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By Rod Doty, VP

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MARCH SCHEDULE

Sunday, March 3  8:30 a.m. INSTALLATION RIDE & MEETING (Medium 38 mi & 1300 ft; Short 33 mi & 1100 ft) Today we install our officers for the coming year. In past years it has been the same group over and over again. But this year we will have a new club secretary. I won’t keep you in suspense – it’s David Williams. He will be taking over a position which has been vacant for a year. No one has come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, appearing in black face or colluding with a rival club, so his installation seems like a lock. But you will certainly want to come see him installed, just to make sure. But there are other good reasons for attending today. One is a free lunch!!  And then there are the annual awards. You will want to attend to see who gets these. 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 1½  miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

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

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Thursday, March 7th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, March 10th – 8:00 a.m. CIRCLING SAN FERNANDO CENTURY (century 94 mi & 6100 ft, metric century 68 mi & 4200 ft) This WAS our century of the month for last November, but if you recall, we couldn’t ride it then due to the Woolsey fire. So now it IS our century of the month for March. Good news – daylight saving started last night so you will have an extra hour of daylight to complete the ride. (Well, not really, but you know what I mean.) (NOTE: I changed the start time to 8 a.m. from the previously announced 7:30 due to this time change.) As the name implies, we will be riding pretty much around the perimeter of the San Fernando Valley today. However, we will be starting in West LA, so no need to drive out to the valley for this one. We start with a climb up Sepulveda (the biggest climb of the day) and then along Mulholland Dr. to the east. We then go to the northeast corner of the valley (this is a long gradual uphill which actually takes you to the same elevation as the top of Sepulveda). Then it is west across the valley and around the Chatsworth lake area before heading south. Finally, instead of going back east to complete our circle, we head out Mulholland Hwy from Calabasas and cut to the coast on Malibu Canyon and circle back to the start on the coast. Besides the initial climb there are several other smaller climbs sprinkled throughout the route that might get your attention, but nothing you can’t handle. We will offer a metric century as well. It will start with the full century but make a smaller circle of the valley and return back over Sepulveda. It stays with the full century for about the first 43 miles to the early lunch location on the full century and then splits off for the shorter return. START: WESTWOOD PARK Sepulveda & Ohio.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off and east on Santa Monica Blvd, Left on Sepulveda and L on Ohio and R into Park.

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

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

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Sunday, March 17 – 8:30 a.m. REVEL THE ROLLIES FROM REDHILL  (Long 63 mi & 3300 ft, Medium 50 mi & 2800 ft, Short 28 mi & 500 ft) It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! I wish there was something about today’s routes that befit the holiday, but I can’t come up with much. We are in Orange County where the scenery is likely to be more green than in LA, so that’s something. Green really isn’t a common color for cycling jerseys, but if you’ve got one, by all means, wear it. The official lunch stop is not at McDonalds, but I believe we do pass one or two, so if you really want to, you could stop in and get a shamrock shake. I assume they will be offering them. Other than that, I guess you will just have to hold off celebrating the holiday until after the ride. But we have some nice routes to get your holiday off to a good start. The short simply loops around the Irvine area. The medium route follows the long southeast down to Mission Viejo and then back through Irvine. There are no huge climbs on the medium so it could accurately be described as rolling as the name of the ride implies. However, the long adds an extended loop in the middle of the route taking them down to Capistrano for lunch. On the return from this loop to rejoin the medium route, we ride up Pacific Island Drive. This climb of about a mile does not fit my idea of a rolling hill. The rest of the route is fine, but I just want to warn you about that one climb. I guess you have to expect a little more difficulty on a long route. Saint Patrick’s Day is mostly a drinking holiday anyway, and it would probably be best if you did your drinking after the ride. 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, March 20th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Thursday, March 21 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING Once again we will be in our home-away-from-home – the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Culver City and again this month we will be in Room B. We have some faint hope that by having the meeting in the same location each month, it might encourage more of you to attend since you don’t have to figure out how to get to a place you have never  been before and worry about parking etc. This is the first meeting under the guidance of the new board. We will have a new secretary so you might want to come to see the new secretary in action. We will be discussing Fargo and probably the upcoming Grand Tour. As always, we will have refreshments provided by a member. Now that we are not using a host for our meetings, this means that many of you who were unwilling or unable to host a meeting can volunteer to provide refreshments. So who knows what we will have. Maybe some entirely new and different treats. PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM B 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The conference rooms are in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking.

Sunday, March 24 – 8:30 a.m. SOUTH BAY TYPICAL (Long 45 mi & 3400 ft, Medium 36 mi & 2000 ft, Short 28 mi & 1500 ft) This is an old ride going back to before my time in the club, so I don’t know the origin of the name, but I have always wondered what is so “typical” about these routes. Currently I ride in Palos Verdes about once a week, and that is where we spend a lot of our time today, so I guess you could say that (at least for me) this is a typical ride. So, let’s look at the routes and see if they are typical for you. 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. Two trips to the top in one ride doesn’t sound very typical to me. 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. I’m not sure lunch in Torrance is very typical. The short heads directly to San Pedro for a break and returns without actually riding on the peninsula at all. What’s typical about that? Well, what is typical and what isn’t is really different for each individual, so why not join us today and see if this ride is typical for you. 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.

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

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

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Saturday, March 30 – 8:00 a.m. – CANYON LAKES TRAINER (65 mi & 4800 feet). It is time once again for our twelve week training program to get you ready for the Grand Tour on June 22nd. This year, to help give riders motivation to complete these difficult rides, I thought I would provide one motivational song for each ride. I got most of these simply by Googling “motivational songs.” The lyrics don’t often apply directly to cycling, but the spirit is there. I will provide a link to a YouTube video for each song and you can play it on your phone etc. before each ride. Hopefully, it will get you in the mood.  For our first trainer I have selected “Gonna Fly Now” which was the theme to the original Rocky movie. Picture Rocky running up those steps as you climb the hills today. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE_O7Lm0I4

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. 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, March 31 – 8:30 a.m. FARGO STREET HILL CLIMB (Medium 24 mi & 900 ft, Short 19 mi. & 700 ft). This annual event dates back to the 1970s, but is almost as popular today as ever. However, its future is a little up in the air this year because Fargo Street has now been made a one-way street in the wrong direction for our purposes. We are looking into getting a permit to hold our event and are hopeful all will go well. If not, we will substitute another ride from this same start location. But let’s assume we will be holding the hill climb. What it is? 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 31 – 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 1½ miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

APRIL SCHEDULE

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

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

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Saturday, April 6 – 8:00 a.m. PIUMA TRAINER (59/73 mi & 4900/5200 ft) This is our 2nd Grand Tour Trainer and for this week’s inspirational song I have chosen “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac. It was good enough to propel Bill Clinton to the presidency and the title says it all when it comes to riding a trainer – “Don’t Stop.” Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvSbZEYlfnM

We rode this one last year as our second trainer and I would have preferred to swap it with the Fernwood trainer, but parts of the Fernwood trainer remain closed due to the Woolsey Fire. This ride has about the same distance and amount of elevation gain as last week but it is probably a bit more difficult because it packs the bulk of the climbing into the first 27 miles. This includes the 6 mile climb up Piuma followed very quickly by the almost 2 mile climb on Schueren. Today we start with a quick trip out to Malibu and through Malibu Canyon to the featured climb of the day  Piuma and Schueren. Then its down Stunt road. It’s a bump over to the Valley for lunch and then its across the Valley and over Sepulveda to complete your day. There is an extended version offered for those who want more. It will take you to the North Valley for lunch before rejoining the main route over Sepulveda. Just remember, when the going gets tough – Don’t Stop. 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 7 – 8:30 a.m. LONG BEACH RIDES (Long 64 mi & 1200 ft, Medium 45 mi. & 500 feet, Short 31 mi. & 500 ft) Long Beach is supposedly one of the most bike friendly cities in Southern California so it is only right that we ride there from time to time. Today’s routes really see a lot of the city. It is difficult to make a detailed description of today’s routes because they loop around a lot. Each makes a different tour of the Long Beach area including Belmont Shores, Naples and Seal Beach, but the long and medium also head inland for a loop before returning back to the coast. These are among the flattest routes we have in the club library with only the long doing any significant climbing and even it never gets much over 200 feet above sea level. If you want to get a metric century in for the club’s century challenge, here is a good opportunity. At 64 miles, it actually is a metric century (not the cheap 60 mile kind) and without much climbing, how can you go wrong.  So why not join us today. See if you agree that Long Beach is a bike friendly city. 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, April 10th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Saturday, April 13, 8:00 a.m & 9:00 a.m.. A WHALE OF A CENTURY (full century – 104 mi & 2400 ft; metric century – 63 mi. & 2000 ft).  For our third trainer of the year we usually stretch things out with an easy century. For our inspirational music today I have selected the theme to the movie “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis. That movie was about running, but it works for cycling as well. Just picture those men running on the sand as you ride today. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSav51fVlKU

We haven’t used this century as a trainer before, but we have run it as a century of the month the last several years. This is also our century of the month for April this year. Because it is a century of the month, we are also offering a metric version. 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. 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. START (Full Century – 8:00 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 – 9:00 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.

Sunday, April 14 – 8:30 a.m. SIERRA DONUT RIDE (Long 47 mi & 2100 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2100 ft., Short 18 & 900 ft) These routes were put together by Richard Wedeen and I think this is the first time we have ridden them since he passed away. It would make a nice memorial ride. The ride is based on one Richard used to do almost every Saturday with some friends. They would ride up to Sierra Madre for a break at a donut shop and then return. Today’s medium route is basically that route. To create the long, he added a few miles with a loop to the south into San Marino. I’m not sure, but I think the short was a shortened version that was used by Richard’s wife Nancy, who wasn’t up for the longer route. Richard’s original Saturday ride started from a donut shop in Burbank so that it was a donut to donut shop ride, but for the club version we moved the start to the Zoo where we start several other rides and there is ample parking. Both the long and medium make it to the title donut shop. The medium is a fairly direct route, while the long adds the extra loop mentioned above. 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 come on out and maybe we can share some memories of Richard. 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 near the camel sign. Other groups often meet here, so make sure you are with the Wheelmen.

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

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

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Thursday, April 18 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING Once again we will be in our home-away-from-home – the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Culver City and again this month we will be in Room B. This is our 3rd month in a row in Room B so it should start feeling like home. This month, in addition to our usual business of preparing schedules for mailing and conducting the business of the club, we will no doubt be discussing the upcoming Grand Tour. It is only about two months away. Whether you plan to ride it or volunteer on the staff, you might want to join us to get the insider’s view of this event. As always, we will have refreshments provided by a member. Once again I’ll mention that now that we are not using a host for our meetings many of you who were unwilling or unable to host a meeting can volunteer to provide refreshments. Why not take this opportunity to become more a part of your club. If you can provide refreshments, contact Rod Doty at roddoty@nullroadrunner.com PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM B 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The conference rooms are in the rear (west side) of the building as well as parking.

Saturday, April 20 – 8:00 a.m. SAND CANYON TRAINER (69 miles – 5200 feet) With several of our usual trainers unavailable due to the Woolsey Fire, we are dipping back in time to 2012 for a trainer we don’t often ride. Today’s inspirational song is “We Are the Champions” by Queen. Every time you crest a major climb today you should be thinking to yourself: “We are the Champions.”  Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04854XqcfCY

Although we haven’t ridden this one in a while, it is one of our classic trainers dating back to the 80s when the training rides began. We begin to increase the difficulty of the trainers this week with several major climbs. The big one of the day is up Sand Canyon with its double peaks. One nice thing about this route is that you get to ride down Little Tujunga which we climb on the trainers every year (we will be doing it in a few weeks). We start the ride with a couple of moderate climbs – Sepulveda to the valley and the hump over to Newhall. Then it’s up Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon. A quick trip across the Valley and the final climb back over Sepulveda and we are done. Be sure to bring some snacks to eat up at Bear Divide, because it’s a long way to lunch on this route. (One of the reasons we don’t ride this one very often.) Bear Divide, with its picnic tables, is always a pleasant place to re-group after the climb (I do not think water is available there any longer. I don’t think there are any bears there either.) 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 21 – 8:30 a.m.  FUNNY BUNNY EASTER RIDE. (Long 44 mi & 1900 ft; Medium 34 mi & 1300 ft; Short 25 mi & 500 ft) Today is Easter but maybe we should celebrate it as the end of Lent. After all, if you gave up something like chocolate or candy for Lent, now you are free to indulge in those things again. I wasn’t raised Catholic so I’m not sure if you can start indulging today or you have to wait until tomorrow, but what the heck – if you gave up chocolate for 40 days, you deserve a little today. Isn’t that the point of all the chocolate bunnies? Well, anyway, we’ve got some rides for you to today to work up an appetite for that Lent breaking indulgence. 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 gorging yourself on whatever you gave up for Lent. Enjoy!!  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.

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

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

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Saturday April 27 – 8:00 a.m. BALDY VILLAGE DOUBLE OPTION TRAINER. (58 mi & 6100 ft or 48 mi & 5000 ft An optional climb adds 10 mi and 2000 ft to these totals)  Today’s motivational song is “What a Feeling” (the theme to Flashdance) by Irene Cara. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beF4Ywct-Uo

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. Then when you get to the  top of the main climb today maybe you will be singing “Oh what a feeling.” This is one of our most popular trainers and we offer two options up to Baldy 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 haven’t had enough. This adds another 10 miles round trip and about another 2000 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 28 – 8:30 a.m. JOHNS RIVER RIDE (Long 60 mi & 1800 ft, Medium 56 mi & 1100 ft, Short 36 mi & 500 ft) Apparently there is a “Johns River” in each of Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont and Washington, but there isn’t one in California. So where are we riding today you may ask. Well, the title of today’s ride doesn’t mean we are doing a  ride on Johns River – it means we are doing John’s ride which happens to be on a river. The river in question is the Santa Ana River. All routes head down the Santa Ana River to Huntington Beach. The short simply goes down and back. Both the long and medium take the river all the way to the coast and then head over to Balboa Island followed by the Back Bay and a portion of the San Diego Creek trail. The long makes a few extra loops for added mileage and adds a climb through the Tustin Hills, but both work their way back toward the start, eventually hitting the river once again for the final portion of the return. So come on out. Only the long does any significant climbing and even that is not so bad. The long is a metric century for the club’s century challenge or add a few extra miles to the medium for a metric without the extra climbing. There is also a Johns River in Ireland, but I don’t think this ride could have meant that one either. START:  BOYSEN PARK in Anaheim. From Artesia/Riverside Frwy (91), off & south on State College Blvd, R – Vermont to Park.

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