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By Rod Doty, VP

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SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 2 – 8:30 a.m. BRENTWOOD FLYER (Long 51 mi & 3600 ft., Medium 30 hilly mi & 2200 ft, Short 29 mi & 1200 ft) “Brentwood Flyer” sounds like the name of a train as in “I’ll catch the Brentwood Flyer and be there in the morning.” We could have also called the ride the “Brentwood Limited.” So, all aboard the Brentwood Flyer – let’s see where it will take us today. We pull out of the “Corner Station” at 8:30 and head west. Long and medium riders will first take in a few hills in the Beverly Hills area. The long route will then split off and take riders out to the Valley and back without ever actually getting to Brentwood. The medium does continue on to Brentwood for a nice tour this side of the hill. The short heads west to Brentwood and Santa Monica as well, but by an easier route. At the end we will all pull back into the “Corner Station” having completed a nice day on the road. So toot toot – come ride the Brentwood Flyer.  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, September 5th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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

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Sunday, September 9 – 8:30 a.m. NORTH ORANGE COUNTY TREK (Long 70 mi & 2800 ft, Medium 53 mi & 2600 ft, Short 41 mi & 1800 ft) There used to be two major complaints about these routes (the long mostly): (1) The terrible smell and the flies coming from all the dairy farms in the Corona area (although that just brings back childhood memories for me), and (2) the terrible road conditions in the same area. Well, both those conditions have been much reduced. The dairy farms are rapidly disappearing. The last time we rode this route, there were only one or two left. And the roads are being steadily improved. I believe last time the worst section had been repaved.  The reason for this is encroaching suburbia. It’s forcing the dairies away and improving the roads. Normally I despair when I see vast tracts of open land converted into suburbia, but at least in this case, it is improving the ride. So come on out and see the new Corona. As the ride name implies, we start in Orange County. Both the long and medium head east through Santa Ana Canyon to Corona The long continues east all the way to the edge of Riverside. The long then makes an interesting loop back through places such as Norco (where horses seem to outnumber cars) to rejoin the medium route for lunch in Chino Hills. The two routes return together through Carbon Canyon, finally re-entering Orange County on the downhill side of that canyon. The short stays in Orange County as it heads to Yorba Linda and the Santa Ana Canyon area before returning. If you are like me and don’t mind seeing a few cows, I think there may be at least one dairy left, but you had better come out this year before it disappears. START:  CHAPMAN PARK in Fullerton.  From the Orange Frwy (57) off and west on Chapman, L – Commonwealth, L – San Carlos to Park.

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

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Thursday, September 13th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, September 16 – 8:30 a.m. RESEDA PARK – PHASE I (Long 83 mi & 4900 ft, Medium 57 mi & 4300 ft, Short 28 mi & 700 ft)  We haven’t ridden this one in about 3 years because Little Tujunga Canyon was closed for a long time after a fire. Well it’s open again, so let’s ride! Actually, we rode Little Tujunga this past May on one of the training rides, but so few of you showed up for that, here’s another chance. The fire was so long ago, I had a hard time spotting any remaining signs of it. I definitely could not see why the road had been closed for so long. So why not join us today and maybe you can spot something I missed. The routes today are slightly complex. They have so many options that the long route can actually be shorter than the medium route. Both long and medium head out to Santa Clarita for lunch, but the long gets there by the long climb up and over Little Tujunga (nothing little about it) while the medium just heads out the old road. Both return back over the Old Road. One of the options is a trip up Kagel Canyon (Also the site of a major fire in the past few years). Both routes can optionally do this climb, but they do it in opposite directions. It is an interesting canyon for those who are up for it. The long has an extra loop in the Valley after returning from Santa Clarita, but that’s optional as well. Of course there is always the short route which stays in the San Fernando Valley for a relatively flat ride. So come on out. With all the options you can tailor the ride to your desires. 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, September 19th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, September 20th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, September 20 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. Our shrinking list of willing meeting hosts is getting overtaxed so we are going to give them a couple of months off and return to our old standby — meeting room “C” at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. It will never replace the comforts of a real home, but it is centrally located and has easy parking. In any case, the same activities will take place. We will get the schedules ready for mailing and hold a business meeting and there will be refreshments (although we still need someone to provide those refreshments). I can’t think of any pressing business we will have to discuss, but something always comes up. So why not join us and see what is happening in your club. PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM C 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, September 23 – 8:00 a.m. GRAND TOUR LITE (Double Metric 117 mi & 7200 ft, Century 95 mi & 2500 ft, Metric Century 67 mi & 2300 ft) Unlike years past, this year our annual Grand Tour Lite centuries will be unsupported. They will be basically show-and-go rides like any other of our centuries of the month. On the plus side, that means no fee and no registration. But on the negative side, it means no rest stops or food provided along the route and no sag support out on the course. (Note: Kermit Ganier has indicated that he will provide limited sag support for the double metric route only) We will be riding the usual routes, slightly modified to indicate locations were food and water are available. The double metric route is a challenging route (similar to the double metric offered on the Grand Tour in the past). It starts with the climb up Latigo Canyon and a descent into Westlake. It then heads east to Moorpark before returning west to Port Hueneme where it joins the other routes for the return back down the coast. The century and metric century simply travel up the coast to Port Hueneme and return. The full century adds a loop around the Oxnard/Ventura area before returning to Port Hueneme and re-joining the metric century route for the return back down the coast. The century and metric century are fairly easy as centuries go and with few stops signs along PCH, are usually fairly fast. The double metric century, however, is much more difficult with a good amount of climbing. 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. (If there is no parking on Civic Center Way, park across PCH on Malibu Road and ride over to the start.)

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

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Thursday, September 27th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, September 30 – 8:30 a.m. FLINTRIDGE EXPRESS (Long 56 mi & 4000 ft, Medium 38 mi & 2100 ft, Short 30 mi &  900 ft)  We started the month with “Brentwood Flyer” which I said sounded like the name of a train. Well, we end the month with “Flintridge Express” which also sounds like the name of a train. However, if this route were the name of a train, it might be a little misnamed. Like “flyer,” “express” sounds like a ride we will just breeze through. Not really the case today – especially for the long. At 4000 feet of gain in only 56 miles, that’s a lot of climbing. And it’s not in long mountain climbs. Much of it is in relatively short but very steep climbs. We start off with some hills in Monterey Park. I don’t normally think of Monterey Park as a hilly place, but you will be surprised. Then we head over to La Canada/Flintridge and ride up Crown and Starlight Crest. This is very steep but take it slow and bring low gears and you can do it. The heavy climbing is over after Flintridge, but there is another good climb in Pasadena and a final hill back in Monterey Park. If you want more of an “Express” route, you might try the medium or the short. The medium skips the hills in Monterey Park and takes a less hilly route over to Flintridge, but it doesn’t miss all the fun. Once in Flintridge, the medium riders go down Chevy Chase to Eagle Rock before returning to the start. Then there is always the short route. It hardly does any hills at all. It doesn’t go to Flintridge. It spends a relatively flat day in Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia and Pasadena. That may earn the “Express” name. So, sounds like we have something for everyone. So once again, all aboard! START:  BARNES PARK in MONTEREY PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & south on Garfield, R – Newmark, L – McPherrin to the Park. Park where you can – we’ll meet at corner of McPherrin & Park Ave.

OCTOBER SCHEDULE

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

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Thursday, October 4th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, October 7 – 8:30 a.m. CAL POLY BY GOLLY (Long 65 mi & 3300 ft, Medium 45 mi & 2600 ft, Short 29 mi & 1200 ft)  We have often ridden these routes in the winter. I have memories of Christmas decorations up at the Mall where we start the ride and I remember once seeing the float Cal Poly entered into the Rose Parade. But the routes should be just as nice in the fall. It’s probably too early to see a lot of Halloween decorations, but you never know. Our primary destination today is the Cal Poly Pomona campus and all three routes go there. It’s a nice campus with a lot of newer buildings which have gone up in the last few years. I particularly like the mini-farm used by the agricultural students. You can usually see some sheep, pigs and steers as we pass by. The long and medium stay together over to the college and then on to Puddingstone reservoir. The long splits off at this point to do a loop taking them over Carbon Canyon and Brea Canyon while the medium heads more directly back to the start. The short takes a fairly direct route to the college and back. If riding these routes in the fall works out, maybe next time we will have to try the spring. I don’t know if we have ever done these routes in spring. START: PUENTE HILLS MALL in Industry.  From the Pomona Frwy (60), off and south on Azusa Avenue.  L – on Colima and L into Mall Parking lot.  We park on top of the rise near Colima (away from Mall buildings) and immediately across from Shabaram County Park.

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

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Thursday, October 11th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, October 14 – 8:00 a.m. LOOKING FOR LEONA CENTURY (century 101 mi & 6800 ft, metric century approx. 64 mi & 5400 ft) This is our century of the month for October. We haven’t ridden this one in a while and the last time we did, we used it as a Grand Tour trainer. It’s a nice century if you want to get away from it all but without driving very far to get to the start. It starts at nearby Reseda Park in the valley, but takes us all the way out to Leona Valley and back. Along the way we ride two picturesque canyons – San Francisquito Canyon and Bouquet Canyon. Leona Valley itself is a tiny town consisting of not much more than a gas station and café. We start by riding over to Santa Clarita via the Old Road. Then the route will take us up San Francisquito Canyon all the way to Lake Elizabeth Road. After a stop in Leona Valley, we will ride Bouquet Canyon back down. The long climb up San Francisquito is the big climb of the day, but there are plenty of lesser climbs too. The long downhill on Bouquet Canyon is fun, but there are a couple more short hills near then end including going back over the Newhall Pass to the Valley. We will be offering a metric century as well. In order to allow metric century riders to ride the best portion of the full century route, we will be starting the metric century from Santa Clarita and riding the century route up San Francisquito and down Bouquet. FULL CENTURY 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. METRIC CENTURY START: PARK & RIDE LOT on Newhall Ave. near Sierra Hwy in Newhall.  From the I-5 north take the 14 Frwy east for 2 miles and exit at Newhall Ave.  Park & Ride lot is at bottom of ramp to the southeast. Toilets available at nearby Carl’s.

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

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Thursday, October 18th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Thursday, October 18 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING. For a second month we are giving our usual meeting hosts a month off and we are once again holding our meeting in meeting room “C” at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. We don’t yet have a host for November, so who knows – we may be back here next month as well. Room “C” has more seats more than we have ever needed, so why not join us – we have plenty of room. The meeting always consists of the same activities. We will get the schedules ready for mailing and hold a business meeting and there will be refreshments (although we still need someone to provide those refreshments). This time of year there really isn’t much happening in the club. The Grand Tour is a long way off and nominations for next year’s officers don’t open yet. So mostly we will just gossip and tell stories. Sounds like fun. PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – CONFERENCE ROOM C 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, October 21 – 8:30 a.m. MOUNT WILSON (Long 48 mi & 5400 ft, Extended Long 65 or 73 mi & 7600 or 8200 ft, Medium 29 mi & 3100 ft, Short 24 mi & 1600 ft) Riding to Mount Wilson in October has become something of a tradition in the past few years. It’s the last month before the Cosmic Café closes up for the winter and it is generally cool enough for the long climb. Last year there was a fire on Mount Wilson and we couldn’t go up to the top. Most of us only went as far as Clear Creek or Red Box with a few going on the Newcomb’s Ranch. Well let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can get to the top this year. The food at the Cosmic Café is rather unremarkable, but after the long climb to the top it is surprising how good a hot dog and chips can taste. I’ve said this before, but I think going up to Wilson is sort of an iconic ride for all Southern California cyclists – something all complete cyclists should do at least once. I know some of you are thinking it’s too hard. Well, consider this – it’s only 48 miles and only half of that is up-hill. So you’ve got 24 miles of climbing – not so bad. And the climbing is never excessively steep – the worst of it comes near the beginning.  So, you can just take your time – enjoy the fall scenery and you can make it. And if it really proves to be too much for you, you can always turn around at any point and practically coast all the way back to the start. Only the two long routes go all the way to the top of Wilson. The standard long then returns back down the way you came while the extended long returns via Big Tujunga. The medium makes it as far as Clear Creek Station before returning. The Short simply tours the Pasadena area without going up Angeles Crest at all. So why not give it a try. You might really surprise yourself and the feeling you get at the top is terrific. I was with Pam Leven the one and only time she went up there and you should have seen the smile on her face. START:  BROOKSIDE PARK – just south of the Rose Bowl. From Ventura Frwy (134) or Pasadena Frwy (110), off & north on Orange Grove, L – Rosemont, L – Seco and L- Arroyo to Park on left.  Meet near the Aquatic Facility / tennis courts.

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

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Thursday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. DAVID DOES DESCANSO (long 37 mi. & 3100 ft, medium 31 mi. & 2300 ft, short 26 mi. & 1500 ft) The David of the title is David Nakai. He has been so busy this year piling up randonneuring miles that he hasn’t been riding much with the club. So, I think it is doubtful he will be joining us today on his ride. That’s a shame, but let’s not let it dampen our enthusiasm for this great set of rides. 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 (where they may be playing the World Series this time of year if they are lucky) . The climb through Mount Washington is very pretty too. 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. 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, October 31st, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

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