Route Overview

Select the desired ride tab below then click or tap on the individual route links to access your desired route or the Combined Routes page.  Helmets are required on all club rides. When joining us the first time, please bring a signed waiver to the start; download it here.

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Triple Dipper

Thursday, August 22nd, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location: Ballona Creek Bridge.From I405 exit Culver Blvd and head West or take Rte 90 West and take Culver Blvd exit. Turn left. Right on Esplanade St, left on Convoy St, and right on Pacific Avenue. Park by the Lagoon on the right. The bridge is about 2 blocks North on Pacific.

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

Please RSVP on Meetup here (if you change your plans later, you can always change your RSVP to NO. But we really need your response, and its polite)  =>   

Los Angeles Wheelmen Road Cycling Meetup 

Group ride South along the beach and the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Golden Cove where we stop for coffee and return. There are 3 optional dips on the outbound (hence the name Triple Dipper). The return can be hilly or direct – your choice.

There is no route sheet provided – just follow the group. This is an unsupported group ride so come prepared. Cycling involves significant risks so please never let your guard down, know and follow the rules of the road and always exercise safety. Please wear a helmet and bring flat tire repair gear (tubes, tire levers, pump and C02). Don’t forget water and a snack.

If you will be joining us for the first time, be sure to bring a signed release of liability waiver and hand it to the ride leader or to a club member at the start. Download the waiver at http://www.lawheelmen.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Waiver-and-Release-of-Liability-2013.pdf.

We occasionally send out a notice about a change to the route just to break the routine and visit interesting places. When that happens, we’ll make every effort to provide the update for that week including route sheets and courses for upload to your bike computer if needed.

Check out our weekly newsletter here to get a preview of some of our past rides…Newsletter (http://www.lawheelmen.org/vp-newsletter)

We hope to see you there!

Pedaler's Fork

Thursday, August 22nd, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location: Ballona Creek Bridge. From I405 exit Culver Blvd and head West or take Rte 90 West and take Culver Blvd exit. Turn left. Right on Esplanade St, left on Convoy St, and right on Pacific Avenue. Park by the Lagoon on the right. The bridge is about 2 blocks North on Pacific.

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

Please RSVP on Meetup here (if you change your plans later, you can always change your RSVP to NO. But we really need your response, and its polite)  =>   

Los Angeles Wheelmen Road Cycling Meetup 

For this Thursday only, some of us will be riding to Pedaler’s Fork (a restaurant with a bike shop) in Calabasas instead of the usual Triple Dippers’ route South to Palos Verdes. Both groups will start from Ballona Creek Bridge at the same time so that gives you the option to decide then which ride you would rather do. The ride to Pedaler’s Fork takes us over Topanga Cyn and Old Topanga and back so there is quite a bit of climbing; just over 3,000 ft elevation gain over a distance of about 50 miles. By comparison, the usual full route to Palos Verdes and back has about 1,800 – 2,000 ft elevation gain over some 45 miles distance.

There is no route sheet provided – just follow the group.

This is an unsupported group ride so come prepared. Cycling involves significant risks so please never let your guard down, know and follow the rules of the road and always exercise safety. Please wear a helmet and bring flat tire repair gear (tubes, tire levers, pump and C02). Don’t forget water and a snack.

If you will be joining us for the first time, be sure to bring a signed release of liability waiver and hand it to the ride leader or to a club member at the start. Download the waiver at http://www.lawheelmen.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Waiver-and-Release-of-Liability-2013.pdf.

Check out our weekly newsletter here to get a preview of some of our past rides…Newsletter (http://www.lawheelmen.org/vp-newsletter)

We hope to see you there!

Winding Roads of Orange County

Sunday, August 25th, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location: PINE TREE PARK in TUSTIN.  From Santa Ana Frwy (I-5) in Tustin, off & east on Redhill, L- Bryan one block to park.

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

Please RSVP on Meetup here (if you change your plans later, you can always change your RSVP to NO. But we really need your response, and its polite)  =>   

Los Angeles Wheelmen Road Cycling Meetup 

 

Routes:

Paul McCartney said “The long and winding road that leads me to your door will never disappear. I’ve seen that road before it always leads me here. Leads me to your door.” Could he have been talking about the roads of Orange County? Maybe he once visited Orange County and those roads stuck in his memory so that later when he needed a metaphor for a new song, they just came to mind. Could have happened – you don’t know. The roads of Orange County really are winding. Today, except for the ending stretch on Irvine Blvd which is as straight as an arrow for many miles, I don’t think you ever travel much more than half a mile without at least curving a little. I think this makes for a more interesting ride rather than simply staring ahead into an endless straightaway. Very conducive to daydreaming or even song writing. At the very least you can hum McCartney’s song in your head as you ride. Today’s routes are perfect for this. The climbing is mostly long gentle grades so you won’t be working too hard. All three routes stay together for the first 17 miles, so you can wait and see how you are feeling before deciding which route you want to finish. The long and medium are similar but the long adds a loop (and a hill) in the middle before rejoining the Medium. The short makes its own way back to the start. The riding is pleasant So come on down and wind around with us today and maybe one day you will write a hit song.

Santa Fe Dam

Sunday, September 1st, 8:30 a.m.

Start Location: BARNES PARK in MONTEREY PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & south on Garfield, R – Newmark, L – McPherrin to the Park.  Early arrival is suggested in order to find a parking space before park users take them all.

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

Please RSVP on Meetup here (if you change your plans later, you can always change your RSVP to NO. But we really need your response, and its polite)  =>   

Los Angeles Wheelmen Road Cycling Meetup 

 

Routes:

I’m not sure it’s there any longer, but it used to be that if you looked on the inside of the Santa Fe dam, there was a gauge showing the water level. I always thought it was funny because in 40 years of cycling the dam, I’ve never seen the water level even approach the bottom of this gauge. Supposedly they build dams like this for a hundred-year storm (storms that only occur once every 100 years), but the dam was finished in 1949 – 70 years ago. That only leaves us 30 years for that hundred-year storm to show up. Just in case such a storm does show up, maybe you should ride the dam while you have the chance. That’s the destination of today’s routes. Starting from Monterey Park, all routes head over to the San Gabriel River bike path and head up to the dam. There we ride the crest and then go through some of the open area on the other side (which will be flooded after the 100-year storm). The short splits off for a fairly direct return. The medium and long continue together over to Pasadena where you have a choice of lunch spots from Carl’s and others. After lunch, the medium heads straight back to the start while the long climbs up to the top of Lake Street before returning. Thats a pretty good extra climb for the long riders, but you dont need to decide until lunch, so why not take both route sheets. Although finished in 1949, the dam was started in 1941, but I guess the Army Corps of Engineers were busy elsewhere in the mid 40’s.

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