Turned 55 on Sunday (22nd) and of course did the obligatory ride of one's age.
I don't have a computer on the bike but this loop is right around 55 to 60 miles.
Went very nicely from the start. Left home, 1/2 mile later I pickup Topanga Canyon road heading south
to Malibu. I come to realize THEY'VE JUST RE PAVED THE ENTIRE ROAD ALL THE WAY TO PCH!!!
A perfect October morning here in LA, fresh pavement, clear air and a warm tailwind.
Half mile from the beach it's foggy and stays that way all the way north to Latigo Canyon.
Around Malibu pier I meet another rider (old coot like me) and he complements my speed. I let on it's my b-day etc. He asks how old, I say 55, he says "I don't feel so bad then, I'm 65!" He was well into an unsupported century, to Ventura and back. Nice to see.
So then a very fast climb over the 11 miles of Latigo canyon, trying to stay with a small group of much younger racers on a training ride. Turned out to be a personal best time for that climb so I was somewhat cooked but happy. Now down Mulholland Highway to Malibu Canyon, I head again toward the beach but then detour up Piuma road, about 5 or 6 miles of climbing to the top of Saddle Peak. The view from there is remarkable, the ocean blanketed by brilliantly lit fog, with Catalina Island poking through, 30 miles offshore. Now a blasting descent down Stunt road, another 5 miles of rollers through Cold Canyon, and a final 1/2 mile uphill to the house. When mixed with a few very cold post ride brews it stands a fine birthday present to myself. I hope you all have as good a time on your birthday rides.