Foothill Footsie Century
Saturday, December 10th, 7:30 a.m.
Start Location: LA CRESCENTA PARK in Glendale. From the Foothill Frwy (210), off and south on Pennsylvania, R- Honolulu to Park (on left) at Frederick St.
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Route: Century – 92 miles – 3700 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
This is our 7th year in a row riding this century (designed by Dennis Miller) as our December Century of the month. Once again I believe Dennis will be along for the ride. It’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas and a lot of the homes along the way will already be decorated. It is always interesting to see what the latest in holiday decorations is. A number of years ago, those “icicle lights” hanging from eaves became popular and I still see a lot of them. In recent years inflatable decorations became popular. They have to be turned on to be inflated and homeowners often only run them at night, but you can still see the deflated Santas and snowmen on the lawn. Anyway, this is a great ride for looking at all the decorations. It is also perfect for the short days of winter. The century is so named because it roughly parallels Foothill Blvd (sometimes actually riding Foothill) from La Crescenta east through the San Gabriel Valley all the way to Claremont and back. Although the route has a lot of short ups and downs, there are no mountain climbs, and that makes for a fairly easy ride. Most of the roads should be familiar to anyone who has ridden with the club a lot or who rides the San Gabriel Valley often. Who knows – maybe there will be some new popular item in holiday decorations this year. We can always hope.
For details of the route including interactive maps and elevation profiles as well as complete route sheets, click on one of the ride links in the Saturday Routes *menu on the right.
Sunday, December 11th, 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 1 miles, L – Olympic 1 block to R – Le Doux.
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- Long – 51 miles – 3600 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
- Medium – 30 hilly miles – 2200 feet of elevation gain (mapping software)
- Short – 29 less hilly miles – 1200 feet of elevation gain (barometric)
It’s a couple of weeks to Christmas and I know how it is – lots to do — decorate, send cards, buy gifts, bake cookies, mentally prepare yourself for visiting relatives – the usual stuff. No time for a bike ride. But maybe a bike ride is just what you need to calm those holiday nerves. Get away from it all for a few hours and then you can get right back into the holiday swing. “OK” you say, “but I can’t take time out to drive out to some all day ride.” No problem. Today’s routes start at the nearby “Corner” and really are not all that long. As the name implies, we head west from the Corner. The long and medium do a few small hills in Beverly Hills first. Then the long splits off for a trip out to the Valley and back without actually getting into Brentwood. That’s 51 miles and is for those who have already finished their shopping and decorating. The medium does continue on to Brentwood for a nice tour this side of the hill. This is for those who have most of their holiday preparations done, but still have plenty to do. The short heads west to Brentwood and Santa Monica as well, but by an easier route. This is for those who haven’t even started to get ready for the holidays yet. A short ride will center yourself and then you can plunge in. So, no matter where you are in your holiday plans, today is a good day to come out and join us.
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All routes will now contain elevation gain data. If this data is obtained through actual experience with a barometric altimeter (more accurate), this will be indicated. If this is based on mapping data (less accurate and usually higher), this will be indicated.