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By Rod Doty, VP

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APRIL SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 1 – 8:00 a.m. – CANYON LAKES TRAINER (65 mi – 4800 feet). It’s April and that means we are once again beginning our 12-week series of training rides for the Grand Tour to be held June 24th. Since we have 12 trainers, I am reminded of various 12-step programs as originally popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous. So this year I have put together my own 12-step program to riding the Grand Tour or riding a better Grand Tour. Each week’s trainer will be tied to one of the steps. So, without further ado, here is Step 1: “Take the first step.” As the old saying goes, a ride of 200 miles begins with one pedal stroke. Don’t pass up this first trainer. It’s the first step down the road to a successful Grand Tour. 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. Dont 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. Dont 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. If you are going to be ready for the Grand Tour, you have to start sometime. If not now, when? 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.

Sunday, April 2, 8:30 a.m. LA TUNA MELT (Long 53  mi & 2900 ft; Medium 40 mi & 2200 ft; Short 32 mi & 1400 ft.)  Although these routes go back a long way, this is only the 2nd time we have run them under their new name. The name was suggested after a hot climb to the top of La Tuna Canyon in Montrose. It probably won’t be so hot in early April, but you never know. In any case, only the long route does the La Tuna climb. Starting from the Zoo, the long will head out Glenoaks Blvd to make the climb up La Tuna Canyon to Montrose. I think this is the only club route that does this climb, so it should be fun as long as we don’t melt. We will then continue to the Rose Bowl area to meet the medium riders and then make a loop up to the top of Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena before riding down into San Marino and then on to Pasadena for lunch. The return is a fairly direct route back down through Eagle Rock and Glendale to the start. The medium will head up to the Rose Bowl area via Chevy Chase. It’s a climb, but not as tough as La Tuna. There, it will join the long route for the trip to Christmas Tree Lane, lunch and the return. The short takes a slightly easier and shorter route up to the Rose Bowl. It skips the trip to Christmas Tree Lane and goes right to the common lunch spot of the long and medium. It then returns with them to the start. Although there are various restaurants at the lunch stop in Pasadena, I don’t know if any of them offer tuna melts. Certainly not El Pollo Loco where we stopped last time, but maybe we can find one. That would at least add a little more sense to the ride title. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the NORTH end (near Camel sign) 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.  Don’t confuse us with other groups which also start here.

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

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

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Saturday, April 8 – 8:00 a.m. – ENCINAL CANYON TRAINER (73 mi & 4800 ft) It’s week two of our trainers and time for step 2 of my 12-step program to a better Grand Tour. Step 2: “Dedicate yourself to the goal.” Last week you began your journey and now you are back for week two. That shows you are serious about your training. Formalize that seriousness by mentally dedicating yourself to sticking to the program and completing the Grand Tour. Today’s trainer is not really any more difficult than week one so dedicating yourself should be easy. We have two trainers that are identical except that one climbs Encinal Canyon and the other goes up Decker. We rode Decker last year so this year we take Encinal. Between the two, Encinal is probably a bit easier. We start by riding north on PCH out to Encinal and then up the canyon. We continue on Hwy 23 down into Westlake. From Westlake we return by a fairly standard route which takes us through Agoura Hills along the freeway, up Mureau road into the Valley. Then it’s across the Valley (using the familiar Wells Drive medley) and over Sepulveda to the finish. Encinal is the only major climb of the day with the climbs up Mureau and over Sepulveda being two significant, but lesser climbs. This is also the first of seven of the trainers which start from Brentwood this year. Perhaps the consistency of a single start location will help you with your dedication to the goal. START: BRENTWOOD ELEM. SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy). We park on the street.

Sunday, April 9 – 8:30 a.m. TRI-COUNTY SAFARI (Long 54 mi & 2700 ft, Medium 46 mi & 2800 ft, Short 38 mi & 1700 ft) To me the word “Safari” brings up images of hunting big game. But you can leave your pith helmet and elephant gun home today because the biggest game you are likely to see today is a ground squirrel as it scurries across the road. But the “Tri-County” part of the title is correct. However, you have to ride the long route to hit all three which are Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange. You do get to ride through both Carbon Canyon and Brea Canyon where perhaps big game roamed in the distant past, but today you would be very lucky to run across a coyote. From West Covina, the long and medium start by heading out to Claremont and then head south to Chino Hills for lunch Then for the long, its over Carbon Cyn, Brea Cyn (two of the easiest canyon climbs in Southern California) and then over Grand Ave. to the finish. Not up for that? The medium skips some of the post lunch climbing but somehow still ends up with about the same total elevation gain as the long. Sound like too much? Well, the short goes out towards Claremont with the others, but simply returns via Puddingstone to the start. Hardly anyone uses guns on safari any longer – they use cameras. So why not bring yours and see if you can catch a shot of some of the remaining wildlife, whatever that may be. START:  CORTEZ PARK in WEST COVINA.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & South  mile on Citrus to Park on right at Cortez.

Wednesday, April 12th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Saturday, April 15 – 8:00 a.m. PAUL NEUERBURG CENTURY (Full Century 99 mi & 1800 ft; Metric Century 65 mi & 1000 ft) This is week three of our trainers and time for my step 3 to a better Grand Tour: “Go the Distance.” I stole this one from the movie “Field of Dreams” Today we stretch out our trainer to 100 miles and it’s a good time to remind ourselves that the Grand Tour is a long ride and we have to “go the distance.” A bit of history: Paul Neuerburg was one of the club’s earliest members and he would ride this century each year on his birthday. The club used to ride this every year, but now only uses it as an occasional trainer. The century is fairly easy because there are almost no hills to speak of and much of the day is spent on traffic free bike trails. The course travels down to Yorba Linda where it picks up the Santa Ana river trail all the way to the coast. Then it heads north along the coast to the San Gabriel River and Rio Hondo trails back to the start. Today is also our century of the month for April. Therefore, we are also offering a metric century as well. This is a fairly simple route. It takes the San Gabrial River down to the coast for lunch and then returns back up the river and back to the start. Neither route is very hilly, but the constant pedaling without a downhill to break things up might tire you more than you would think. It will be a good reminder of what it will take to “go the distance.” START:  ARCADIA PARK in Arcadia.  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 one half mile.

Sunday, April 16 – 9:00 a.m.  FUNNY BUNNY EASTER/ PASSOVER RIDE. (Long 44 mi & 1900 ft; Medium 33 mi & 1300 ft; Short 25 mi & 500 ft) Last December I renamed our annual Christmas day ride as the “Christmas/Chanukah Ride” because Christmas and Chanukah happened to coincide more closely than usual. Well, it appears that this year Easter falls within Passover week, so I’ve added Passover to the name of this ride. Of course the “Bunny” part doesn’t exactly fit, but I’m just trying to be inclusive here. It’s never been clear to me what rabbits have to do with Easter anyway – probably a holdover from some pagan fertility rite. So, all you pagans out there, feel free to join us today too. No matter who shows up, today’s offerings are short and relatively flat. The routes head down to the Marina for brunch where we can dine al fresco and soak in the rays. The long and medium do a few small hills in Beverly Hills first (nothing real bad) before heading south to the Marina. The short skips the hills. The long takes an extra loop on the return for a couple of more hills and some extra miles. Come on out. The rides are short so you can spend the rest of the day celebrating in whatever way you want – biting the heads off marshmallow chicks, eating chocolate bunnies or other religious or non-religious rites. 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, April 16 – 9:00 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly newcomer ride which is designed to introduce riders to the joys of club riding. With summer coming perhaps you are thinking of getting out on your bike more, but have a hard time motivating yourself. 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 or if you feel up for it, you can join the club’s Easter ride described above. 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, April 19th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Thursday, April 20 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBER’S MEETING Once again we are meeting at Kermit Ganier’s home. We used to resist meeting at Kermit’s home because we thought the drive was too tough, but we have done it several times now, and actually, it’s not that bad. PCH after 6 p.m. starts to lighten up. So why not come out and enjoy the Malibu hilltop views at Kermit’s home and play with his dog.  The meeting will be the usual thing. We will prepare Schedules for mailing followed by a meeting and plenty of gossip. Of course there will be refreshments. Grand Tour preparations will be in full swing, so that will be a topic of discussion. Perhaps you will get a preview of this year’s jersey design. Join us. PLACE: KERMIT GANIER’S HOME – 3706 Malibu Country Dr. Take PCH north out to Malibu. Right on John Tyler Dr (first light after top of Pepperdine Hill) Immediate left on Malibu Country Drive. 3706 is near the top of the hill. Meeting night help: (310) 367-0458.

Saturday, April 22 – 8:00 a.m. FERNWOOD TRAINER (Coastal Return – 63 mi & 5500 ft; Valley return – 46 mi & 4000 ft) This is our 4th trainer and time for my Step 4 to a better Grand Tour: “Make it a Habit.” This is the opposite of most 12 step programs which attempt to break a habit. By week 4, the weekly grind of the training rides might be taking its toll. However, if you turn showing up each Saturday into a habit, it will become easier. Just think of it as something you have to do. So what do we have for our habit forming ride this week? It’s still a relatively short one like the first two weeks, but includes a bit more difficult climbing than weeks one and two. Actually, this trainer was designed to go down two great downhills we don’t often ride–Stunt Rd & Latigo. But to go down, you first have to go up. To get to the Stunt Road descent, you have to do a 9 mile climb up Topanga, Fernwood Pacific & Saddle Peak. Parts of this long grade are fairly steep. But then – wheeeeee!! To get to the Latigo downhill you have to climb up the big hill by the Rock Store on Mulholland and a couple of shorter climbs on Latigo, but then it’s wheeeeeee again. In between climbs we stop for lunch at the Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill near the Rock Store. This will be the first of three visits there – it is almost the official lunch stop of the training season. After lunch, the return is on PCH. We also offer an inland return route but you miss the lunch stop, the 2nd major climb & the descent on Latigo). So come and enjoy those downhills, because in two weeks you will be climbing both of them. 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, April 23 – 8:30 a.m. RESEDA PARK – PHASE II (Long 61 & 2600 ft; Medium 51 mi & 2200 ft; Short 32 mi & 800 ft) I had originally scheduled Reseda Park – Phase I for this date, but it uses Little Tujunga which remains closed since last summer’s fire. So, I’ve switched to Phase II which starts from the same location. We’ll get back to Phase I when we can. The last time we ran Phase II, only a few hearty riders finished the whole thing.  It was so windy in Santa Susana Pass that most of us turned back. So let’s see if we can’t get a better ride in today. All routes start in Reseda and basically head west. The longer the route – the further west it goes. The short simply goes as far as the west valley for lunch and returns. I mentioned Santa Susana Pass. Well both the long and medium routes go through that pass both directions today. The medium goes through Santa Susana to Simi Valley for lunch and then returns. The long also goes to Simi but continues west all the way to Moorpark for lunch before returning. The long also adds a trip through Box Canyon on the way to Simi which is interesting, but includes a steep climb. I find it hard to understand how a fire can close a road for almost  a year. Even if they had to repave the entire thing, it shouldn’t take that long. START:  Reseda Park – Reseda & Victory Blvds in the San Fernando Valley  From Ventura Frwy (101), off and north on Reseda, right on Victory one block to park.

Wednesday, April 26th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Saturday, April 29 – 8:00 a.m. BALDY VILLAGE DOUBLE OPTION TRAINER. (58 mi & 6100 feet or 48 mi & 5000 feet) It is training week five and my Step 5 to a better Grand Tour is “Enjoy the beauty.” These training rides are going to start getting harder every week, but they don’t have to be torture. Ease back a little, lift your head and look around as you ride and enjoy the beauty around you as you ride. It will take your mind off the grind and maybe you will even begin to enjoy the trainers. Today is a good time to put this into practice because it is one of our more picturesque routes. It is a classic and one of most popular as we ride to Baldy Village for lunch. We offer two options to get there with a common return. The traditional route (58 miles) takes us up Hwy 39 to East Fork, up Glendora Mountain Road and then along Glendora Ridge to Baldy Village for lunch. The other option (48 miles) heads across the San Gabriel Valley to the base of Mount Baldy and then takes Baldy Road straight up to the Village. After lunch both options return together back along Glendora Ridge and down Glendora Mountain Road. Although the 2nd option is shorter and has less total elevation gain, climbing up Baldy Road is significantly more difficult than the climbing on option one. So take your pick. Both routes have the further option of adding the very difficult climb from the Village up to the ski lift and back for those who havent had enough. This adds another 10 miles round trip and at least another 1000 feet of climbing. Come see why this ride is so popular. Its very pretty and has relatively low traffic. Yes, it’s a lot of climbing, but with the short distance, you can afford to take your time and enjoy the beauty. START:  Pioneer Park in Azusa  From Foothill Frwy (210) off and north on Azusa Ave, R on Sierra Madre Ave 1 block to Dalton & Park.

Sunday, April 30 – 8:30 a.m. ARCADIA & STUFF. (Long 43 mi & 2800 ft; Medium 35 mi & 1400 ft; Short 27 mi & 1100 ft) Today’s routes are fairly short and perfect as a recovery ride if you happen to have ridden up to Baldy yesterday. Of course they 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 and is also great for a recovery ride because your body is still craving all those calories you used up yesterday. 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 recovering from yesterday 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.

MAY SCHEDULE

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

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Thursday, May 4th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE

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Saturday, May 6 – 8:00 a.m. LATIGO / STUNT TRAINER (Main route 63 mi & 5900 ft, Inland return 80 mi & 7000 ft or Inland Century return 93 mi & 7200 ft) It is training week 6 and my Step 6 to a better Grand Tour is “Inventory your abilities.” I took this one from other 12-step programs. After today we will be halfway through the trainers and it’s time to make a personal assessment of how you are doing and perhaps determine where you need more work. Maybe your endurance is good but your climbing sucks or vise versa. Today’s ride will help you determine what your strengths and weaknesses are since it provides a variety of terrain. We start the day from Brentwood and head north on PCH to our first climb up Latigo Road (which we descended two weeks ago). This 9 mile, twin peak, climb is only just the beginning. After lunch we continue along Mulholland Highway to our 2nd big climb – Stunt Road (which we also descended two weeks ago). This is only 4 miles, but somewhat steeper than Latigo. From there it’s down to Topanga Village where you can take the traditional route back via the coast, or tackle the extended options which return through the Valley. This adds a climb up and over Topanga and also over Sepulveda. The century option simply adds miles in the Valley without adding much extra climbing (Perfect if you want to test your stamina, but not your climbing.) After today you should know where to focus your training in the last 6 weeks. START:  BRENTWOOD ELEM. SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy). We park on the street.

Sunday, May 7 – 8:30 a.m. ORANGE THRILL AT REDHILL (Long 62 mi & 2700 ft, Medium 43 mi & 1700 ft, Short 29 mi & 700 ft)  “Orange Thrill” would be a good name for a drink. It would consist of orange juice and some sort of alcohol not previously used in an orange juice based drink. I thought maybe Ouzo, but it turns out that has been done. What about beer? No, that’s called a “beermosa.”  Seems orange juice mixes with just about everything – even milk (Orange Julius). Well, if you can come up with a new orange drink, you should call it “Orange Thrill.”  As for today’s routes, hopefully they won’t leave you needing a drink. Today the 3 routes take their separate ways. The long heads south to the coast at Dana Point and then back north to the start. The medium heads south, but goes to Old Town Irvine instead of the coast. The short follows the medium, but never makes it as far as Old Town Irvine before returning. The routes are fairly flat and travel the wide streets of Orange County, so it should be a pleasant day of conversation and scenery. Nothing to drive you to drink. 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, May 10th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, May 11th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE

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Saturday, May 13 – 8:00 a.m.  YERBA BUENA (77 mi & – 5700 feet) or optional 85 mi & 7000 ft) It is training week 7 and my Step 7 to a better Grand Tour is “Enlist the Help of Others.” It is always easier to accomplish a major goal with the help of others. You can do this in two easy ways. First tell all your friends you are going to ride the Grand Tour. This will help you stick to your goal because you won’t want to explain later why you didn’t do it. Second, by week 7 you have come to know your fellow trainees. Encourage each other to stick with it and provide support when they are having a bad day. Today we might need some of that mutual support as we make the long trip up Yerba Buena. Yerba Buena goes over one of the highest paved climbs from PCH and is our major climb of the day. We start by heading out PCH to Neptunes Net and the base of Yerba Buena. Its a long climb before it finally comes down to Mulholland Hwy. We then follow Mulholland to Malibu Cyn (some hills along the way), which we take back to PCH and home. For those who want more, there is an optional longer return through the valley which adds a couple more climbs. This trainer has roughly the same amount of climbing and miles as previous weeks, but you should be getting used to this level of training now because we will be turning it up a notch in the coming weeks. Then you really will need some mutual support. 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).  We park on the street.

Sunday, May 14 – 8:30 a.m. OAK RIDGE RIDES (long 104 mi & 4200 ft, medium 70 mi & 3200 ft, short 28 mi & 1500 ft) Although some of the training rides this month either have a century option or can easily be extended to a century, none of them are centuries if you do the basic route. So I thought I would schedule a separate century on a Sunday for those looking for a century of the month in May. Also, some of our regular century riders might not want the difficulty of the training rides whereas today’s century is comparatively easy. Also, today’s routes come with a metric century medium and a somewhat challenging short route. All routes head west from Northridge and return. It’s just a question of how far west you go before turning around. The short turns back in Simi Valley. The medium makes it almost to Camarillo before turning back and the long goes all the way to Oxnard. All routes do Santa Susana pass in both directions, which might be more climbing than usual for the short route, but it’s short enough that you can take your time. Besides Santa Susana, the long adds some climbing riding along the Oak Ridge west of Moorpark, but none of this is very difficult.   START: CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE Parking lot at Nordoff & Darby.  From San Diego Frwy North, off and west on Nordoff 3.5 miles to Darby. To avoid parking fees, park outside lot and meet at lot. NOTE: Don’t be confused by San Fernando riders starting from the same location a half hour earlier.

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

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Thursday, May 18th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE

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Thursday, May 18 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBER’S MEETING Once again Gary Murphy has volunteered his home for our monthly meeting. He’s really doing extra duty in this respect. I wish some of our other members would step up and host a meeting to take the pressure off those who host all the time. It so happens we are set for June, so we won’t need another host until the July meeting. So why not give some thought to hosting. It’s easy. Just supply space for up to a dozen members to perform the usual meeting night tasks. These include folding, sealing and labeling schedules for mailing and holding a meeting. A living room or dining area work fine for this. The host usually serves refreshments, but this could be as easy as going to the store and picking up some cookies. So why not show up tonight and see how Gary handles it and see how easy it is. 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.

Saturday, May18 – 8:00 a.m.  POTRERO (94 mi & 5200 ft) It is training week 8 and my Step 8 to a better Grand Tour is “Test Your Legs.” Yes we have been doing a lot of climbing on these trainers, but the toughest climbing is yet to come. So today is a good time to check your progress in developing your climbing legs. Today’s route includes the climb up Potrero which is probably the steepest climb on any trainer, although the steep part is only about a mile long. For those thinking of doing the Highland Grand Tour, this is also an early check on your readiness since Potrero is on the Highland route. The route is simple. We head up the coast to the Camarillo area and proceed directly to Potrero. Once that climb is out of the way, we lunch in Westlake Village or Agoura. From there it is pretty much the same return as we used on the Decker ride earlier in the season. This takes us up Mureau Road to the San Fernando Valley, across the valley and then over Sepulveda back to the start.  The return gives us a few hills, but Portrero will be the only one you remember. So, come out and test your legs. Even if you only plan on doing the Lowland Grand Tour, it’s a good idea to see just what you have in your legs anyway. START:  BRENTWOOD ELEM. 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, May 21 – 8:30 a.m. SOUTH BAY TYPICAL (Long 45 mi & 3400 ft, Medium 36 mi & 1700 ft, Short 28 mi & 1500 ft) Did you know that the “South Bay” has its own entry in Wikipedia? They have a somewhat broader definition of the area than I do. We both agree it includes the beach communities of El Segundo, Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance (barely a beach community) and also the Palos Verdes peninsula. But they include some of the inland cities such as Inglewood, Hawthorne and Carson as well as harbor cities such as San Pedro and Wilmington. Well it doesn’t matter for today’s ride because today’s South Bay ride pretty much stays in Torrance and Palos Verdes with a short dip into San Pedro. All routes are short, but the longer ones have more climbing. The long makes two trips up to the top of the peninsula before finally descending down into San Pedro for lunch. The medium doesn’t go to the top of the peninsula but does circle it on a rolling route to eventually stop in Torrance for lunch. The short heads directly to San Pedro for lunch and returns without actually riding on the peninsula at all. So, if you take a broad view of what comprises the “South Bay” you won’t see very much of it today, but you do have a nice choice of three pleasant rides in part of it. START:  PARADISE PARK in TORRANCE. From San Diego Frwy (405), off & South on Hawthorne 3.5 miles.  R – Torrance Blvd 0.5 mile, L – Anza one block, R – Lee to Park. We usually park on the West side of the park (on Ellenwood) by the school.

Sunday, May 21 – 9:00 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly newcomer ride which is designed to introduce riders to the joys of club riding. Memorial Day is next week and that’s the unofficial start of summer. Time to get on your bike. Are you having a hard time getting motivated? 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 should already be familiar with the basic operation of your bicycle. The route will be decided upon by the leader at the start, but 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 1.2 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

Wednesday, May 24th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, May 25th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE

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Saturday, May 27 – 8:00 a.m. TWO TERRIBLE TUJUNGAS TRAINER (73 mi &  7000 ft or 91 mi & 7900 ft) It is training week 9 and my Step 9 to a better Grand Tour is “Gain Confidence.” We are well into the training rides now and this is just another one like all the rest – maybe a little tougher. You should be getting used to it by now and as you finish each one you should be gaining confidence that you can get through anything thrown at you, including the Grand Tour itself. Finish today’s trainer and it should add to that confidence. There are two major climbs today. You might think they are the two Tujungas of the ride title, but actually only one of them is up a Tujunga Canyon. That would be Little Tujunga and that’s how we start the day. Then it’s the long gradual upgrade out to Acton on Soledad Canyon. After lunch in Acton, our second big climb of the day is Aliso Canyon up to Angeles Forest Hwy which continues up all the way to Mill Creek Summit. From there it is mostly downhill back to the start, including the downhill on Big Tujunga – the other Tujunga of the title NOTE: It is a long hard stretch after lunch without a water stop so come prepared to carry enough water to get you through this stretch. As we have in the past, we will offer a century option for this one as well. It adds a little climbing as you continue Angeles Forest past Big Tujunga and up to Clear Creek. Then it is the long downhill on Angeles Crest and down Chevy Chase to pick up Glenoaks for the return to the start. NOTE: Currently (I’m writing this in March) Little Tujunga is closed due to last year’s fire. I’m hoping it opens before this ride, but if it does not, an alternative route will be offered which cuts out Little Tujunga, but keeps the rest of the route. This will probably be a bit longer, but will eliminate a major climb. START:  Lakeview Terrace Rec Center (on Foothill Blvd just east of Osborne) (Not far from the intersection of the 118 and 210 Frwys) Take Foothill Frwy (210) west to Osborne/Foothill exit, off and East on Foothill 0.3 mi. to Center.

Sunday, May 28 – 8:30 a.m. SIERRA DONUT RIDE (Long 47 mi & 2100 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2100 feet., Short 18 & 900 ft) I think some people  see the word “Donut” in the title and turn up their nose a little. You hear words like “Poison” or “empty calories” or “artery clogging.” Personally, I have always felt that anything you eat while cycling doesn’t stay with you long enough to hurt you. That’s why cycling is so great. But maybe we should change the name of this ride. I propose calling it “The Treasure of Sierra Madre.” Only when you get up to Sierra Madre do you discover that the treasure is rich, creamy donuts. Both the long and medium make it to the title donut shop. The medium is a fairly direct route, while the long adds an extra loop through South Pasadena. From the donut shop, both routes stay together on the return. The routes gently, but consistently, climb on the trip up to Sierra Madre, but it’s mostly downhill back to the start. The short doesn’t make it to the shop, but does visit an equally popular bake shop in Montrose. If donuts really aren’t your thing, there are alternate lunch sites nearby on all routes. So don’t turn up your nose at this ride. You might discover a treasure of another kind. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot  Northeast Corner 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 in the Northeast Corner of the lot. Other groups often meet here, so make sure you are with the Wheelmen.

Wednesday, May 31st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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