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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FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

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

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Sunday, February 4 – 8:30 a.m. SANTA ANITA CANYON (Long 70 mi & 2600 ft, Medium 31 mi & 2400 ft, Short 30 mi & 1000 ft)  Most weeks our 3 routes are pretty much the same – covering the same area and seeing the same sights – just different lengths. But today, each of our 3 routes is a distinctly different experience. Let’s start with the long. The long is a fairly lengthy ride out the San Gabriel Valley to Pomona and back. It’s not very difficult, but plenty of miles. Contrast this with the medium. It is much shorter, but offers the challenging climb up to Chantry Flats and back down. In fact, the trip of to Chantry is almost the only purpose of the ride. In recent years, this has been the most popular option and you can expect that many of our riders today will select this route. The short, which is about the same length as the medium doesn’t do the big climb, but just tools around the San Marino and Pasadena area. So, as you can see, we offer a wide variety of rides today. You just have to make your choice and do the ride that suits your fancy. START:  ALHAMBRA PARK in ALHAMBRA.  From the San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & north on Fremont 2 miles, R- Alhambra Rd  4 blocks to Park.  Park on Raymond on East side of the park.

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

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

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Sunday, February 11 – 8:30 a.m. WESTLAKE-POTRERO (Long  75 mi & 2800 ft, Medium  45 mi & 2300 ft, Short 30 mi & 1400 ft) One of the advantages of riding with the LA Wheelmen is that if you ride with us consistently, you will eventually see all the great riding locations Southern California has to offer. This includes not only Los Angeles County but Orange and Ventura Counties as well. Today we are heading for Ventura County to ride some of the remaining farm land in the area and the famed Potrero Canyon. Sure we have a few other rides that do Potrero, but they are the Grand Tour and the Sequential Centuries. I think this is your only chance to ride Potrero on a regular Sunday ride. The good news is – we will be riding DOWN Potrero instead of up. The long and medium riders start with the fast descent of Potrero. They then tour the Camarillo area (the long making it all the way to Ventura) before heading back east to Moorpark and over the ridge back to the start. The Short skips all that and tours the Westlake area with a trip up to the top of Moorpark ridge. Yes, it’s a long drive out to Westlake, but it’s the only way to experience all the great cycling Southern California has to offer. Remember, we are the only club who brings it all to you, so why not join us? START:  WESTLAKE PLAZA in Westlake Village.  Go North on Ventura Frwy (101) to Westlake, off and L on Westlake Blvd., L on Agoura Rd. and L into shopping center lot.  Park near Agoura Rd by bank

Sunday, February 11 – 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 February and that resolution to ride more in 2018 is starting to fail. Maybe you are getting tired of riding the same old places week after week. Maybe you are getting tired of riding alone. Maybe you just need some friendly encouragement. Club cycling can help with all of that. Club riding offers a regular schedule of rides in a variety of places on time tested routes and many like-minded cyclists to encourage you and keep you riding. 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, February 14th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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

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Thursday, February 15 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. This month we are meeting at the Westchester home of Gary Murphy. By February he should be well healed after his recent broken bone and ready to assume hosting duties. Nothing special on tap for this meeting. We will fold, seal and label schedules for mailing and holding a meeting. Next month we have our annual Installation meeting and the Fargo Street Hill Climb so those topics will probably come up. There will be refreshments. It’s the day after Valentine’s Day so maybe there will be some candy on hand. So why not show up tonight and take part in running your club. PLACE: 6364 West 85th Place, Westchester. From the San Diego Frwy, off and West on Howard Hughes Pkwy., L on Sepulveda to a R on Manchester, R on Kentwood Ave (1st R) and immediate R on 85th Place to 6364. Meeting night directions: (310) 641-7719.

Sunday, February 18 – 7:30 a.m.  BEACHES TO BREA CANYON CENTURIES (full century 100 mi & 2900 ft, metric century 66 mi & 1200 ft) Despite being an urban century this route moves right along, which is a good thing because the days are still fairly short this time of year. It’s probably because the route rides a lot of bike trails with no stops and an 11 mile stretch on Del Amo Blvd which usually seems to go by fairly fast. We start by heading down to Long Beach to ride the Long Beach Bike Trail and then up the Coyote Creek bike trail about 9 miles. We work our way over to Brea and ride up Brea Canyon before the downhill on Pathfinder. Then it’s on to East Road and West Road which is always fun. We will be riding it in the direction which I think is easier. Then it is back along the river and that Del Amo stretch. There are some ups and downs (including a short but sweet climb on 190th St.) but most of the climbing is spread throughout the ride and is usually not very steep. The metric century is much the same as the full century but simply cuts out the center portion of that route. This cuts out the trip up Brea Canyon and the ride over East Road and West Road, but leaves you with a fairly easy route as far east as Buena Park and back. Riding from the beach to Brea and back sounds more impressive than it probably really is, so why not join us and then you can impress your non-cycling friends. START: POLLYWOG PARK in Manhattan Beach. From San Diego Frwy off and West on Manhattan Beach Blvd (Inglewood Blvd Exit). Go 1.4 miles to park. Park on the street near the east side of the park. 

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

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Thursday, February 22nd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Sunday, February 25 – 8:30 a.m. ARCADIA – LA TUNA CANYON. (long 60 mi & 3500 ft, medium 52 mi & 2300 ft, short 35 mi & 1400 ft)  “Tuna” in Spanish refers to a prickly pear and I’m sure that’s the source of the name of today’s La Tuna Canyon and not the fish since the ocean is miles away and tuna aren’t known for swimming upstream. But I suppose this could create a problem if you try to order a tuna sandwich in Mexico. Parts of the prickly pear are edible, so who knows what you would get. Anyway, today both the long and the medium ride down La Tuna Canyon (a nice 4 mile downhill) but the long throws in an extra loop (with an extra climb) before getting to Montrose and La Tuna. After lunch along Glenoaks Blvd, we ride through Eagle Rock and then a short climb back up through South Pasadena back to the start. That’s a fair amount of climbing for a 60 miles ride. You might be thinking about the short route at this point. It doesn’t do La Tuna. It heads that way, but before reaching Montrose, it goes down Chevy Chase to Eagle Rock where it picks up the return route of the long and medium. So why not join us today. Just be careful not to fall into any prickly pears along the road. You know, there is another Tuna Canyon on the coast. Maybe it is named for the fish. START:  ARCADIA PARK. From San Bernardino Frwy (10) off and north on Santa Anita (5 mi) to park or from Foothill Frwy (210) off and south on Santa Anita half mile.

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

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MARCH SCHEDULE

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

Sunday, March 4  9:00 a.m. INSTALLATION RIDE & MEETING (Medium 38 mi & 1300 ft; Short 33 mi & 1100 ft) Today we install our officers for the coming year. For the last few years, it has always been the same group of officers, so why come to see them installed once again?  Well, this year we will have at least one new officer since Nancy Domjanovich, our club secretary, will not be continuing in that office. So you will certainly want to come meet your new officer today. Currently we don’t even have a nominee for the spot, but hopefully someone will step forward.  If not, we may just draft someone from the installation lunch. That brings up another good reason for attending today – a free lunch!!  And then there are the annual awards. You will want to attend to see who gets those. As usual, we also hold a ride from the Corner to the lunch for those who want to get their usual Sunday ride in. This year we will again be holding our lunch at the indoor activity room at Lindberg Park in Culver City. (5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City 90230) For those who wish to skip the ride and come directly to lunch, the lunch will begin around noon. There should be plenty of street parking around the park and those riding can bring their bikes into the activity room. We don’t know what food will be served yet, but we know it will be great. 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 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Wednesday, March 7th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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

Sunday, March 11, 7:30 a.m & 8:30 a.m.. A WHALE OF A CENTURY (full century – 104 mi & 2400 ft; metric century – 63 mi. & 2000 ft).  This is our century of the month for March. On the day I am writing this (January 15th) we could not hold this ride. The course runs right through the middle of the recent mudslide area in Montecito. However, I am confident that in two months the area will be cleaned up and we will be able to ride. That is — unless there are additional storms that bring down more mud – always a possibility. The full century is very flat with long stretches with no stop signs, so it’s a fairly fast and easy century. The route runs from Camarillo up to Santa Barbara and back. It gets its name because it makes a loop to view the huge whale skeleton on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. It rides along the coast much of the time, which accounts for it being relatively flat. The profile shows 5 distinct hills, but 4 are only about 200 feet each and one tops out at about 300 feet. It uses a lot of bike paths along the way which eliminates the stop signs. The metric century rides the center portion of the full century. This gives you the best portion of the full century and with the later start time, a chance to still ride with the full century riders. This arrangement worked out well on our December century. Starting in Ventura, it joins the full century route up to Santa Barbara and back to Ventura It still does the bulk of the climbing of the full century. NOTE the two separate start locations and start times. ALSO NOTE: Today begins daylight saving time, so be sure you have adjusted your clock. START (Full Century – 7:30 a.m.): VALLE LINDO PARK IN CAMARILLO. Take the 101Frwy North to Camarillo and exit north on Carmen Dr. Left on Ponderosa Dr & Right on Valle Lindo Dr to park. Park where Valle Lindo Dr curves left.  START (Metric Century – 8:30 a.m.)  PARK & RIDE LOT IN VENTURA Take 101 Frwy to Ventura and exit at California St. go 2 blocks north to a left on Main St. Go 0.8 mi. west to parking lot which is on the left just after crossing under 33 Frwy bridge.

Wednesday, March 14th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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

Thursday, March 15 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. This month we are once again meeting at the Westchester home of Gary Murphy. This is too months in a row for Gary – clearly above and beyond the call of duty. Maybe others would like to follow his example. This will be the first meeting of the new officers which hopefully will include our new secretary taking the minutes. If we don’t find a new secretary, who will take the minutes?  How will you know what is happening in the club? Come out and find out the answers to these and many other questions. Besides this, the meeting will be the usual. We will fold, seal and label schedules for mailing and hold a meeting. There will be plenty of gossip and story telling as well as refreshments. So join us. PLACE: 6364 West 85th Place, Westchester. From the San Diego Frwy, off and West on Howard Hughes Pkwy., L on Sepulveda to a R on Manchester, R on Kentwood Ave (1st R) and immediate R on 85th Place to 6364. Meeting night directions: (310) 641-7719.

Sunday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. REVEL THE ROLLIES (CORONA) (Long 64 mi & 3200 ft, Medium 49 mi & 2400 ft, Short 34 mi & 1400 ft) Today we visit a city named for a Mexican beer. Wait – that doesn’t sound right. Maybe it was named for that large circle drive in the center of town. “Corona” sometimes refers to a “halo” after all. Yeah, that’s sounds right. It was also once known as the “Lemon Capital of the World” and I don’t think that had anything to do with lousy cars. But the times – they are a changing. It is rapidly developing into a modern suburban community. We’ll see a little of both the old and the new today. Besides visiting Corona, the long rides out Temescal Canyon to Tom’s Farm. Every time I ride out Temescal, I am surprised (and disappointed) by how developed the area is becoming. It used to be all country road. But it is still away from the city and still a pleasant riding area. All routes head out to Corona via Santa Ana Canyon and Green River. The short barely makes it to Corona before returning. The long and the medium routes tour Corona and the long makes the extra swing out Temescal Canyon for lunch before returning to rejoin the Medium riders who had lunch in Corona. Both then return together back through Santa Ana Canyon. There are no major hills  just a bunch of medium sized ones. Nothing you can’t handle. Its a bit of a drive  but you don’t have to drive all the way to Corona  We start from the city of Orange which isn’t all that far. START:  EISENHOWER PARK in ORANGE.  From 91 Frwy, go south on the 55 Frwy–take the first exit (Lincoln) which puts you on Tustin Ave Southbound (left at bottom of off ramp).  Then R (west) on Lincoln .2 mi., R – Oceanview and R- Main St. into the Park.

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

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

Saturday, March 24 – 8:00 a.m. BIENNIAL ROSE BOWL CENTURY (100 mi & 3400 ft) We had our official century of the month earlier in the month, but today we offer sort of a novelty century. The idea is simple enough – ride 100 miles entirely on the circle road that runs around the Rose Bowl. It takes about 33 laps to make an entire 100 miles. Sounds simple enough, but most who have ridden this one would say it is harder than you think. There is about 100 feet of elevation gain each lap which means you climb a total of about 3300 feet – that can tire you out. And then of course, there is the boredom factor. Thirty three times past the same scenery can wear you down too. Every time you pass your car, you will be tempted to call it a day. Mentally, it may be one of the most difficult centuries you will ever ride. It is a true test of your mental toughness and determination. In fact the reason we only run this every other year is that at the end of it we always say “never again.” But in two years we forget and feel like trying it again. That said, it doesn’t have to be that bad. You might think the scenery doesn’t change on each lap, but that’s not quite true. You will be passing an ever changing parade of joggers and other cyclists all day long. With very few cars and nothing but right turns all day, it’s a fairly safe course for carrying on conversations with your fellow riders. A few friends can turn a boring ride into a pleasant day. There is a toilet and water stop opportunity every 3 miles. As a final inducement, you don’t have to do the whole thing, Come and join us for as many laps as you feel comfortable doing. Just show up and wait  the group will be coming around every 10 to 15 minutes and you can join in. A group makes it more fun, so consider joining us. Some ride from home and only ride enough laps to get in a century combined with their miles to and from home. That’s fine, but the challenge is not riding 100 miles – it’s riding 33 laps around the same course. Therefore I don’t consider those who don’t do the entire distance at the Rose Bowl to have actually completed a true Rose Bowl Century. START: ROSE BOWL PARKING LOT – just south of the Rose Bowl.  From Ventura Frwy (134) or Pasadena Frwy (110), off & north on Orange Grove, L – Rosemont, L – Seco. Park near intersection of Seco and Arroyo .

Sunday, March 25 – 8:30 a.m. FARGO STREET HILL CLIMB (Medium 24 mi & 900 ft, Short 19 mi. & 700 ft). NOTE START TIME – Previously all rides from the “Corner” started at 9 a.m. but will now start at 8:30 a.m. like most of our other Sunday rides. This annual event dates back to the 1970s, but is almost as popular today as ever. It is dedicated to the truism that most cyclists have never seen a hill they didn’t want to climb. The question today is, “Can you do it?” And the second question is, “If you can, how many times can you do it?” The hill in question is Fargo Street, reputably the steepest hill in Los Angeles. It’s only a couple of blocks long, but at over a 30% grade, it’s quite a feat if you can climb it. Many will just want to see if they can make it up the hill at all. Amazingly, others vie to see how many times they can make it up the hill in one day. The record is now well over 100. Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge, many show up just to watch the others try. So, come out to cheer them on and maybe you will be inspired to give the hill a try yourself. Its a thrill either way. You don’t have to worry about how to get there  We have rides to take you there which leave from the Corner. Both go directly to Fargo, but the longer returns through downtown to join the traditional post-hill climb celebration at Philippe’s near Olvera St. The shorter route goes straight back. Neither is very long or difficult (unless you ride Fargo too). 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, March 25 – 8:30 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly newcomer ride which is designed to introduce riders to the joys of club riding. Perhaps you have been riding a bit, but have a hard time sticking with it or motivating yourself to get out on the bike. Riding with a club can help. It 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. Today we have a treat for you. You can join the club on its annual trip over to watch the Fargo Street Hill Climb (See above). Maybe this will motivate you when you see just what can be done on a bike. 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, March 28th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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

Saturday, March 31 – 8:00 a.m. – CANYON LAKES TRAINER (65 mi & 4800 feet). It’s spring and that means it is time once again for our twelve week training program to get you ready for the Grand Tour on June 23rd.  Every year, as I get older, it is harder and harder for me to even contemplate this series of twelve Saturday rides. But I think of some inspiring quotes and I get out and ride. For instance, there is this line from Man of La Mancha: “What is illness to the body of a knight errant? What matter wounds? For each time he shall fall, he shall rise again.” And I remember that no matter how hard the trainers may be at times, they are all but guaranteed to get me ready for the Grand Tour. So why not join us on this twelve week journey. You know you can do it and it will be easier if we do it together. Today is the first step. By tradition, we start our training rides with the ever-popular Canyon Lakes. This is one of the easiest trainers, so we can ease into the program. Starting near Magic Mountain, we head up to and around Bouquet Reservoir, Lake Elizabeth, Lake Hughes and finally Castaic Lake. Four lakes in one day is no easy feat in Southern California. The climb up Bouquet Cyn is beautiful and not all that hard. Don’t be fooled  theres another short hill before a break in Green Valley. It’s one more short hump over the top of San Francisquito before the long downhill to the backwaters of Castaic Lake. Don’t be fooled again  there is the climb to “Calvary” before we finish with a flat run along the freeway back to the start. So come out today and begin your journey. Another quote springs to mind: From Shakespeare’s Henry V – “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” START: NEAR DENNY’S in Valencia  Take Golden State Frwy (I-5) North, Exit R on Magic Mtn. Parkway, R Tourney Rd (1st R) and R Wayne Mills Pl (1st R) toward Denny’s  Park along street in front of Denny’s.

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