Gran Fondo Guide California

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Gran Fondo means ‘Big Ride’. Connecting cyclists to cycling events worldwide. Gran Fondo Guide is the site for cyclists looking for “Bucket List” rides.


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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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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.

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run & Bike Ride

Learn more and register at www.firecracker10k.org.

Ring in the Lunar New Year by riding or running, and celebrate the Year of the Rooster! For the past few years, we’ve partnered with the excellent Chinatown Firecracker Ride & Run by providing bike valet for the event. Also, for each participant who joins the LACBC Team when registering, $7 will be donated to LACBC!

38th Annual Chinatown Firecracker Ride & Run
When: Saturday, February 11, & Sunday, February 12, 2017
Where: Los Angeles Chinatown

The bike rides on Saturday, February 11th, include both an easy 20-mile ride and a more challenging (and more hilly) 30-mile ride. The runs on Sunday feature a 10K run and a 5K run/walk, plus a 1K kiddie run.



Thanks to all the participants, our 2016 event was a roaring success. We are thrilled to gather again with cycling enthusiasts and bike collectors from around the world in Paso Robles, California in April 2017. Eroica California offers a most memorable cycling experience – a weekend of cycling entertainment including an ocean view ride with various route lengths and a Concours d’Elegance for vintage bicycles. Join us for the two-day festival beginning Saturday, April 8 and culminating with the heroic ride on April 9th.



Once again, Eroica California will organize a Concours d’Elegance for vintage road bicycles. Our goal is to become the world’s leading bicycle concours by setting the standard for all other events around the world. Each year, we have a different marquee brand. For 2017, Willier Triestina(to be confirmed) will be the marquee in celebration of their 111th anniversary.  We will have more awards in 2017, including Best in Show, Best Bianchi, Best Willier and many other special categories. Please click ‘Learn More’ below for detailed information.

Feel My Legs, I’m A Racer #11

This year’s event will be a benefit for Danny Chew, the founder of the Dirty Dozen, which FML is based on. He crashed earlier this year and is currently paralyzed.

In its previous ten editions FML has never asked for money, including that year we offered unlimited coffee at that short-lived bike-themed coffee shop or the years all finishers got t-shirts! This year asking for $5 for those riding, $10 if going for points. Other ways to support Danny financially will be announced.
About Danny: https://www.outsideonline.com/2138711/danny-chew-wont-let-paralysis-keep-him-riding-1000000-miles

10 hills, 10 stages and Los Angeles in a way you have never seen.

No cars, motorcycles, scooters or any motorized vehicles along course for spectators, support or any reason (even if you are a local bike shop or a cool videographer). Everyone welcome on bike! You don’t need to ‘race’ and the event is very spectator friendly.

History: http://truelovehealth.com/category/feelmylegs/.

Volunteers always needed and appreciated.


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Whittier Narrows Recreation Area Hosts CXLA

Cyclo-cross races and family cycling events return to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area for Cyclo-cross Los Angeles Weekend, Nov. 19-20. CXLA Weekend will host 60 categorized events for cyclists of all levels held over two days, and five family-friendly cycling events. Challenging competitors across grass, dirt, gravel, pavement, and a series of obstacles, CXLA is the only cyclo-cross event in California that is sanctioned by the Union Cyclste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body of cycling.

The Elite Women’s and Men’s Category 2 events are also sanctioned by USA Cycling and are part of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX). CXLA is one of 22 Pro CX events in the U.S. this year, and the only Pro CX race weekend that offers stand-alone races for both Junior Men (17-18 years of age) and Under-23 Men. CXLA is also a premier event for the 14-race SoCalCross Prestige Series.

“We are excited to have great local vibe and great national talent coming out this month for CXLA. It is the only weekend of UCI races for elite riders in California this year. And with separate races for Junior Men and U-23 Men, this is a great opportunity for juniors to experience UCI racing on the west coast,” said race director Dorothy Wong, also a long-time director of SoCal Cross. “This event really meshes community with cycling, combining racing with recreation and advocacy. It will be a real treat for L.A. County and South El Monte residents to see incredible athletes and spend iime at the beautiful Whittier Narrows. There’s plenty of of activities for the entire family, from the kids to your family dog!”

Amateur racing starts at 8 a.m. each day. Junior events are offered for riders as young as six to nine years of age, a special age category so young riders can experience the pro course. There are Masters events for riders in 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ age categories. The UCI Elite women’s races are presented by Knobbe Martens IP Law and begin at 2:45 p.m. Sat/Sun. UCI Elite men’s races begin each day at 3:45 p.m. with awards ceremonies following. Among the elite riders expected to compete is Jonathan Page, four-time men’s U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion, who lives and trains in Utah, and 2015 U23 U.S. Cyclo-cross national champion Tobin Ortenblad, who is from Santa Cruz, Calif.

New participants can think of cyclo-cross as steeplechase on a bicycle, held on spectator-friendly courses with food trucks and a beer garden. The event is free for all spectators and is held rain or shine. Family-oriented activities for all ages will be held at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area – Legg Lake Park, located 750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte.


This year there are also “fun-d raising races”, which introduce cyclo-cross to children and provide awareness and funding for area non profits. A free Kiddie Cross race will be held at 12:30 p.m. each day, with three laps and small barriers on a short circuit. A Doggie Cross event will be held at 12:45 p.m. each day on the same course for all breeds. Following the canine competition, a Community Cross event will be held at 1:45 p.m., geared for beginners on any type of bicycle. Awards will be presented for the best dressed rider, and bicycle. The Community Cross and Doggie Cross events are $5 per person. Proceeds from Doggie Cross benefit Underdog Rescue. Proceeds from Community Cross, as well as the beer garden at CXLA, will benefit SAFE, Streets Are For Everyone.

In addition to SAFE, advocacy partners for the weekend include Bike San Gabriel Valley and Eastside Bike Club of East L.A. They will host an extra-pet-friendly ride Saturday at 10 a.m. from the park called Pet-acular Bike Train. The ride will go to the SGV Bicycle Campus and Education Center, where Bike SGV have transformed an elementary school property into a bike park. Riders will return to Legg Lake Park for special raffles and prizes and cyclo-cross viewing.

“Unfortunately, everyone has known a cyclist who has been killed or hurt from an impact with a motor vehicle. It’s important that all cyclists, rec riders and racers, build awareness for non-profit organizations in our communities who help save lives and promote an active, healthy lifestyle,” added Wong.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is a 1,492-acre park located in the City of South El Monte and is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation areas. The park is considered the hub of reclaimed wild space between the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River, known as the “Emerald Necklace”. There is a $6 entry fee to the park for vehicles. Car-free options to access the park include taking metro buses from El Monte, South El Monte and Rosemead which provide bike racks on the front of buses or using Los Angeles County Bikeways (http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dpr/216432_WNRA.pdf).



Revolution Bike Fest – Nov 4-6

Revolution Bike Fest is more than just a bike festival.  Revolution is a celebration of the bike and its transformative power in people’s lives.  And it’s different for everyone.  For some it’s the fitness aspect, for others, the camaraderie.  For us, we are STOKED on bringing people from all walks of life to celebrate cycling and all of the amazing elements that surround it.  From bikes to music, gear to food, and everything in between, we have created a festival weekend that celebrates a fun and active life lived outdoors.  Whether you are a diehard cyclist who can’t get enough of riding, or are just becoming interested in cycling, Revolution is for you.


This event is all about FUN, family and friends.  Ok… and maybe just a little bit of bike time.  Or a lot.  It’s up to you.  Take off on awesome rides in the most iconic places throughout the Orange County area (we will be bussing you out to all of the coolest rides) or hang out and relax with some grooving live tunes, amazing for, and ice cold beer.   Meet new people and experience all the best that the world of cycling has to offer.  November 4th – 6th near Irvine in sunny Orange County, California.


A Festival

First and foremost, Revolution Bike Fest is a festival.  There are NO number plates at revolution and this is not a race.  That means camping, a carnival atmosphere, tons of activities, and more than ample helpings of fun filled adventure.   Some of the biggest brands in the cycling world, as well as our local bike shops are coming out to give you a ridiculously cool experience and to provide an easy entry into the world of cycling.

Celebrating the Bike Lifestyle

Cycling isn’t just all about the bike.  It’s about the lifestyle and people that surround it.  What better way to earn your food and beer than to burn a few extra calories on two wheels with some of the funnest (yes this is a word) people on the planet!  Whether you want to get aero or hit the trails in pursuit of a killer ride with others, we got you.  If you want to chill and relax with some awesome food while learning about cycling stuff, outdoor gear or finding your new favorite brew, it’s at Revolution.  If you want to spend a day hanging on the pump track or slalom course, Revolution Bike Fest is your one stop shop.

Rides and Demos

Revolution Bike Fest is set up for you to experience as many of the best rides in Orange County as you can cram into your weekend.  Whether its a road or mountain adventure that you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Some of the biggest bike manufactures in the industry are coming out to Revolution to make sure your experience is the best.  If you don’t have a bike currently, don’t worry, there will be plenty of demos for you to snag and see what all the buzz is about.  We can tell you from experience, it’s AWESOME!  If you do have a bike, but you have had your eye on a new one for a while, grab a demo bike and hit the trails or the road.



Want to be fully immersed in the Revolution Bike Fest happenings?  Camping is the best way to do it, so we will be offering a limited number of tent camping, bike packing, and RV spaces at Revolution t just footsteps or pedal strokes away from the action.  Spend some quality time in nature and unplug from the trappings of day to day life.  These will sell out fast so we recommend that you book them early.


Family Friendly Activities

We know that not all of our guests are coming to Revolution to bike.  That’s why there are so many cool activities that are geared for families.  Ladies.  Want to hit the trails and get some “me” time?  Have your significant other take the kids down to the Sponsor Village for some face painting and other cool activities.  Dudes.  Want to hit a road ride with buddies?  Have the kids go down to the Sponsor Village and hop on some of our cool education tracks to learn some key skills to improve their trail prowess.  Or have the entire family head out on a ride together.  It is all open to you at Revolution.


Live Music

Revolution has awesome live acts coming out so you can get your groove on in the evening.  Our main stage will have plenty of room for dancing and having a killer good time.


Food and Drink

We are brining out some of the tastiest local eats and the most refreshing local brews to Revolution for your apres bike activities.  Food trucks and other local cuisine providers will be onsite to keep you feed.  AND, we are featuring several local breweries so you can sample some of the best craft beers that Southern California has to offer.  Hang out in the beer gardens post ride or hang and enjoy your beautiful day outside.


Tons of Fun

Above all else, at Revolution Bike Fest, the name of the game is fun.  Come on out and experience everything Revolution has to offer!


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Long Beach – Beach Streets

Beach Streets Midtown

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Beach Streets is an Open Streets event designed to showcase businesses & neighborhoods. For a single day, we close a major traffic corridor to cars & open the street to people walking & bicycling. The event attracts local residents & visitors from across the region to explore & discover the area at a slower “foot-traffic” pace. Previous Beach Streets events have attracted more than 40,000 people!!

  • Participants of all ages will enjoy family-friendly entertainment at festival hubs along the route, including MacArthur Park & Recreation Festival
  • Opportunity for participants to discover local businesses & services. Try a new restaurant. Explore a new retail store. Find a business service that suits your needs.
  • Suggested modes of transportation along the route include: Walking, bicycles, wheelchairs, skates, rollerblades, skateboards, etc… Basically anything without a motor (officially marked means of transportation for those with disabilities excepted).
  • The event route is free of vehicle traffic & parked cars, no cars on the street!

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Pasadena’s Gooden Center Announces 4th Annual Richard Selje Ride for Recovery

From PasadenaNow.com

The Gooden Center in Pasadena will host its fourth annual cycling fundraiser, the Richard Selje Ride for Recovery on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 a.m. The event features three rides of varying lengths: the Century (100 mile), Metric Century (62 mile) and Quarter century (25 mile), and takes you through the beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Valley, from La Crescenta to Monrovia. Supported by the Pasadena Fire Department and Police Department, the ride departs from City Hall and ends at the Gooden in-patient home, an old Pasadena craftsman, on El Molino Avenue. The ride is a unique opportunity to support Pasadena’s oldest non-profit recovery center dedicated to health and wellness for men, their families and the community. Proceeds help provide scholarships toward treatment and counseling to men and their families based on financial need.

For the past fifty-four years, The Gooden Center has provided an affordable, clinically based, fully accredited outpatient and in-patient substance use disorder program of the highest quality to over eight thousand men and their families. The Bishop Gooden home is located in the heart of Pasadena, in a turn-of-the-century Pasadena craftsmen bungalow, and offers a warm, caring environment and solid foundation for recovery for men and their families. The center’s namesake is founder Episcopal Bishop Robert Gooden, Bishop Suffragan of the Los Angeles Diocese from 1930-1947, who was committed to the idea that the unique nature of every individual should be known and developed. The center’s family treatment program offers counseling to the patient and his family, including children ages seven and older and free clinical aftercare for men and their families for life.

The Ride for Recovery is named in honor of Richard Selje, retired Pasadena architect and former Gooden Center Board member, beloved advocate of recovery, and former cyclist. Though no longer a cyclist, Mr. Selje attends the event each year and delivers a warm send-off to the riders. “Over the years I’ve witnessed first hand the transformative work that the Gooden has done and the difference made in so many lives. It is a true honor to be a part of this community.”

Tom McNulty, CEO of The Gooden Center, “I want to thank all the members of the Pasadena community, and our donors, and especially the Gooden Center’s Board of Directors for their ongoing support and dedication to helping those in recovery in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. It is because of you we are able to continue to provide affordable care for all patients.”

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