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

Sunday, October 1 – 8:30 a.m. LONG BEACH BIKE PATH (Long 53 mi & 800 ft, Medium 39 mi & 500 ft, Short 29 mi & 400 ft) Once upon a time there was no Long Beach Bike Path (the path running along the beach in Long Beach) If you wanted to ride from the end of the LA River over to the San Gabriel River you had to ride through downtown Long Beach. And back then, downtown Long Beach wasn’t such a nice place. How things have changed. Today you can ride between the two rivers on the Long Beach bike path and never use streets, and even if you did ride the streets, downtown Long Beach has undergone renewal and isn’t really such an unpleasant place to ride. Today’s routes were created shortly after the bike path was opened in order to take advantage of this new wonder. 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. No traffic and increased opportunity for conversation. So why not join us for a pleasant day in Long Beach. 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, October 4th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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

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

Sunday, October 8 – 8:00 a.m. TWIN PEAKS AND FLYING PIGS (full century 93 mi & 5700 ft; metric century 65 mi & 4700 ft) NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME. This is our century of the month for October. We last rode this one two years ago in October of 2015. As it so happens, the 1990 TV show “Twin Peaks” was recently brought back this past year with some of the same cast. The TV show was known for being somewhat weird. The only thing weird about today’s routes might be the flying pigs. There is no mystery about the twin peaks of the title. They are the two Topanga tops – both Old Topanga and New Topanga – which we will be riding over. 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).  We have added a metric century route this year. 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. One pig should be eerie enough. 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, October 11th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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

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

Sunday, October 15 – 8:30 a.m.  CAPISTRANO CAPER (Long 67 mi & 3100 ft (2500 without hill), Medium 47 mi & 2400 ft (1800 without hill), Short 31 mi & 1300 ft) Today all routes will be riding both directions through San Clemente – home of the Western White House during the Nixon administration. Remember the Nixon administration? Those were the days, weren’t they?  Well, we can’t live in the past. Today’s routes give us a chance to see some territory we don’t often get to ride except every year or two when we schedule this ride. All routes start in San Juan Capistrano and head south. The long makes it all the way to Oceanside for lunch. Along the way you get to ride past the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant, through the San Onofre Bluff camp ground and through Camp Pendleton. After lunch, we basically retrace our route back north. The medium is the same, but turns around before going through Camp Pendleton. The short only goes through San Clemente and back. There is a very tough hill on the medium and long, but directions on the route sheet for going around it if you wish. Much of the route is either traffic free or very low traffic (as in Pendleton), so these are very pleasant rides. NOTE: IN ORDER TO RIDE THROUGH CAMP PENDLETON YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR ACCESS. YOU SHOULD REGISTER AT LEAST TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF THE RIDE. GO TO:

www.pendleton.marines.mil/About/Base-Information/Base-Access/

and click on “Bike Route Access.”  Once you are registered, you will need to show your driver’s license to enter the base. START:  SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CITY PARK.  From San Diego Fry (I-5), off and R on Junipero Serra Rd, L – El Camino Capistrano .7 mi. to park.  Park on street near restrooms.

Wednesday, October 18th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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

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Thursday, October 19 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. This month we are back at the home of Ira Kucheck on Balboa Island. When he first proposed meeting there a couple of years ago we all laughed because it was such a long drive. But we have been down there 3 times now and I guess we are getting used to it. Truth be told, the drive isn’t all that bad. You have to allow a little extra time, but look at it this way – that just more time to listen to your favorite music. Summer is over and the traffic and parking on the Island is no problem this time of year. Of course the meeting will include the usual activities – prepare schedules for mailing, discuss club business and have refreshments. So why not come. Not a lot happening in the club in the fall, but there is always something to discuss. Carpooling is always an option, but then you won’t be able to listen to your favorite music. PLACE: 120½ Agate Ave, Balboa Island. Take the 405 Frwy south and transition to the 73 South in Costa Mesa. Exit and go right (south) at Jamboree Rd. Go 3.5 miles to the end and across bridge onto Balboa Island. Go Right on Park Ave. and Left on Agate to 120 ½ (blue house on left) Ira is in the upstairs unit. Meeting night directions: (949) 394-4721.

Sunday, October 22 – 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) October is the perfect time to ride up to Mount Wilson. I would call it the Goldilocks of times – not too hot and not too cold. It might also be considered the Goldilocks of rides – not to easy, but not too hard. 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. For these reasons a trip to Wilson has sort of become an October tradition in the club. Now I know what some of you are thinking – “Not 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. 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. One last inducement — one great advantage of this ride is that you can always cut it short, turnaround and just about coast back to the start. The snack bar up at Wilson (the Cosmic Café) should be open, but you might want to carry snacks just in case. There will be no other food available on this route. 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 25th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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

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

Sunday, October 29 – 8:30 a.m.  SAUGUS SPECIAL (Long 67 mi & 4100 ft, Medium 56 mi & 4000 ft, LongerShort 38 mile & 2500 ft, Shorter Short 26 mi & 1800 ft) There is not now, and never really has been a city of Saugus. It was a community which way back in 1987 merged with several other communities to form the city of Santa Clarita. But since the club is a lot older than Santa Clarita, I guess we stick with the old name for the area. (BTW, Saugus was named for Saugus, Massachusetts, the hometown of Henry Newhall on whose land the original town was built.)  So today we are out in Santa Clarita, or Saugus if you prefer. We will be riding the two principal canyons in the area, and the main reason cyclists head out this direction: 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 San Fernando Rd near Sierra Hwy in Newhall.   From the I-5 north take the 14 Frwy east for 2 miles and exit at San Fernando Rd.  Park & Ride lot is at bottom of ramp to the south. Toilets available at nearby Carl’s.

NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 1st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, November 2nd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Sunday, November 5 – 8:30 a.m. VALLEY VENTURE  (Long 51 mi & 3300 ft, Medium 49 mi & 1500 ft, Short 35 mi & 1000 ft) NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDED LAST NIGHT – RESET YOUR CLOCKS OR YOU WILL  BE AN HOUR EARLY TO THE RIDE. According to the etymologies I have looked at, the word “venture” is simply a shortening of the word “adventure.” I think the meanings have diverged over time however. A venture is defined as an undertaking – often risky — while an adventure is defined as an unusual or exciting activity. But I think both definitions can be applied to today’s ride. It’s an undertaking because (particularly on the long route) there are some significant hills. The climb up Encino Hills (only on the long) might even be considered risky because there is a risk you won’t be able to do it without walking. But it’s also an unusual and exciting activity as well because the routes take you into some portions of the Valley hills we rarely ride. All routes head west through the Valley to eat lunch and return. This doesn’t sound very adventuresome, but it’s the routes before lunch that are unusual. Most notably, the long climbs Escalon/Encino Hills — a very difficult one mile climb. (I generally make it, but I have walked in the past.) The medium used to do Dixie Canyon but thats gotten to be un-ridable, so we changed that to something with actual pavement. All the heavy climbing is before lunch however and its mostly flat after lunch across the Valley back to the start. So why not come out today for both a venture and an adventure. It’s two for one today. 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. 

Wednesday, November 8th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, November 9th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Sunday, November 12 – 7:30 a.m. DAM CORNER CENTURY (full century 99 mi & 4000 ft, metric century 64 mi & 2200 ft) NOTE EARLY STAT TIME. This is our November Century of the Month. It’s a route designed by Gary Murphy. He simply took the club’s regular route for the Santa Fe Dam Ride, which starts in Monterey Park, and moved the start location to the “Corner.” The extra miles to and from the regular route extends the standard route to a full century. So, first we ride from the “Corner” in Beverly Hills to Monterey Park via a trip through Elysian Park Then its off to the San Gabriel River and the trip up to the Santa Fe Dam. After riding the Dam, we head back to Pasadena for lunch. We don’t return to Monterey Park, but head back to the start after lunch riding through Glendale and Griffith Park. There is a significant climb immediately after lunch. This year we have added a metric Century. It is a cut down version of the full century. It still makes it to the Santa Fe Dam and joins the full century for lunch, but it takes a more direct route to these locations. It also returns by a more direct route. The metric century also cuts off at least two major climbs done by the full century. The nice thing about these routes is that they get us out of town all the way to the Santa Fe Dam, but they start right here in our own back yard so there is no long drive to the start. The days are getting shorter, so if you think you might be a bit slow on this one, you might want to carry a light just in case. 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 12 – 9:00 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly ride for those new to club cycling and who would like to give it a try. It has been successful in the past and often our new riders have ended up becoming members of the club. Today the regular club ride starts from this same location (see “Damn Corner Century” above) so this gives you a couple of options. If you feel up to it, you can join club members on either the full century or the metric century NOTE: those routes have a different start time. But that is probably more than most newcomers would want. Alternatively, a leader will take you on a short easy ride to introduce you to club riding. Club riding has a lot of advantages. Riding with a club 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 you might not otherwise know about. 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. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able get into regular group riding with your new friends. You should have a basic understanding of the operation of your bicycle and you can expect a ride of about 20 miles. Additional details are on the club web site. Join us for this once-a-month event. 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, November 15th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, November 16th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, November 16 – 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). This will be a first time hosting for Mel so it should be exciting to see a new venue. Once we get over the novelty of the location, the meeting will be much the same as usual. 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 (and drive), 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 19 – 8:30 a.m. PASADENA PASSION (Long 63 mi & 2300 ft, Medium 51 mi & 1800 ft., Short 31 mi & 1100 ft) We call this ride “Pasadena Passion” but by my count the long and the medium routes only spend about 3 or 4 miles of the entire ride in that city. It doesn’t seem to show much passion when we get out of town so quickly. But, today’s long route travels through a total of 17 cities and I don’t imagine we spend much time in any of them either. It might be more accurate to call this “San Gabriel Valley Passion” since we hit just about every city in the valley.  But we start in Pasadena and I’m sure that’s where the name comes from. The long and the medium stay together for about the first 25 miles as they head east along the northern edge of the valley to San Dimas and Puddingstone Lake. The medium then heads back while the long continues further east to the edge of Pomona before circling back on a more southerly route through the valley. The two routes come back together for about the last 18 miles, but each has its own lunch stop. The short stays close to the start and tours only Arcadia, San Marino and Pasadena. At the end of the long route sheet you are asked if you can name all 17 cities you have passed through. Why not try to keep track of them today and see how many you can name at the end. START:  PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL near the intersection of Orange Grove and Sierra Madre Blvds.  From the Foothill Frwy (210), off & north on Sierra Madre Blvd to school on left.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, November 23, 9:00 a.m. THANKSGIVING DAY RIDE (Long 39 mi & 1100 ft, Medium 37 mi & 1000 ft, Short 27 mi & 600 ft) The big question in my mind this Thanksgiving is whether Trump will pardon the turkey. He breaks with tradition on so many things, who knows if the turkey will live or die this year. I imagine if he doesn’t do it, there will be many “Save the Turkey” rallies across the country. Maybe this ride will have to be cancelled because of the crowds in the street. But assuming that doesn’t happen, we will be riding our usual Thanksgiving ride today. Our routes today are old standards. The long and medium head to the Palisades where we may well see a live turkey. A couple of them have been there the last several years. We thought they were going to be gone last year, but the owners had not moved away as planned, so the turkeys were still there. 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 (since most turkeys don’t get a pardon). Now that I think of it, Trump wouldn’t have the heart to announce he was not going to pardon the turkey – he would have his Secretary of Agriculture make the announcement. 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 26 – 8:30 a.m. WINDING ROADS OF ORANGE COUNTY (Long 61 mi & 3000 ft, Medium 53 mi & 3000 ft, Short 32 mi & 800 ft) If you ate too much on Thanksgiving and have been indulging in leftovers the last two days, you might feel the need to work off some of those extra calories. Why not join your fellow club members and work them off together. Today’s routes are perfect. The climbing is mostly long gentle grades so you won’t be working too hard, but you will still burn plenty of calories. All three routes stay together for the first 17 miles, so you can wait and see just how many calories you want to burn off today before deciding which route you want to finish today. The long and medium are similar but the long adds a loop (and a hill) in the middle before rejoining the Medium. The short makes its own way back to the start. The riding is pleasant. The roads of Orange County really are winding. Except for the ending stretch on Irvine Blvd which is as straight as an arrow for many miles, I don’t think you ever travel much more than half a mile without at least curving a little. I think this makes for a more interesting ride rather than simply staring ahead into an endless straightaway. So come on down and wind around with us today and burn off some of that extra turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. 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 29th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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

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

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