Como Street (Grand Daddy)- Tustin
Day: Sunday (all year)
Start Time: 8:00 am
Start: Tustin Market Place, off the 5 fwy at Jamboree in Tustin CA (In front of the Red Robin)
Distance: 32-41 miles
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Notes:This ride has a “long route” and a “short route”. The short route goes directly through Santiago Canyon (from the south entrance), and the long route adds a really nice wooded section through Trabuco Canyon.
Como Street Long- 45 miles
Food Park- Irvine
|Day||Every Saturday (all year)|
|Start||At the corner of Main and Harvard in the city of Irvine. Directions: Take the 405 to Irvine (just south of the 55 fwy), to north on Jamboree and right on Main to Harvard.|
Start Time: 5:30 PM
Distance: 22 Miles
Time: 1 Hour of hard riding (add warm up and cool down)
Notes: There is plenty of parking at the shopping center at the NW corner of Portola Pkwy and Culver.
Swami’s Ride – San Diego, CA
Day: Every Saturday (all year)
Start Time :
The B Ride leaves Nytro promptly at: 7:45 am
The A Ride (faster and harder ride) leaves Nytro promptly at: 8:10 am
Start Location: Nytro Bike Shop, 940 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Distance: 40 miles
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
39/Baldy/GMR Yellow Gate- If you Dare!
Orangeman Half IM 56mi Bike Route- Dana Point to Elsinore
Try It SOLO!
Coffee Crew-A.K.A Schooler Crew
DayEvery Tuesday and Thursday (all year)Start Time
University and Campus Drive in IrvineDistance30-35 milesDuration1.5-2 hoursNotes20-50 people can be found here regularly during the week.
Starts is in Irvine. Ride travels east before returning to Newport Beach. Notable climbs would be Ridgeline and backside of Newport Coast.
Hughes Park, Long Beach, CA
Day: Tuesday and Thursday all year
Start Time: Tuesday at 7:00 pm,Thursday at 7:30 pm
Start: Hughes Business Park (northwest of the 710 & 405 freeway junction)
Duration: 55 min + 5 laps
Directions: Located northwest of the 710/405 freeway junction in Long Beach. Major cross streets are Carson St. and South Santa Fe Ave. Look for Carson and Via Oro Ave. (just east of Santa Fe)
Barry Wolfe Ride – Burbank, CA
Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am
Start: Riverside Dr. and Buena Vista St.
Route: Through Griffith Park, up and over Chevy Chase Dr, up Foothill Blade and through La Crescenta, down La Tuna Canyon Rd, back through Burbank
Distance: Approx.. 40 miles
Recommended Skill Level: Cat 5 and Up
Intensity: Easy on the flats, Hard on the climbs
8:30: Riverside Dr. & Avon (1 block East of Riverside/Olive).
~ 8:45: at the storm-basin bridge on Riverside between Allen & Western
~ 9:00: at Los Feliz & and Griffith Park Dr. (South exit of G-park)
Route (different on Tues/Thurs)
* Heads East on Riverside and through Griffith Park.
* East on Los Feliz; North on Glendale; East on Chevy Chase.
* Turn left onto Verdugo and head up to Montrose
* regroup at Verdugo Hills Hospital.
* Descanso to Chevy Chase and back through Glendale.
* Same as Tues., but stay on Chevy Chase and climb to the North.
* Left on Descanso, through Montrose, over La Tuna and across the valley on Vineland. Return through Toluca Lake.
* regoups at top of Chevy and before La Tuna descent.
Wednesday Camp Pendleton
Wednesday Camp Pendleton ride 8:05 a.m. La Costa Ave & Coast Hwy or 8:15 a.m at Starbucks in downtown Carlsbad.
Since the base has opened up – the old Wednesday Camp Pendleton is back. You must carry a valid driver’s license or state-issued I.D. in order to get onto the base.
This ride goes all the way to San Clemente for some, but others return sooner in order to get that w— thing in. Going all the way to San Clemente might get you back before 11:00 a.m. Fast!
Departure times/places: One group leaves from LaCosta and Coast Highway at 8:05 a.m. and others leave from Starbucks in downtown Carlsbad at 8:15 a.m.
There have been reports of the officers at the gate turning back some people, so you have to adhere to the hours, carry your I.D. and abide by the rules. Please ride accordingly (single file, stopping at red lights, etc.), so we can keep this ride going. If we don’t all abide by the rules we will surely loose this priviledge eventually.
Day: Every Wednesday (all year)
Distance: 45 miles
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Tour of Sierra Madre – Pasadena, CA
Meets in the parking lot near 2562 E. Colorado Blvd. The ride is moderate to fast, depending on the time of the year. About 25-30 miles with perhaps 2,000 feet of climbing. There are 2 major climbs in the ride. Ride regroups for dropped riders. During the winter you’ll need to bring lights.
Day: Every Wednesday (all year)
Start: 6 p.m.
Distance: 30 miles
Duration: 1.5 Hrs
Directions: From the 210 fwy exit Sierra Madre Blvd. go south to Colorado then east
Montrose Ride – Pasadena, CA
Day: Every Saturday (all year)
Main Start: Desconso Gardens in La Canada, CA (1/2 mile south of Verdugo on Desconso)
Distance: 40-50 Miles
Duration: 3 hrs
Note: There is also a shorter loop which cuts about 10 miles off the ride. Both routes finish at the same place. Once you reach the finish, you still have to ride back to wherever it is you started from as the ride does not start and end in the same place!
The Raincross Ride – Redlands-Riverside-Corona, CA
Redlands Start: 7:30 Coffee Shop, on the corner of Alabama and Barton, in Redlands.
Riverside Start: 8:30 am parking lot on Brockton and Central.
Route: The ride takes you through the Historic Victoria District, out to Home Gardens (Corona East) and back.
Distance: 24 – 65 miles
Intensity: Be prepared to keep an average speed of over 25mph and you must be able to hit speeds well over 30 mph. Many riders use this for race training.
Canyon (Saturday) Velo Rides:
THE RIDE START POINT IS IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE SHELL STATION AND THE CONVENIENCE STORE (not the car wash) ON NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD IN ORANGE, CA. THE APPROXIMATE ADDRESS IS 2702 N. SANTIAGO BLVD. THIS LOCATION IS JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF LINCOLN AVE. AND NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD. NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD IS JUST EAST OF THE 55 FRWY AT THIS LOCATION.
START TIME IS 7:30 SHARP. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
Bunch Rides in Southern California
THESE ARE ADVANCED RIDES. THE PACE IS VERY FAST AT TIMES. A NUMBER OF MEMBERS FROM OTHER CYCLING CLUBS PARTICIPATE. THE GROUP OFTEN INCLUDES STATE, NATIONAL, AND WORLD CHAMPION CYCLISTS AS WELL AS SOME PROFESSIONALS THE GROUP DOES NOT STOP FOR MECHANICALS OR OTHER ISSUES OTHER THAN EMERGENCIES.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN RIDE ROUTE OPTIONS. ALL THREE RIDE OPTIONS START AT THE SANTIAGO BLVD LOCATION AND FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE FOR THE FIRST 15.7 MILES TO THE INTERSECTION OF IRVINE BLVD AND SAND CANYON IN IRVINE. THEY ARE NICKNAMED “SHORT-SHORT,” “LONG-SHORT,” AND “LONG-LONG.” THE FIRST 5 TO 6 MILES AFTER THE START ARE GENERALLY, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS, RIDDEN AT “CONVERSATION PACE” AND USED FOR WARMUP. AT THIS POINT THE “RIDE SCRIPT” CAN BE INFLUENCED BY A NUMBER OF UNPREDICTABLE FACTORS. MOST OFTEN THE PACE PICKS UP AND CAN BE EXTREMELY FAST UNTIL THE INTERSECTION OF IRVINE BLVD AND SAND CANYON WHERE THE “SHORT-SHORT” RIDERS PEEL OFF. OTHER RIDERS AND GROUPS OF RIDERS JOIN IN A LONG THE ROUTE OFTEN SWELLING THE PELOTON NUMBERS TO OVER 100 RIDERS ON IRVINE BLVD.
THE “SHORT-SHORT” RIDE ROUTE IS GENERALLY FLAT AND ABOUT 31 MILES IN LENGTH. RIDERS USING THIS OPTION MOVE TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PELOTON PRIOR TO SAND CANYON BLVD AND THEN TURN RIGHT AT THIS INTERSECTION. THE PACE THEN BECOMES EXTREMLY FAST AND RIDERS MUST BE VIGILANT. THE GROUP TURNS RIGHT ON IRVINE CENTER DRIVE AND THE PACE REMAINS AGGRESSIVE UNTIL CULVER BLVD. AN OPTION AT THIS POINT IS TO TURN LEFT ON CULVER, GO TO MAIN STREET, AND JOIN THE “FOODPARK RIDE” THAT STARTS IN IRVINE. OTHERWISE THIS GROUP RIDES BACK THROUGH TUSTIN, ONTO NEWPORT BLVD, AND THEN RETRACES THE ROUTE FOLLOWED IN THE MORNING BACK TO THE START POINT. ONE OPTION IN TUSTIN IS TO CLIMB “BROWNING RD” BEFORE HEADING BACK TO NEWPORT BLVD.
THE “LONG-SHORT” RIDE OPTION CONTINUES ON IRVINE BLVD PAST SAND CANYON WITH THE “LONG-LONG” RIDERS. THIS RIDE IS ABOUT 43 MILES LONG. THIS GROUP TURNS LEFT UP EL TORO RD AT A SPIRITED PACE THAT INCLUDES A FAST TRIP UP THE COOK’S CORNER CLIMB AND THEN SLAMS BACK THROUGH SANTIAGO CANYON. SOME RIDERS MAY CHOOSE TO ADD THE SILVERADO CANYON LEG (ADDS 12 MILES) TO THIS ROUTE. AFTER DECENDING “DUMP HILL” INTO VILLA PARK THE GROUP TURNS ONTO NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD AND RETRACES THE LAST FEW MILES TO THE ORIGINAL START POINT.
THE “LONG-LONG” ROUTE IS ABOUT 56 MILES LONG. THIS OPTION IS VERY TOUGH AND CHALLENGING. OFTEN THE PACE IS SET BY NATIONAL OR WORLD CHAMPIONS AND PROFESSIONAL RIDERS. AFTER THE “LONG –SHORT” PEELS OFF THIS GROUP CONTINUES ON WITH SOME SPIRITED CLIMBS IN MISSION VIEJO PRIOR TO A HARD TRIP UP THE 1984 MISSION VIEJO OLYMPIC ROAD COURSE CLIMB OF LA PAZ RD. RIDERS THEN COMPLETE A LONG FAST GRIND UP ANTONIO PARKWAY, FOLLOWED BY A SLAM THROUGH LIVE OAK CANYON AND UP “THE WALL.” AFTER A VERY FAST ASCENT OF THE COOK’S CORNER GRADE THE RIDERS RE-GROUP AT THE MOJESKA CANYON TURNOFF AND HAMMER BACK THROUGH SANTIAGO CANYON. SOME RIDERS MAY CHOOSE TO ADD THE SIVERADO CANYON LEG TO THIS ROUTE. AS WITH THE “LONG-SHORT” ROUTE, AFTER DECENDING “DUMP HILL,” THE RIDERS HEAD BACK INTO VILLA PARK AND THEN TURN RIGHT ONTO NORTH SANTIAGO BLVD AND BACK TO THE RIDE START POINT.
Canyon Velo (Sunday) Ride:
GENERALLY FLAT AND ABOUT 52 MILES LONG.
THE RIDE START POINT FOR THOSE WHO DRIVE TO THE START IS THE PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF ANAHEIM HILLS BIKE SHOP. THE ADDRESS IS 5675 E. LA PALMA IN ANAHEIM HILLS. THIS LOCATION IS JUST WEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND LA PALMA BLVD.
THE RIDERS LEAVE THE PARKING LOT JUST BEFORE 7:00 AM. AND RIDE TO THE “OFFICIAL” START POINT ON THE SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL JUST WEST OF IMPERIAL HIGHWAY NEXT TO THE PORTABLE TOILET. MOST OFTEN OTHER RIDERS HAVE RIDDEN TO THIS POINT. THE RIDE STARTS AT 7:00 SHARP FROM THIS POINT HEADING WEST TOWARDS THE BEACH.
THE NUMBER OF RIDERS PARTICIPATING FLUCTUATES WEEK TO WEEK DEPENDING ON A NUMBER OF VARIABLES. SOME DAYS THE GROUP IS VERY SMALL AND ON OTHER OCASSIONS, ON THE HIGH END, THERE MAY BE UP TO 25-30 RIDERS. MOST PARTICIPANTS ARE MEMBERS OF THE CANYON VELO CYCLING CLUB. THE RIDE “CULTURE AND PHILOSOPHY” IS DIFFERENT FROM THE SATURDAY CLUB RIDE. THIS GROUP TRADITIONALLY DOES STOP FOR MECHANICALS AND IS MORE STRUCTURED. BEING SAFE IS MAJOR FOCUS.
AT TIMES DUE TO GROUP SIZE, AND DIFFERING ABILITY LEVELS, TWO RIDE GROUPS WILL BE FORMED. THE FRONT GROUP CONSISTS OF VERY AGGRESSIVE RIDERS, AND A FAST, THOUGH HOPEFULLY STEADY PACE, IS MAINTAINED FOR THE 20 MILES TO THE BEACH. THE 20 MILES IS OFTEN COVERED IN 50-55 MINUTES. A SECOND GROUP ATTEMPTS TO MAINTAIN A 20-22 MPH SPEED AND IS MUCH MORE FOCUSED ON FINISHING AS AN INTACT GROUP. RIDERS WHO HAVE NOT RIDDEN THIS RIDE BEFORE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO RIDE IN THE SECOND GROUP OR AT THE BACK OF THE FIRST GROUP UNTIL THEY KNOW THE “RIDE SCRIPT” AND PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY THE RIDE VETERANS KNOW ”THAT RIDER.”
THE FIRST LEG OF THE RIDE FINISHES AT THE BEACH AND THE GROUP THEN HEADS EAST ON PCH FOR A FEW HUNDRED YARDS TO THE FIRST PUBLIC RESTROOM IN NEWPORT BEACH. THIS IS A RESTROOM STOP AS WELL AS A PLACE TO REPLENISH WATER BOTTLES. IF THERE ARE TWO GROUPS, OR ANY “STRAGGLERS,” THIS IS ALSO A RE-GROUPING SPOT. THE STOP IS GENERALLY 5 – 8 MINUTES IN LENGTH.
THE RIDE NEXT HEADS EAST ON PCH FOR A FEW MILES AT A PACE THAT RANGES FROM MODERATE TO BRISK TO VERY FAST AT TIMES BEFORE TURNING LEFT AROUND THE NEWPORT DUNES RESORT AND INTO BACK BAY. THE PACE THROUGH BACK BAY IS USUALLY MODERATE.
AFTER BACK BAY THE RIDE CONTINUES ALONG UNIVERSITY BLVD AT A MODERATE TO VERY FAST PACE BEFORE TURNING LEFT ONTO HARVARD. AGAIN THE PACE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MILES RANGES FROM MODERATE TO VERY FAST. AT WALNUT THE GROUP TURNS LEFT FOR A SHORT DISTANCE AND THEN RIGHT ON TUSTIN RANCH RD. AT COLINA RD. JUST PAST IRVINE BLVD. THE RIDE TURNS LEFT AND THEN MOST PARTICIPANTS CLIMB UP OVERBROWNING RD AND DROP BACK DOWN AND CROSS NEWPORT BLVD ON FOOTHILL BLVD. THE RIDE TURNS QUICKLYONTO OLD FOOTHILL THEN RIGHT ON HEWES AND PROCEEDS BACK THROUGH ORANGE AT A BRISK TO VERY FAST PACE. SOME RIDERS STOP AT A BAGEL SHOP IN VILLA PARK WHILE OTHERS CONTINUE BACK ALONG SANTIAGO BLVD ONTO SANTA ANA CANYON. THE RIDERS TURN LEFT AT LAKEVIEW BLVD AND THEN ENTER THE SANTA ANA RIVER TRAIL FOR THE LAST 2 MILES BACK TO THE ANAHEIM HILS BIKE SHOP STARTING POINT.