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By Rod Doty, VP

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JUNE SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 1 – 7:00 a.m. FULLBORE FOR FILLMORE (114/118 mi & 7000/7200 ft) NOTE EARLIER START TIME. Today’s inspirational song is “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2h9HPZhqHE

This is our longest trainer and when facing all those miles, certainly a good attitude to take is that you “won’t back down.”  Not only is this the longest trainer, but it can be argued that it is the most difficult trainer. Today is week 10 and we are almost at the end of our training. Previously we have done a couple of centuries which didn’t have a lot of climbing and we have done shorter rides that had one or more tough climbs. Today we put it all together with a trainer of 114 miles which is well over a century and with 7000 feet of climbing which is about as much as any of the trainers has. However, 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. 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 just “don’t back down.” 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 2 – 8:30 a.m. ARCADIA & STUFF. (Long 43 mi & 2800 ft; Medium 35 mi & 1400 ft; Short 27 mi & 1100 ft) I had wanted to run these routes earlier in the year, but the road to Chantry Flats was closed. It is open now and this gives us a chance to offer this great challenge — Ride yesterday’s Grand Tour Trainer and then show up today and make it up to Chantry. A special commendation will go out to anyone who does it. Of course these are nice routes even if you didn’t ride yesterday. The highlight of the day (and it is only on the long) is the climb up to Chantry Flats. Unfortunately, there is nothing flat about Chantry Flats. It’s a good 4 to 5 mile climb. Most of it isn’t too steep, but the first mile or so at the bottom up to the gate where Chantry Flats Road actually starts is very discouraging. Just remember that once you make it through the gate, the going will get easier. Of course, it isn’t the only thing we offer today. We have the usual 3 routes. All routes start with a lap around the Rose Bowl. From there, we ride over to San Marino, Arcadia and then the long makes the trip up to Chantry Flats. The medium doesn’t make this climb, but simply proceeds directly to lunch. After coming back down from Chantry, the long riders re-join the mediums at lunch. Lunch is at Tops in Pasadena which serves up large portions. If you rode yesterday, you will be needing those calories. Even if you didn’t ride yesterday, if you just came down from Chantry, you have earned a hearty lunch. Both long and medium return together after lunch by a fairly direct route. The short is similar to the medium but doesn’t go as far east and doesn’t go to Tops for lunch. So come on out. Whether you are going for the two-day commendation or not, it’s a pleasant ride. Why not try the trip to Chantry? After all, if it proves too tough, you can always turn around and coast back down. 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 of the park.

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

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

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Saturday, June 8 – 8:00 a.m. ANGELES CREST SAN GABRIEL CANYON (88 mi & 8300 ft.) Today’s inspirational song is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Like some of our other songs, the lyrics don’t exactly fit cycling, but the main refrain of “I will survive” is still a good mantra to repeat to yourself as you climb to the top today. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2G-iI3-I

Many consider today’s trainer to be the hardest and it does have the most climbing of all the trainers. 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. Just remember – you will survive. NOTE: Currently a portion of Angeles Crest is closed beyond Redbox. If it remains closed, this will necessitate a detour down Angeles Forest and up Upper Big Tujunga which will add miles and elevation gain. Since we won’t know if it remains closed right up to the ride date, we will provide both route sheets (with detour and without). 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 9 – 8:30 a.m. BALBOA/ NEWPORT (Long 66 mi & 2200 ft, Medium 49 mi & 1500 ft, Short 37 mi & 800 ft) These are traditional summer routes,  but we are running them a bit early this year – summer doesn’t start officially for a couple of weeks. But maybe that will mean the crowds in Balboa won’t be as bad as they often are later in the summer. The routes will have us riding the Balboa ferry, which brings up an interesting point. The trip across the channel on the ferry is about 0.2 miles but since your wheels are not turning as you ride the ferry, traditional bike computers would not add that extra 0.2 miles to your total. But GPS computers will detect your movement across the water and add it to your total. Should you count that extra 0.2?  I leave it up to your own conscience. 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 an early season ride in Balboa. BTW: I can’t remember whether the miles listed on the route sheet include that extra 0.2 miles or not. 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 12th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Saturday, June 15 – 8:00 a.m. BYWAYS OF PALOS VERDES (74 mi & 5300 ft) Today’s final inspirational song is “Let it Be” by the Beatles. Again, it is more the spirit of this song that applies rather than the lyrics, but with the Grand Tour next week, think of all the training you have done and when it comes to the Grand Tour – “let it be.” Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDYfEBY9NM4

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 at the Steve Bowen Memorial Habit Burger 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 just let it be. 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 16 – 8:30 a.m. PASADENA PASSION (Long 63 mi & 2300 ft, Medium 51 mi & 1800 ft., Short 31 mi & 1100 ft) Today is “Bloomsday” which is the day of the year on which the James Joyce classic novel “Ulysses” is set. The book recounts the activities of Leopold Bloom as he travels around Dublin during the single day of June 16, 1904. His activities are roughly analogized to the adventures of Ulysses in the Odyssey. Today we are going to make our own little odyssey around the San Gabriel Valley. Today’s long route travels through a total of 17 cities in the valley which is quite a feat in itself. Think of the adventures we might have. 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. It should be a good day even if we don’t encounter any sirens or the Cyclops. Hopefully we’ll all come safely home to a faithful Penelope (although Leopold Bloom’s wife Molly was not exactly faithful). 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, June 19th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Wednesday, June 19 – 6:00 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 6:00 INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 7:00. We will be meeting in Room C at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. This is where we have been holding all our meetings this 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 an added inducement – You will be officially part of the Grand Tour Staff. There will be food and other snacks. So why not plan to join us and help us out. Many hands make light work as they say. 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.

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

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Saturday, June 22 THE GRAND TOUR This is it – the big event. Can you ride 200 or 300 or even 400 miles in a single day? This year we will again be starting at our new home in Port Hueneme. Details are 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 23 – 8:30 a.m. WILL ROGERS PARK (Medium 35 mi & 2200 ft, short 29 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 26th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Sunday, June 30 – 8:30 a.m. WANDERING THRU WHITTIER (long 65 mi & 1400 ft, medium 55 mi & 1200 ft, short 32 mi & 700 ft) For almost 3 months we have been riding the Grand Tour training rides on Saturday and the usual club rides on Sunday. As always happens, this splits our ridership between the two days and we don’t get a big group out on either day. But today that ends. This is the only scheduled ride this weekend, so let’s all come together today for a really good turn-out. We have the perfect routes for this. They are not excessively long and not very hilly and they start in nearby Alhambra. What’s not to like? Today’s routes visit Whittier, but unlike most of our routes to Whittier, they don’t do Turnbull Canyon and they spend a lot of time on bike trails. That should make for a quick and easy ride. Starting in Alhambra, the long and medium stay together as they first head east to El Monte to pick up the Rio Hondo trail south to Whittier Narrows. They make a first pass through Whittier riding the Greenway Bike Trail. They then loop south through La Mirada before returning back to Whittier for lunch. After lunch the long takes the San Gabriel River Trail all the way north to the Santa Fe Dam before returning to the start while the medium takes a more direct route back to the start. The short never actually makes it to Whittier, but does go to the Whittier Narrows area before taking the San Gabriel River up to the Santa Fe Dam and returning to the start. So why not join us today and maybe see some friends you have been missing while our ridership has been split. 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 of the park.

JULY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 3rd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, July 4, 8:30 a.m FIRECRACKER SPECIAL. (Long 41 mi & 800 ft, Medium 37 mi & 400 ft, Short 25 mi & 300 ft).  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an actual firecracker. I’m not sure even those communities still selling “safe & sane” fireworks this time of year will sell firecrackers. I suppose if you know where to go and who to ask, you can still get them someplace. So maybe the title of this ride is a bit dated, but it’s better than simply calling it the “4th of July Ride.”  Like most of our holiday rides, these are relatively short and easy. I suppose that is to give you time to get home and celebrate the holiday in other ways. 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. Or, if you know where to get them, maybe blow off some firecrackers of your own. 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.

Sunday, July 7 – 8:30 a.m. ALHAMBRA-BURBANK CAPER (Long 45 mi & 2800 ft, Medium 39 mi & 1700 ft, Short 31 mi & 1500 ft) The Tour de France started yesterday. Stages of the race are often identified by their start-finish locations. For example, Tuesday’s stage is Reims – Nancy. So our ride today is called Alhambra – Burbank. That does mean that we will be riding from Alhambra to Burbank. However, unlike the Tour de France, we will be riding back to Alhambra as well. That way we don’t need a team bus to get us back to our cars. All routes travel from Alhambra to Burbank and return. All three routes make it to Burbank, although the long and medium head further north than the short. On the return, all routes go through Griffith Park. The short and medium sort of skirt the park along the river, but the long makes the trip up and over the hill and down past the Observatory and the Greek Theater. This is a very nice climb on traffic free roads, so if you are up for the climb, it is definitely worth it. None of the routes are very long, so that if you are like me, you can get home and watch your recording of today’s Tour de France stage. 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, July 10th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, July 11th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, July 14th – 8:00 a.m. BIKEWAYS OF ORANGE COUNTY (Full Century – 95 mi & 2500 ft, Metric Century – 64 mi & 800 ft) These are our centuries of the month for July. It is also Bastille Day, but unless you are French, what the hell do we care. Many of our rides take in the major river trails, but there are a number of bike trails in Orange County which we don’t ride as often. One of the major trails is the Aliso Creek trail which runs from Cook’s Corner almost all the way to the ocean. Today we ride much of that trail as well as several other trails in Orange County. With much of the ride on bike trails, the course is relatively flat. However, the full century is not completely flat. There is a good climb or two thrown in for variety. The metric version stays with the full century through some of the early bike trails and then cuts off to later meet up with the full century as it makes a 14 mile run back up the coast to the start. The metric century cuts off most of the climbing of the full century. The really good news is that you don’t have to drive down to Orange County to do these rides. We start from El Dorado Park in Long Beach – about a half hour drive from West LA. So why not join us? And if you are French – Vive la revolution!  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 Street.

Wednesday, July 17th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, July 18th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, July 18 – 7:00 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING After 2 months away from our usual Thursday, once again we will be meeting on Thursday and we will be back in Room B at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Culver City. That’s “B” for “Bicycling.” The Grand Tour is over, but no doubt we will be performing a post mortem on the event. You won’t want to miss that. Of course we will also be doing the usual things such as preparing schedules for mailing and conducting the business of the club. As usual, we will have refreshments provided by a member. Once again I’ll mention that now that we are not using a host for our meetings many of you who were unwilling or unable to host a meeting can volunteer to provide refreshments. Why not take this opportunity to become more a part of your club. If you can provide refreshments, contact Rod Doty at roddoty@nullroadrunner.com PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM B 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The conference rooms are in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking.

Sunday, July 21 – 8:30 a.m. OFF TO THE RACES (Long 69 mi & 2800 ft, Medium 57 mi & 1800 ft, Short 35 mi & 800 ft) If you are like me, you have been watching the Tour de France on TV all this month. The coverage is pretty good, but maybe it has put you in the mood to see some actual bike racers up close and personal. It’s probably too late to book a trip to France for the tour this year and it’s kinda pricey, but you can actually see some real life bike racers right here and it won’t cost you a thing. Today is the Manhattan Grand Prix which is a day of racing which has been going on for about 50 years. For almost as long, the club has been holding a ride from the “Corner” down to Manhattan Beach to watch the races. We have the usual three choices. 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 are the long and medium routes which add a trip into Palos Verdes before getting to the races. The Tour de France may be more exciting, but the Manhattan Grand Prix consists of several races and the course is around a circuit so if you stand in one place, you get to see the racers come by several times. Even if you travel to France for the Tour, you are likely to only see the racers come by once. 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 24th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, July 25th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, July 28 – 8:30 a.m. HILLS OF THE SOUTH BAY (Long 52 mi & 4200 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2900 ft, Short 27 mi & 1900 ft) I want to make a strong pitch for these routes today. I think too many riders see the word “Hills” in the title and it scares them away. Yes, 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 and I know that sounds tough. But I have ridden the entire route a couple of times now and I can tell you — it’s not so bad. Most of the hills are very short. A couple of the climbs at the edge of Palos Verdes will take you up to about 400 feet above sea level, but the rest of the day you never get much over 200 feet above sea level. So even the steep climbs don’t go on for more than a few blocks. You just have to take it one hill at a time and rest up on the downhills. If you stick with other riders, it can actually be fun. The long, medium, and short are all similar, and only vary by length and the number of hills they do. One of the difficulties is simply following the many turns of the route sheet. It will give your Garmin a real workout. In fact, I would strongly suggest you use a Garmin (or Garmin-like device) to navigate the route and keep you on track. But perhaps 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. Bring a positive attitude and you can have a very nice day. 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, July 31st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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