January 2017

Sea Otter Classic, The World’s Premiere Cycling Festival – April 20-23

The Sea Otter Classic is the world’s premier cycling festival. This ‘celebration of cycling’ will host hundreds of vendors showing off their new wares and giving away lots of swag. The four-day, action-packed festival has something for everyone and includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and activities for children.

Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 & 7, 1991. There was a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today the event hosts over 10,000 athletes and 71,000 fans. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and is now universally regarded as the world’s premier cycling festival.

Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling,” Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions, attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans.

Most of cycling’s racing disciplines are represented including mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom, and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Also offered are cyclocross and a number of non-competitive recreational events for riders of all ages.

The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the world’s largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and activities for children.

The Sea Otter Classic is located in Monterey County, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.


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Sunday Funday: Super Bowl History with Wayne “Ridetime” Howard

Ride Description:
Come enjoy a nice ride before the Super Bowl and explore some Super Bowls history Led by LACBC member Wayne “Ridetime” Howard!
We will ride from the Culver City Expo Line Station and Travel to the NFL Corporate headquarters Building.
We’ll then head over to the new home the Los Angeles Rams and site of the 2021 Super Bowl.
Afterwards we’ll finish at the site of the 1st Super Bowl held at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Ride Mileage: Approx 16 miles

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Parking: There is parking at Culver City station.
Route will be up shortly!
Meet at 9:30 a.m. Roll at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Funday Rides are free and open to LACBC members plus one guest. Interested in becoming a member? Sign up for membership online (or become a member at the ride!)
February 05, 2017 at 9:30am – 1:30pm
Culver City Expo Line Station
8817 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
United States
Ishraq Ali · ishraq@la-bike.org

60 Minutes Investigates Hidden Motors

From CBSnews.com

The sport of cycling is notorious for its culture of cheating—made most famous by the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Now when cycling hopes to be cleansed of the dopers there’s a surprising new twist—riders enhancing the bike’s performance. Some professional racers aren’t putting steroids and blood boosters in their veins they’re hiding motors in their bike frames. We followed a lead to Budapest, Hungary, and met an engineer who said he built the first secret bike motor back in 1998. And he told us motors have been used in the Tour de France. Our story tonight is not about the latest drugs the riders are using to cheat…it’s all about enhancing the bike.

We contacted Armstrong’s former teammate Tyler Hamilton who has admitted to being part of all the chemical doping by members of the U.S. Postal team. And Tyler told us he never knew of any motors on the team back then.

In order to demonstrate the motors existed as far back as 1998, Stefano Varjas suggested to us that we find a carbon fiber 1999 U.S. Postal Service team bike, the same bike the U.S. Postal team used in the 1999 Tour de France. We bought this bike off the Internet and he installed a motor based on his first design into the bike.  He charged us $12,000, saying that covered his costs for the parts and labor.


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L.A. Parks Committee Approves Griffith Park Plan and River Purchase

Good news from LA Streets Blog


This afternoon, the Los Angeles City Council Arts, Parks, and River Committee advanced two key proposals that enhance livability and improve the quality of life for Angelenos. Both items were approved unanimously by councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell, David Ryu, and Bob Blumenfield. These items will soon move to the full city council for final votes.

Griffith Park Shuttle Plan

The city Recreation and Parks Department moves forward with its Griffith Park/Observatory Circulation and Parking Enhancement Plan. The plan is a promising step toward dealing with congestion largely due to tourist traffic seeking to visit L.A.’s iconic Hollywood Sign.

Over the past year, Recreation and Parks has refined an initial draft plan to manage park traffic by adding a seven-days-per-week shuttle connecting the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line Station shuttle to the Griffith Observatory. To pay for the shuttle, the park would charge for parking at the observatory. The plan keeps current car-free park roads car-free.

The Parks Department had hoped to implement the new shuttle late last year, but a group of rich homeowners have threatened a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit to block implementation. The neighbors assert that the paid parking plan will cause tourist traffic to spill over into their neighborhoods west of Griffith Park.

The parks committee heard the appeal from the homeowners, as well as extensive public testimony in favor of the plan, and voted to move forward with the new shuttle/parking plan, which could begin in late March. The item goes to full city council tomorrow.


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Popular Mechanics Understands, When Rebuilding America, Remember the Cyclists

From Popular Mechanics

“That light is for you, too!”

This familiar refrain, or some slight variation, greeted me every other time I pedaled through a red light in Iowa City, Iowa. In those drivers’ minds, I was breaking the rules. Red means stop, and red means stop for everybody, not just cars.

Angry drivers often argue that if cyclists want to ride on the road, then they should obey all the rules of the road. The fact is, not all vehicles are created equal. Those rules were designed for heavy, powerful metal machines full of fire and people—not their more vulnerable, human-powered counterparts. That’s why a few places have legalized my tactic of rolling through the red, also called the Idaho stop—because it actually makes cycling safer. That’s why we should start thinking differently about the road and how we police it, rather than allowing cyclist-vs-driver animosity rise unchecked.

This is especially true as cycling continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. Commuting by bike grew 60 percent, to almost 1 million, in the first decade of the 21st century. Cycling accidents have grown, too. In 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 818 people were killed while cycling and 45,000 were injured. That same year, more than 35,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes and 2.4 million were injured.

Lowering this number demands smarter infrastructure and laws. Understanding our past can help create the right roads for tomorrow. With American streets and bridges reaching near crisis levels of decay, it’s time not only to rebuild our infrastructure but also to think about how our roads work

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Brewery-bike shop proposed for Echo Park

From The Eastsider LA

If Highland Park can have a combination restaurant-barbershop, why can’t Echo Park have a brewery-bike shop combo? That’s what is being proposed for a commercial building on a stretch of Sunset Boulevard that has been attracting new shops, cafes, housing and nightlife.

Jens Hommert, who owns the property across from Guisados restaurant, is seeking a city permit to allow the sale of beer and wine as part of the development at 1250 W. Sunset Boulevard.  In addition to a bike shop and microbrewery, the project would also include a 299-seat outdoor restaurant, garden and childrens play area, according to a Planning Department summary. No further details were available.

The brewery-bike shop would be the most recent development along a few blocks of Sunset between the eastern edge of Echo Park and the 110 Freeway. A new coffee houseshops and restaurant have opened while new residential projects have been built or are in the construction/planning stage. Meanwhile, the same stretch is home to Shepard Fairey’s gallery, which attracts large crowds for art openings, while concert promoter Live Nation is drawing indie music fans to Club Bahia.

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Camino Real Double – February 18

Ride the the best of Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Kick off the new year!!  About 8,500′ of Climbing! 17 hour time limit.


Route Description:

Caveat: This is a very urban route with lots of traffic lights, stop signs and sometimes heavy vehicle traffic. The locals love it — but if you’re from out of town and are expecting quiet roads and lots of amazing scenery, you might be disappointed. Just being honest.

The Camino route is shaped like a dog bone, with loops on each end of an out-and-back course. Beginning at the La Quinta Inn, you’ll head to the coast via the rolling hills of Irvine and Turtle Rock and get your first view of the Pacific Ocean as you blast down Newport Coast and hang a left on PCH. After riding through a bit of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on PCH, you’ll hang a left and head back inland, meandering up Laguna Canyon Road. Hang a right on El Toro, and make your way through Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, then blast down Crown Valley to the Coast and Dana Point. From Dana Point you’ll be on the coast through San Clemente, and along the bike path through San Onofre, all the way to Oceanside. From there, you’ll head inland, heading towards Bonsall and lunch at the All Seasons Campground. The climbing starts again after lunch, with a beautiful loop out towards Fallbrook. You’ll wind up back in Bonsall, and repeat the course back to the coast, and north through Dana Point again. The final leg is basically the reverse of the old Butterfield route: Up to Antonio Parkway via Ortega Highway, through Trabuco Canyon, across Santiago Canyon and then the mostly downhill finish on Jamboree to Portola and back to Sand Canyon. This route is a huge improvement, safety-wise! No more of that crazy traffic by the Pechanga Casino; no more drunken, bottle-throwing drivers in Lake Elsinore; and no more traffic lights on every corner through Temecula. It does remain, however, particularly urban – but in the best and safest parts of Orange and San Diego Counties. Please note that due to the urban nature of this route, it’s impossible to provide checkpoint locations evenly spaced at perfect distances. That said, there are countless mini-marts and gas stations along the course where you may get water and snacks, if necessary. If you’re running low, and find yourself a good distance from the next checkpoint, please stop at one of the many conveniences along the route and refuel/re-hydrate. 198 miles with about 8,500′ of climbing. (Riders opting to go through Pendleton will climb a bit more, and end up with an additional 3.4 miles).


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Concord cyclist, 80, still peddling 1,000 miles a year

From the Concord Monitor

On a mid-August morning last year, as Dwight Haynes pulled into the driveway of his Concord retirement community, he positioned his left hand on the old bell fixed to his bicycle’s handlebars and sounded its cheerful bring-bring.

With that flick of his thumb, he marked a milestone decades in the making.

Haynes, a retired pastor, had just crossed into his 35,000th mile since he began keeping track in the 1970s – reaching a goal he hoped to achieve before his 80th birthday. He blows out the candles today, and he’ll set a new mark of 36,000 miles for next year.

Throughout his life, Haynes’s bicycles have brought him freedom, health and savings, he said, which is why he intends to keep peddling on his 10-mile jaunts.

But there were bumps along the way, too. Haynes has been hit by a car, he’s recovered from a double knee surgery, and the disabilities that plagued him as a child in Haverhill, Mass., threatened to keep him off the bike seat from the beginning.

Read the entire article here

Bikethevote.com lists the Debates for March 2017 Primary Election

Mayor, City of Los Angeles
(No debates currently scheduled)

Los Angeles Council District 1
2/16, 7pm: CD1 Candidates Forum hosted by Glassell Park Improvement Association at 2050 N San Fernando Road

Los Angeles Council District 3
(No debates currently scheduled)

Los Angeles Council District 5
1/14, 10am: CD5 Candidate Forum hosted by Coalition of HOAs
2/12, 2pm: CD5 Candidate Forum hosted by Leo Baeck Temple at 1300 N Sepulveda Blvd
2/14, 7pm: CD5 Candidate Forum hosted by Beverly Wilshire HOA
2/16, 6:30pm: CD5 Candidate Forum hosted by Westside Village HOA at 11000 National Blvd
2/19, 4pm: CD5 Town Hall hosted by Beverlywood HOA
2/21, 7pm: CD5 Debate hosted by Westwood Neighborhood Council at 10750 Ohio Ave
2/25, 1pm: CD5 Candidate Forum hosted by Mid City West Neighborhood Council

Los Angeles Council District 7
2/11, 11am: CD7 Candidate Forum hosted by Pacoima Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Council District 9
(No debates currently scheduled)

Los Angeles Council District 11
(No debates currently scheduled)

Los Angeles Council District 13
1/19, 5:30pm: CD13 Candidate Forum hosted by Silver Lake Neighborhood Council at 650 Micheltorena St

Los Angeles Council District 15
(No debates currently scheduled)

West Hollywood City Council
1/18, 6pm: West Hollywood Candidate Forum hosted by West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at  625 N San Vicente Blvd

Pasadena City Council
2/23, 7pm: Pasadena Candidate Forum hosted by Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition at 300 S Los Robles Ave


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Malibu Gran Fondo, March 4 & 5

A high end experience that aligns with those who train regularly, enjoy participating in challenging events and demand something better than what is out there.

Our world-class event, held in the beautiful and iconic city of Malibu, California, is an exclusive weekend designed to attract cyclists from around the world, showcasing our beautiful landscape and is well timed to take advantage of Southern California’s consistently good weather compared to early spring in much colder parts of the world.

The format of our weekend is the first of its kind. Participants will have the opportunity to Ride! in the Pro Experience Omnium format where two days’ rides are for cumulative time, or they may choose to ride either Saturday or Sunday as part of the more moderate, Social Experience.  From the California Coastline to National Park mountains, our two day event traverses a balanced mix of rolling terrain, agricultural farmland, fast and scenic coastline, and an epic climb to a summit finish in the Santa Monica Mountains.

We are working with many local businesses to showcase the cycling lifestyle of Southern California and offer our participants a true celebration of cycling, fine dining and breathtaking scenery. Over the course of the Malibu Gran Fondo Weekend, athletes will be treated to luxury amenities, first class venues, as well as several culinary experiences.

In order to maintain authenticity and intimacy, registration is limited.  Reserve your spot today and treat yourself to a premier destination cycling event.