the day. Then it’s the long gradual upgrade out to Acton on Soledad Canyon. After lunch in Acton, our second big climb of the day is Aliso Canyon up to Angeles Forest Hwy which continues up all the way to Mill Creek Summit. From there it is mostly downhill back to the start, including the downhill on Big Tujunga – the other Tujunga of the title. As we have in the past, we will offer a century option for this one as well. It adds a little climbing as you continue Angeles Forest past Big Tujunga and up to Clear Creek. Then it is the long downhill on Angeles Crest and down Chevy Chase to pick up Glenoaks for the return to the start. The trainers are getting tougher now and there may be moments on this one when you feel like dying, but keep going – it won’t kill you – and what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. NOTE: It is a long hard stretch after lunch without a water stop so come prepared to carry enough water to get you through this stretch. START:  Lakeview Terrace Rec Center (on Foothill Blvd just east of Osborne) (Not far from the intersection of the 118 and 210 Frwys) Take Foothill Frwy (210) west to Osborne/Foothill exit, off and East on Foothill 0.3 mi. to Center.

Sunday, May 26 – 8:30 a.m. LONG BEACH BIKE PATH (Long 53 mi & 800 ft, Medium 39 mi & 500 ft, Short 29 mi & 400 ft) The Long Beach Bike Path, which runs for about 5 miles along the beach in Long Beach, is somewhat nicer than the bike path that runs along the beach from Santa Monica to Redondo. It is a bit wider, there is a separate path for joggers and walkers and it’s usually not as busy. Today, all routes get to ride this pleasant beach bike path. The long route makes a big loop almost entirely on bike trails by heading north on the San Gabriel to Whittier Narrows, south on the Rio Hondo/LA River trail, along the beach on the Long Beach trail and then back up the San Gabriel. Since its almost entirely on bike trails, you climb less than 1000 feet in the entire ride. The short and the medium both head to Seal Beach and then take the Long Beach bike path to the LA River and head up river before cutting across on streets back to the start. The only difference between the two is that the medium takes a more roundabout way to Seal Beach. Riding bike trails can be pleasant for club rides. The Long Beach path offers some interesting scenery too. There is the Queen Mary across the bay and the kite surfing area. So why not join us today. START:  EL DORADO PARK in Long Beach. From San Diego Frwy (405), off & North/East on Studebaker 1 mi. to Park.  Park in Library lot on right just before Spring St.

Wednesday, May 29th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, May 30th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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