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By Rod Doty, VP

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JANUARY SCHEDULE

NOTE: I thought I would try something different in the schedule this month. In order to make the schedule more of a multimedia presentation, each ride description will include a link to a song on Youtube to go with the ride. You should play the song before heading out for the ride or even play it on your smart phone during the ride. With  luck, it will be stuck in your head all day.

Tuesday, January 1 – 7:00 a.m. 2019 KICK OFF CENTURIES (full century – 101 mi & 3100 ft, metric century – 67 mi & 2300 ft)  It’s the first day of the year so the song accompanying this ride is a version of Auld Lang Syne as sung by Mariah Carey. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aop6YF1Xqqg

Neither USC or UCLA will be playing in the Rose Bowl today (or any other bowl), so there is no reason to stay home to watch the game. So why not ride a century!! This is our 17th year riding a January 1st Century. The count in the club’s century challenge gets reset to zero today and you can start the year off with your first century or metric century and get the ball rolling on a personal best year of riding. When I started this century 17 years ago my idea was that if you rode a century on the first day of the year, it would set the tone for the entire year to come. I think that has worked most of the time. The full century is pretty easy as centuries go  just up the coast to Ventura and return. No hills bigger than those along PCH. The metric century follows the full century up the coast to Camarillo where it stops for brunch or lunch. It then simply turns around and retraces the route back down the coast to the start. We will be riding through the recent fire area along PCH and this will provide many of us with a first look at the damage. There is no support on these centuries, but none is really needed. January 1st is a fairly quiet day on PCH  everyone is watching football or has a hangover. Kick the year off with a century and you won’t regret it. Be sure to report your century or metric century for the club’s Century Challenge in 2019 and get the club kicked off to a good start as well. START: MALIBU CIVIC CENTER. Take the Santa Monica Frwy west to the end and then PCH north to R on Webb Way and R on Civic Center Way.

Tuesday, January 1 – 7:00 a.m.  ROSE PARADE RIDE (14 mi & 400 ft)  There is really only one choice for a song to accompany this ride – the unofficial theme song of the Rose Parade: “Everything Is Coming Up Roses”  This version is the classic as sung by Ethel Merman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s62MrU8mHx4

It’s just a fact – there is no other parade that comes close to the Rose Parade. Millions of dollars are spent on floats that are only seen the one time. They use those big balloons at the Macy’s Parade year after year. We are lucky here in Southern California because viewing this parade in person is only a short bike ride away. The rest of the country is stuck seeing it on TV. So if you have never seen the parade in person, you really should. This ride gets you to the parade and avoids all the traffic in and around Pasadena. You make an easy drive to Alhambra and then ride 7 easy miles over to the parade route. Not only do you get to see the parade, but the route takes you down Orange Grove Avenue where the floats all line up prior to the parade and you get to preview the floats up close and personal. Take a selfie with any float that strikes your fancy. Even the thousands of other people watching the parade in person along the route can’t do that. So, if you have never been to the parade, I don’t see how you can pass this up. We are often joined by riders from the San Fernando Club and from Orange County, so you should have plenty of company. The ride is incredibly easy. It’s a fairly flat 7 miles followed by a rest of a couple of hours as you watch the parade and then an easy 7 miles back. Even if you are suffering a hangover from last night, how bad can 7 miles be?  START:  ALHAMBRA PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & North on Fremont, R – Alhambra Rd, R – Raymond to Park.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, January 3rd, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, January 6 – 8:30 a.m. RESEDA PARK – PHASE II (Long 61 mi & 2600 ft; Medium 51 mi & 2200 ft; Short 32 mi & 800 ft) The song I’ve selected for this ride is “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty. The reason might not be immediately clear, but it has the line “It’s a long day living in Reseda.”  Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEBUNtbkea4

This is our first Sunday ride of the new year. It’s perfect for those who didn’t ride our century on the 1st but want to get their first annual metric century in. The long is 61 miles which is almost exactly what you need. What I said above in the description for the January 1st century still applies – if you start the year off right, it can set the tone for your entire year of riding. So let’s get a good start on keeping that resolution to ride more in 2019 and join us today. All routes start in Reseda and basically head west. The longer the route – the further west it goes. The short simply goes as far as the west valley for lunch and returns. Both the long and medium routes go further west through Santa Susana pass to Simi Valley. The medium has lunch in Simi and then returns back over the pass. The long also goes to Simi but continues west all the way to Moorpark for lunch before returning. The long also adds a trip through Box Canyon on the way to Simi which is interesting, but includes a steep climb. So come on – no excuses – start your year right. 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, January 9th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, January 10th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

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Sunday, January 13 – 8:30 a.m. TRI-COUNTY SAFARI (Long 54 mi & 2700 ft, Medium 46 mi & 2800 ft, Short 38 mi & 1700 ft) Today we are going on a “safari” so I’ve selected “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens as the song of the day. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36AX554A3ew

In October when we rode “Cal Poly By Golly” the long went through the same three counties which we are going to hit today (Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange) but we didn’t name the ride for this feat. So maybe it’s really no big deal. Like the October ride, to hit all three counties today, you have to ride the long route. From West Covina, the long and medium start by heading out to Claremont and then head south to Chino Hills for lunch Then for the long, its over Carbon Cyn, Brea Cyn (two of the easiest canyon climbs in Southern California) and then over Grand Ave. to the finish. Not up for that? The medium skips some of the post lunch climbing but somehow still ends up with about the same total elevation gain as the long. Sound like too much? Well, the short goes out towards Claremont with the others, but simply returns via Puddingstone to the start. Now if we could hit four counties in one day, that would be something. The Quad-County Safari has more of a ring to it. START:  CORTEZ PARK in WEST COVINA.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & South  mile on Citrus to Park on right at Cortez.

Wednesday, January 16th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, January 17th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, January 17 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING Because we so often have trouble finding a host for our monthly meeting, it has been decided to make the Veteran’s Memorial Center in Culver City our permanent home for at least a year. Hopefully this will spur participation in our meetings by providing more predictability and stability in our meeting location. It is centrally located and has easy parking. Unfortunately, the center is a busy place and we weren’t able to get the same room for all 12 months. We will be in Room B for 8 of the 12 months, but his is not one of those 8. This month we will be meeting in the Uruapan Room, which is actually nicer than Room B. So, now that we have got the venue settled, what about the meeting? Well, it will be the usual – prepare schedules for mailing and a business meeting. This month nominations for officers close. It’s not too late to throw you hat into the ring. Then we will have refreshments. Because we have now settled on a no-host meeting location for the next 12 months, we will be looking for someone to bring the refreshments each month. We don’t have anyone for January yet, but rest assured, we will by meeting night. So come check out our new home for the next 12 months and see what running the club is all about. PLACE: CULVER CITY VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING – URUAPAN Room. 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City (Southwest corner of Overland Ave & Culver Blvd. The Uruapan Room is in the hallway along the front of the building. 

Saturday, January 19 – 7:30 a.m. JANUS SEQUENTIAL CENTURIES – DAY ONE (Full Century 101 mi & 5100 ft, Metric Century 64 mi & 2300 ft) In keeping with the “Janus” theme of riding the same ride in both directions, the song for today and tomorrow is “Both Sides Now” by Judy Collins. Here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Xm30heHms

This is one of the few rides for which I don’t write a new description each time. So, once again, here is my standard spiel: For over 20 years the club has offered this January challenge – ride a century on each of two consecutive days. It is named for Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and endings and who is usually depicted with two faces looking both to the past and to the future. The month of January is named for him. In keeping with the idea of looking both directions, our two consecutive centuries are really the same century ridden each day, but in opposite directions. In truth, most riders only ride one of the two days, but every year a few hardy cyclists will take up the challenge of riding both days. Each century consists of the same large loop around Ventura County, but on Saturday we ride the loop in a counterclockwise direction and on Sunday we ride clockwise. The course is essentially the classic Grand Tour Highland loop without Casitas Pass. Today we start from Thousand Oaks with the trip over Erbes to Moorpark, then over Grimes Cyn to Santa Paula and then over Dennison Grade to Ojai. Then its down to Ventura for a swing through Oxnard and on to the final climb of the day  Potrero. The metric century stays with the full metric for the first 7 miles over the initial hill but then cuts west to rejoin the full century near Port Hueneme and the final steep climb up Potrero and to the finish. Although this is subject to debate, I have always considered today’s route to be the more difficult one because you climb Potrero (a very steep hill) near the end of the ride. See below for the reverse ride. NOTE: It is usually very cold at the start, so come prepared.  START:  CROWLEY HOUSE PARK in THOUSAND OAKS. From Ventura Frwy (101), off & north on Hampshire Rd, L – Thousand Oaks Blvd (at T) for  mile, L – Oakview and L – Pleasant Way to Park. 

Sunday, January 20 – 7:30 a.m. JANUS SEQUENTIAL CENTURIES – DAY TWO (Full Century 101 mi & 5100 ft, Metric Century 65 mi & 2600 ft) Today’s song is the same as yesterday – see above. Also, see above for background on these centuries. Today is the clockwise route. Its the reverse of yesterday so it starts with the downhill on Potrero. Then its on to Ventura and up to Ojai, over Dennison Grade to Santa Paula and over Grimes Canyon to Moorpark and back. Although more of the climbing is in the 2nd half of the ride today, it tends to be less steep than day one and I feel it is a little easier. In the years I rode both days, I usually had a faster time on the 2nd day despite being tired from riding day one. This is the official century of the month for January. The metric route stays with the full century for the first 32 miles and cuts straight over to the Moorpark area to rejoin the full century on the final few miles of the return. This metric century cuts out much of the climbing of the full century. START: The start location today is the same as day one   see above.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, January 24th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Sunday, January 27, 8:30 a.m. STRAIGHT COW MOUNTAIN (Long 56 mi & 2300 ft, Medium 47mi & 1900 ft, Short 32mi & 600 ft) NOTE: THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED SCHEDULE. The route originally scheduled for today took us up to Chantry Flats. However, Chantry Flats is in a national forest and is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forestry Department which is currently shut down due to the budget impasse. Therefore, Chantry Flats has been closed and we can’t ride there. We are therefore substituting this ride which starts from the same location so that anyone not getting this message won’t show up and wonder where everyone else is. Today, instead of riding up Chantry, we will be riding Turnbull Canyon. Only the long and medium routes go over Turnbull but only the long would have gone up to Chantry. Today’s long does some extra miles and a little extra climbing before Turnbull, while its the only major hill for the medium. Both have lunch in Whittier after going over Turnbull. As mentioned, the short doesn’t do Turnbull at all but rides to Whittier Narrows and cruises the Rio Hondo before returning to the start. Who would have thought the government shutdown would directly affect the club, but there you have it – it has. START:  ALHAMBRA PARK in ALHAMBRA.  From the San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & north on Fremont 2 miles, R- Alhambra Rd to 4 blocks to Park.  Park on Raymond on East side of the park.

Wednesday, January 30th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, January 31st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

Sunday, FEBRUARY 3 – 8:30 a.m. ORANGE THRILL AT REDHILL (Long 62 mi & 2700 ft, Medium 42 mi & 1700 ft, Short 27 mi & 800 ft)  Today is Super Bowl Sunday. I’m writing this in December, but already the Rams, the LA Chargers and the Chicago Bears (my team) have qualified for the playoffs. So there is a chance there will be some local interest in the game. I know if the Bears are in the game, I’ll want to stay home and watch the game, but even so, I think I’ll probably make this ride. I can probably get home in time for most of the game and I can always follow the beginning of the game on my phone. So, if I’m willing to give up on watching the Bears in the Super Bowl, I think the rest of you should be able to make this ride too. Today none of the routes is super long or super tough, so you should be able get home for most of the game. The 3 routes take their separate ways. The long heads south to the coast at Dana Point and then back north to the start. The medium heads south, but goes to Old Town Irvine instead of the coast. The short follows the medium, but never makes it as far as Old Town Irvine before returning. The routes are fairly flat and travel the wide streets of Orange County, so it should be a pleasant day of conversation and scenery. Actually, I think it unlikely the Bears will make it all the way to the Super Bowl, and the way the Rams have been playing the last few weeks, I’m not too optimistic about them either. So, we will all probably be free to make this 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, February 6th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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

See “Every Week Rides” at

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Saturday, February 9 – 7:30 a.m. QUAD LOOP CENTURY TEST RUN (100 mi & 3200 ft) This is an extra century being offered this month. Kermit Ganier, Grand Tour Chair, has created a new century which is to be the final 100 mile loop for those completing the Grand Tour Quadruple Century. He would like a few riders to ride it to check it out before finalizing it for this year’s Grand Tour. Since few if any of us will ever ride the Quad, here’s a chance to at least see what the final 100 miles of their ride will be. It will start from the new Grand Tour headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Port Hueneme. The route heads east along Santa Rosa Road and eventually makes its way to Simi Valley where it turns west to head back to Moorpark. From Moorpark it climbs over Grimes Canyon and heads to Santa Paula. From Santa Paula it continues to work its way west and south back to the start. There is only one major climb and that is the trip over Grimes Canyon. The course is mostly downhill back to the start after that. So why not come check out this new century and see what it’s like to be a quad rider. START: HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS IN PORT HUENEME This is at the southwest corner of Hueneme Road and Ventura Road in Port Hueneme.

Sunday, February 10 – 8:30 a.m. IVANS RIDE (Long 46 mi & 3200 ft, Medium 42 mi & 2500 ft, Short 34 mi & 1500 ft)  Valentine’s Day is later this week and I sure everyone wants to look good for their spouse, significant other or whatever. Doing a bike ride today might help. If you think a single ride will take off those extra pounds, well, you’re dreaming. But a single ride can give you that healthy glow and that’s probably the best you can do on short notice. So why not come out today and see what you can do. Today’s routes were originated as a memorial ride for Ivan Gazdik, a member who passed away in 1979. They all head out to the Valley. All routes head over Sepulveda (although the long makes a death defying plunge down Encino Hills Dr.) All rides also ride along the “Great Wall of Los Angeles” which is the mural painted along the wall of the Tujunga Wash in the Valley. After viewing the mural, the routes meet for lunch in the East Valley. The short makes a relatively easy return over Cahuenga while the long and medium return up Mulholland and down Deep Canyon/Benedict back to the start. Unfortunately, even if today’s ride gives you a healthy glow, there is no guarantee it will last until Thursday. You might need a refresher ride Thursday morning – you might consider the club’s Triple Dipper Ride (see below) 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 10 – 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 the regular club ride starts from this same location (see “Ivan’s Ride” above) so this gives you several options. If you feel up to it, you can join club members on one of the regular routes. If that seems too much, a leader will take you on a short easy ride to introduce you to club riding. 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: 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, February 13th, 10 a.m. GRIFFITH PARK GROUP See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Sunday, February 17, 7:30 a.m. EAST ROAD, WEST ROAD, ALL AROUND DOWNTOWN (CLOCKWISE) (Century 96 mi & 2500 ft, Metric Century 63 mi & 1600 ft) This is the official century of the month for February. We last rode this one in 2016 and this year we have added a metric century. Both routes make a loop through downtown with the long extending the circle all the way out to ride East Road and West Road in La Habra Heights. Both routes start in Culver City and first head downtown to ride through the heart of the city in the early morning hours. You ride along Broadway and can see all the old theaters that line that street. Then it’s on to Alhambra and West Covina. The metric skips the loop along East Road and West Road, but joins the full century in Whittier for lunch. From lunch, the full century makes a longer return to the south while the metric century makes a more direct return going back through downtown. The full century includes a couple of moderate climbs which the metric misses. These are Brea Canyon Cutoff and Fullerton Road as well as the hills along East Road and West Road. After lunch, the return on both routes is fairly flat. These are distinctly urban centuries, but you will be surprised at how nice much of it is. East Road and West Road are always fun. Come join us and see for yourself.  START: CARLSON PARK in Culver City. From San Diego Frwy, off and east on either Culver or Washington (careful–neither exit actually put you directly on those streets). Right on Overland and Left on Braddock a few blocks to park.  We will meet near the restrooms. (Check parking signs around park – if you drive, you may need to park a block away.)

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

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, February 21st, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, February 21 – 7:30 p.m. MONTHLY MEMBERS MEETING As noted with respect to the January meeting above, we will be holding all our meetings in 2019 at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center. Most months we will be in Room B and this is one of those months. The meeting will be the usual. Lots of things to discuss. The installation lunch is approaching and maybe Fargo. Fargo may take more planning this year because we will need a permit to close the street for the event. As always, we will have refreshment 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 let’s see some new names in these descriptions for refreshment providers.  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, February 24, 8:30 a.m. LA TUNA MELT (Long 53  mi & 2900 ft; Medium 40 mi & 2200 ft; Short 32 mi & 1400 ft.)  I just recently saw on the news (I’m writing this in December) that new safety measures have been implemented on La Tuna Canyon. These apparently include bicycle lanes and reduced speed limits. The first will help, but I have my doubts about the other. Anyway, here is a chance for us to go check out the improvements. They were done primarily to help cyclists, so we should show some gratitude by riding there. However, only the long route does the La Tuna climb. Starting from the Zoo, the long will head out Glenoaks Blvd to make the climb up La Tuna Canyon to Montrose. I think this is the only club route that does this climb, so it’s our only chance to check out the improvements in that direction. We will then continue to the Rose Bowl area to meet the medium riders and then make a loop up to the top of Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena before riding down into San Marino and then on to Pasadena for lunch. The return is a fairly direct route back down through Eagle Rock and Glendale to the start. The medium will head up to the Rose Bowl area via Chevy Chase. It’s a climb, but not as tough as La Tuna. There, it will join the long route for the trip to Christmas Tree Lane, lunch and the return. The short takes a slightly easier and shorter route up to the Rose Bowl. It skips the trip to Christmas Tree Lane and goes right to the common lunch spot of the long and medium. It then returns with them to the start. We gave this ride its current name after riding up Tuna Canyon on a hot summer day, but oddly, we have never ridden it in summer since then. START:  Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the NORTH end (near Camel sign) From Ventura (134) Frwy or Golden State Frwy (5), exit near Griffith Park at any exit marked by signs to the Zoo or to the Autry Museum.  Follow signs into the park and to the Zoo lot.  Don’t confuse us with other groups which also start here.

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

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

Thursday, February 28th, 8:30 a.m. TRIPLE DIPPER RIDE  See “Every Week Rides” at

www.lawheelmen.org/wheelmen-weekly-rides/

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