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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NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No Triple Dipper Ride on Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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DECEMBER SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 2nd – 8:30 a.m. VALLEY RALLY (Long 50 mi. & 3500 ft; Medium with hill, 40 mi & 1700 ft; Medium without hill, 42 mi & 1100 ft; Short 33 mi & 1200 ft.)  A “rally” would imply a significant number of people, but lately we haven’t been getting as many riders out for our rides as we used to. I’m not sure 5 or 6 make a rally. I would settle for 10. So let’s shoot for that. We really should get more, but 10 in my minimum for a rally. And where will we rally? We will be riding the San Gabriel Valley today — specifically the Whittier, Industry and Diamond Bar areas. All routes ride the same area, but don’t stick together much. All routes head east from Whittier. The Long makes it all the way to Pomona and then returns via Diamond Bar Blvd and Brea Cutoff to Industry for lunch. After lunch it’s a quick hop over Turnbull back to the start. The two mediums head to Industry to join the Longs for lunch (probably beating them there) either by going over Turnbull or around it. They both make an easy return. The Short doesn’t go quite as far east as the mediums before returning to Whittier. The only major hill today on any of the routes is Turnbull and that’s not really so bad. However, the medium does it going out and the long hits it going back. So come on out. We really can’t have a “rally” without you. START:  Sorensen Park in Whittier From 605 Frwy, off and east on Washington 0.5 mi. to left on Broadway to Park on right.

Wednesday, December 5th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, December 6th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, December 9th – 7:30 a.m. (full century) and 8:30 a.m. (metric century) FOOTHILL FOOTSIE CENTURY (Century 92 mi & 3700 ft, Metric Century 66 mi & 2400 ft). This is our 9th year in a row riding this century designed by Dennis Miller as our December Century of the month, but it may well be the first year Dennis does not ride with us. Although he does come back to LA from time to time, he has moved to Arizona. It’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas, and I often play a game on this ride called “Count the Christmas Trees.” You count how many cars you see with a Christmas tree on top. I think the count was higher when we used to run this ride on Saturday but today should still be a big tree buying day. We do pass a couple of tree lots on the return, so that’s prime tree counting territory. The century is so named because it roughly parallels Foothill Blvd (sometimes actually riding Foothill) from La Crescenta east through the San Gabriel Valley all the way to Claremont and back. Although the route has a lot of short ups and downs, there are no mountain climbs, and that makes for a fairly easy ride. Most of the roads should be familiar to anyone who has ridden with the club a lot or who rides the San Gabriel Valley often. NOTE: The metric century has a separate start location. In order to give metric century riders the best portion of the full century, they are starting at the Pasadena High School and riding the center portion of the full century route out to Claremont and back. By starting an hour later, they should meet up with the full century riders either along the route or at lunch. I often lose track of my tree count – pity there is no app for that. FULL CENTURY START: LA CRESCENTA PARK in Glendale.  From the Foothill Frwy (210), off and south on Pennsylvania, R- Honolulu to Park (on left) at Frederick St.

METRIC CENTURY 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, December 12th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, December 13th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, December 16th – 8:30 a.m. EXPLORING THE ENVIRONS (Long 57 mi. & 3700 ft; Medium 51 mi. & 2800 ft; Short 24 mi. & 1300 ft) It’s the holiday season and people are busy. Presents to buy, last minute tax planning to do, relatives to ignore – whatever. So maybe a nice local ride in familiar areas is just what we need now. Today we start from our old haunt – the “Corner” near Olympic and La Cienega — and ride out to the Valley and back.  Nothing too strenuous – just the thing to sooth that holiday stress. Both the long and medium go out to the Valley by somewhat differing routes. The long goes over Beverly Glen, while the medium uses Sepulveda. The long goes west on Wells drive, the medium a flatter route. The long goes to the coast via Old Topanga, the medium uses New Topanga. Meanwhile, the short never goes to the valley at all. It goes up Franklin Cyn to the nature center. Take your time and enjoy your riding companions. There is still a week to deal with the holiday stress — like getting all those holiday letters from old friends whose lives seemed to have turned out so much better than yours — #@*&%!!! See–You need this ride. 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, December 16th – 8:30 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. It’s the end of the year and you may be thinking of setting a resolution for yourself to start riding your bike more in 2019. Club riding can be the key to keeping that resolution. 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. This week’s regular club ride starts at the same time and location (see above) and you will also have the option of riding with those riders. 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, December 19th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, December 20th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, December 20 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING Once again we are holding our meeting in meeting room “C” at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. We are considering setting this up as our permanent meeting location since we have so much trouble finding hosts. At least we would know where the meeting is every month well in advance. Why not show up to voice your opinion of this plan. The meeting will consist of the same activities. We will get the schedules ready for mailing and hold a business meeting and there will be refreshments (although we still need someone to provide those refreshments). However, we will also open nominations for club officer’s for the coming year. We currently don’t have a club secretary, so there’s an opening for someone who would like to participate more in the club and you won’t be displacing anyone. No hard feelings at all. Just the thanks of your fellow club members. Think about it PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM C 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The conference rooms are in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking.

Sunday, December 23rd – 8:30 a.m. HONOLULU FOR LUNCH (Long 64 mi & 2500 ft; Medium 48 mi & 1800 ft; Short 32 mi & 1700 ft) I tried to find out how Honolulu Avenue in Montrose got its name, but couldn’t come up with anything. I did find out that when Montrose was first established, the intention was that Montrose Avenue would be the main business street. That is why it is so wide. But for unknown reasons, businesses began to locate along Honolulu Ave. and today that is the main business district. So much for urban planning. Anyway, today’s destination is Honolulu Blvd. in Montrose. All routes head to Montrose, although despite the title, the long does not have lunch there. The long and medium stay together on a circuitous route up to Montrose where the mediums have lunch. The long continues up and over La Tuna Canyon to circle back to the start. The medium heads back the way they came. The short heads straight to Montrose and then joins the Medium riders on the return. There are several short climbs, but only the long does a major hill (and even that is not so bad with a 4 mile downhill as a payoff). If anyone out there has information on the naming of Honolulu Avenue, I’d be interested. START:  BARNES PARK in MONTEREY PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & south on Garfield, R – Newmark, L – McPherrin to the Park. You might want to get there early to get a parking space as the park gets heavy use by morning exercise groups.

Tuesday, December 25  8:30 a.m. CHRISTMAS DAY RIDE (44 mi & 2600 ft). I thought about being politically correct and naming this ride the “Holiday Ride” but who would we be fooling – it’s scheduled for December 25th.  But we don’t really celebrate Christmas on the ride or any other holiday for that matter. The only reason we schedule a ride today is that most riders have the day off and the streets are unusually quiet. That makes it the perfect day to ride along Mulholland, through Echo Park and through downtown Los Angeles. Things are usually hopping on Olvera Street as we ride through and also in Chinatown where we stop for lunch or a break. But other than those two places, the stillness of the city is really something to see. And of course there is the ride along Carrol Ave with its restored Victorian homes, which we hit just before going downtown. Traditionally, we stop there for a group photo. You won’t want to miss that. All in all it is a pleasant holiday ride, and if you are celebrating Christmas, it should get you back in time for a nice holiday dinner. So why not join us. You’ve got the day off – use it! 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, December 26th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, December 27th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, December 30 – 8:30 a.m. LEGG LAKE (long 57 mi & 1500 ft, medium 55 mi & 1500 ft, short 41 mi & 1500 ft) It is our last ride of the year. Just about your last chance to add to your 2018 mileage total. Perhaps we should offer a century today for those who still need as many miles as possible to reach a goal. But if that’s the case, you’ll just have to get those miles on your own. We start near the Rose Bowl, so you could always do laps around it to get any extra needed miles. But if you only need around 50 miles, today’s ride is for you. Our destination today is Legg Lake which is in the Whittier Narrows area. Only the medium and short riders go into the park to actually see the lake, but the long riders ride past the entrance. The long and medium head through San Marino and Alhambra to the San Gabriel River which they take to the Whittier Narrows area for lunch. The long continues the river north to the Santa Fe dam for a long loop back. The Medium takes a shorter route back after circling Legg Lake. The short simply takes a more direct route to Whittier Narrows where it joins the Medium for the tour of the lake and the return. I notice that all 3 routes have the same amount of elevation gain. I think this may be the only set of rides we have for which that is true. So there really isn’t much choice if you are looking for some hills to reach an annual climbing goal this year. 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.

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