Route Overview

 

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John's River Ride

Sunday, July 23rd, 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.

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

Routes:

NOTE: This ride has been rescheduled from July 2nd as previously published. A few months ago we did a century which rode much of the Santa Ana River Trail. At that time I was surprised at the number of homeless encampments along the river. All together they would constitute a small town. It’s sad really that so many are homeless, but when you see it I think the emotion you are more likely to experience is amazement. There are so many and some are so inventive in setting up their encampments. Well, you will have a chance to see it for yourself today and you don’t have to ride a full century. 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. Add a few extra miles to either the long or medium and you can get in your metric century for the month of July. 

Off To The Races

Sunday, July 30th, 9:00 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 12 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R- Le Doux.

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

Routes:

The Tour de France ended last Sunday but that doesn’t mean you have to stop watching bicycle racing. There is an annual day of racing right here in Manhattan Beach and for over 50 years now, the club has been attending. It’s called the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix and we will be riding down from the “Corner” to take in some of the races. These are circuit races where the racers ride a relatively short circuit, so all you have to do is stand there and wait and the racers will come screaming by every few minutes. In between races there are vendors and other things to see. In the past we have offered two options (a long and a short), but I have added a new medium this year for those who want something in between. The short route is just a ride from the “Corner” down to Manhattan Beach and back with a rest in the middle as you watch some racing. For those wanting  more, there is the long and new medium which add a trip into Palos Verdes before getting to the races. Watching races, whether it’s the Tour de France or racing like this, always gets me in the mood to ride. So come on out and get motivated.

South Bay Ramble

 Sunday, August 6  8:30 a.m.  

Start Location: WESTCHESTER PARK in Westchester.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off and West on Manchester, Left at Loyola into Library lot (just before Lincoln).

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

Routes:

Nothing hits the spot at the end of a ride in August like some nice cold ice cream. That’s why for many years now we have run this ride in August and at the end of the ride one of our many Westchester based members has opened their home to the riders for an ice cream party. This year our host is a new one – Gary Murphy – who lives a mere mile from the start/finish of this ride. But let’s talk about the ride first. These routes fit in with a theme for our August rides and that theme is the “South Bay” It makes sense that in the warmest month we would want to stick close to the ocean. Today, all routes head (ramble) to Palos Verdes and back. The long circles the peninsula in a clockwise manner. The medium only goes as far as the whale watch before returning. The short only tours the Malaga Cove area before returning by a shorter route than the medium and long. All routes are relatively easy. At the conclusion of the ride, your route slip will provide instructions to Gary’s home and the ice cream. Corner riders and others often join us for the ice cream even if they do not ride the day’s scheduled routes. It is up to the host to select the ice cream and toppings available, so it should be interesting to see what our new host comes up with.

Coastal Cruise Century

 Sunday, August 13  8:00 a.m.  (NOTE: EARLIER START TIME)  

Start Location: DEL REY LAGOON in Playa Del Rey.  From San Diego Frwy off and west on Culver Blvd (or off and west on Jefferson, which runs into Culver) to end (approx 4 mi). R – Pacific Ave to park (Pacific Ave & Convoy).

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

Routes:

NOTE: 8 a.m. start time. This is our August Century of the month. We have used this century as one of our summer centuries for several years now although not always in August. It fits right in with our August theme of riding the South Bay and is another obvious attempt to get our miles in during the hot days of summer while still staying somewhat cool. This year we are adding a metric century which is simply the full century, but it turns around a little sooner. I’ve mentioned this before, but one reason I like this route (full century) is that it has the option of going to either of two of my favorite lunch locations: Five Guys or Pick-Up-Stix. Five Guys tastes better, but Pick-Up-Stix is probably better for you. Isn’t that how it always is? It’s hard for me to choose. It’s a relatively easy century as centuries go, and it rides near the coast much of the day so it should be cool for an August ride. The route heads down to Seal Beach and back. On the way down we do a little climbing in Palos Verdes (almost half the climbing of the entire ride). We take an interesting route through the harbor area which is nicer than you might think. The Long Beach Bike Path gets us to Seal Beach. The route back is a bit more inland and includes a trip up to the top of Signal Hill in case you missed it on July 4th. The metric stays with the full century down to the edge of Long Beach and then jogs over on the LA River to pick up the full century route again for the return. It includes the climbing through Palos Verdes which the full century does, but cuts off the trip up Signal Hill on the return. So why not join us for this annual summer event and get your August century in. 

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