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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Triple Dipper

Every Thursday, 8:30 a.m. (unless otherwise specified)

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.

NOTE: During this time of Covid-19 crisis we will continue to offer our usual ride schedule and leave it to individuals to assess the risk of riding. If you choose to ride, please obey all applicable restrictions regarding group size and “social distancing.” Riders may wish to be circumspect in their choice of lunch options. Some may wish to ride but ride alone. Please respect their wishes.

FURTHER NOTE: Some routes may include portions on bike paths or other public areas which have been closed during this time. Be prepared to navigate alternatives around any such sections.

 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.  The route and start location can also change when Thursday happens to fall on a holiday.

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!

La Tuna Melt

Sunday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. 

Start Location: Los Angeles Zoo parking lot at the NORTH end (near Camel sign) From Ventura (134) Frwy or Golden State Frwy (5), exit near Griffith Park at any exit marked by signs to the Zoo or to the Autry Museum.  Follow signs into the park and to the Zoo lot. We will be meeting in the Northeast Corner of the lot near the camel sign. Other groups often meet here, so make sure you are with the Wheelmen.

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

Routes:

NOTE: During this time of Covid-19 crisis we will continue to offer our usual ride schedule and leave it to individuals to assess the risk of riding. If you choose to ride, please obey all applicable restrictions regarding group size and “social distancing.” Riders may wish to be circumspect in their choice of lunch options. Some may wish to ride but ride alone. Please respect their wishes.

FURTHER NOTE: Some routes may include portions on bike paths or other public areas which have been closed during this time. Be prepared to navigate alternatives around any such sections.

This ride was formerly called “Brookside Park” but we no longer stopped at the park so it was thought we needed a new name. A few years ago as we struggled up the La Tuna Canyon portion of this ride on a hot day, it was suggested that we call the ride “La Tuna Melt.” That made sense even though the “Tuna” of “La Tuna Canyon” refers to a cactus and not the fish. But the funny thing is, we have ridden this route several times since renaming it and it hasn’t been on a hot day yet. Of course, we haven’t been doing it in the summer (the last time we rode this one was in February of 2019). Late October could go either way, so maybe it will live up to its name this time and maybe not. In any case, only the long route does La Tuna. Starting from the Zoo, the long heads out Glenoaks Blvd to make the climb up La Tuna Canyon to Montrose. We will then continue to the Rose Bowl area to meet the medium riders and then make a loop up to the top of Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. We will be a little early for the Christmas lights, but it’s still a nice climb. We then ride down into San Marino and then on to Pasadena for lunch. The return is a fairly direct route back down through Eagle Rock and Glendale to the start. The medium will head up to the Rose Bowl area via Chevy Chase. It’s a climb, but not as tough as La Tuna. There, it will join the long route for the trip to Christmas Tree Lane, lunch and the return. The short takes a slightly easier and shorter route up to the Rose Bowl. It skips the trip to Christmas Tree Lane and goes right to the common lunch spot of the long and medium. It then returns with them to the start. So why not come on out today and see if we melt this year or not.

Turnbull Revisited

Sunday, November 1st, 8:30 a.m. 

Start Location: PICO PARK in PICO RIVERA.  From San Gabriel Frwy (605), off & west on Beverly Blvd to Park on left.  (If coming from the North, the Beverly exit puts you on San Gabriel River Rd which you follow for 1.3 mi. to Beverly).

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

Routes:

NOTE: During this time of Covid-19 crisis we will continue to offer our usual ride schedule and leave it to individuals to assess the risk of riding. If you choose to ride, please obey all applicable restrictions regarding group size and “social distancing.” Riders may wish to be circumspect in their choice of lunch options. Some may wish to ride but ride alone. Please respect their wishes.

FURTHER NOTE: Some routes may include portions on bike paths or other public areas which have been closed during this time. Be prepared to navigate alternatives around any such sections.

Today is All Saints Day. On a lark, I searched Google to see if there is a patron saint of cycling. Turns out, there is: La Madonna del Ghisallo. I’m a little confused because I thought saints were real people and La Madonna del Ghisallo apparently was an apparition which appeared to and saved a traveler. In any case, the shrine to La Madonna del Ghisallo is atop a hill which has often been used in the Giro d’Italia and is also a common stopping point for cyclists. Because of this it was proposed by a local priest that she be named the patroness of cycling and this was confirmed by Pope Pius XII. Well, this has nothing to do with today’s ride except that when you are struggling up Turnbull, now you know who to pray to. All but the flat short route will be riding over Turnbull today. It’s the only hill for everyone except the long riders, so don’t let it keep you away. The long and the medium are identical as they climb over Turnbull and make their way over to the top of the San Gabriel River Trail in Azusa and then take the trail back to the start. The only difference is that the long makes an extra trip a few miles up San Gabriel Canyon and back before going down the river. The short routes simply go over or around Turnbull, but pretty much stay in the area. So come on out and revisit an old favorite. And if you are worried about making it over Turnbull, Google “Madonna del Ghisallo” and you will see that you can buy medallions to the saint and maybe that will help.

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