2018 Rides & Events

All Sunday rides, except out-of-town rides, leave from the front of Helen’s Cycles, 2472  Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey.  Helen’s is located between Washington and Venice Boulevards.  Most people ride to the start, but some drive and park on nearby streets.

Sunday departure time is 8:00 am up to Memorial Day weekend and then switches to the summer start time of 7:30 am through Labor Day weekend, except for out-of-town rides. Please be ready to roll at the departure time!

Your bike should be in good working condition and you should be prepared to fix a flat (i.e., have spare tube, tire levers, patches, pump or CO2 inflator, etc.).  You should also carry a water bottle (two in warm weather), snacks, and lunch money. Helmets are required at all times, and no headsets or earbuds, please!

This schedule is always subject to change.  As a convenience to riders, it includes mention of and links to other organized rides that some of us participate in, but these are not “official” or “out-of-town” MDRCC rides

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018
  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    South through Playa del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches to Palos Verdes. Short ride turns back at Malaga Cove. Long ride continues along Palos Verdes Drive South to the "switchbacks" (Palos Verdes Drive East). Climb to the top of the hill and regroup at Marymount College, then continue down PV Drive East to PV Drive North. Food stop at Roman Aroma in Redondo. A moderately hilly 56 miles.

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    Up the coast on PCH to Malibu Canyon. After a quick stop at Cross Creek, up Malibu Canyon and continue on Los Virgenes, (optional loop: through Lost Hills = left on Lost Hills Rd., left on Agoura Rd., and left on Cornell Rd. past Paramount Ranch) then west on Mulholland, around Malibu Lake (pit stop at Peter Strauss Ranch if needed).  Grind up Rock Store Hill and fly down Kanan to PCH. Stop at Malibu Seafood or Reel Inn for lunch on the way back down the coast.  A strenuous 70ish miles.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    A tour of the Westside canyons above Sunset. Palisades Highlands, Amalfi, and Mandeville. Bring a low gear for Palisades Highlands (4.1 miles, 6.7 average gradient, 11 % max) which gets very steep for the top mile and one half. And bring your good behavior for manic motorists on Mandeville: 5.1 miles, 3.7 average gradient, 11% max.

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    Down Venice Blvd. to downtown LA. Up Figueroa and over through Chinatown and on to the palatial manors of South Pasadena. Through Huntington Park and San Marino, then continue up the hill past the race track to Sierra Madre. Back along Orange Grove and Colorado Blvds and into the San Fernando Valley. Take a lunch break at Golden Road Brewery, then through the Valley on our usual route along Riverside Drive to Sherman Oaks, then up and over Sepulveda Pass to the Westside.  Except for Sepulveda, a flat 74 miles.

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    Through Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, and up Nichols Canyon. East on Mulholland to Barham, Forest Lawn, and Griffith Park. Brunch stop at Priscilla's or Paty's in Toluca Lake. Return through the Valley via Riverside, Moorpark, Valley Vista, and over Sepulveda, to jog through the VA to San Vicente to Ocean Avenue and Palisades Park in Santa Monica. A fairly hilly 51 miles.

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    The usual trip up PCH to Malibu at which point the short distance riders return. Up Malibu to Piuma and then up this tough little 5 mile climb. Drop down to Schueren, turn left, and then up to the junction with Saddle Peak and Stunt. Enjoy the view, then descend Stunt to Mulholland, turn right and continue to Old Topanga. One more climb, and then the long descent back to the coast. Lunch at the Reel Inn on PCH.

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    Up Sepulveda to Moraga and then wind our way through scenic Bel Air, up the steps of Stradella to Mulholland Drive. The short ride returns to the Westside via Sepulveda. The long ride continues on Mulholland over the San Diego Fwy to Encino Hills Drive for a steep descent into the Valley. From Hayvenhurst, continue to wind our way over Carl's secret commuter route to Valley Vista, Wells, and Dumetz to Topanga Canyon. Take a break at the Starbucks, then take New Topanga up, over, and down to PCH. The short route is 30 hilly miles. The long route is 50 more hilly miles, 4000 feet of climbing, maximum grade about 15%.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 amStart at Encanto Park in Duarte

    The bike route is shown on this MapMyRide link:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ca/azusa/149128928338962270

    This spectacular ride is about 56.5 miles long, and if you click on the Show Elevation box, you'll see that it's mostly uphill on the way out and mostly downhill on the way back. Funny how that works! About 4800 feet of climbing. The steepest sections are shown as 6% and the pavement is generally good.

    Ride start is at 8:00 am (be ready to roll at 8:00 am, not just arriving!) from Encanto Park in Duarte. This is a convenient and pleasant starting point and allows about 6.5 miles of warm-up before the real fun begins. Allow about 40 minutes from the 10/405 (SM/SD) freeway intersection. A suggested route to get there is shown on this link:

    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/ca/los%20angeles/800128928615290327

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    Cruise through Beverly Hills to Benedict Canyon, and climb up to Mulholland. Turn back to Sepulveda Blvd. for 30 slightly hilly miles (short ride), or head east on Mulholland to Griffith Park, for 57 moderately hilly miles. Stop at Paty's or Pricilla's in Toluca Lake for the long ride, or a coffee break on the Westside for the short ride. 53 moderately hilly miles.

  • Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 amHelen's Cycles - Marina Del Rey

    South through beach cities to Palos Verdes. The short ride turns around at Malaga Cove and returns, perhaps stopping at Roman Aroma in Redondo Beach. Our long ride proceeds around the peninsula on PV Drives West and South to San Pedro. We stop for brunch in San Pedro or continue on via Gaffey and PV Drive North and stop at Roman Aroma in Redondo Beach. The short route is 36 and fairly flat miles. The long route is 59 mildly hilly miles.