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By Rod Doty, VP

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SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 3  8:30 a.m. ALHAMBRA & BIKEWAY (Long 54 mi & 2200 ft, Medium 45 mi & 1600 ft, Short 30 mi & 1000 ft) August is over and so our month of rides in the South Bay has ended. Today we head a little inland to start our rides from Alhambra. On average, temperatures begin to decline in September, so, in theory we should be ok. But, as we all know, September is the kind of month that sometimes throws theory right out the window. Well, I thought of that for today’s rides. Today, you can just select your route based on the temperature. All routes are together for the first 27 miles as we ride up the Rio Hondo bike trail and head to Pasadena for lunch. I figure that even on a hot day, we can ride 27 miles in the cool of the morning. If it’s really a hot day, after lunch, the short is only a short 3 miles back to the start. If it is not too hot by lunch, but you are worried it will get hot later in the afternoon, you can opt for the medium route which adds a small loop before heading back. If the day is pleasant (or you think you can tolerate the heat) there is always the long route. The long lengthens the loop after lunch taking you all the way to La Canada and does some interesting climbing in the hills above the Rose Bowl. So don’t fear the weather. You don’t have to pick your route until lunch. Come out and kick off your autumn riding early. START:  ALHAMBRA PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & North on Fremont, R – Alhambra Rd, R – Raymond to Park.

Wednesday, September 6th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, September 7th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Sunday, September 10 – 9:00 a.m. IVANS RIDE (Long 45mi & 3100 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2500 ft, Short 34 mi & 1500 ft)  I never knew Ivan Gazdik although I may have ridden with him since I was a member of the club for about 5 years before he passed away. He died in 1979 in a solo bike accident traveling down the west slope of Hawthorne Blvd. in Palos Verdes when he hit an “excavation.” Today’s routes were launched a few months later as a memorial ride to Ivan. We have been riding them ever since. Ivan was known for loving to ride in Palos Verdes and he even led a weekly club ride in Palos Verdes. But, for whatever reason, his memorial ride heads to the Valley. All routes head over Sepulveda to the valley (although the long makes a death defying plunge down Encino Hills Dr.) All rides also ride along the “Great Wall of Los Angeles” which is the mural painted along the wall of the Tujunga Wash in the Valley. After viewing the mural, the routes meet for lunch in the East Valley. The short makes a relatively easy return over Cahuenga while the long and medium return up Mulholland and down Deep Canyon/Benedict back to the start. Although there is hardly anyone left in the club who remembers Ivan, it’s nice that we keep riding his ride and his name lives on in our ride calendar. 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, September 10 – 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 “Ivan’s Ride” above) so this gives you several options. If you feel up to it, you can join club members on one of the regular routes. If that seems too much, 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, September 13th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, September 14th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Sunday, September 17 – 8:30 a.m. SOUP TO KNOTTS (Long 71 mi & 4300 ft, Medium 59 mi & 2300 ft., Short 31 mi & 600 ft) Actually these routes would be more accurately named Knotts to Soup since they start within sight of a few of the taller rides at the amusement park. Of course that would imply that the lunch destination would include soup. The long and the medium head to Knowlwood (home of the “World’s Best Hamburger”) in Anaheim Hills. I just checked their on-line menu and they do not appear to offer soup. The closest you can come would be chili and to get that you would have to order the chili dog – hold the dog. Well, “Soup to Knotts” is just a pun on an old expression, so I suppose we shouldn’t examine it too closely. As mentioned, both long and medium routes head to Knowlwood, but the long takes 10 extra miles getting there, including a trip over Turnbull Canyon, while the medium goes pretty much directly there. Both routes return together with some additional climbing in the Anaheim Hills. While this is going on, the short riders are touring northern Orange County on their own. When we get back to the start we should be able to see people enjoying themselves over at Knotts. But are they really having as much fun as we had? START:  WILLIAM PEAK PARK in BUENA PARK.  From Artesia Frwy (91), off & South Knott Ave  mi, L – El Dorado Dr. to Park.

Wednesday, September 20th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, September 21st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, September 21 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. This month we are back at the home of Nancy Domjanovich. It’s been a while, so it will be nice to once again anticipate what sort of special refreshments she will prepare. Of course, before we get to the refreshments, we have to get through a meeting. That means preparing the schedules for mailing and then handling a little club business. The Grand Tour Lite is this coming weekend, so there will probably be some discussion of that. Members are welcome to bring up any new business, but you have to be present to do so. So why not plan to attend. PLACE: NANCY DOMJANOVICH’S HOME, 7221 Ogelsby Ave., Westchester. From San Diego Frwy (405), off and west on Howard Hughes Parkway, L – Sepulveda (At T), R – 77th Street, R – Kentwood 1 block to R – Ogelsby. Nancy’s house is on the left near the bottom of the hill. For meeting night directions, call (310) 641-5038. 

Sunday, September 24 – GRAND TOUR LITE This is our annual supported century ride. Details are as follows:

WHEN: Sunday, September 24th. Registration and Check-in will open at 7:00 a.m. The rides will start at 7:30 a.m. Please allow time to pick up registration materials or to late register so that you can be on the road no later than 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Check-in and the ride start/finish will be at the Starbucks in Malibu (23755 West Malibu Road) which is located in the shopping center on the West side of PCH across from the Malibu Civic Center (near the Ralph’s Market). DO NOT PARK in the Shopping Center lot. There is a lot of parking available behind the shopping center on Malibu Road or, if that fills, across PCH on Civic Center Way. Directions to Start: Take PCH north to Malibu, turn left at Webb Way to shopping center.

ROUTES: Three routes are offered: A Double Metric Century (approx. 125 miles), a Standard Century (approx. 100 miles) and a metric century (approx. 70 miles). The double metric route is similar to the double metric route usually offered on the Grand Tour in June. It starts with a climb up Latigo Cyn, then descends into Westlake to a rest stop. It then descends Potrero and heads east to Moorpark for a 2nd rest stop. The route then heads back west to Port Hueneme for a final rest stop before returning down the coast to the start. The century route simply travels up the coast to Port Hueneme for a rest stop. It then makes a loop in the Oxnard/Ventura area, returning to the rest stop in Port Hueneme before returning back down the coast. The metric century follows the century to the Port Hueneme rest stop, but skips the loop in the Oxnard area and simply returns back down the coast. The double metric contains a lot of climbing and totals around 7000 feet of elevation gain. The century and metric century don’t do any significant hills except those along PCH (both directions) and total only a little more than 2000 feet of elevation gain each. 

SUPPORT: Support will include the rest stops mentioned above, which will include a lunch stop on each route There will be minimal sag support. Door Prizes may be awarded to some riders at the end of the ride, but you must check in at the finish to win.

FEES: The fee has not been set yet, but will probably be the same as last year: $30. There is a $5 discount for club members and there is a late fee of $5 for those registering after September 12th.

REGISTRATION: At this time Registration may not yet be open. When it becomes available, you may register in advance on line via www.ACTIVE.COM or download a registration form from the clubs web site (www.lawheelmen.org ) and mail it in with your fee. Mail in registrations must be mailed prior to Saturday, September 9th. You may also register at the ride start, but registrations on the day of the event are subject to the $5 late fee.

INFORMATION: For additional information or if you have questions, contact Kermit Ganier (kimkong@nullaol.com) .

Wednesday, September 27th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

Thursday, September 28th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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 

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

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.

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