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Sand Canyon Trainer

Saturday, April 20th, 8:00 a.m.

Start Location:  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.

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Route: Trainer – 70 miles – 5200 feet of elevation gain (barometric)

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.)

Funny Bunny Ride

Sunday, April 21st, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location:  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.

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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!! 

Baldy Double Option Trainer

Saturday, April 27th, 8:00 a.m.

Start Location: Pioneer Park in Azusa  From Foothill Frwy (210) off and north on Azusa Ave, R on Sierra Madre Ave 1 block to Dalton & Park.

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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 havent 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.

John's River Ride

Sunday, April 28th, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location: BOYSEN PARK in Anaheim. From Artesia/Riverside Frwy (91), off & south on State College Blvd, R – Vermont to Park.

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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.

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