2017 Rides and 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.

 

 

January 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017 (Happy New Year!) – 8:00 am – Palos Verdes Outer Loop
For those who (a) aren’t suffering from a hangover or (b) looking for a cure, we will take an easy cruise around the PV peninsula. South through Playa del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches to Palos Verdes. Short ride turns back at Malaga Cove. Long ride continues up past golf course to Palos Verdes Drive North and rides south before turning right on Western to complete the loop back to Palos Verdes Drives South & West. Stop for snacks at Catalina Coffee in Redondo Beach on the way back. About 60 miles with a few smallish climbs.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 – 8:00 am – Malibu Canyon to Rock Store Hill
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.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 – 8:30 am – Lake Casitas to Santa Barbara (Out of Town Ride)
Since this recent out-ot-towner was cancelled, we’ll try again. Drive Highway 101 north to Ventura and exit on California. Turn right on California to the top of the hill. Turn right then left into driveway and park behind City Hall/Court House. Allow about 1:15 driving time from Santa Monica. Meet at 8:15am for an 8:30 am start. Ride through Ventura before climbing up to Lake Casitas. Ride around the spectacular north end of the lake before climbing up and over toward the coast. Also, we add the usual side route over Gobernador Canyon Road, just because we like the name. Continue north through Carpinteria and on to Santa Barbara for lunch at what used to be the Beachbreak Cafe on State St. Zip back to Ventura via the coast. 68 miles with a few big climbs.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 8:00 am – Sierra Madre — RAINED OUT!

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – 8:00 am – Mulholland – Encinal or Kanan Dume Return
Through Santa Monica, and up the coast on PCH. The short route turns around at the gas station just past Malibu Lagoon for a flat 30 miles. The long ride continues on PCH just past Leo Carillo to Mulholland, then up the scenic highway. We can jog over to the top of Encinal via Decker, then descend back down to PCH on Encinal or, alternatively, continue on Mullholland to Kanan Dume for that descent to PCH. Stop at the Pavilion’s plaza, Malibu Seafood, or Reel Inn for lunch. About 70 miles, with one long uphill section.

February 2017

Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2017 – 8:00 am – PV Drive Clockwise
South through Playa del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches to Palos Verdes. Short ride turns back at Malaga Cove for those planning to catch the game. Long ride continues up past the golf course to Palos Verdes Drive North and rides south before turning right and climbing up Palos Verdes Drive East and down to the coast and back via Palos Verdes Drives South & West. Stop for brunch at Catalina Coffee in Redondo Beach on the way back. 56 miles with one long climb.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – 8:00 am – Chatsworth Reservoir
Over Sepulveda to Burbank Boulevard, Victory, and up DeSoto to Devonshire. Around the Reservoir and stop for brunch at Pedaler’s Fork in Calabasas. Return over Old Topanga Canyon to PCH. Moderately hilly 61 miles.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 8:00 am – Sepulveda – Stradella – New Topanga Return
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, and then climb New Topanga 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%.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 – 8:30 am – Lake Casitas to Santa Barbara (Out of Town Ride…Third Try!)
Since this recent out-ot-towner was cancelled, we’ll try again. Drive Highway 101 north to Ventura and exit on California. Turn right on California to the top of the hill. Turn right then left into driveway and park behind City Hall/Court House. Allow about 1:15 driving time from Santa Monica. Meet at 8:15am for an 8:30 am start. Ride through Ventura before climbing up to Lake Casitas. Ride around the spectacular north end of the lake before climbing up and over toward the coast. Also, we add the usual side route over Gobernador Canyon Road, just because we like the name. Continue north through Carpinteria and on to Santa Barbara for lunch at what used to be the Beachbreak Cafe on State St. Zip back to Ventura via the coast. 68 miles with a few big climbs.

March 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 8:00 am – Nichols Canyon (Traditional)
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, 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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 – 8:00 am – Sierra Madre (Second Try)
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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 – 8:00 am – Palos Verdes Loop (Counter Clockwise)
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. Lunch at Catalina Coffee in Redondo. A moderately hilly 56 miles.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 8:00 am – Topanga to Fernwood, Down Stunt
Up Topanga to Fernwood. Then a winding, wooded ascent through this bucolic Topanga neighborhood up to the Saddle Peak, Stunt, Schueren junction. Normally, we would go over to and down Piuma, but not today! Instead we enjoy the rapid smooth descent down Stunt and take Mulholland back to Old Topanga, up over the top and back down to the coast. Totals about 47 miles of scenic up and down riding.

April 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 8:00 am – Beverly Glen
Through West LA to Olympic. Turn north at Beverly Glen and take a winding, varied, and scenic tour all the way up to the top at Mulholland. Short ride turns left and returns via Mulholland and Sepulveda. Long ride turns right and takes Mulholland to Cahuenga Pass, then up and over on Barham Blvd., past Forest Lawn and Travel Town before turning back through Toluca Lake for a brunch stop at Paty’s or Pricilla’s. Return via Moorpark and Sepulveda Pass. 55 miles. Moderate climbing.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 8:00 am – Latigo Canyon
Through Santa Monica, and up PCH to Malibu. The short route will turn around at Cross Creek in Malibu return to Santa Monica for brunch. 30 flat fast miles. The long ride proceeds up Latigo Canyon for a very scenic and long climb. Bring plenty of water and a snack for the top. At Kanan Dume Road we will take a fast descent to the coast and return on PCH for lunch at the Reel Inn or Malibu Seafood.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 – 8:00 am – Palos Verdes Summit
Through Playa Del Rey, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches to Palos Verdes. From Malaga Cove, climb to the crest of the peninsula via Via Del Monte, Monte Malaga, Silver Spur, and Crenshaw. Back down Hawthorne and around PV Drive West, with a scenic detour via Via Coronel through the PV foothills in search of peacocks. Lunch at Catalina Coffee in Redondo Beach on the way back. A relatively hilly 49 miles with an
annoyingly steep section on Silver Spur.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 8:00 am – Seal Beach
Back in the day, this was the Hamburger Henry’s Ride, but with the demise of that establishment several years ago, we extended a few miles to lunch at River’s End in Seal Beach. Head south through the beach cities to Redondo Beach. Take Torrance Blvd across PCH and head southeast through Lomita, Harbor City, and Wilmington. Pick up the LA River Bike Path and cycle south to downtown Long Beach and follow coastline through Belmont Shores, Alamitos Bay to the end of the San Gabriel River Bike Trail. Brunch at River’s End. Return on PCH to Vermont to PV North. A flat ride  of 75 miles. Short route riders go to the Malaga Cove fountain and back..

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 8:00 am – Malibu Canyon to Rock Store Hill
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.

More to come…