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By Rod Doty, VP

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APRIL SCHEDULE

Sunday, April 1 – 8:30 a.m.  FUNNY BUNNY EASTER/APRIL FOOLS RIDE. (Long 44 mi & 1900 ft; Medium 34 mi & 1300 ft; Short 25 mi & 500 ft) Today we have a double holiday ride. It’s Easter, but it is also April Fools’ Day. Easter can fall anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th so I would think it falls on the 1st every so often, but I really couldn’t remember it ever happening before. I did a little research and it turns out the last time this happened was 1956. I was only 5 years old so no wonder I don’t remember it. The date of Easter is determined by several unrelated factors (such as the earth’s movement round the sun and the moon’s movement around earth) so its occurrence on any given date is almost random. For instance, it will fall again on April Fools’ day in 2029 – only 11 years from now.  Except for the dates at the beginning and end of the possible period, Easter occurs on each possible date about 3.3% of the time over a period of several million years. It turns out the exact sequence of Easter dates doesn’t start repeating for over 5 million years. Well, all that is interesting but we have a ride to describe here. Whether you are celebrating Easter or April Fools’ Day, 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 celebrating Easter or pulling pranks on your friends. You could combine the two by giving them colored eggs which haven’t been boiled yet. BTW, I got the information on Easter dates above from this web site:

https://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~gent0113/easter/easter_text2b.htm 

 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.

Wednesday, April 4th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, April 5th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Saturday, April 7 – 8:00 a.m. PIUMA TRAINER (59/73 mi & 4900/5200 ft) In the description of the first trainer a week ago I gave a couple of inspirational quotes. That gave me the idea of giving one inspirational quote for each trainer. Today’s quote is: “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda in Empire Strikes Back  Always good advice when it comes to the Grand Tour and these trainers. I think it means you should put away your doubts about your ability to finish these rides. With that in mind, our 2nd trainer 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 (which we will be climbing in 4 weeks). 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. So come on out and may the Force be with you. 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 8, 8:30 a.m. SANTA FE DAM (Long 54 mi & 2400 ft., Medium 45 mi & 1300 ft , Short 40 mi & 1100 ft) The bike path along the rim of the Santa Fe Dam is about 2.5 miles long. That’s one big ass dam! Particularly when you consider that it holds back almost no water. You would think that maybe it was constructed just for our cycling pleasure. Well, that might not be true, but if it was, we owe it to the Army Corps of Engineers to at least make use of it. Today all routes make it to the dam and ride the crest. Starting from Monterey Park, all routes head over to the San Gabriel River bike path and head up to the dam. There we ride the crest and then go through some of the open area on the other side. The short splits off for a fairly direct return. The medium and long continue together over to Pasadena where you have a choice of lunch spots from Carl’s and others. After lunch, the mediums head straight back to the start while the long climbs up to the top of Lake Street before returning. Thats a pretty good extra climb for the long riders, but you don’t need to decide until lunch, so why not take both route sheets. It is too bad the bike path along the top of the dam doesn’t make a complete loop. If it did we could have a Santa Fe Dam century just like the Rose Bowl century. START:  BARNES PARK in MONTEREY PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & south on Garfield, R – Newmark, L – McPherrin to the Park.  Early arrival is suggested in order to find a parking space before park users take them all.

Wednesday, April 11th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, April 12th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Saturday, April 14  8:00 a.m. LAGUNA CANYON CENTURY  (96 mi & 2200 ft) Today’s inspirational quote is “When you wish upon a star – Makes no difference who you are – Anything your heart desires – Will come to you” – Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio I take this to mean that before you can make any achievement you first must dream and wish for that achievement. Then you can work to make your dreams come true. We may work hard during the trainers, but keep in mind that the dream is to ride the Grand Tour. By tradition, we usually include a few centuries among the trainers. This develops endurance while the shorter trainers with a lot of climbing develop strength. For our third trainer of the season, we bump up the mileage to a century, but cut back on the climbing. Later in the season we will be combining both in one ride. But for now, today’s trainer is a fast and relatively flat century – not unlike the first and last 40 miles of the Grand Tour. From Torrance, we head down the coast (picking up PCH in Seal Beach) all the way to Laguna. Then it’s up Laguna Cyn (the only climb of the day and it hardly deserves being called a climb) and we make our way back north using a more inland route until we reach Huntington Beach. Then we pretty much retrace our steps back to the start. We’ll be riding during the day, so there won’t be any stars to wish upon, but maybe after you get home you can spot one. NOTE: This is also our century of the month for April. START: PARADISE PARK in TORRANCE.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & South on Hawthorne 3.5 miles.  R – Torrance Blvd 0.5 mile, L – Anza one block, R – Lee to Park.  We usually park on the West side of the park (on Ellenwood) by the school.

Sunday, April 15 – 8:30 a.m. RING AROUND THE VALLEY (long 53 mi & 1200 ft, medium 47 mi & 1100 ft, shorter medium 35 mi & 500 ft, short 19 mi & 300 ft) I’m writing this in February during the Olympics, so the idea of rings seem appropriate. The Olympic symbol has five interlinked rings. Today we have only four rings. Each of today’s routes makes a ring around the San Fernando Valley and the longer the route, the larger the ring will be. As a bonus, all routes pass by the history mural in the Tujunga Wash. The short does a small ring primarily just to take in the mural. The two mediums are slightly larger counterclockwise loops around the Valley getting as far west as Balboa Blvd. The long makes the biggest ring getting as far north as Sylmar and as far west as Cal State Northridge. The routes are fairly easy and the scenery pleasant for an urban route. So why not join us today. April 15th is traditionally tax day, but I have good news – this year your taxes aren’t due until April 17th (the 15th is a Sunday and the 16th is a federal holiday). So no excuses for not riding. You still have two days to get those taxes done. 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, April 18th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, April 19th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, April 19 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. We had a different venue lined up for our meeting today, but for various reasons we decided to make a last minute change. Therefore, we are falling back on our Plan B  which is meeting room “C” at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. We have been there so often it is almost starting to feel like home. Still, not quite that homey feeling we get from someone’s living room. In any case, the same activities will take place. 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). I can’t think of any pressing business we will have to discuss. The Grand Tour is still a few months off, so I hope there won’t be any urgency about that. So why not join us and see what is happening in your club. 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. 

Saturday, April 21 – 8:00 a.m. – DECKER CANYON TRAINER (72 mi & 4800 ft) This week’s quote (slightly altered) is: “sometime when . . . the breaks are beating the [cyclists], tell them to go out there with all they’ve got and [ride] just one for the Gipper.” – George Gipp in Knute Rockne, All American  Over the 12 weeks of the training period there are bound to be days when things don’t go well, whether it’s the wind, the heat or you are just having a bad day, and I suppose this quote tells you to dig deep and just push on through. You might need that sentiment today as we return to climbing on our 4th trainer. 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. This route is essentially the same as the Encinal trainer we rode last year but climbs Decker instead of Encinal. The quote might also indicate the importance of having someone inspirational in your life to “ride for.”  I think most of us have someone like that to help us make our goals. 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, April 22 – 8:30 a.m.  REVEL THE ROLLIES III (Long 65 mi & 3600 ft, Medium 55 mi & 2600 ft, Short 36 mi & 600 ft) Forsooth, ‘tis Shakespeare’s birthday today. He would be 454. There is a website that declares today “Talk Like Shakespeare Day” (http://www.talklikeshakespeare.org/) so I thought I would give it a shot. Gadzooks, we have a nice ride for thee today. ‘Tis the third installment of our “Revel the Rollies” series and it manages to find some areas of Orange County not hit by the other rides in the series. The long and medium riders taketh the extension of Antonio Parkway all the way to Ortega Hwy, just a hop, skip and a jump from Capistrano where we stoppeth for lunch. Hence ‘tis North along the coast. The medium headeth inland on Laguna Canyon while the long goeth north to Newport Coast Drive (a good climb) before heading back. The short riders doeth their own thing, heading to the Back Bay. They are all good routes which take us to a few places in Orange County none of our other rides goeth. As we ride today, perhaps we should attempt to talk like Shakespeare. That might liven up the ride. START:  OLD TOWN IRVINE.  From San Diego Fry (I-5), off at west on Sand Canyon in Irvine.  L – Burt St (1st left) to end and park in Lot 3.

Wednesday, April 25th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, April 26th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Saturday, April 28 – 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) This week’s quote is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it – Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Today’s quote reminds us that as hard as these trainers can be, you don’t want to forget to “stop and smell the roses” sometimes. Today’s ride is a good example since we will be riding through some very scenic areas as we ride to Mount Baldy. 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. It will take your mind off the grind and maybe you will even begin to enjoy the trainers. 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 29 – 8:30 a.m. BRONSON CAVES (Long 40 mi & 3200 ft, Medium 26 mi & 1600 ft, Short 19 mi & 900 ft) It’s been two and a half years since we have ridden this one and I don’t know why because there is no more unique ride in the Los Angeles area. We get to ride entirely around the iconic Hollywood reservoir, explore a cave right in the heart of the city and visit the Griffith Park Observatory – all in 40 miles. Only the long route does all that, but all routes go to the caves. The short goes directly there and back, passing through Hollywood (another iconic area of Los Angeles we don’t often ride). The Medium gets to the caves, but first takes a trip around Lake Hollywood and up to the overlook where you get a nice view of the lake and also the Hollywood sign. This includes a couple of short but rather steep climbs. It then heads to Griffith Park for lunch before returning. The long is the same as the medium, but adds a climb up to Mulholland before heading to Lake Hollywood and after viewing the caves it climbs up to the Observatory in Griffith Park for lunch. This adds two more classic LA locales to the ride. You won’t get a much more LA experience than this ride. But the caves are the highlight of the day. Even if you have never been there  I just about guarantee you have seen them. They are a very popular film location and have appeared in many TV shows and commercials. So be sure to join us. How often can you combine spelunking and cycling? 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 29 – 8:30 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly Newcomer Ride. Summer is around the corner and perhaps you would like to start riding more now that the weather is nice. Club riding is a good way to go. Clubs provide tested routes all around the city and the companionship of like-minded cyclists. If you are new to club riding and don’t know how to get started, this ride is for you. It is designed for the relative novice at cycling who wants to give club riding a try. We will have a patient leader to take you on a relatively easy short ride (about 20 miles) and show you the ropes of group riding. Today you may well join the regular Sunday ride which today goes to explore Bronson Caves (see above). If, as often happens, you are already an accomplished cyclist (capable of riding more than an easy 20 miles) but are new to group riding or new to Los Angeles, then you can join one of the longer options on the above ride. So, whether you are new to cycling or just new to Los Angeles or our club, come on out today and get acquainted. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux. 

MAY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, May 3rd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Saturday, May 5 – 8:00 a.m. LATIGO / STUNT TRAINER (Main route 63 mi & 5900 ft, Inland return 80 mi & 7000 ft or Inland Century return 93 mi & 7200 ft)  This week’s quote is “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption. This is another quote which I take to mean “Don’t give up.”  We are getting into the tougher trainers now and it’s tempting to call it quits and decide maybe a double century is just not for you anymore. But I say, dig deep and keep on pushing because sitting at home on Grand Tour day is no fun either. Today may call upon your mental resolve. We start the day from Brentwood and head north on PCH to our first climb up Latigo Road. This 9 mile, twin peak, climb is only just the beginning. After lunch we continue along Mulholland Highway to our 2nd big climb – Stunt Road (which we descended a few weeks ago). This is only 4 miles, but somewhat steeper than Latigo. From there it’s down to Topanga Village where you can take the traditional route back via the coast, or tackle the extended options which return through the Valley. This adds a climb up and over Topanga and also over Sepulveda. The century option simply adds miles in the Valley without adding much extra climbing (Mostly for those participating in the club’s century challenge.) So let’s get busy living and keep our eyes on the goal. 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, May 6 – 8:30 a.m. SOUTH BAY SURPRISE (Long 68 nu & 1200 ft, Medium 41 mi & 1000 ft, Short 27 mi & 900 ft) I know I’ve told this before, but it’s been a while so here is the story of the name of these routes. They were created by Ralph Boethling and back in the day Ralph was well known in the club as one who liked to climb. If he created a route, you could bet it had plenty of hills. So when he created these routes, the surprise was that they were almost entirely flat (1200 feet in 68 miles is really just a bunch of small hills and freeway overpasses.) It’s always been my personal theory that the route was developed by Ralph as his personal commute route since he lived in the South Bay and worked at Disneyland (just a short distance from Knott’s Berry Farm which is the destination of today’s long route). I’m not sure if that’s true, but it is a coincidence. Anyway, all routes start out together heading east into Orange County. While the long makes it all the way to Knott’s, the medium and short each cut off a little earlier to circle back through Long Beach, rejoining the long route along the way. All of these routes are fairly flat. The long used to actually stop at Knott’s for a lunch of their famous fried chicken. However, over the years a few of us have come to believe that, famous or not, the chicken just isn’t that good for the price they charge. So we have added an alternative lunch on the long besides Knott’s. But some still like the stop at Knott’s so you can take your pick. One thing I’m not sure about – if this was Ralph’s commute route, why didn’t he take us to Disneyland instead of a rival theme park? Maybe because you can’t get lunch at Disneyland without entering the park like you can at Knott’s. START:  Paradise Park in Torrance.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & South on Hawthorne 3.5 miles.  R – Torrance Blvd 0.5 mile, L – Anza one block, R – Lee to Park.  We usually park on the West side of the park by the school.

Wednesday, May 9th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, May 10th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Saturday, May 12 – 8:00 a.m. THREE HILLS TRAINER  (Full route 74 mi & 7800 ft, but shorter options are available) Today’s quote is “Failure is not an option” – Gene Krantz in Apollo 13 Keep a positive frame of mind and don’t even consider the possibility that you might not make it, and you will make it. You might need that thought on the climbs today. Today we have a brand new trainer designed by Mike Eberts. He calls it the “Three Hills Trainer” but it’s more like two hills and a mountain. 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. 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. Mike says it reminds him of Potrero, but shorter. 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 Red Box or Clear Creek. After a well deserved break at the top, it’s mostly downhill all the way back to the start.  Since it is new, I’ve never ridden this trainer and I’m concerned that it is a bit more climbing than trainers we normally run this early in the series, but there is always the option of cutting short the last climb to Wilson and coasting home. Of course, some might consider that a failure and that should not be an option. 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 13 – 8:30 a.m. LIFE BEGINS AT 8:30. (Long 63 mi & 4200 ft, Medium 57 mi & 3000 ft, Short 30 mi & 1200 ft) Today is Mother’s Day. In the United States this holiday was started in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, but wasn’t declared a national holiday by Woodrow Wilson until 1914. Not really that much older than our club. Anna Jarvis later complained that her holiday had become too commercialized and she organized boycotts of the holiday. It that spirit, why not ignore Mother’s Day this year and go riding instead. We have some nice rides today to take you away from all that crass commercialism. We start in West LA and both the long and medium head out to Malibu and go over Malibu Cyn to Mulholland Hwy. The long heads west to Kanan and returns back to PCH for a coastal return. The medium heads east and returns through the valley and over Sepulveda. The Short riders miss all the fun by staying in the Palisades area. The long stops for lunch at the Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill near Mulholland Hwy. This is a popular stop on many of the training rides, but if you don’t do the training rides, here is a chance to check it out. They have a few things at the store you could buy as gifts, just in case you need them when you get home. START:  Westwood Park at 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, May 16th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, May 17th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, May 17 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING.  This month’s meeting will be hosted by Mel Cutler at the newly redecorated clubhouse at Park Place, 10101 Galaxy Way, in Century City (LA). Last November was Mel’s first time hosting, but it must have gone well since he has asked us back. 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

Saturday, May 19 – 8:00 a.m. CAMARILLO CENTURY (102 mi & 5000 ft) Today’s quote is “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandolf in Fellowship of the Ring What better way to spend your time than achieving a double century. You just have to decide to do it. Again today we lengthen the trainer into a century, but unlike our first century, today includes a bit more climbing. In fact, we start with a climb over Topanga Canyon and Old Topanga to Calabasas. We then head west through Agoura Hills, Westlake and along Santa Rosa Road to Camarillo for lunch. Then it’s a trip to the coast and (hopefully) a quick trip back down the coast to finish the day. The only really major climb of the day is Topanga/Old Topanga but there are a number of smaller climbs in including all those hills coming back down the coast. You might as well get used to doing them late in a ride because that’s how you will finish the Grand Tour. It would be nice if, when the going gets tough, you had a wizard like Gandolf to help you along. 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). Park on street.

Sunday, May 20 – 8:30 a.m.  VIVA SAN FERNANDO  (Long 60 mi & 2900 ft, Medium 56 mi & 2300 ft, Hilly Short 28 mi & 1400 ft, Flat Short 25 mi & 1000 ft) When our club first formed all the rides started from the “Corner” and if you read the club newsletters from back in those days, it appears that most of the members came from that general area. It almost seems as if it was a treat or even something of a challenge to ride over to the Valley and back. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal to us today, but these routes were first formed in those primeval days of the club when all routes were new and the San Fernando Valley was a worthy destination. The long and the medium both go over to the Valley and back, so they do involve at least two moderate climbs going over and back. The long returns via Topanga Canyon to the coast and back through Santa Monica while the medium comes back over Sepulveda. Back in the olden days, there were members who weren’t willing to take on the challenge of traveling to the Valley and for them two short routes were provided. Both tour West Los Angeles – one with more hills than the other. So as we ride today, try to hearken back to the 1950s when the Valley was still developing and was a new and exciting place to ride. It might make the ride more interesting.  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.

Sunday, May 20 – 8:30 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly Newcomer Ride. Memorial Day is next week and that’s the unofficial beginning of summer. You might be thinking you would like to ride your bike a bit more this summer but you have a hard time motivating yourself. The bike path is boring, but where else can you ride? Club riding is the answer. Clubs provide tested routes all around the city and the companionship of like-minded cyclists which helps motivate you to get out and ride. If you are new to club riding and don’t know how to get started, this ride is for you. It is designed for the relative novice at cycling who wants to give club riding a try. We will have a patient leader to take you on a relatively easy short ride (about 20 miles) and show you the ropes of group riding. Today you may well join the regular Sunday ride which today explores either the Westside or the San Fernando Valley (see above). If, as often happens, you are already an accomplished cyclist (capable of riding more than an easy 20 miles) but are new to group riding or new to Los Angeles, then you can join one of the longer options on the above ride. So, whether you are new to cycling or just new to Los Angeles or our club, come on out today and get acquainted. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux. 

Wednesday, May 23rd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, May 24th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Saturday, May 26 – 8:00 a.m. TWO TERRIBLE TUJUNGAS TRAINER (73 mi &  7000 ft or 91 mi & 7900 ft) Today’s quote is “What we do in life echoes in eternity” – Maximus in Gladiator  Sure the Grand Tour is only a bike ride, but the little things in life do matter and challenging yourself to complete something like the Grand Tour is always a good thing. Today is just another step toward that goal. 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 when you finish this one, you really will feel like your accomplishment should echo in eternity. 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 27 – 8:30 a.m.  LONG BEACH BOOGIE (Long 64 mi & 2700 ft Medium 54 mi & 1600 ft, Short 34 mi & 600 ft) It’s Memorial Day Weekend and that means the unofficial start of the summer. What better way to kick it off than by going to the beach. Well, maybe some other day because, despite the name of this ride and starting in Long Beach, we won’t actually see the beach today. Most of our day will be spent inland from Long Beach. The long and medium riders head up Coyote creek almost 10 miles all the way to Santa Fe Springs. The long then makes a long loop over to Brea and around back to Santa Fe Springs. This includes a significant climb over Colima. The medium skips this loop but still does a climb over West Road and East Road before it rejoins the long riders shortly before lunch. We have to spend some time in Long Beach in order to justify the name of the ride, so before returning to the start, there is a short loop in Long Beach. The short gets off Coyote Creek a little earlier than the other two routes and tours northern Orange County on its way back to the start. Don’t worry if we don’t get to the actual beach today. We’ll have plenty of opportunity for that throughout the summer. 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 30th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, May 31st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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