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By Rod Doty, VP

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JUNE SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 2 – 7:00 a.m. FULLBORE FOR FILLMORE (114/118 mi & 7000/7200 ft) NOTE EARLIER START TIME. Today’s quote is “It’s not our abilities that show what we truly are – it is our choices” – Dumbledore  We all have the ability to ride our bike for long distances, but you have chosen to use that ability to complete the Grand Tour and these training rides. That says more about you than simply being able to ride a bike. Today you may chose to ride the longest trainer and, it can be argued, the most difficult trainer. Today is week 10 and we are almost there at the end of our training. Previously we have done a couple of centuries which didn’t have a lot of climbing and we have done shorter rides that had one or more tough climbs. Today we put it all together with a trainer of 114 miles which is well over a century and with 7000 feet of climbing which is about as much as any of the trainers has. However, the profile today is definitely more like that of the Grand Tour than most of our trainers. It has several moderate climbs scattered throughout the course, like the Grand Tour, but not the huge mountain climbs we have been using in other trainers. Let’s review the climbs. First it’s over Sepulveda (not bad) and across the valley and over the hill to Valencia (no worse than Sepulveda). Then it’s the long flat run to Fillmore for lunch (it may be flat, but is often into a headwind). After lunch, its over Grimes Canyon to Moorpark  toughest climb of the day but even it is not too steep. We climb the ridge over to Thousand Oaks where we pick up Mulholland Hwy (which has a few small hills). Then you have a choice of a Valley return (over Sepulveda again) or going over Old Topanga to the coast for a coastal return (one or two final climbs either way). Just take the day one hill at a time like you will on the Grand Tour and you will be just fine. Finish this one and you are actually ready for the Grand Tour. The last two weeks will just be polishing. So make the choice today to show just what your abilities are. START:  BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy).

Sunday, June 3 – 8:30 a.m. PICO RIVERA & BIKE TRAIL (Long 75 mi & 2400 ft, Medium 48 mi & 800 ft, Short 36 mi & 400 ft) In March the large homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River were removed and the bike path cleaned up for our cycling pleasure. I read that tons of garbage were hauled away including thousands of used needles. Well, I guess we don’t have to worry about getting one stuck in a tire. Yes, today we will be riding that river. Actually we ride two or three rivers today. The long (which is the only route that used the Santa Ana River) makes a big loop by heading into Orange County (over a few hills) to pick up the Santa Ana River trail south to the coast. After lunch in Huntington Beach, it continues north to the San Gabriel River trail and up that river back to the start. The medium travels down to Seal Beach for lunch, going down on the Coyote Creek and San Gabriel River trails and returning back up the San Gabriel. The short never quite makes it to the coast, but travels down and back on the San Gabriel with a loop in Long Beach for lunch. I suppose in the intervening months, some of the homeless could move back, but it sounds like the powers-that-be are serious about finding other solutions, so I suspect the trail will be free of encampments today. START:  PICO PARK in PICO RIVERA.  From San Gabriel Frwy (605), off & west on Beverly Blvd to Park on left.  (If coming from the North, the Beverly exit puts you on San Gabriel River Rd which you follow for 1.3 mi. to Beverly).

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

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

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Saturday, June 9 – 8:00 a.m. ANGELES CREST SAN GABRIEL CANYON (88 mi & 8300 ft.) Today’s inspirational quote is “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” – Confucius Obviously Confucius understood long distance cycling. His words may be particularly appropriate today as we climb up and up for miles and miles. The going may be slow, but you can make it if you simply do not stop. Many consider today’s trainer to be the hardest and it does have the most climbing of all the trainers. It may be the hardest, but it has also become our most popular trainer of the year – often attracting riders we haven’t seen on any of the earlier trainers. The reason is that it is such a classic route. It’s not just the difficulty of over 8000 feet of climbing in only 88 miles, but it’s the beauty and mountain solitude of much of the route that makes this trainer so popular. Unlike last week this route consists largely of one huge climb followed by one long downhill. That’s not the type of terrain you will find on the Grand Tour, but the long sustained effort of a long climb is still excellent training for any endurance event. And besides, I have always found it easier to approach this ride by treating it as a series of smaller climbs strung together. First you ride from Duarte to the base of Angeles Crest – a net gain, but no major climbs. Second – up Angeles Crest to Clear Creek – the biggest stretch of climbing on the ride. Third — up to Red Box – tough but only 5 miles. Fourth — to Lunch at Newcomb’s Ranch – Up and down with a net gain. Fifth — up to Cloud Burst Summit – the hardest 6 miles, but it takes you to the highest point of the ride. Sixth — to Hwy 39 – mostly rolling terrain with a small net loss. Now you are ready for the payoff – about 30 miles of mostly downhill. Break it down like that and it can be done. You really wont want to miss this one. The scenery, the mountain air, the mountain goats, etc. It’s an unbelievable ride. Just remember – it doesn’t matter how slow you go – just keep going. START: Encanto Park in Duarte.  Take 605 Frwy north to end, off and R (east) on Huntington / Foothill Blvd 0.6 mile, L Encanto Parkway (before crossing river) to park on Left. 

Sunday, June 10 – 8:30 a.m. WANDERING TO WHITTIER (Long 59 mi & 1900 ft, Medium 52 mi & 1500 ft, Shorter Medium 38 mi & 1000 ft, Short 35 mi & 1100 ft) We have two sets of routes with similar names – There is “Wandering Thru Whittier” and “Wandering To Whittier.” Today we are riding the second one. So what are the differences? Well, today’s routes wander to Whittier for lunch, but don’t otherwise spend a lot of time there. The other routes loop extensively through Whittier including riding the Greenway Trail which cuts right through town. Also, today’s routes do not go over Turnbull Canyon, which most of our Whittier rides do. Instead of heading directly to Whittier, today all routes start with a large loop north to Sierra Madre before heading towards Whittier. The long makes a loop around and over the hills while the medium makes a more direct approach before meeting for lunch in Whittier. The shorter medium doesn’t actually make it to Whittier but does go as far as Whittier Narrows. The three routes all have similar returns on river trails. The short doesn’t really head for Whittier, but does go to the north end of the San Gabriel River and returns through the Santa Fe Dam area. Obviously, there are major differences between Wandering TO Whittier and Wandering THRU Whittier, so if you have ridden the other one and think there is no point in coming out today, think again. It’s a whole different ride. START: ALHAMBRA PARK. From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & North on Fremont, R – Alhambra Rd, R – Raymond to Park.

Wednesday, June 13th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, June 14th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Saturday, June 16 – 8:00 a.m. BYWAYS OF PALOS VERDES (74 mi & 5300 ft) Today’s final inspirational quote comes from an unusual source, but seems apt not only for today’s ride, but for the Grand Tour in general: “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory” – George S. Patton  For me, it has always been the thrill of completing the Grand Tour or a particularly tough trainer that keeps me doing these rides. Of course they are hard and of course there is sometimes pain while you ride, but the exhilaration is worth it when you finish. If you have come this far with the trainers, you should already know this. By tradition, our last trainer is slightly easier than the last few weeks. Not that this is any piece of cake – you do have to keep those muscles supple. The route is one we have used many times in the past as our final trainer. The route heads down to Palos Verdes to do some climbing. Although even the longest climbs to the top of Palos Verdes are no more than about 800 feet of gain, today we will be doing that three times during a single loop around the peninsula. Lunch is after completing the final climb. After lunch, it is a quick ride back north to the start. Congratulations if you have completed most of the trainers. You are now fully trained. I say this every year, and I think it has always proved to be true  if you have done all or most of the training rides, you will have no problem completing the Grand Tour. So accept that challenge and feel the exhilaration of victory. START:  BRENTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – San Vicente & Gretna Green.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & west on Wilshire, R – San Vicente, L  Gretna Green (1 block past Bundy)

Sunday, June 17  8:30 a.m. REVEL THE ROLLIES II  (Long 56 mi & 3500 feet, Medium 43 mi & 1800 feet, Short 37 mi & 1100 ft) Today we ride a lot of canyons, which I suppose could count as “Rollies” since canyons are usually either going up or going down. The main canyon of the day for both the long and medium routes is Santiago Canyon which does a little of both up and down. The long adds trips through Trabuco Canyon and Live Oak Canyon. We don’t ride them, but we also pass Modjeska Canyon and Silverado Canyon. Canyons generally make for scenic riding and that’s why we like them. Today is no exception. I’ve always thought the ride through Live Oak Canyon is rather nice. The medium route heads fairly directly over to Santiago Canyon while the long makes an extended loop through Trabuco Canyon and Live Oak Canyon first. They meet up at Cook’s Corner and continue together through Santiago Canyon before circling around back to the start. Meanwhile, the short makes an easier tour around southern Orange County with no canyons. So maybe today should be called “Revel the Canyons” but that doesn’t have quite the ring to it and we can’t exactly ask Ruth Barnes, the route’s creator, the change it. START:  PINE TREE PARK in TUSTIN.  From Santa Ana Frwy (I-5) in Tustin, off & east on Redhill, L- Bryan one block to park.

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

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Wednesday, June 20 – 6:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING & GRAND TOUR PACKET STUFFING. This is our annual June meeting at which, in addition to the usual activities, we will be preparing the rider packets for this weekend’s Grand Tour. PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY INSTEAD OF THE USUAL THURSDAY AND STARTS AT 6:30 INSTEAD OF THE USUAL 7:30. We will be meeting in the Rec Room at Rod Doty’s condo complex in Culver City. This is the same place we held this meeting last year. We will be doing the usual things such as preparing schedules for mailing and holding a business meeting, but most of the night will be spent in preparing the packets for the Grand Tour riders and doing other Grand Tour related tasks. For this we will need more attendees than we usually get, so we have some added inducements. There will be food and other snacks. So why not plan to join us and help us out. Many hands make light work as they say. PLACE: 4900 Overland Ave, Culver City 90230. This is on Overland between Culver Bl. and Jefferson Bl. directly across from the Library and next to Ballona Creek. Unfortunately, parking is on the street. Directions to the rec room will be posted at the front gate.  NOTE: You must RSVP if you plan to attend. Not only do we need a count for food purposes, but you will need a code to punch in at the front gate to get in. You will be given the code when you RSVP. Please RSVP to Rod at roddoty@nullroadrunner.com  Meeting night instructions: call Kermit at (310) 367-0458. 

Thursday, June 21st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Saturday, June 23 THE GRAND TOUR This is it – the big event. Can you ride 200 or 300 or even 400 miles in a single day? Unfortunately, a problem with our usual Malibu start location is forcing major changes in this year’s event. Details are not yet available. When they are, they will be found on the club web site: www.lawheelmen.org This is the event of the year in the club and if you aren’t up for riding it, you should join the staff and help make it another success. 

Sunday, June 24  – 8:30 a.m. CORNER CAPER – PHASE II (Long 62mi & 3800 ft, Medium 53 mi & 2400 ft, Short 31 mi & 1500 ft) Yesterday was the Grand Tour, and it’s gotten to be something of a tradition to ride an easy ride from the “Corner” the day after the Grand Tour. This used to be because we could simply join the Corner Group regulars. Even though many members would be too tired to ride either because they rode the Grand Tour or staffed it, there would still be a few Corner regulars there in any case. With the demise of the Corner Group, I don’t know that we can expect too many riders to show up at all, but I’m sure there will be a few. Maybe even one or two hardy riders will show how tough they are by riding the Grand Tour and still showing up today. It has been done before. So, for those who do show up, here is what we have planned: The long and medium go out to the valley (over Benedict Cyn) and head east. They travel through Griffith Park to the Eagle Rock area and the long makes an extra loop up to the Rose Bowl area before rejoining the medium riders for the return along Mulholland and down Franklin Cyn. As is often the case, the short route doesn’t go to the valley. Instead it is half of an old route we used to run called Movie Star Madness which was a tour of movie star homes. This route is so old, we are pretty sure none of the stars listed on the route still live in the houses indicated (many aren’t even alive). But its an interesting ride anyway. So, let’s all meet at the “Corner” just like they used to do, and enjoy some rides. 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, June 24 – 8:30 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly Newcomer Ride. Summer officially began last week and it’s the best time of the year to ride. You might be thinking you would like to ride your bike a bit more this summer but don’t know where to ride. The bike path is boring, but where else can you ride? Club riding is the answer. Clubs provide tested routes all around the city and the companionship of like-minded cyclists which helps motivate you to get out and ride. If you are new to club riding and don’t know how to get started, this ride is for you. It is designed for the relative novice at cycling who wants to give club riding a try. We will have a patient leader to take you on a relatively easy short ride (about 20 miles) and show you the ropes of group riding. Today you may well join the regular Sunday ride which today explores either the Westside or the San Fernando Valley (see above). If, as often happens, you are already an accomplished cyclist (capable of riding more than an easy 20 miles) but are new to group riding or new to Los Angeles, then you can join one of the longer options on the above ride. So, whether you are new to cycling or just new to Los Angeles or our club, come on out today and get acquainted. 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, June 27th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, June 28th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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JULY SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 1 – 8:30 a.m.  ORANGE COAST TOUR. (Long 63 mi & 1200 ft, Medium 44 mi & 800 ft, Short 32 mi & 800 ft)  I don’t know why exactly but I have always enjoyed these routes, so it was a surprise to me when I discovered we haven’t ridden them since 2016. Usually we ride these routes every summer, so I don’t know how I forgot to schedule them last year. Well, they are back now. Certainly one of the reasons I like these routes is the trip to Balboa Island and the ride on the ferry. It’s the only boat ride I ever get anymore. I also enjoy lunch in Old Town Irvine, which is only on the long route. The routes are also fairly flat. So what’s not to like? The routes (long and medium) start off with a sort of crazy trip through an exclusive neighborhood on the backside of Sunset Beach. Then we head on down to Newport and our ride on the Ferry. The long then heads over to Old Town Irvine for lunch before a return across Irvine to the start. The medium tours the Back Bay and then heads back more directly to the start. The short also makes a trip to Balboa, but in the opposite direction from the long and medium. It’s possible you will pass them going the opposite direction as you ride the ferry. These are really pleasant rides, and should be good even in the heat of summer, so I hope to see a lot of you out. START: LAKE PARK in Huntington Beach.  From the San Diego Frwy (405), off and south on Beach Blvd.  R on Main (Ellis is on left), L on 12th Street to Park.

Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m FIRECRACKER SPECIAL. (Long 41 mi & 800 ft, Medium 37 mi & 400 ft, Short 25 mi & 300 ft).  It’s Wednesday (hump day) and this year it is one of the few times a holiday falls in the middle of the week. That gets today’s ride about as far away from our usual Sunday ride as possible so there is no excuse for not turning out today. You can’t claim you are too tired from last weekend’s ride or don’t want to tire yourself for next weekend. Besides, today’s routes will hardly tire you out. They are short, flat and easy. In fact, if this wasn’t a holiday ride, “Short Flat & Easy” would be a good title for these routes. The long and the medium are the same as they wander around the Long Beach area until they eventually stop in Long Beach or Belmont Shores for lunch. The long makes a run up to Signal Hill (for a nice view from the park up there) before returning to the start while the medium heads more directly back. The short is pretty much a shorter version of the long and medium, riding in the same area. The long has only about 800 feet of climbing and that includes Signal Hill, so you can imagine how flat the medium and short are. They are all short enough that you should get home in time to watch some fireworks or barbecue in the backyard. So come on out – What else have you got to do on a holiday in the middle of the week. 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, July 4th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 5th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, July 8 – 8:30 a.m. MALIBU VISTAS (Long 63 mi &  7600 ft, Medium 51 mi & 5300 ft, Short 39 mi & 22000 ft.) Time once again for the 8th installment of my annual cycling soap opera: “Malibu Vistas.” President Danny unaccountably remains in office. He has made many changes in the club. To encourage the purchase of good bikes, he cut dues for anyone with a bike costing over $10,000, but had to raise dues for everyone else. Membership is down. He appointed a new “Secretary of Rides” named Butch who was previously a member of a group of motorists who advocated banning bicycles from public roads. Butch has attempted to repeal the ride schedule many times. He felt that people who want to ride can just find a ride on the internet. But the few remaining members demanded a schedule, so he was compelled to make one. However, to discourage riders, he scheduled this annual ride in Malibu because he thought it was too difficult for most riders. But the members fooled him. He didn’t understand that many of the club members love a challenge. When they found out the long and medium first climb up Latigo, they said “Bring it on.” And of course they all loved the long downhill on Mulholland to the coast and lunch at Neptune’s net. Butch thought surely no one would want to do the long climb up Yerba Buena after lunch. But again, a few riders were up for it. But even if they weren’t, Butch didn’t realize they could simply take the medium route back which is a relatively flat route along the coast back to the start. Butch also didn’t realize that members who weren’t up for the challenge of the long or medium could simply ride the short which is a fairly easy ride north along the coast and back. So despite the efforts of President Danny and his staff, the club rolls on. Will Danny be able to dismantle the club? Will Butch be fired because it was discovered he was using club funds to Uber to and from club events. Come back next year and find out in another exciting episode of “Malibu Vistas.” START: MALIBU CIVIC CENTER. North on PCH to Malibu (just before hill up to Pepperdine) and Right on Webb Way one block and Right on Civic Center way to Civic Center on Left. We usually park on the street due to farmer’s market in the parking lot.

Wednesday, July 11th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 12th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Saturday, July 15 – 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DAM CENTURY (96 mi & 3100 ft and a metric version 60 mi. & 1700 ft) The training rides are over and so we are back to riding our century of the month on Sunday. So, this is our official century of the month for July. We like to do things in multiples. We have rides that hit 3 counties, 5 lakes or 3 rivers. So this is our ride that hits 3 dams. The good news is that dams are found on rivers and rides on rivers are usually fairly flat. That’s pretty much the case today. So what’s the route? Well, we start in Long Beach and head over to the LA River/Rio Hondo bike trails and ride up them to our first dam — the Whittier Narrows Dam. Then we make our way up the San Gabriel River and up to our second dam – the Santa Fe dam. We ride along the top of that one. After that its on to San Dimas and Puddingstone Reservoir where we ride along the top of our third dam. Voila – 3 dams in one day. Of course Puddingstone is the only one with significant water behind it, but that’s Southern California dams for you. We will also have a metric century route for this one as well. The route will only hit the first two dams and then head back. It should be a fairly fast century or metric century so why not come out and join us. 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, July 18th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 19th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Thursday, July 19 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING This month we are back at the home of Nancy Domjanovich who hasn’t hosted in a while. She always puts a lot of effort into the refreshment portion of the evening, so we always look forward to when she hosts a meeting. But before we can get to the refreshments, we have work to do. It will be the usual thing: Prepare Schedules for mailing and  hold a meeting. The meeting will probably include a post-mortem on Grand Tour, and that is always of interest. Then come the refreshments. No coming late just for the refreshments – no work, no food. 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, July 22 – 8:30 a.m. OFF TO THE RACES (Long 70 mi & 2800 ft, Medium 57 mi & 1800 ft, Short 35 mi & 800 ft) This is an annual event which is almost as old as the club. For over 50 years Manhattan has been hosting the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix bicycle races and for almost the same number of years, the club has been attending to watch. Today in France, Tour de France racers will be riding from Millau to Carcassonne in the Pyrenees – a 180 kilometer stage with a 1200 meter climb at the end. In Manhattan they will be riding a circuit of only about 1 mile and just a little bit of climbing. Watching the Tour de France may sound more exciting, but consider this: You get to see the Manhattan races live and in person – not just on TV. And because it’s a circuit race, you get to see the riders speed by several times – not just once if you were on the course in France.  Plus, the Manhattan race only happens today while you have 3 weeks to watch the Tour de France. So why not join us and see some real racing. We offer three options today depending on what you want to do. The short route is just a ride from the “Corner” down to Manhattan Beach and back with a rest in the middle as you watch some racing. For those wanting a little more, there are the long and medium routes which add a trip into Palos Verdes before getting to the races. Watching races, whether it’s the Tour de France or racing like this, always gets me in the mood to ride. So come on out and get motivated. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills.  From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux. 

Wednesday, July 25th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at 

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Thursday, July 26th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  

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Sunday, July 29 – 8:30 a.m. WATERMELON RIDE (Medium 39 mi & 700 ft, Short, 29 mi & 500 ft) Today is our annual Watermelon ride which ends in riders coming together to enjoy cold watermelon in the park. There was some discussion of abandoning this ride entirely because so few riders seem to attend it anymore. But I thought we would give it one more shot. I don’t understand why more people don’t show up. Everyone likes watermelon and it’s free. The rides are short and easy, so they are not beyond anyone’s capability. Plus, you don’t even have to do any riding. Just drive over and enjoy the free watermelon and conversation. So come on out and save this ride. If we don’t get much of a turnout this year, it will probably be the last. We only have two routes today which start from Carlson Park in Culver City. Both head to the coast, but the medium then heads south to Palos Verdes and back while the Short heads north to Santa Monica and back. Just enough to work up an appetite for the watermelon which will be waiting for you when you return to the park. The perfect end to the day. For those planning their own ride to the watermelon or who simply want to drive over, the watermelon will probably be ready to serve anytime from 11 a.m. until mid-afternoon. So join us. We don’t care how you get there – just get there. START: CARLSON PARK in Culver City. From San Diego Frwy, off and east on either Culver or Washington (careful–neither of those exits actually put you directly on those streets). Right on Overland and Left on Braddock a few blocks to park. We will meet at the northeast corner of the park.

Sunday, July 29 – 8:30 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 we have a special inducement. The newcomer ride will join the regular club ride from Culver City and will participate in the club’s annual watermelon fest (see ride above). Yes, we are bribing you with free watermelon. 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: CARLSON PARK in Culver City. From San Diego Frwy, off and east on either Culver or Washington (careful–neither of those exits actually put you directly on those streets). Right on Overland and Left on Braddock a few blocks to park. We will meet at the northeast corner of the park.

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