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Potrero

Saturday, May 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: Potrero – 94 mi – 6000 ft of elevation gain (barometric)

It is training week 8 and my Step 8 to a better Grand Tour is “Test Your Legs.” Yes we have been doing a lot of climbing on these trainers, but the toughest climbing is yet to come. So today is a good time to check your progress in developing your climbing legs. Today’s route includes the climb up Potrero which is probably the steepest climb on any trainer, although the steep part is only about a mile long. For those thinking of doing the Highland Grand Tour, this is also an early check on your readiness since Potrero is on the Highland route. The route is simple. We head up the coast to the Camarillo area and proceed directly to Potrero. Once that climb is out of the way, we lunch in Agoura. From there it is pretty much the same return as we used on the Encinal ride earlier in the season. This takes us up Mureau Road to the San Fernando Valley, across the valley and then over Sepulveda back to the start.  The return gives us a few hills, but Portrero will be the only one you remember. So, come out and test your legs. Even if you only plan on doing the Lowland Grand Tour, it’s a good idea to see just what you have in your legs anyway.

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South Bay Typical

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

Start Location: PARADISE PARK in TORRANCE. From San Diego Frwy (405), off & South on Hawthorne 3.5 miles.  R – Torrance Blvd 0.5 mile, L – Anza one block, R – Lee to Park. We usually park on the West side of the park (on Ellenwood) by the school.

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Did you know that the “South Bay” has its own entry on Wikipedia? They have a somewhat broader definition of the area than I do. We both agree it includes the beach communities of El Segundo, Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and Torrance (barely a beach community) and also the Palos Verdes peninsula. But they include some of the inland cities such as Inglewood, Hawthorne and Carson as well as harbor cities such as San Pedro and Wilmington. Well it doesn’t matter for today’s ride because today’s South Bay ride pretty much stays in Torrance and Palos Verdes with a short dip into San Pedro. All routes are short, but the longer ones have more climbing. The long makes two trips up to the top of the peninsula before finally descending down into San Pedro for lunch. We have a totally new medium this year which is similar to the long, but cuts off a lot of the climbing (including both those trips to the top of the peninsula). The short heads directly to San Pedro for lunch and returns without actually riding on the peninsula at all. So, if you take a broad view of what comprises the “South Bay” you won’t see very much of it today, but you do have a nice choice of three pleasant rides in part of it.

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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.