Rides

Why finishing the Santa Ana River Trail is getting closer

15-mile stretch of bike path along the Santa Ana River due to be completed by 2019 would bring long-standing plans for a continuous 100-mile bike and equestrian trail reaching from the San Bernardino Mountains to Huntington Beach one step closer to completion.

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BikeSGV Spooky Night Train

BikeSGV is hosting our first moonlit night bike train. The route will go through some of San Gabriel Valley’s historic districts. We will be stopping at the San Gabriel Mission. Costumes are highly encouraged!

COSTUMES
Please wear constumes that don’t post a safety hazard for yourself and others. This is a family friendly ride so please keep this in mind when shopping for costumes. 🙂 Everyone that shows up in costume will receive extra raffle tickets. There will also be an award for the best costume as well as the best decorated bike.

ROUTE
http://goo.gl/Hw1gNk
14 Miles

By TRANSIT:
Foothill 187
Gold Line (Memorial Park Station)

By AUTO:
Limited parking: Paid parking structures in Old Town Pasadena.

ITINERARY
5:00pm Bike Checks
6:00pm Bike Train departs
10:00pm Return to Memorial Park Station

SAFETY
-NO Training Wheels
-Participants 17 years old or younger must wear a helmet. They should also be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.
-Please drink plenty of water and eat a light meal prior to the ride.
-Our rides are pet friendly but please keep in mind that you are responsible for them.

NIGHT RIDE SAFETY
-Please wear bright clothing.
-Use bike lights! White in the front and a red light in the back.

 

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LACBC Sunday Funday Nov Ride: Gold Line & Coffee Grinds

Meet at 9:30 a.m.. Roll at 10 a.m.!

 

Ride Description:
This ride is a 16 mile loop that starts at the Highland Park Gold Line Station and stops at The Wheelhouse in the Arts District before heading back to Highland Park. Some neighborhoods we’ll be passing through on this ride: Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Lincoln Heights, the Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles, Cypress Park and Mount Washington. We will make a few stops to introduce some instagram-worthy LA gems such as the Debs Park, 1st Street Bridge, the Art’s District and Grand Park. There are a handful of small hills on an otherwise flat and fun route.

 

Ride Mileage: 15.7 Miles
Ride Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

 

What to bring: water, snacks, money for coffee & food, spare tubes, pump

 

Weather Policy: Heavy rain cancels or postpones the ride, but light rain or drizzle and the ride will go one!

Ride with GPS Route here
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16845164

 

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Traversing Northern Italy by bike

From VeloNews.com by Chris Case

 

A JOURNEY ISN’T ONLY about where you go, but where you’re taken. The best excursions bring you back in time, across the sweep of history, and into other worlds. They take you to places you never thought possible, both physically and mentally. They add as much life to your years as they do years to your life. And, of course, at their core, they’re about exploring and understanding a bit about parts unfamiliar, those wild and scenic spots on few to-do lists.

The DuVine Dolomites Journey starts near the village of Aprica, in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, near the base of the infamous Passo Mortirolo in the Alps. We then climb over the gargantuan Passo dello Stelvio, skate through the Adige Valley to Bolzano, and climb into the heart of the Dolomites before escaping into Slovenia. Finally we zigzag across vineyards until plummeting to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea in Trieste.

Over seven days, the group, which includes guests from their mid sixties to their early thirties, from all walks of life (including one famous chef, Seamus Mullen), rides about 400 miles and gains approximately 45,000 feet in elevation. (Slight variations in skill levels lead to a few bonus miles and climbs for some; my Garmin has me at 425.1 miles and 48,841 feet.)

We cross through fundamentally different cultural enclaves, drastically different climatic conditions, through fragile ecosystems and urban landscapes, past the quaintest of villages and over some of the greatest, hardest, and most historic climbs in cycling history. Every inch of it by bike, point to point to point.

Physically, anyone of any fitness level would find the days both long and rewarding. Others even more so. The food each night? On average it’s spectacular and always plentiful. But this isn’t the Italian cuisine you’re most familiar with. The pasta is hidden by the prosciutto, the pizza margherita obscured by the piles of speck. There is a definitive Germanic influence to this part of Italy.

The characters in this story are real, though their names have been changed to protect their identities. (What happens on a DuVine trip stays on a DuVine trip.) The stories are real, and have never been embellished for effect. The places are most certainly real; you can’t improve upon what must be one of the most divine cycling arenas on Earth.

Let the journey begin.

 

Day 1 || Aprica > Mortirolo > Passo Gavia > Bormio || 64.4 miles and 8,930 feet

Theme: Initiation

Quote of the day: “I’m not attacking, I just need to get warm.”
Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/10/feature/dolomiti-dreaming-traversing-north-italy-duvine-dolomites-journey_421787#CGvkHQkMxfB1bwrY.99

The pop of cycling cleats clicking into pedals signifies the official start of this wonderful journey. It’s a welcome note after the months of anticipating what for some is a dream come true. We are embarking into hallowed ground, dancing up and over and among some of the most famous climbs that cyclists have ever traversed, many because of their prominent roles in the history of the Giro d’Italia. Not that this means something to everyone. Most guests are here, generally, for the experience of riding through picturesque mountains in Italy. Others are here for the very specific experience of suffering on the same slopes that Coppi, Pantani, and Nibali have suffered on before.

Immediately, some of our respective cycling personas are revealed. We’re cyclists: There is a certain innate level of egoism to our sport. Maybe it lives in our bib shorts, however strange that may sound. When we don our chamois, we put on our uniform, and our character is revealed. Some have matching kits, socks, caps, and shoes. Others sport their favorite jersey from a charity ride. Some will take it easy from the gun; others can’t help but attack. In any case, we’re all here, together, riding through Italy’s majestic north, and we’re enamored with the thought.

After we reach the top of the Passo Mortirolo the group splits, with three guests (myself included) and one guide accepting the bonus challenge of the Passo di Gavia. It is a hearty one. It begins to rain as we drop down toward the town of Ponte di Legno, at the Gavia’s base. The poor weather continues to decline, which is perfectly appropriate for a spirited attack on this gruesome pass.

Cycling aficionados should be intimately familiar with what happened on this climb in 1988: Andy Hampsten’s bike sears skinny tire tracks in the snow-covered road, his face obscured by giant goggles and fluttering snowflakes. You must have seen the poster, and surely know the tale. Now it’s our turn to be like Andy.

By the time we reach the top, it’s 31.9 degrees and sleeting. The fog is thick, and scraggly rock outcroppings eerily loom on all sides. No, Andy didn’t have it this bad, we think. He had the luxury of riding in the snow, we tell ourselves. It’s all a lie, of course. We could never be like Andy. But it helps us feel tough. And hardmen never get cold.

We crack the top, snap some pics, and quickly turn our attention to getting down. I don five jackets and blaze the descent, cold to the core.

Our first day ends with supreme satisfaction, and very cold toes.

 

Day 2 || Bormio > Passo dello Stelvio > Rabla || 57.5 miles and 5,709 feet

Theme: Camaraderie 

Quote of the day: “I’m not attacking, I just want to get a good photo.”

We’ve bonded. We form small groups out of the gate. Today will be a milestone for many, climbing Passo dello Stelvio with the threat of snow scheduled for our arrival on top.

This climb, with its majestic switchbacks, never ceases to amaze. Never disappoints. Never seems to quit. An otherworldly vista is drawn before us, with grasses the color of seaweed surrounded by snowcapped peaks and low-hanging clouds giving the air a still, sinister quality.

I find myself riding most often with three men today: Tom is one of our DuVine guides, a veteran of 10 years leading trips around Europe, and someone who loves to look like he’s never ridden before. In his early 30s, he’s strong despite his hairy legs and droopy socks. Then there are Ricky and McGregor. We all like to hurt each other, if we can. We don’t like to lose. We punch it. I get in the habit of jumping ahead so I can stop to take photos. Then I find myself churning to regain the front of the pack. I stop again. Suddenly, I’m fairly certain I see Tom up ahead giving it gas despite the fact that I haven’t caught back on. So I go full-gas. It’s a hard chase, but eventually the small prize of a big Stelvio climb is mine.

(It’s the first sign that this week will be filled with imaginary finish lines atop summits and at town lines, dotted across our many miles.)

At the top, there are two things in abundance: camaraderie and minestrone. (Two bowls please!) As brains thaw and rider after rider enters the Albergo Tibet above the snaking scene of 48 switchbacks plummeting out of sight in the valley below, it dawns on each of us what we’ve done. And we share that sense of accomplishment with one another, hugging and connecting in many ways, tangible and not. These are the moments that we’ll say “changed our lives” when we think back on this trip. It’s not an embellishment. This place, the effort, the conditions, the history: together it takes on prominent cycling significance.

 

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Metro approves $4.14 million for more open streets events like CicLAvia

Every couple of weeks, cars that usually clog the streets of Southern California are replaced with residents on bikes — and now, folks will have more chances to participate. Metro announced Monday that it’s setting aside over $4 million to fund 17 open streets events, like CicLAvia, across Los Angeles County.

The purpose is to get people out of their cars and onto another form of transportation, Metro spokesman Dave Sotero told KPCC.

“They may be riding these streets for the very first time. Because unless there’s a bike lane on a particular street, these streets are taken up by automobiles on a daily basis,” he said.

Metro already funds the biggest open streets program in the country, he added.  This would be the second round of events that they’ve backed. The first round funded 10 events that covered a total 68 miles.

While giving Angelenos an opportunity to see the city through a new lens, Sotero said, the decision to provide these funds also tries to address some of the congestion and pollution that the city faces.

Whether the increase in these events tangibly alleviates pollution numbers is unknown — but it does boost ridership on local light rail trains and buses.

During previous open streets events, ridership has increased an average of 10 percent, according to Sotero. They’ve also seen a slight surge in the sales of single and 30-day passes when the streets are car-free.

“We do see a tangible benefit from introducing open streets that connect well with the transit system within the county,” he said.

The new events are set to happen by December 2018 in West Hollywood, Glendale, Whittier, San Pedro and other communities. Here’s a map of all the planned events:

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Next Time You’re In Colorado, Check Out The I-70 Bike Path

You can now bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs

You can’t take your luggage with you, and you’ll probably need to take several breaks in between, but cyclists are now able to bike from DIA to Glenwood Springs without ever touching the highway.

The last portion of the I-70 Bike Path opened Wednesday, linking the Genesee Park interchange to Evergreen Parkway.

Up until now, cyclists wanting to travel the 150-mile stretch had to share the right shoulder of the interstate with cars whizzing by on their way to the mountains.

“Safety was the primary impetus for building this trail,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said. “Taking a bicyclist off the interstate system will enhance safety, not just for the cyclist, but for motorists as well.”

The concrete trail repurposes old highways and frontage roads to form one long scenic route.

CDOT resident engineer Kevin Brown helped design the trail and has already been frequenting the route himself.

“My wife and I live right in the neighborhood, and we’ve already been test riding it. It gives us a nice safe, pleasant ride,” he said.

The $2.4 million section of trail took about a year to complete, and includes a 120-foot bridge over the buffalo crossing.

Jefferson County, the City of Denver and the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation collaborated with CDOT to make the path possible.

 

Read more at 9news.com

Gran Fondo Santa Clarita

The inaugural Gran Fondo Santa Clarita is coming up and if you’re a serious rider or just a beginner, this is one you definitely won’t want to miss! Brought to you by Santa Clarita Velo and Road Bike Action; this one-day, chip-timed event will bring together cyclists from throughout California who seek to challenge themselves on the beautiful roads, rolling hills, and mountains of Santa Clarita Valley and beyond.

 

FEATURES

  • 100, 60, and 20 mile routes (Black, Red, Green) for riders of all skill levels, from beginner to pro
  • If you have mechanical issues, don’t sweat it! There will be professional mechanics on hand at the start of the event, MAVIC on-course supportthroughout the ride, and multiple feed zones and pits!
  • Preregistration (before October 1st) bonus stickers and stem / top tube decal of the route & pits
  • Event will be photographed by the prestigious Brian Hodes (VeloImages).
  • Prizes & Raffle Drawing (Enter for a chance to win some sweet gear & products!)
  • Ample indoor space available ensuring event & expo can go on, rain or shine!
  • Post-Ride Beer Garden with cold brews from Wolf Creek Brewery
  • Post-Ride lunch
  • Live music on the stage after the event
  • All day Kids Course on the grass at the expo
  • Each rider will receive a Gran Fondo Santa Clarita musette bag with nifty swag insideMedio and Gran route finishers will receive a special Gran Fondo Santa Clarita T-Shirt as well as their choice of Pint Glass or Mug embellished with the Gran Fondo Santa Clarita logo.
  • Custom Gran Fondo Santa Clarita jerseys by Primal available for purchase

 

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We All Scream for Ice Cream Ride & Walk

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, join C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange) and Los Angeles Walks for our 2nd Annual “We All Scream for Ice Cream,” a family-friendly bicycle ride and walk around East Hollywood sponsored by Metro’s Safe Routes to School Pilot Program. Scoops Ice Cream will be our final destination. Like last year, we’ll enjoy a famous Scoops discount for their delicious ice cream with fun flavors like Banana Oreo, Root Bear, and Peanut Butter!

This safe and fun community bicycle ride and walk is appropriate for bicycle riders, walkers, skaters, scooter and skateboard riders of all ages and experience levels and is led by trained Ride/Walk Leaders. Please bring a bike and helmet for the ride. If joining the ride, participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian.

Where: Scoops Ice Cream, 712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., we will leave promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Distances: Bike 1, 3, or 5 miles; Walk 1 or 2 miles

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Riding Centuries Makes You Smarter

From Bicycling.com

 

Ride lots! Sustained aerobic exercise—the kind we get on those long, luxurious bike rides—builds your brain.

 

e know you’re smart because, hey, you’ve made the intelligent decision to buy a bike (or several) and become a cyclist. Now here’s the best part: The more you ride, the smarter you’ll become.The most recent in a tall stack of supporting studies shows that regular, sustained aerobic exercise—like training for that century ride or wine country tour—promotes the birth of new brain cells (a process called neurogenesis) in your hippocampus, the part of your brain associated with learning and memory.

This study out of Finland was conducted on rats that either ran on wheels, sprinted on treadmills (to simulate high-intensity interval training), or lifted weights (yes, seriously; with their tails) for six to eight weeks. By the study’s end, only the distance-running rats, who voluntarily clocked an impressive 16 miles a week, significantly improved brain development in the hippocampus, enjoying two- to three-times more new neurons than they started with. The rats doing other types of exercise showed only minor improvement.

Yes, the study was on little furry animals. But there’s ample evidence that human brains grow from exercise, too, says John Ratey, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark.

“The major reason that growth is increased is that we are using our brain cells, spilling out all kinds of good stuff from dopamine to oxytocin to BDNF [brain-derived neurotrophic factor] and many other factors that promote growth,” he says. “This is hugely applicable to humans, though we don’t grow new cells so rapidly. I would suggest there is a lot of evidence that resistance training is in fact as useful and has similar effects.”

There’s even more good news for cyclists: Mixing exercise with other brain challenges, like coordination, reading terrain, and all the other reactionary tasks we do to stay upright at speed on two wheels is the best way to build our muscular brain, says Ratey. “You’re not just getting your heart rate cranked, but also using your brain in so many other ways.”

Now that sounds like a really smart reason to ride even more.

 

10 Of The Worst Bike Lane Designs

Last week, Tucson, Arizona’s Bike Shop Hub posted the following photo of a “bike lane” built so badly it would be laughable if it weren’t so depressing. The raised bike lane, which appears to be on the shoulder of an overpass, angles in to join up with the sidewalk…right through a metal barrier. It’s the bike lane equivalent of building a highway that casually veers into a brick wall. While it’s hilarious in the same way this is hilarious, the photo just highlights the second-class citizen approach many city planners still take to bicyclists. Money is poured into road projects for cars, and if a little bit is set aside for bike projects, so little care goes into their planning and execution that we end up with infrastructure so bad it’s barely usable.

BikeShopHub.com

From BikeShopHub.com

 

Robin Mazumder

 

From Seoul

 

Whoops

 

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