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Saugus Special

Week ending Sunday, December 6th 2020.

Start Location: PARK & RIDE LOT on Newhall Ave near Sierra Hwy in Newhall.  From the I-5 north take the 14 Frwy east for 2 miles and exit at Newhall Ave.  Park & Ride lot is at bottom of ramp to the south. Toilets available at nearby Carl’s.

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

Routes:

This is a great ride to a fault – the San Andreas Fault to be specific. When the long route rides five and a half miles on Lake Elizabeth Road, you will be riding right on top of the fault. But the fault really isn’t the reason to do this ride. The highlight of these routes is the trip up to the fault and then back down. We ride up San Francisquito Canyon and then return down Bouquet Canyon – two of Southern California’s more scenic canyons. Both the long and the medium ride both these canyons but the long will go a little further than the medium. The medium will only go up as far as Green Valley (the medium lunch stop) and then cut over to Bouquet on Spunky Canyon. The long will go all the way to the end and cut over to Bouquet on Lake Elizabeth Road (on the fault) with a stop in Leona Valley for lunch. San Francisquito is the site of the famous dam which failed in 1928, but you have to know where to look to see any of the remains of the dam. On Bouquet you will see the picturesque Bouquet reservoir. If all this sounds too tough, there are two short routes which simply ride around the Santa Clarita area without doing as much climbing or going near the San Andreas Fault. We don’t get out this way more than once or twice a year, so make your plans to ride this one this week.

Foothill Footsie

Week ending Sunday, December 13th 2020.

Start Locations: FULL CENTURY START: LA CRESCENTA PARK in Glendale.  From the Foothill Frwy (210), off and south on Pennsylvania, R- Honolulu to Park (on left) at Frederick St.

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

METRIC CENTURY START: PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL near the intersection of Orange Grove and Sierra Madre Blvds.  From the Foothill Frwy (210), off & north on Sierra Madre Blvd to school on left.

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

Routes:

This is our 11th year in a row riding this century designed by Dennis Miller as our December Century of the month. It’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas, and typically many of  the homes we pass on these routes are decorated for the holidays. The pandemic may limit the celebration of the holidays this year, but I suspect it won’t limit the amount of decorating that takes place. With nothing else to do, many homeowners may go out of their way to decorate their homes this year. 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. NOTE: The metric century has a separate start location. In order to give metric century riders the best portion of the full century, they are starting at the Pasadena High School and riding the center portion of the full century route out to Claremont and back. So come on out and enjoy looking at the decorated houses and the miles will just fly by.

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