Thurs - Mon May 13 -
RDR = Ride Difficulty
One star represents an
easy ride for beginners.
Five stars represents a difficult ride that is for advanced riders.
Sunday, March 14th:Kite Fly-In. Get out your paper, sticks and glue or just go buy a
kite. It is time for our 4th annual kite fly-in. After a
short ride at SpaceMountain we'll have lunch and then meet at Randy’s apartment and
hike up fireworks hill where we’ll find out who in the club is the most skilled
“flyer”. (Or should that read, “who has the most hot air”!!!) Then it’s back
for some hot tubbing. A fun day in March.
Kite fly-in is right after the rides.
March 21st: The Fargo
Hillclimb.As seen on
TV! Fargo Street is reputedly the steepest hill in LA and cyclists
can rarely pass up a challenge like that. Therefore, once a year, for as
long as anyone can remember, cyclists meet at the hill to see who can meet the test. It's only a couple of blocks long, but at over
30% grade. Fargo Street is off of Allesandro St. near where the Glendale Fwy
begins (or ends) in the Silverlake area.
NRMB 16th Anniversary Treasure Hunt Ride. Can you believe it has been
16 years since the club started? Get ready for one more NRMB Treasure
Hunt Ride. More details next issue.
May 13 – 17: Moab!Need I say more!!!Join us for 3 glorious days of mountain biking at its finest. Day 1: Slick Rock. Day 2: Porcupine Rim. Day 3: Amassa Back. There are even some easier rides in the area for any less aggressive riders that are interested in going, such as GeminiBridges and Klondike Bluffs. Please let Tamara know if you are interested in going so we can coordinate lodging and carpooling. Also planned is a hike to Delicate Arch on Sunday afternoon and if there’s enough interest, we might even do a little river raft trip on the Colorado Saturday afternoon.
Randy's Renowned Rides:
Saturday, March 20th: Chumash/Hummingbird Loop. When Tam tried this ride last January it was
freezing.We will make a moderate to difficult climb up a fairly
technical singletrack, a.k.a. Chumash. When we reach the fireroad at the top
we will descend the RockyPeak fireroad a few miles till we meet up with
Hummingbird. The descent down this singletrack is lots of fun but can be
rather technical and steep in some sections. This is a loop ride that is
approximately 13 miles round trip and should take about 3.5 hours to complete.
Meeting time is RDR = ««««
the 118 Freeway to the Yosemite
Avenue exit in Simi Valley. At the end of the off-ramp proceed north to
Flanagan and make a right. Park on the side of the road
at the end of Flanagan.
Saturday, March 27th: Assault on SimiPeak! Would you like
a ride to test your heart and lung power? This is your ride. We
start up Cheeseboro, cross over to China Flats and then ride over to the base
of SimiPeak. It is eight minutes of gut busting pedaling or
about 14 minutes of pushing your bike to the top. Either way it is worth
the effort to get to the tallest peak above the ConejoValley. Then we descend down Dead Cow Road and stop for lunch at El Pollo Loco. This is the
only ride where we eat lunch on the ride. Then we’ll cross back over into Palo
Camado and over again into CheeseboroCanyon. RDR = ««««
the 101 Freeway at the Chesebro off ramp in Agoura, go north for about a mile
and turn to the right when you get to the park entrance. Go up the short road
to the dirt parking lot. This is the place. Meet time is
Tamara's Titillating Treks:
Please contact Tamara if you are interested in guest
leading a ride. If you have a favorite trail that we’ve not done before
and you’d like to share it with the group let me know and we’ll work out the
Saturday, March 6th:Bulldog/Tapia Loop. Since this ride was rained out last month let’s try
for it again. This is loop ride with beautiful vistas of both the
mountains and the ocean. The climb up bulldog is rather difficult due to
its steepness and length, approximately 3.7 miles to the top. From here
we will climb the Castro Crest fireroad and meet up with the rather technical
Backbone singletrack that leads to the CorralCanyon parking lot. Continuing on, we’ll take MesaPeak, which has several good climbs and descents. There
is a great downhill to be enjoyed once we reach the Tapia fireroad. This
fireroad ends at Malibu
Cyn Rd just south
of TapiaCountyPark. Then we’ll take the newly opened Tapia Spur
Connector trail back to the cars. This ride is approximately 20 miles
round trip and should take about 4.5 hours to complete. Meeting time is and ride
time is RDR =
the 101 Freeway to the Las
exit in Calabasas. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south toward the
ocean. The park entrance is on the West Side of the
road just south of Mulholland. There is a $5.00 parking fee for parking
inside the park. We will assemble in the last parking lot by the
Sunday, March 7th:SycamoreCanyon. We start off
on the connector trail that leads to Big Sycamore Canyon Road. We’ll descend down into the canyon and take Sin
Nombre over to Sage and make the climb up to the water tower. From here
it’s a fast and fun decent down WoodCanyon. Then it’s another climb up to the top via
Guadalasca. We’ll ride the fireroad over to Backbone and enjoy another
great decent. After a short jaunt on Two Foxes we’ll
head up the main fireroad and climb up the dreaded asphalt hill.
From the top it’s just a short ride back to the cars. This ride is
approximately 20 miles round trip and should take about 3 ½ hours to complete.
Meeting time is
and ride time is RDR =
the 101 Freeway to the Wendy exit in NewburyPark. At the end of the off-ramp proceed south on Wendi
until it dead-ends at Potrero
Road. Park in the adjacent dirt parking area.
Saturday, March 13th:RomeroCanyon. This is a
great ride and ranks as one of my personal favorites. We start with a
moderate climb up a fireroad that affords some spectacular views of the Santa Barbara area and the ocean beyond. A
couple miles up, the fireroad narrows to a very fun singletrack.
The climb up the singletrack is mostly moderate but does have some fairly
technical sections along the way. This is an ‘out and back’ ride so anyone
wishing to head back can turn around at any time and coast all the way down the
mountain to the cars. Bring a snack for our stop at the top of the pass.
This ride is about 15 miles round trip and should last approximately 3.5 - 4
hours. Come prepared to have lots ‘n lots of fun. Meeting time is and ride time is RDR = ««««
Thousand Oaks, take the 101 Freeway to the Sheffield
exit in Summerland, just past the Big Yellow House Restaurant. At the end
of the off-ramp make a right and proceed to East Valley Rd. At East Valley Rd make a left and then a quick right onto Romero Cyn Rd. Stay on Romero Cyn Rd until you come upon Bella Vista Dr. At Bella Vista make a right and continue up
approximately ¼ mile. Park on the dirt on the side of
Sunday, March 28th: Ojai - SulphurMountain. This is the
perfect Spring ride – a beautiful out and back along a
country fireroad amongst grazing cattle. The first half of the ride is a
moderate, non-technical nine-mile climb up a fireroad. Along the way
there are spectacular mountain vistas to spy to the North, LakeCasitas to the West, and the Pacific Ocean
to the South. Let’s pray for a clear day and lots of spring
wildflowers. At the top we’ll stop for a snack and some pictures.
Then it’s 9 glorious miles of DOWNHILL back to the
cars. Wow, what a great finale!!! This ride is approximately 18
miles round trip and should take about 3.5 hours to complete. Meeting
time is and ride time is RDR = «««
Take the 101 Freeway to the 33, just a bit west of Ventura. Continue
north on the 33 for approximately 7 miles and make a right onto Sulphur
Mountain Road. If you reach the town of Oak View you’ve gone too
far. Park at the end of Sulphur Mtn Rd, this is our meeting spot.
Ginni’s Gentle Get-Aways:
Sunday, March 14th, 9:30 am: Space Mountain/Back of Space Mountain &
Kite Fly-In. We’ll meet in the parking lot
at Randy’s apartment & bike to Space Mountain. He will lead a 3 star ride
up Space Mountain and I will lead a 1 star ride up the back of Space Mountain.
We will meet back at the parking lot where we will trek up Fireworks Hill for
our 3rd annual Kite Fly-In. (see front page). Then it’s into the hot tub. Join
us for a fun-filled day. RDR = «&«««
From the 101 take the Moorpark Road exit and turn right (north). Turn left on
Wilbur Road and right on St. Charles Dr. Enter at the 2nd entrance to Charter
Oaks Apts on the left. Park in the back.
Sunday, March 21st, 9:30 am: Grasslands. The trail begins at Juan Bautista De Anza Park and
meanders along until we reach the main part of Malibu Creek State Park. We'll
go down into the park and either turn around and go back or continue on to the
old MASH set and then on to the dam. Then it’s off to lunch.RDR = «