By Rod Doty, VP
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Wednesday, February 1st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” here:
Thursday, February 2nd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” here:
Sunday, February 5th, 8:30 a.m. DAVID DOES DESCANSO (long 37 mi. & 3100 ft, medium 31 mi. & 2300 ft, short 26 mi. & 1500 ft) We scheduled this ride back in October, but it got rained out. Actually 3 of us did show up and rode, but in deference to the coming rain, we only did the medium and we still got wet. Rain is probably more likely in February, but let’s give it another try anyway. With a long route of only 37 miles, this has got to be one of our shortest set of routes, but there is a reason for that – it’s hilly. The one mile climb up Descanso for which the ride is named is the least of your worries. All routes head up to Descanso and have lunch in Montrose and then return together, but it’s the trip to Descanso that has the hills. The short takes a fairly direct route, but theres no avoiding the climb up Chevy Chase. The medium is the same, but adds a trip (climb) through the Mount Washington area first. If thats not enough, the long gives you plenty more. It is the same as the medium except that it starts with a trip (climb) through Elysian Park and a fairly difficult climb up and over Camino San Rafael between Verdugo and Chevy Chase. The trip through Elysian Park is nice and gives you a view down into Dodger Stadium. The final climb on the long is very steep and goes on for about 2 miles. So why not gives these routes a shot. The distances are short, so you have plenty of time to stop and catch your breath. David Nakai (the creator of these routes) wasn’t able to join us in October (not that the rain would have kept him away) but maybe he’ll be there today. START: Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the NORTH end. From Ventura (134) Frwy or Golden State Frwy (5), exit near Griffith Park at any exit marked by signs to the Zoo or to the Autry Museum. Follow signs into the park and to the Zoo lot. Don’t confuse us with other groups which sometimes start here.
Wednesday, February 8th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” here:
Thursday, February 9th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See See “Every Week Rides” here:
Saturday, February 11th – 8:00 a.m. BIKEWAYS OF ORANGE COUNTY (Full Century – 94 miles – 2500 feet & Metric Century – 64 miles – 800 feet) These are our centuries of the month for February. In keeping with our new policy this year, we have added a metric century option for this route so that those participating in the metric century challenge can get one in as well as the full century riders. Both routes use a number of bike trails so you know it will be relatively flat today. The full century takes in a good portion of the Aliso Creek trail, which runs from Cooks Corner almost all the way to the ocean as well as portions of the San Diego Creek Trail and a few other trails. But the full century is not completely flat. There is a good climb or two thrown in for variety. The metric version stays with the full century through some of the early bike trails and then cuts off to later meet up with the full century as it makes a 14 mile run back up the coast to the start. The metric century cuts off most of the climbing of the full century. The really good news is that you don’t have to drive down to Orange County to do these rides. We start from El Dorado Park in Long Beach – about a half hour drive from West LA. So why not join us? You no longer have to avoid these centuries of the month because you are not up for a full century. You can ride the metric! 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 Street.
Sunday, February 12th – 9:00 a.m. EXPLORING THE ENVIRONS (Long 57 mi. & 3700 ft; Medium 51 mi. & 2800 ft; Short 24 mi. & 1300 ft) The word “Exploring” brings up images of traveling to new places never seen before. Let’s face it – if Magellan had circumnavigated the Mediterranean instead of the world, he probably wouldn’t have been called an explorer. But I’ve been riding in Southern California for over 30 years now and there is hardly any place left for me to explore. Certainly not on today’s rides. Even if you have been riding here for only a couple of years, there probably isn’t much new on today’s rides. So why do we ride today? Well, there are always new things to see in old familiar places. Both the long and medium go out to the Valley by somewhat differing routes. The long goes over Beverly Glen, while the medium uses Sepulveda. The long goes west on Wells drive, the medium a flatter route. The long goes to the coast via Old Topanga, the medium uses New Topanga. Meanwhile, the short never goes to the valley at all. It goes up Franklin Cyn to the nature center–a favorite of the corner crowd. Another reason to ride today – sometimes it is pleasant to simply ride old familiar places with good friends. Or, you can always pretend you are seeing these areas for the first time – it might give you a whole new perspective. 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, February 12 – 9:00 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE It’s February and your New Year’s resolution to ride more this year is getting hard to keep. It is Lincoln’s birthday today and honest Abe would want you to keep that resolution. Well there is a way to help you do that – riding with a club. Riding with a club provides an established schedule of rides and many like-minded riding companions to help keep you motivated. Club rides take you on time-tested routes which cover a wide range of places so you don’t get bored riding your own neighborhood week after week. But if you are not familiar with club cycling, this ride is for you. This ride is meant for those new to club or group riding and who might be unsure about the etiquette or protocol of group riding. It’s a chance to learn the ropes on a short ride with a patient leader who will introduce the fun of club riding and answer all your questions. You can expect an easy ride of about 20 miles. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 1.2 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.
Wednesday, February 15th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” here:
Thursday, February 16th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” here:
Thursday, February 16 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. This month we are back at the home of Ira Kucheck on Balboa Island. He had hoped to host the meeting last December, but it turned out that the traffic from the annual Balboa holiday boat parade would have made getting to his home a problem. So, we postponed his hosting until this month. We were at his home last February and I can attest that the traffic and parking on the Island is no problem this time of year. Yes, it’s a long drive, but it is better than you might think. This is the last meeting of the current officers, but since right now it looks like next year’s officers will be the same as this year’s officers, I guess there won’t be any farewell addresses. Plans for the Installation will be finalized and plans for the Fargo Street Hill Climb will probably be discussed. Of course the meeting will include the usual activities – prepare schedules for mailing, discuss club business and have refreshments. So why not come. Just allot a little extra time for the drive and certainly try to carpool. It should be fine. PLACE: 120½ Agate Ave, Balboa Island. Take the 405 Frwy south and transition to the 73 South in Costa Mesa. Exit and go right (south) at Jamboree Rd. Go 3.5 miles to the end and across bridge onto Balboa Island. Go Right on Park Ave. and Left on Agate to 120 ½ (blue house on left) Ira is in the upstairs unit. Meeting night directions: (949) 394-4721.
Sunday, February 19th – 8:30 a.m. VALLEY RALLY (Long 50 mi. & 3500 ft; Medium with hill, 40 mi & 1700 ft; Medium without hill, 42 mi & 1100 ft; Short 33 mi & 1200 ft.) We seem to like rhyming ride names. If we had a member which a certain name, I could start this description off with: “Don’t dally – Sally Halley’s Valley Rally will be right up your alley.” I couldn’t fit in the word “galley.” Anyway, the Valley of the title is the San Gabriel Valley – specifically the Whittier, Industry and Diamond Bar areas. All routes ride the same area today, but don’t stick together much. All routes head east from Whittier. The Long makes it all the way to Pomona and then returns via Diamond Bar Blvd and Brea Cutoff to Industry for lunch. After lunch it’s a quick hop over Turnbull back to the start. The two mediums head to Industry to join the Longs for lunch (probably beating them there) either by going over Turnbull or around it. They both make an easy return. The Short doesn’t go quite as far east as the mediums before returning to Whittier. The only major hill today on any of the routes is Turnbull and that’s not really so bad. It occurs to me now that I didn’t use “tally” either. I could have said “Tally-ho – don’t dally . . . etc.” START: Sorensen Park in Whittier From 605 Frwy, off and east on Washington 0.5 mi. to left on Broadway to Park on right.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” here:
Thursday, February 23rd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE See “Every Week Rides” here:
Sunday, February 26th – 8:30 a.m. HONOLULU FOR LUNCH (Long 64 mi & 2500 ft; Medium 48 mi & 2100 ft; Short 32 mi & 1700 ft) Today’s destination is Honolulu Blvd. in Montrose. I remember the first time I rode through Montrose on a Sunday many many years ago. The place was totally dead. But that was probably back when so called blue laws were more common. Today, Sunday is bustling in Montrose with a farmer’s market filling the street and restaurants doing a brisk business. All routes head to Montrose today, although despite the title, the long does not have lunch there. The long and medium stay together on a circuitous route up to Montrose where the mediums have lunch. The long continues up and over La Tuna Canyon to circle back to the start. The medium heads back the way they came. The short heads straight to Montrose and then joins the Medium riders on the return. There are several short climbs, but only the long does a major hill (and even that is not so bad with a 4 mile downhill as a payoff). This is actually our second visit to Montrose this month so if you missed the first one, you will surely want to join us today. START: BARNES PARK in MONTEREY PARK. From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & south on Garfield, R – Newmark, L – McPherrin to the Park. You might want to get there early to get a parking space as the park gets heavy use by morning exercise groups.
Wednesday, March 1st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at
Thursday, March 2nd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE
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Sunday, March 5 9:00 a.m. INSTALLATION RIDE & MEETING (Medium 38 mi & 1300 ft; Short 33 mi & 1100 ft) I’m writing this on January 16th, only a few days before the inauguration of the country’s 45th president. I guess you could say that today is our inauguration day. Our club hasn’t had nearly as many presidents as the US, even though we elect one every year. The reason we don’t have 45 presidents is that we often elect the same one over and over. That’s the case this year again. In any case, we hold our own version of an inaugural ball in the form of a lunch meeting. Besides installing our officers, we will also be handing out awards and tributes to other deserving members, including the announcement of the recipient of the Jack Flynn Award. In addition to a nice lunch we will have a little entertainment as part of the ceremonies. 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 be holding our lunch at indoor activity room at Lindberg Park in Culver City. (5041 Rhoda Way, Culver City 90230) For those who wish to skip the ride and come directly to lunch, the lunch will begin around noon. There should be plenty of street parking around the park and those riding can bring their bikes into the activity room. We don’t know what food will be served yet, but we know it will be great. RIDE START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.
Wednesday, March 8th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at
Thursday, March 9th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE
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Sunday, March 12, 7:30 a.m & 8:30 a.m.. A WHALE OF A CENTURY (full century – 104 mi & 2400 ft; metric century – 63 mi. & 2000 ft). There are a couple of new things to point out today. First, this is our century of the month for March, but we are holding it on a Sunday. This is a new policy of holding the centuries of the month on Sunday in order to combine the riders we usually were splitting between a Saturday and Sunday ride. Second, we have added a metric century for those participating in the metric century challenge and also to provide a shorter alternative for our usual Sunday riders who aren’t up for a full century. 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. ALSO NOTE: Today begins daylight saving time, so be sure you have adjusted your clock. START (Full Century – 7:30 a.m.): VALLE LINDO PARK IN CAMARILLO. Take the 101Frwy North to Camarillo and exit north on Carmen Dr. Left on Ponderosa Dr & Right on Valle Lindo Dr to park. Park where Valle Lindo Dr curves left. START (Metric Century – 8:30 a.m.) PARK & RIDE LOT IN VENTURA Take 101 Frwy to Ventura and exit at California St. go 2 blocks north to a left on Main St. Go 0.8 mi. west to parking lot which is on the left just after crossing under 33 Frwy bridge.
Wednesday, March 15th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at
Thursday, March 16th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE
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Thursday, March 16 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. Once again Gary Murphy has volunteered his home for our monthly meeting so for many of us, instead of the 45 mile drive we had last month, it should only be a couple of miles. So why not show up? The night’s tasks will be the usual: fold, seal and label schedules for mailing and hold a meeting. This will be the first meeting presided over by the recently installed officers, but since they are the same as last year’s officers, it’s hard to imagine there will be any surprises there. Fargo (the hill – not the movie) is coming up. We will probably discuss that. Of course there will be refreshments. Sometimes Gary serves homemade goodies. You wouldn’t want to miss that. Have you really got something better to do on a Thursday night? PLACE: 6364 West 85th Place, Westchester. From the San Diego Frwy, off and West on Howard Hughes Pkwy., L on Sepulveda to a R on Manchester, R on Kentwood Ave (1st R) and immediate R on 85th Place to 6364. Meeting night directions: (310) 641-7719.
Sunday, March 19 – 8:30 a.m. HUNTINGTON BEACH GO-ROUND (Long 71 mi & 900 feet, Medium 57 mi & 700 ft, Short 37mi & 500 ft) These are traditional summer routes, but we skipped them last summer so I thought we would try them in March. The first day of spring is later this week, so technically I guess we are riding these in winter this time. Who knows, we might like them better at this time. There will be less traffic near the beach and greener hills in Orange County. They stay near the coast and they don’t do a lot of climbing so winter or summer, they should be pleasant routes. Though they have Huntington Beach in their name, they actually start in nearby Long Beach, so you don’t even have to drive far to enjoy these routes. All routes make a trip down to Huntington Beach and then a return along PCH back to the start. The long and the medium are the same except the long extends the trip south all the way to Newport and the Back Bay. The short is similar to the medium but doesn’t go quite as far south in Huntington Beach. With less than 1000 feet of climbing in a 71 mile route, the long must be one of the flattest routes we have, and a lot of that is in the occasional freeway overpass. Unlike our other traditional summer routes in the Huntington Beach area, this one doesn’t cross on the Balboa Ferry. So you can leave your change at home. 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, March 22nd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at
Thursday, March 23rd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE
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Sunday, March 26 – 9:00 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. 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 dont 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 dont 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 Philippes 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 26 – 9:00 a.m. NEWCOMER RIDE This is our monthly newcomer ride which is designed to introduce riders the joys of club riding. Perhaps you have been riding a bit, but have a hard time sticking with it or motivating yourself to get out on the bike. Riding with a club can help. It provides an established schedule of rides and many like-minded riding companions to help keep you motivated. Club rides take you on time-tested routes which cover a wide range of places so you don’t get bored riding your own neighborhood week after week. But if you are not familiar with club cycling, this ride is for you. This ride is meant for those new to club or group riding and who might be unsure about the etiquette or protocol of group riding. It’s a chance to learn the ropes on a short ride with a patient leader who will introduce the fun of club riding and answer all your questions. You can expect an easy ride of about 20 miles. Today we have a treat for you. You can join the club on its annual trip over to watch the Fargo Street Hill Climb (See above). Maybe this will motivate you when you see just what can be done on a bike. START: THE “CORNER”, Olympic Blvd, 1 block west of La Cienega in Beverly Hills. From the Santa Monica Frwy (10), off & north La Cienega 1.2 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.
Wednesday, March 29th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at
Thursday, March 30th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE
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