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By Rod Doty, VP

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JUNE SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 1st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, June 3 – 7:00 a.m. FULLBORE FOR FILLMORE (114/118 mi & 7000/7200 ft) NOTE EARLIER START TIME. It is training week 10 and my Step 10 to a better Grand Tour is “Putting It All Together.” We have done trainers that emphasized climbing and some that emphasized endurance but now it’s time to put it all together. At 114 miles, it is the longest of our trainers and at 7000 feet of climbing, it is almost tops in that category as well. Not only that, but the profile today is definitely more like that of the Grand Tour than most of our trainers. It has several moderate climbs scattered throughout the course, like the Grand Tour, but not the huge mountain climbs we have been using in other trainers. So today we put it all together in a “mini-Grand Tour.” Let’s review the climbs. First it’s over Sepulveda (not bad) and across the valley and over the hill to Valencia (no worse than Sepulveda). Then it’s the long flat run to Fillmore for lunch (it may be flat, but is often into a headwind). After lunch, its over Grimes Canyon to Moorpark  toughest climb of the day but even it is not too steep. We climb the ridge over to Thousand Oaks where we pick up Mulholland Hwy (which has a few small hills). Then you have a choice of a Valley return (over Sepulveda again) or going over Old Topanga to the coast for a coastal return (one or two final climbs either way). Just take the day one hill at a time like you will on the Grand Tour and you will be just fine. Finish this one and you are actually ready for the Grand Tour. The last two weeks will just be polishing. So put it all together today and you’ll be well on your way to a fine Grand Tour. START:  BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY 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, June 4 – 8:30 a.m. REVEL THE ROLLIES FROM REDHILL  (Long 63 mi & 3300 ft, Medium 50 mi & 3000 ft, Short 28 mi & 500 ft) Something I’ve always wondered about the name “Redhill” – Where’s the hill?  I’ve ridden the entire length of Redhill Ave and there doesn’t really seem to be a hill – red or otherwise. A little digging on Google and it turns out there IS a Redhill – it’s just not on Redhill Ave.  It’s not far away – just off Browning Street. It’s only 347 feet high, but has an interesting history including mining. Well, we’re not riding Redhill today – we’re just starting there. But with the word “Rollies” in the title, you can bet we will be doing some other hills. “Rollies” implies moderate hills and that’s the case for most of today’s routes. The short and the medium today probably fit most people’s idea of rollies. The short simply loops around the Irvine area. The medium route follows the long southeast down to Mission Viejo and then back through Irvine. There are no huge climbs on the medium so it could probably be accurately described as rolly. But the long adds an extended loop in the middle of the route taking them down to Capistrano for lunch. On the return from this loop to rejoin the medium route, we ride up Pacific Island Drive. This climb of about a mile does not fit my idea of a rolly. The rest of the route is fine, but I just want to warn you about that one climb – a bit more than a “rolly.” But I guess you have to expect a little more difficulty on a long route. Anyway, join us at Redhill and see what you think.  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, June 7th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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

Saturday, June 10 – 8:00 a.m. ANGELES CREST SAN GABRIEL CANYON (88 mi & 8300 ft.) It is training week 11 and my Step 11 to a better Grand Tour is “Believe It.” If you have been doing all or most of the training rides, you are probably ready for the Grand Tour, but you might not yet believe you are ready. Having confidence in your ability to complete a double century is almost as important as being physically ready. Many consider today’s trainer to be the hardest. Complete today’s ride and it should help you believe you can do the double. It may be the hardest, but it has also become our most popular trainer of the year – often attracting riders we haven’t seen on any of the earlier trainers. The reason is that it is such a classic route. It’s not just the difficulty of over 8000 feet of climbing in only 88 miles, but it’s the beauty and mountain solitude of much of the route that makes this trainer so popular. Unlike last week this route consists largely of one huge climb followed by one long downhill. That’s not the type of terrain you will find on the Grand Tour, but the long sustained effort of a long climb is still excellent training for any endurance event. And besides, I have always found it easier to approach this ride by treating it as a series of smaller climbs strung together. First you ride from Duarte to the base of Angeles Crest – a net gain, but no major climbs. Second – up Angeles Crest to Clear Creek – the biggest stretch of climbing on the ride. Third — up to Red Box – tough but only 5 miles. Fourth — to Lunch at Newcombs Ranch – Up and down with a net gain. Fifth — up to Cloud Burst Summit – the hardest 6 miles, but it takes you to the highest point of the ride. Sixth — to Hwy 39 – mostly rolling terrain with a small net loss. Now you are ready for the payoff – about 30 miles of mostly downhill. Break it down like that and it can be done. You really wont want to miss this one. The scenery, the mountain air, the mountain goats, etc. It’s an unbelievable ride, but it should make you believe in yourself. START: Encanto Park in Duarte.  Take 605 Frwy north to end, off and R (east) on Huntington / Foothill Blvd 0.6 mile, L Encanto Parkway (before crossing river) to park on Left. 

Sunday, June 11 – 8:30 a.m. LONG BEACH RIDES (Long 64 mi & 1400 ft, Medium 45 mi. & 500 feet, Short 31 mi. & 500 ft) Long Beach touts itself as one of the most bike-friendly cities around. In recent years they have added miles and miles of designated bike routes. They have numbered many of these and as you ride though the city you often see signs indicating the number of the bike route you are on. I’ve never been able to make head nor tails of these numbers. I’ve looked at a bike map of Long Beach and they still don’t make sense to me. Well, maybe today as we ride though the city, we can figure it out. 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. So why not join us today. Maybe some of our Long Beach members will explain those bike route numbers to us. 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, June 14th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, June 15th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, June 17 – 8:00 a.m. BYWAYS OF PALOS VERDES (74 mi & 5300 ft) It is training week 12 and the last step to a better Grand Tour is “Don’t Worry – Be Happy.” Ok, I stole that one from that song, but the point is this: You are trained and ready for the Grand Tour, so now enjoy it. There is no point in riding the Grand Tour if you don’t enjoy it. Sure, the going may get tough next week, but when it does, don’t worry about it. Your training will carry you through the rough spots. Just keep riding and be happy. To help you get into this frame of mind, by tradition, our last trainer is slightly easier than the last few weeks. Not that this is any piece of cake – you do have to keep those muscles supple. The route is one we have used many times in the past as our final trainer. The route heads down to Palos Verdes to do some climbing. Although even the longest climbs to the top of Palos Verdes are no more than about 800 feet of gain, today we will be doing that three times during a single loop around the peninsula. Lunch is after completing the final climb. After lunch, it is a quick ride back north to the start. Congratulations if you have completed most of the trainers. You are now fully trained. I say this every year, and I think it has always proved to be true  if you have done all or most of the training rides, you will have no problem completing the Grand Tour. So don’t worry – be happy! START:  BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY 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, June 18, 8:30 a.m. STRAIGHT COW MOUNTAIN (Long 56 mi & 2300 ft, Medium 47mi & 2000 ft, Short 32mi & 600 ft) Recently I passed through the intersection of Beverly & Workman Mill Rd in Whittier and noticed that a Pho restaurant has now opened in the location where we sometimes stop for lunch on certain rides. I’ve never been to a Pho restaurant and I thought to myself that the next time we did one of our routes that stop here, maybe I’ll try it. Well, today could be that day. Today’s routes are one of two route sets which feature Turnbull Canyon. One rides Turnbull from west to east and today’s routes ride Turnbull from east to west. Only the long and medium routes go over Turnbull today. The long does some extra miles and a little extra climbing before Turnbull, while it’s the only major hill for the medium. Both have lunch in Whittier at the location mentioned above after going over Turnbull. As mentioned, the short doesn’t do Turnbull at all but rides to Whittier Narrows and cruises the Rio Hondo before returning to the start. I just checked the web for Pho-Oology in Whittier and it appears to offer table service rather than counter service which we usually prefer on rides because it is faster. But maybe we can make an exception today or there is always Jersey Mike’s next door. START:  ALHAMBRA PARK in ALHAMBRA. From the San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & north on Fremont 2 miles, R-Alhambra Rd to 4 blocks to Park.  Park on Raymond on East side

Wednesday, June 21st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Wednesday, June 21 – 6:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING & GRAND TOUR PACKET STUFFING. This is our annual June meeting at which, in addition to the usual activities, we will be preparing the rider packets for this weekend’s Grand Tour. PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY INSTEAD OF THE USUAL THURSDAY AND STARTS AT 6:30 INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 7:30. We will be meeting in the Rec Room at Rod Doty’s condo complex in Culver City. This is the same place we held this meeting last year. We will be doing the usual things such as preparing schedules for mailing and holding a business meeting, but most of the night will be spent in preparing the packets for the Grand Tour riders and doing other Grand Tour related tasks. For this we will need more attendees than we usually get, so we have some added inducements. There will be food and other snacks. Last year we had Chinese food. So why not plan to join us and help us out. Many hands make light work as they say. PLACE: 4900 Overland Ave, Culver City 90230. This is on Overland between Culver Bl. and Jefferson Bl. directly across from the Library and next to Ballona Creek. Unfortunately, parking is on the street. Directions to the rec room will be posted at the front gate.  NOTE: You must RSVP if you plan to attend. Not only do we need a count for food purposes, but you will need a code to punch in at the front gate to get in. You will be given the code when you RSVP. Please RSVP to Rod at roddoty@nullroadrunner.com  Meeting night instructions: call Kermit at (310) 367-0458. 

Thursday, June 22nd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Saturday, June 24 THE GRAND TOUR This is it – the big event. Can you ride 200 or 300 or even 400 miles in a single day? Full details and registration information can be found on the club web site: www.lawheelmen.org This is the event of the year in the club and if you aren’t up for riding it, you should join the staff and help make it another success. 

Sunday, June 25 – 9:00 a.m. WILL ROGERS PARK (Medium 35 mi & 2200 ft, short 28 mi & 1400 ft) Today is the day after the Grand Tour and traditionally many (if not most) members are too tired from either riding the Grand Tour or staffing the Grand Tour to show up for a ride this morning. So, just in case some of them manage to crawl out of bed this morning, we usually schedule an easy ride from the Corner. Today’s routes are perfect for this. There are only medium and short routes today (which works out well since most would be too tired for a long route). Both routes head to the polo grounds at Will Rodgers Park where they often are actually playing polo. You can stop and watch the action. The short pretty much just heads to the park and back. The medium takes a slightly more circuitous route there and a little extra loop on the way back with a little extra climbing thrown in. Both routes meet up at the park and for lunch in Santa Monica. When I ride the Grand Tour, I always try to ride the next day just to show that the Grand Tour is no big thing to me, but most years I don’t make it out of bed in time. If I do show up this year, I’ll be riding the short route for sure.  START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 1.2 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Wednesday, June 28th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, June 29th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

JULY SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 2 – 8:30 a.m. MALIBU VISTAS (Long 64 mi &  7600 ft, Medium 51 mi & 5300 ft, Short 39 mi & 2000 ft.) NOTE: This ride has been rescheduled from July 23rd as previously published. Time once again for the 7th installment of my annual cycling soap opera: “Malibu Vistas.” The club has a new president named Danny. He fancies himself quite a lady’s man, but most of the members think he’s kind of a jerk. No one is sure how he got elected since he is new to cycling and doesn’t know much about the club or its routes. It’s time for their annual ride in Malibu. Danny asks several women which route they will be riding. They tell him they want to ride the long, thinking he will never be able to do that and they won’t have to ride with him. “Fabulous” he says. “I’ve got a terrific new bike – the best bike ever made – and that should make it easy for me to ride up hills.” So they all take off up Latigo. Danny falls back and they have to wait quite a while for him at the top. When he gets there he says “That was tough – who knew climbing 2000 feet could be hard?”  The route then takes them down Mulholland to the coast and on to Neptune’s Net for lunch. Danny falls back even on the downhill. When he arrives he explains that “I decided to ride ‘off the back.’  Do you know the phrase ‘off the back?’ I just made it up.”  After lunch, the long and medium routes split. The long goes up Yerba Buena while the medium heads back along the coast. Danny knows he can’t do any more big climbs, but hates to admit he’s been beat. He says “I’m going to take the medium route back – it’s much more nicelyer. The long route is for losers.” When the long riders get back to the start, Danny had just come in himself and he is clearly totally exhausted. They laugh at him and tell him next time he should consider riding the short route which simply goes up and down the coast without any major climbs. Danny is pretty upset to hear them make jokes about his riding. “I had better not read anything about today’s ride in the failing club newsletter” he shouted at them. But the joke is on him – the club newsletter failed several years ago. Will Danny be able to finish out his term as club president? Come back next year and find out in another exciting episode of “Malibu Vistas.” START: MALIBU CIVIC CENTER. North on PCH to Malibu (just before hill up to Pepperdine) and Right on Webb Way one block and Right on Civic Center way to Civic Center on Left. We usually park on the street due to farmer’s market in the parking lot.

Tuesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m FIRECRACKER SPECIAL. (Long 41 mi & 800 ft, Medium 37 mi & 400 ft, Short 25 mi & 300 ft). When I was working, it was never good when the 4th of July fell on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday because we didn’t get a 3-day weekend. It’s a good thing I’m not working because that’s exactly when the 4th will fall in the next 3 years. But maybe this will be good for our annual Independence Day ride. Without a 3-day weekend in which to plan family trips or extended vacations, maybe more members will show up for our ride today. Attendance has been down the last few years, but maybe that was because the 4th was part of a 3-day weekend.  I guess we will see. You should consider joining us today because these are nice little routes. The long and the medium are the same as they wander around the Long Beach area until they eventually stop in Long Beach or Belmont Shores for lunch. The long makes a run up to Signal Hill (for a nice view from the park up there) before returning to the start while the medium heads more directly back. The short is pretty much a shorter version of the long and medium, riding in the same area. The long has only about 800 feet of climbing and that includes Signal Hill, so you can imagine how flat the medium and short are. They are all short enough that you should get home in time to watch some fireworks or barbecue in the backyard. So come on out – What else have you got to do on a holiday in the middle of the week. 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, July 5th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 6th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, July 9 – 8:00 a.m. POKING AROUND PALOS VERDES. (century 94 mi & 4100 ft, metric century 60+ mi) NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME. Now that the Grand Tour training rides are over, we are going to return to holding our Century of the month on Sundays. So today is our official century of the month for July. Although we haven’t put the exact route together yet, there will also be a metric century route which will be a cut-down version of the full century. The route for the full century takes us from Brentwood down to Palos Verdes for a loop around the peninsula and then back with a little looping around in Palos Verdes to give us enough miles. The trip down is more inland (when it is still cool) and the trip back is closer to the coast. In between we are in Palos Verdes where it should be cooler. There are some surprise hills along the way which are fairly steep, but not very long. There is one hill in San Pedro that will definitely get your attention. You might want to bring low gears. Many of the streets we will be riding are not used by the usual routes to and from Palos Verdes, so it should be something new for many of you. The good news is that if it’s really hot, the whole ride is right in our back yard and if it proves to be too much for you, it’s always easy to jump on the bike path for an easy trip back to the start. How can you pass up a deal like that? So come on out for a cool ride on a hot day. Of course, the route does pass 3 oil refineries and I suppose if one of them were to explode (like the one in Torrance seems to have a habit of doing) it could make for a very hot ride.  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, July 12th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 13th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, July 16 – 8:30 a.m. WATERMELON RIDE (Medium 39 mi & 700 ft, Short, 29 mi & 500 ft)  Today is our annual Watermelon ride which ends in riders coming together to enjoy cold watermelon in the park. We have some official routes which you can ride today, and I’ll get to them in a minute, but really today could be called “Make Up Your Own Ride Day.” That is because in the last few years I think more than half the riders who show up at the park for watermelon didn’t ride the official routes, but instead simply devised their own routes (usually from home) to the park. So why fight it? No matter how you get there we simply encourage all our members to make their way to Carlson Park in Culver City today to enjoy the watermelon. Since a great number of our members live on the Westside and in the South Bay, the park is in easy reach of a moderate ride from home. But if you want a little company on your ride, we do have those official routes I mentioned. We only have two relatively short and easy routes which start from Carlson Park in Culver City. Both head to the coast, but the medium then heads south to Palos Verdes and back while the Short heads north to Santa Monica and back. Just enough to work up an appetite for the watermelon which will be waiting for you when you return to the park. The perfect end to the day. For those planning their own ride, the watermelon will probably be ready to serve anytime from 11 a.m. until mid-afternoon. So join us. We don’t care how you get there – just get there. START: CARLSON PARK in Culver City. From San Diego Frwy, off and east on either Culver or Washington (careful–neither of those exits actually put you directly on those streets). Right on Overland and Left on Braddock a few blocks to park. We will meet at the northeast corner of the park.

Sunday, July 16 – 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 we have a special inducement. The newcomer ride will take you over to Culver City for the club’s annual watermelon fest (see ride above). 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 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Wednesday, July 19th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 20th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Thursday, July 20 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. We couldn’t find a host for our July meeting so it looks like we will be falling back on our Plan B which is one of the meeting rooms at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center.  I’m not sure which room it will be yet, but most likely it will be A, B or C (sort of multiple choice). I’ll try to update this on the club web site when we know, so check back there when the meeting date arrives. This will be our first meeting after the Grand Tour, so we usually get a report on how this year’s event went. Other than that, the meeting will be the usual thing – get the schedules ready for mailing and hold a business meeting. There will be refreshments, although we don’t yet have someone to provide them, but I’m sure we’ll get someone.  PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM A, B or C 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The conference rooms are in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking.     

Sunday, JULY 23 – 8:30 a.m. JOHNS RIVER RIDE (Long 59 mi & 1800 ft, Medium 53 mi & 1100 ft, Short 36 mi & 500 ft) NOTE: This ride has been rescheduled from July 2nd as previously published. A few months ago we did a century which rode much of the Santa Ana River Trail. At that time I was surprised at the number of homeless encampments along the river. All together they would constitute a small town. It’s sad really that so many are homeless, but when you see it I think the emotion you are more likely to experience is amazement. There are so many and some are so inventive in setting up their encampments. Well, you will have a chance to see it for yourself today and you don’t have to ride a full century. 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. Add a few extra miles to either the long or medium and you can get in your metric century for the month of July. START:  BOYSEN PARK in Anaheim.  From Artesia/Riverside Frwy (91), off & south on State College Blvd, R – Vermont to Park

Wednesday, July 26th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 27th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, July 30 – 9:00 a.m. OFF TO THE RACES (Long 70 mi & 2800 ft, Short 35 mi & 800 ft) The Tour de France ended last Sunday but that doesn’t mean you have to stop watching bicycle racing. There is an annual day of racing right here in Manhattan Beach and for over 50 years now, the club has been attending. It’s called the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix and we will be riding down from the “Corner” to take in some of the races. These are circuit races where the racers ride a relatively short circuit, so all you have to do is stand there and wait and the racers will come screaming by every few minutes. In between races there are vendors and other things to see. We offer two options today depending on what you want to do. The short route is just a ride from the “Corner” down to Manhattan Beach and back with a rest in the middle as you watch some racing. For those wanting a little more, there is the long route which adds a trip into Palos Verdes before getting to the races. Watching races, whether it’s the Tour de France or racing like this, always gets me in the mood to ride. So come on out and get motivated. 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. 

AUGUST SCHEDULE

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

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Thursday, August 3rd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, August 6  8:30 a.m. SOUTH BAY RAMBLE (aka, The Ice Cream Ride) (Long 55 mi & 2800 ft, Medium 43 mi & 2000 ft, Short 36 mi & 1800 ft) Nothing hits the spot at the end of a ride in August like some nice cold ice cream. That’s why for many years now we have run this ride in August and at the end of the ride one of our many Westchester based members has opened their home to the riders for an ice cream party. This year our host is a new one – Gary Murphy – who lives a mere mile from the start/finish of this ride. But let’s talk about the ride first. These routes fit in with a theme for our August rides and that theme is the “South Bay” It makes sense that in the warmest month we would want to stick close to the ocean. Today, all routes head (ramble) to Palos Verdes and back. The long circles the peninsula in a clockwise manner. The medium only goes as far as the whale watch before returning. The short only tours the Malaga Cove area before returning by a shorter route than the medium and long. All routes are relatively easy. At the conclusion of the ride, your route slip will provide instructions to Gary’s home and the ice cream. Corner riders and others often join us for the ice cream even if they do not ride the day’s scheduled routes. It is up to the host to select the ice cream and toppings available, so it should be interesting to see what our new host comes up with. START:  WESTCHESTER PARK in Westchester.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off and West on Manchester, Left at Loyola into Library lot (just before Lincoln).

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

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Thursday, August 10th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Saturday, August 13 – 8:00 a.m. COASTAL CRUISE CENTURY (Full Century 95 mi & 3400 ft, Metric Century 60+ mi & 2000 ft (approx.)) NOTE: 8 a.m start time. This is our August Century of the month. We have used this century as one of our summer centuries for several years now although not always in August. It fits right in with our August theme of riding the South Bay and is another obvious attempt to get our miles in during the hot days of summer while still staying somewhat cool. This year we are adding a metric century which is simply the full century, but it turns around a little sooner. I’ve mentioned this before, but one reason I like this route (full century) is that it has the option of going to either of two of my favorite lunch locations: Five Guys or Pick-Up-Stix. Five Guys tastes better, but Pick-Up-Stix is probably better for you. Isn’t that how it always is? It’s hard for me to choose. It’s a relatively easy century as centuries go, and it rides near the coast much of the day so it should be cool for an August ride. The route heads down to Seal Beach and back. On the way down we do a little climbing in Palos Verdes (almost half the climbing of the entire ride). We take an interesting route through the harbor area which is nicer than you might think. The Long Beach Bike Path gets us to Seal Beach. The route back is a bit more inland and includes a trip up to the top of Signal Hill in case you missed it on July 4th. The metric stays with the full century down to the edge of Long Beach and then jogs over on the LA River to pick up the full century route again for the return. It includes the climbing through Palos Verdes which the full century does, but cuts off the trip up Signal Hill on the return. So why not join us for this annual summer event and get your August century in. START:  DEL REY LAGOON in Playa Del Rey.  From San Diego Frwy off and west on Culver Blvd (or off and west on Jefferson, which runs into Culver) to end (approx. 4 mi). R – Pacific Ave to park (Pacific Ave & Convoy)

Wednesday, August 16th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, August 17th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Thursday, August 17 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. We don’t have a host for our August meeting yet, but we will by next month. So check back then. For now, just note the date and plan to attend.

Sunday, August 20 – 8:30 a.m. BALBOA/ NEWPORT (Long 66 mi & 2200 ft, Medium 49 mi & 1500 ft, Short 37 mi & 800 ft) Today’s routes do not quite fit with our August theme of riding the South Bay, but it does stick relatively close to the ocean so it’s like a South Bay ride — just a bit further south. Once upon a time, I believe one the purposes of these routes was to stop and visit an automotive museum in the Newport or Tustin area. At some point we quit doing that, but we kept riding the routes. Maybe the museum went away – I couldn’t find any reference to such a museum on the web. Anyway, now it’s one of several routes we do each summer which rides the ferry at Balboa Island. We were on the ferry back on July 23rd, and now we are making our second trip this summer. This time we will be riding the ferry in the opposite direction. It’s amazing how different the bay looks from the opposite direction. The long and the medium get to the ferry via Laguna Canyon and a trip north along the coast to Newport and the Island. The short takes a more direct route via the San Diego Creek trail and the Back Bay. Once off the ferry the short and medium take a fairly direct route back to the start while the long adds on a few extra miles. There is not a lot of climbing on any of these routes and the scenery is pleasant. So come on down for our only ride this month away from the South Bay. The change in location will do you good. 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, August 23rd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, August 24th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, August 27 – 8:30 a.m. HILLS OF THE SOUTH BAY (Long 52 mi & 4100 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2900 ft, Short 27 mi & 1900 ft) Today’s routes complete our theme of riding in the South Bay in August. If you haven’t had enough of the South Bay yet, this will make you sick of the place because the routes spend the entire day crisscrossing the area. Not only that, but when David Nakai created these routes, his idea was to find just about every hill in the South Bay and ride up and down them. Sounds tough, but I finally rode the entire long the last time we ran these routes in 2015 and I’m here to tell you it’s not so bad. You just have to take it easy and one hill at a time. There are LOTS of hills, but none of them are very long. A few, like the climb up 190th Street, is rather steep, but the steep ones are not that long. Few of the hills ever get much over 100 feet above sea level. The long, medium, and short are all similar, and only vary by length and the number of hills they do. Actually, the most difficult part of the ride is avoiding the temptation to cut it short. As you loop around the South Bay all day, you are never very far from the start and it is so easy to just call it quits and take an easy route back to the start. I suppose that can be a plus as well since you know going in that you won’t be stranded miles from your car if the going is just too hard. Temptation or asset? You decide. Just pick your length and come on out. START: DEL AIRE PARK in Hawthorne. From the San Diego Frwy, off and West on El Segundo Blvd (1 or 2 blocks), R on Isis Ave. to park on Left.

Wednesday, August 30th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, August 31st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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