Upcoming Rides

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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Janus Sequential Centuries

Saturday & Sunday, January 18th and 19th, 7:00 a.m. (both days)

Start Location: EL PARQUE de la PAZ in THOUSAND OAKS. From Ventura Frwy (101), off & north on Hampshire Rd, L – Thousand Oaks Blvd (at T) for  mile, L – Oakview and L – Pleasant Way to Park. 

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

Routes:

For over 20 years the club has offered this January challenge – ride a century on each of two consecutive days. I have a curious history with this ride. I think I have ridden at least one of the two days in almost every year it has been offered. When I was younger, I would ride both days and feel pretty good about it. Then as I got older, I started riding only one day and often not feeling all that good about it. But in the last couple of years I’ve adopted a new attitude towards riding and it has become fun again. I don’t ride the full century both days, but since we have added the metric centuries, I now sometimes ride a full century one day and the metric on the second. I actually look forward to it again. It’s all in your attitude. The ride is named for Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and endings and who is usually depicted with two faces looking both to the past and to the future. The month of January is named for him. In keeping with the idea of looking both directions, our two consecutive centuries are really the same century ridden each day, but in opposite directions. In truth, most riders only ride one of the two days, but every year a few hardy cyclists will take up the challenge of riding both days. Each century consists of the same large loop around Ventura County, but on Saturday we ride the loop in a counterclockwise direction and on Sunday we ride clockwise. The course is essentially the classic Grand Tour Highland loop without Casitas Pass. The metric centuries offer shortened versions of the full century and each cut off much of the climbing done by the full centuries. Although this is subject to debate, I have always considered Saturday’s  route to be the more difficult one because you climb Potrero (a very steep hill) near the end of the ride. The Janus Centuries are a challenge, but really – come with the right attitude and you can do it. NOTE: It is usually very cold at the start, so come prepared.

Triple Dipper

Thursday, January 23rd, 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!

Wandering To Whittier

Sunday, January 26th, 8:30 a.m. 

Start Location: ALHAMBRA PARK. From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & North on Freemont, R – Alhambra Rd, R – Raymond to Park.

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

Routes:

As the crow flies it’s only about 10 miles from Alhambra where we start today to Whittier. That wouldn’t be much of a ride even when you include the 10 miles back. So if we are going to ride to Whittier today, we have to wander around a bit to make it a good ride. And of course, the longer our route, the more we have to wander. That pretty much describes our routes today. All routes start by heading in the opposite direction from Whittier. We first make a large loop north to Sierra Madre before heading towards Whittier. The long makes a loop around and over the hills while the medium makes a more direct approach before meeting for lunch in Whittier. The shorter medium doesn’t actually make it to Whittier but does go as far as Whittier Narrows. The three routes all have similar returns on river trails. The short doesn’t really head for Whittier, but does go to the north end of the San Gabriel River and returns through the Santa Fe Dam area. So, today’s routes point up the fact that our rides are not so much about getting someplace – it’s more about the journey. Come wander with us.

For possible announcements such as road closures, weather conditions or any other related comments, look for the matching event by ride name on our Facebook pages using the links below.

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