Kick-off Century – January 1
Start the year with a century! Wheelmen believe that if you ride a century on the first day of the year, you are ready for a great year of cycling. This traditional ride is pretty easy as centuries go: north from Malibu and up the coast to Ventura and return. No support or sag, but none needed. No hills bigger than the ones along PCH. If a century is beyond your ability right now, ride part way and turn around. January 1st is a fairly quiet day on PCH because everyone is watching football or home with a hangover. Route sheets will available on the website before and on January 1. Start: Malibu Civic Center. Guests: Bring a signed waiver. Free.
Janus Sequential Centuries – January Weekend
Ride a century on Saturday and the next day on Sunday ride the SAME century in the OPPOSITE direction. January is the festival month of Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and endings, gates and doors, and he looks both forward and backward, inspiring these routes. Here’s your chance to go both up and down each of these “popular” hilly grades. Norwegian Grade, Grimes Canyon, Dennison Grade, and Potrero Road. The countryside is scenic: Lake Sherwood, Hidden Valley, San Antonio Creek, Upper Ojai Valley, Sisar Creek, and South Mountain Road. Sequential Centuries are physically easier than a Double Century, but the mental demands are much greater, particularly on the second morning when the body would much rather stay in bed. No support. Private sags permitted. Riders are welcome on both days or either day. The Sunday ride is slightly easier. Check the ride schedule for start time and location. Guests: bring a signed waiver. Free.
Fargo Street Hill Climb – Mid-March
Fargo Street is one block long, but one tough climb: It is among the steepest streets in Los Angeles with a 32% grade. This stimulating event is a Wheelmen tradition. Each year we ride from The Corner to watch cyclists charge to the top of Fargo Street – or get there in some unique style. One rule: You can’t put a foot on the pavement. Many fail, but many succeed, often multiple times. The reward: Bragging rights and a handsome commemorative Fargo Street patch. Everyone is welcome to start the climb and heartily and noisily encouraged to reach the top. Hill Climb Location: intersection of Fargo and Alejandro Streets, near the south end of the Glendale Freeway. Free. Spectators welcome.
Grand Tour Saturday Training Rides – Spring through June
Beginning in late March or early April, these Saturday training rides become increasingly difficult to help riders get ready for the Grand Tour. Our pledge: If you ride these trainers faithfully, you should be well prepared for the Grand Tour. Check the ride schedule in March or April for the start of the Saturday training rides. Guests: bring a signed waiver. Free.
Grand Tour Lite – Mid-September
The Los Angeles Wheelmen shortened the renowned Grand Tour Double Century while leaving the best scenery. In this sometimes-challenging Double Metric, riders start from Malibu and quickly climb Latigo Canyon, go inland along the Grand Tour route to Potrero and a lunch stop in Moorpark, then onward to Port Hueneme for refueling and home on PCH. The Lowland Century goes north up PCH to Port Hueneme, lunch, Ventura, and return along PCH. The Metric Century follows PCH to Port Hueneme for a lunch and the turnaround to home. Fee to be announced.
Ice Cream Ride – August
This ride is officially the South Bay Ramble with three routes: Long 56 miles, Medium 45 Short 35. All routes head to Palos Verdes and back. The long circles the
peninsula clockwise. The medium goes as far as the whale watch before returning. The short tours the Malaga Cove area before returning. All routes are relatively easy. The goal is a friendly and leisurely pace because this is a day to be social. At the end we meet for ice cream at a member’s home nearby. Check the monthly ride schedule for details. Guests: bring a signed waiver. Free.
5 County Century and 4 County Mini-Century – Fall
This fully supported event is for experienced riders only - not for a first-time century rider. Cyclists go through Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, all within a 101-mile route and an elevation gain of about 9,000 feet, including a long climb late in the ride. Mini-century riders can skip one county, 14 miles, and about 1,000 feet of climbing. This century is for strong, stout-hearted and experienced riders. Rewards include spectacular scenery with a view of the central valley floor from over 6,000 feet, great downhills, and almost entirely on low-traffic roads. The route has only a half-a-dozen turns, so no one is likely to get lost. Two snack/water stops, a lunch stop, and sag support. Fee to be announced.
START: Generally, the ride begins near the intersection of Frazier Mountain Road and Lockwood Valley Road, Lake of the Woods, north of Gorman off I-5. See announcement for precise location.
Thanksgiving Ride – Thanksgiving morning
Every year we gather at The Corner and ride to the overlook in Pacific Palisades and back. Three options: Long 39 miles and 1,100 feet, Medium 36 and 1,000 feet, Short 27 miles. All routes are short and easy, leaving you plenty of time to go home and have a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Route sheets are available on the website before and on Thanksgiving Day. Guests: bring a signed waiver. Free.
START: The Corner: