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By Rod Doty, VP

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DECEMBER SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 4 – 8:30 a.m. BOBBI’S BIRTHDAY BEACH BASH (long 64 – 2600 feet, medium 59, short 50) Back in 2005, former club president Bobbi Fishers birthday happened to fall on a Sunday, so she devised a ride for the club to celebrate. Six years later her birthday once again fell on Sunday, so I ran this ride again to honor her. Well, guess what? Once again her birthday falls on a Sunday this year and once again I’ve decided to run these routes. Although there is “Beach” in the title, we don’t spend much time there. Actually, when Bobbi created these routes, her concept was to ride the entire length of Ventura Blvd. Sounds yucky, but actually, on an early Sunday morning, its not that bad. It can be interesting to see all the various businesses along this famed boulevard. All routes do this together. The short then returns back through the Valley. The medium stays with the long up to Topanga Village for lunch and then returns back through the Valley. The long goes all the way over Topanga to the beach and returns via West LA and over Sepulveda. (If 50 miles seems like a long ride for a short, you can always cut that shorter) So come on out to celebrate Bobbi’s birthday, even if she won’t be there and there wont be any cake. Bobbi’s birthday will next fall on a Sunday in 2022 and we may not schedule this again until then. I’d be surprised if I’m still Vice President by then so who knows what will happen. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the north end.  From Ventura (134) Frwy or Golden State Frwy (5), exit near Griffith Park at any exit marked by signs to the Zoo or to the Autry Museum.  Follow signs into the park and to the Zoo lot. We will be meeting at the north end. Don’t confuse us with other groups which sometimes start here.

Saturday, December 10 – 7:30 a.m.  FOOTHILL FOOTSIE CENTURY (93 miles – 3700 feet). This is our 7th year in a row riding this century (designed by Dennis Miller) as our December Century of the month. Once again I believe Dennis will be along for the ride. It’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas and a lot of the homes along the way will already be decorated. It is always interesting to see what the latest in holiday decorations is. A number of years ago, those “icicle lights” hanging from eaves became popular and I still see a lot of them.  In recent years inflatable decorations became popular. They have to be turned on to be inflated and homeowners often only run them at night, but you can still see the deflated Santa’s and snowmen on the lawn. Anyway, this is a great ride for looking at all the decorations. It is also perfect for the short days of winter. 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. Who knows – maybe there will some new popular item in holiday decorations this year. We can always hope.  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.

Sunday, December 11 – 9:00 a.m. BRENTWOOD FLYER (Long 52 – 3600 ft., Medium 48, Short 32) It’s a couple of weeks to Christmas and I know how it is – lots to do — decorate, send cards, buy gifts, bake cookies, mentally prepare yourself for visiting relatives – the usual stuff. No time for a bike ride. But maybe a bike ride is just what you need to calm those holiday nerves. Get away from it all for a few hours and then you can get right back into the holiday swing. “OK” you say, “but I can’t take time out to drive out to some all day ride.” No problem. Today’s routes start at the nearby “Corner” and really are not all  that long. As the name implies, we head west from the Corner. The long and medium do a few small hills in Beverly Hills first. Then the long splits off for a trip out to the Valley and back without actually getting into Brentwood. That’s 52 miles and is for those who have already finished their shopping and decorating. The medium does continue on to Brentwood for a nice tour this side of the hill. This is for those who have most of their holiday preparations done, but still have plenty to do. The short heads west to Brentwood and Santa Monica as well, but by an easier route. This is for those who haven’t even started to get ready for the holidays yet. A short ride will center yourself and then you can plunge in. So, no matter where you are in your holiday plans, today is a good day to come out and join us.  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.

Thursday, December 15  7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. Alas, we thought we had a host all set up for tonight’s meeting, but there were problems and the upshot is that we don’t have one. So, we are falling back on our standby – a meeting room at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Building. It’s not as homey as a member’s home. No soft chairs. No carpeting. No nice dining room table to work on. Just a utilitarian public meeting room. But it will do the job. We can get the schedules ready for mailing and hold a business meeting just as well. There will be refreshments – maybe not warm from the oven, but refreshments nonetheless. This will be an important meeting because nominations for next year’s club officers open tonight. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for a candidate that can make the LA Wheelmen great again. If you are such a person or know one, why not show up tonight and nominate them (or yourself) for one of the many club positions. PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM “C” 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. Conference Room C is in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking. Room C is the one you can enter directly from the outside of the building.    

Sunday, December 18 – 8:30 a.m. AMAZING MAZE  (Long 65 – 2000 feet, Medium 56, Short 34) I’m not sure why, but we often do these routes in the winter.  One reason is probably that these routes take us inland and they might be too hot in the summer. Another good reason is that the “maze” portion of the routes takes us past many nice homes in the Villa Park area and these are often highly decorated for the holidays. With Christmas only a week away, there should be some interesting decorations to look at. All routes head to the World’s Best Hamburger in Yorba Linda for lunch. The Long goes a roundabout way via Santiago Cyn. 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. All routes still do the “maze” portion in Villa Park. Don’t worry – it’s not really much of a maze. It might have been confusing before we put mileage on the route sheets, but you shouldn’t get lost now. It is still a nice portion of the route because – like I said – the houses are nice to look at – especially this time of year. START:  PINE TREE PARK in TUSTIN.  From Santa Ana Frwy (I-5) in Tustin, off & east on Redhill, L- Bryan one block to park.

Sunday, December 18 – 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. The new year is almost upon us and maybe you want to resolve to exercise or ride your bike more in the new year. Club cycling can really help you. 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. You can expect an easy ride of about 20 miles. 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. 

Sunday, December 25  9:00 a.m. CHRISTMAS DAY/CHANUKAH RIDE (44 – 2600 feet). This is an unusual year. First of all, Christmas happens to fall on a Sunday, so our usual Christmas day ride will become our regular Sunday ride this year. Second, Chanukah began last night, so this year there is an unusual alignment between the two holidays. That means this is not just our Christmas day ride, but also our Chanukah ride. Actually, I don’t think riding a bike is a traditional part of either holiday, but it’s a good excuse to get out and ride. One benefit of the holiday is that the streets are unusually quiet. It’s 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 or Chanukah, it should get you back in time for a nice holiday dinner. 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.

JANUARY SCHEDULE

Sunday, January 1 – 7:00 a.m. 2017 KICK OFF CENTURIES (full century – 101 miles – 3100 feet, metric century – 66 miles 2000 feet, half century – 52 miles 2000 feet) This is our 15th year riding a January 1st Century. But this year, because January 1st falls on a Sunday and we normally offer long, medium and short routes on Sunday, we decided to add a metric century and a half century route to our standard full century. For those who aren’t into riding full centuries, but would like to participate in the club’s Metric Century Challenge, this is a perfect way to start the year off right by getting your first century under your belt on the very first day. So why not plan on getting your 2017 cycling year off to a great start. The full century is pretty easy as centuries go  just up the coast to Ventura and return. No hills bigger than those along PCH. The metric century follows the full century up the coast to Camarillo where it stops for brunch or lunch. It then simply turns around and retraces the route back down the coast to the start. The half century follows the other two routes up the coast but only goes as far as Point Mugu and then turns around. It stops at Neptune’s Net on the way back for a break (it should be open by then).  There is no support on these centuries, but none is really needed. January 1st is a fairly quiet day on PCH  everyone is watching football or has a hangover. Kick the year off with a century and you won’t regret it. Be sure to report your century or metric century for the club’s Century Challenge in 2017 and get the club kicked off to a good start as well. START: MALIBU CIVIC CENTER. Take the Santa Monica Frwy west to the end and then PCH north to R on Webb Way and R on Civic Center Way. 

Monday, January 2 – 7:00 a.m.  ROSE PARADE RIDE (14 miles) Pasadena has a “never on Sunday” rule when it comes to the Rose Parade, so when January 1st falls on a Sunday, they hold the parade on Monday, January 2nd.  This is good news for many of us who would like to see the parade, but who have other plans on New Year’s Day (such as the century ride above or watching football). The parade is certainly something everyone should see in person (not on TV) at least once. And we offer the best way to see it. No hassle in traffic to and from Pasadena. No parking problems. You ride around barricades as you ride right up to the parade route. You also get to preview the floats up close and personal as you ride down Orange Grove Avenue where the floats get into their pre-parade line-up. When I went five years ago, I was struck by the almost electric atmosphere as we traveled through the staging area. Thats something even most parade goers don’t experience. We are often joined by riders from the San Fernando Club and from Orange County, so you should have plenty of company. The ride is incredibly easy. It’s a fairly flat 7 miles followed by a rest of a couple of hours as you watch the parade and then an easy 7 miles back. If you have never done this ride, you really should consider doing it. You won’t get a chance to do it on January 2nd again until 2023. START:  ALHAMBRA PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & North on Fremont, R – Alhambra Rd, R – Raymond to Park.

Sunday, January 8 – 8:30 a.m. CAL POLY BY GOLLY (Long 65 – 3300 feet, Medium 46 – 2600 feet, Short 28)  We scheduled these routes just last September, but there was a major heat wave that weekend and as far as I know, no one showed up for the ride. So I thought I would re-schedule it for January when a heat wave is not very likely. Actually, as hot as it has been in November (when I’m writing this), I’m not sure any month is safe from a heat wave any more. I guess we’ll just have to take our chances. As I mentioned last September, “By Golly” is an antiquated phrase, which fits with these routes because they are pretty old as well. No surprise, the destination of all of today’s routes is Cal Poly Pomona where we will ride through the campus. My favorite part is where we pass the sheep, pigs and steers which are part of the school of agriculture. The long and medium stay together over to the college and then on to Puddingstone reservoir. The long splits off at this point to do a loop taking them over Carbon Canyon and Brea Canyon while the medium heads more directly back to the start. The short takes a fairly direct route to the college and back. Our own David Nakai is an alumnus and if he makes the ride, he always enjoys pointing out the many changes to the campus since he was there. So by golly, let’s all hope the weather cooperates this time and we can get these rides in. START: PUENTE HILLS MALL in Industry.  From the Pomona Frwy (60), off and south on Azusa Avenue.  L – on Colima and L into Mall Parking lot.  We park on top of the rise near Colima (away from Mall buildings) and immediately across from Schabarum County Park.

 Sunday, January 15 – 8:30 a.m. BIKE TRAILS GALORE (long 58 -1000 feet, Medium 50, Short 37)  The word “galore” comes from the Irish phrase go lear which literally translates as “to sufficiency.” I don’t think English has borrowed all that many words from the Irish, which is a little surprising considering their proximity. But then, historically, the English had little regard for the Irish and probably disdained to use any of their words. Well, all that has nothing to do with today’s ride except that I think you will have a sufficiency of bike trails when you are done today. Here is what is in store for you: 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. That’s four different trails. 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’s pleasant riding, with almost no hills  how can you go wrong. Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day so for some this is a three day weekend. Why not come out and do a holiday ride with us? 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).

Sunday, January 15 – 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’s January and a time of new resolutions. Perhaps you have resolved to get out and ride your bike more this year. Sadly, many such resolutions are doomed to failure. But there is a way to help you keep that resolution – riding with a club. 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 so you don’t get bored riding your own neighborhood week after week. 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. You can expect an easy ride of about 20 miles. 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. 

Thursday, January 19  7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. Last January we held our meeting at the home of former club president Laverne Boethling and now one year later we return. It occurs to me that if we could  find 12 members to hold just hold one meeting each year, we would be all set without putting such a burden on those who sometimes host more than once a year. Last year I think we had 7 different hosts, so we only need 5 more. If we promise we will ask you only once a year, wouldn’t you be willing to host a meeting? If you would like to host a meeting in 2017, contact any of the officers of the club. Meetings are always much the same. We prepare schedules for mailing, hold a brief business meeting, have refreshments and gossip. That is what is on tap for this meeting with one slight addition. At this meeting nominations for officers for the coming year will close. If there are no contested offices, the nominees will declared the winners. To prevent this travesty of democracy you need to be present and prepared to run for office. So why not come and take part in running your club. PLACE: 625 Esplanade #62, Redondo Beach 90277. There is no one simple way to get there. I suggest checking out Google Maps or a similar service. Parking is on the street. If Esplanade is full, there are usually spaces one block over on Catalina. Meeting night directions: (310) 540-0521.

Saturday, January 21 – 7:30 a.m. JANUS SEQUENTIAL CENTURIES – DAY ONE (100 miles – 5000 feet) I usually like to write a new description each time we do a ride, but I don’t think I can improve on last year’s description for this one. So here it is again: For over 20 years the club has offered this January challenge – ride a century on each of two consecutive days. It is named for Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and endings and who is usually depicted with two faces looking both to the past and to the future. The month of January is named for him. In keeping with the idea of looking both directions, our two consecutive centuries are really the same century ridden each day, but in opposite directions. In truth, most riders only ride one of the two days, but every year a few hardy cyclists will take up the challenge of riding both days. Each century consists of the same large loop around Ventura County, but on Saturday we ride the loop in a counterclockwise direction and on Sunday we ride clockwise. The course is essentially the Grand Tour Highland loop without Casitas Pass. Today we start from Thousand Oaks with the trip over Erbes to Moorpark, then over Grimes to Santa Paula and then over Dennison Grade to Ojai. Then its down to Ventura for a swing through Oxnard and on to the final climb of the day  Potrero. Although this is subject to debate, I have always considered today’s route to be the more difficult one because you climb Potrero (a very steep hill) near the end of the ride. See below for the reverse ride. NOTE: It is usually very cold at the start, so come prepared.  START:  CROWLEY HOUSE PARK in THOUSAND OAKS.  From Ventura Frwy (101), off & north on Hampshire Rd, L – Thousand Oaks Blvd (at T) for  mile, L – Oakview and L – Pleasant Way to Park.  

Sunday, January 22 – 7:30 a.m. JANUS SEQUENTIAL CENTURIES – DAY TWO (100 miles – 5000 feet) See above for background on these centuries. Today is the clockwise route. Its the reverse of yesterday so it starts with the downhill on Potrero. Then its on to Ventura and up to Ojai, over Dennison Grade to Santa Paula and over Grimes Canyon to Moorpark and back. Although more of the climbing is in the 2nd half of the ride today, it tends to be less steep than day one and I feel it is a little easier. In the years I rode both days, I usually had a faster time on the 2nd day despite being tired from riding day one. The start location is the same as day one  see above. 

Sunday, January 29 – 8:30 a.m. LEGG LAKE (long 57, medium 48, short 34) It has always struck me that Los Angeles has a fairly broad definition of a “lake.” Many so called lakes here would be called ponds elsewhere. Silverlake and Echo Park Lake are a couple of the lakes I’m talking about. As a rule of thumb, I would say if you can comfortably walk all the way around the body of water, it’s not a lake. If people sail toy boats on it, it’s not a lake. So, by my definition, Legg Lake is not a lake. But come on today’s ride and decide for yourself. To see the lake/pond, you have to actually go into the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area which the medium and short riders do. 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. Of course there really is no standard for what constitutes a lake or a pond. After all, the English sometimes refer to the Atlantic Ocean as “the pond.” 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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