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Firecracker Special

Saturday, July 4th, 8:30 a.m. 

Start Location: EL DORADO PARK in Long Beach. From San Diego Frwy (405), off & North/East on Studebaker 1 mi. to Park. Park in Library lot on right just before Spring St.

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.

I’m writing this on Memorial Day. The news tonight showed how, despite warnings about large gatherings, the pressure to once again celebrate a holiday overcame many people and the beaches were crowded and people were out in groups. As I write this July 4th is more than a month away, so who knows where we will be with this crisis then. But I suspect even more people will want to get out and celebrate. The good news is that these routes don’t really go to the beach where most of the people will gather. Instead they wind around Long Beach and portions of Orange County on often empty streets. So, if you have the urge to get out and celebrate, today’s ride may be just the ticket. Like most of our holiday rides, these are relatively short and easy. I suppose that is to give you time to get home and celebrate the holiday in other ways. The long and the medium are the same as they wander around the Long Beach area until they eventually stop in Long Beach or Belmont Shores for lunch. The long makes a run up to Signal Hill (for a nice view from the park up there) before returning to the start while the medium heads more directly back. The short is pretty much a shorter version of the long and medium, riding in the same area. The long has only about 800 feet of climbing and that includes Signal Hill, so you can imagine how flat the medium and short are. They are all short enough that you should get home in time to watch some fireworks (if there are any this year) or barbecue in the backyard. Just remember that this year having a “safe and sane” 4th of July doesn’t just refer to the use of fireworks.

Flintridge Express

Sunday, July 5th, 8:30 a.m. 

Start Location: BARNES PARK in MONTEREY PARK.  From San Bernardino Frwy (I-10), off & south on Garfield, R – Newmark, L – McPherrin to the Park. Park where you can – we’ll meet at corner of McPherrin & Park Ave.

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.

We are still in the midst of a holiday weekend. Since the 4th fell on Saturday this year, it is possible many people have tomorrow off (although more likely they had Friday off). In any case, if you rode with us yesterday or even if you didn’t – let’s keep the holiday rolling with a nice ride today. These are nice routes which offer a wide range of options. Although none of the routes is excessively long, the long route does include some difficult climbing. But the medium and short routes provide easier options. At 4000 feet of gain in only 56 miles the long does indeed have a lot of climbing. And it’s not in long mountain climbs. Much of it is in relatively short but very steep climbs. We start off with some hills in Monterey Park. I don’t normally think of Monterey Park as a hilly place, but you will be surprised. Then we head over to La Canada/Flintridge and ride up Crown and Starlight Crest. This is very steep, but take it slow and bring low gears and you can do it. The heavy climbing is over after Flintridge, but there is another good climb in Pasadena and a final hill back in Monterey Park. The medium is somewhat easier. The medium skips the hills in Monterey Park and takes a less hilly route over to Flintridge, but it doesn’t miss all the fun. Once in Flintridge, the medium riders go down Chevy Chase to Eagle Rock before returning to the start. Then there is always the short route. It hardly does any hills at all. It doesn’t go to Flintridge. It spends a relatively flat day in Alhambra, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia and Pasadena. Sounds like we have something for everyone to round out your holiday weekend. So once again, join us for a safe and sane celebration.

Triple Dam Century

Sunday, July 12th, 7:30 a.m. 

Start Location: EL DORADO PARK in Long Beach.  From San Diego Frwy (405), off & North/East on Studebaker 1 mi. to Park. Park in Library lot on right just before Spring St. (or on street if parking lot is closed).

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.

NOTE EARLIER START TIME. This is our official century and metric century of the month for July. I’ve always wanted to see what it would be like to ride the Sepulveda tunnel under LAX, but we can’t do that. These routes offer the next best thing – a ride under the runway of the Long Beach Airport. It’s not as long as the LAX tunnel and certainly has more of a shoulder. But every time I ride it, I half expect a large jet to come crashing through the ceiling. Well, the tunnel comes early in the ride, but the main purpose of these routes is to hit three dams in one ride. The good news is that dams are found on rivers and rides on rivers are usually fairly flat. That’s pretty much the case today. So what’s the route? Well, we start in Long Beach and head over to the LA River/Rio Hondo bike trails and ride up them to our first dam — the Whittier Narrows Dam. Then we make our way up the San Gabriel River and up to our second dam – the Santa Fe dam. We ride along the top of that one. After that its on to San Dimas and Puddingstone Reservoir where we ride along the top of our third dam. Voila – 3 dams in one day. Of course Puddingstone is the only one with significant water behind it, but that’s Southern California dams for you. We will also have a metric century route for this one as well. The route will only hit the first two dams and then head back. It should be a fairly fast century or metric century so why not come out and join us. BTW, a sharp eyed rider may notice that we go over a 4th dam, but that one doesn’t seem to have a name and if a dam doesn’t have a name, is it really a dam?

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