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Baldy Double Option Trainer

Saturday, April 28th, 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.

For a map and directions to the start, click Start.

Routes:

This week’s quote is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it – Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Today’s quote reminds us that as hard as these trainers can be, you don’t want to forget to “stop and smell the roses” sometimes. Today’s ride is a good example since we will be riding through some very scenic areas as we ride to Mount Baldy. 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. It will take your mind off the grind and maybe you will even begin to enjoy the trainers. 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.

 

Bronson Caves

Sunday, April 29th, 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.

For a map and directions to the start, click Start.

Routes:

It’s been two and a half years since we have ridden this one and I don’t know why because there is no more unique ride in the Los Angeles area. We get to ride entirely around the iconic Hollywood reservoir, explore a cave right in the heart of the city and visit the Griffith Park Observatory – all in 40 miles. Only the long route does all that, but all routes go to the caves. The short goes directly there and back, passing through Hollywood (another iconic area of Los Angeles we don’t often ride). The Medium gets to the caves, but first takes a trip around Lake Hollywood and up to the overlook where you get a nice view of the lake and also the Hollywood sign. This includes a couple of short but rather steep climbs. It then heads to Griffith Park for lunch before returning. The long is the same as the medium, but adds a climb up to Mulholland before heading to Lake Hollywood and after viewing the caves it climbs up to the Observatory in Griffith Park for lunch. This adds two more classic LA locales to the ride. You won’t get a much more LA experience than this ride. But the caves are the highlight of the day. Even if you have never been there  I just about guarantee you have seen them. They are a very popular film location and have appeared in many TV shows and commercials. So be sure to join us. How often can you combine spelunking and cycling? 

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