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Old 01-05-07, 12:07 PM   #1
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Ride to the TOC. Anyone interested?

I was wondering if anyone was thinking about riding to the final stage of the Tour of California in Long
Beach. It's Feb 25th. I was thinking of starting somewhere around the Whittier Narrows area and taking the SGBT to PCH and then into Long Beach. Anyone interested? I'm open to suggestions.
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Excellent idea. Last year I cycled down with the tour from San Francisco. I saw the San Francisco time trial, the finish in San Luis Obispo, the finish in Santa Barbara, and the finish at Amgen in Thousand Oaks. I then slept in my very own bed and then rode from Malibu to the last crit in Redondo Beach.

At every place they had a bicycle parking area where it was manned and you were given a "hat" check to retrieve your bike. I felt the bike was safe everywhere.

To drive there and try to find parking is insane.
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I am positive that I will be heading there as well, but from the southern route, not the eastern one...
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Maybe we can have a meeting point.
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I'll be riding from er...............Long Beach.
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I'm in too. From the northern OC route....
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I will also be riding from long beach. I live about 5 miles from the course. Now if i can just figure out from where I want to watch...
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I am positive that I will be heading there as well, but from the southern route, not the eastern one...
Can I tag along?
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I'm running this back up the flag pole since there seems to be some recent interest. Last year I road to the Redondo Beach circuit and planned on riding to the Long Beach circuit this year, but haven't decided where to stage a start. SGRT, SART, Griffith & LA River, Whittier Narrows, Rio Hondo. Anyone planning on meeting up somewhere in LB? What say all?
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I'm planning from Encanto Park to LB.

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Ya Dave, . . . saw your other post which is why I revised this previous post. Thought it might consolidate efforts and refresh recollections of a similar interest expressed by others previously. I might join you at Encanto, but nothing definite yet.
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Our club rides to the climb of Balcom Canyon on the 24th. It's exciting to watch them climb that thing.
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Our club rides to the climb of Balcom Canyon on the 24th. It's exciting to watch them climb that thing.
We're debating between Balcom Canyon and Santa Clarita.
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I'm in for the Irvine to LBC ride.
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My wife and kid will be out of town that weekend and I am doing Palomar the day before so I will need the recovery. Heck, this sounds cool. Could I carpool w/you Jim?
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We're debating between Balcom Canyon and Santa Clarita.
If you decide on Balcom you can ride with us. We start at CSUN at 8:00 and take a casual ride out there and people bring snacks and make a picnic of it.
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If you decide on Balcom you can ride with us. We start at CSUN at 8:00 and take a casual ride out there and people bring snacks and make a picnic of it.
Thanks John, that sounds like a lot of fun.....I will most likely join your group!
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Thanks John, that sounds like a lot of fun.....I will most likely join your group!
We'd be happy to have you and any other BFers who would like to come along. It will be about 80 miles round trip, but some people will probably start in Simi Valley to avoid climbing Santa Susana Pass.
Last year on Balcom was incredibly exciting for a couple minutes as they went by. Those guys climb that 23% grade like it's no big deal.
You could also go see the race the next day.
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My wife and kid will be out of town that weekend and I am doing Palomar the day before so I will need the recovery. Heck, this sounds cool. Could I carpool w/you Jim?
Billy,

Something came up and I have to be at a family function on the afternoon of the 25th. I won't be able to make it to Long Beach. I'll be doing the morning club ride, though.

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Something came up and I have to be at a family function on the afternoon of the 25th. I won't be able to make it to Long Beach. I'll be doing the morning club ride, though.

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. . . . Last year on Balcom was incredibly exciting for a couple minutes as they went by. Those guys climb that 23% grade like it's no big deal.
You could also go see the race the next day.
That sounds like more of a grade than Dennison where I managed to park last year, and still made it over to T.O. before the peloton arrived for the finale. Great show.
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I will be getting off work that morning across the street from UCI. Several of us are riding from there to LB and back. Its about 60miles R/T. Not a hammerfest. About 16-18 mph average. Any body want to join us?
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I will be getting off work that morning across the street from UCI. Several of us are riding from there to LB and back. Its about 60miles R/T. Not a hammerfest. About 16-18 mph average. Any body want to join us?
Since lsitis isn't going this sounds like it might be up my alley. What time you plan to head out?
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My wife and kid will be out of town that weekend and I am doing Palomar the day before so I will need the recovery. Heck, this sounds cool. Could I carpool w/you Jim?
I need a plan to get my wife and kids out of town...hhhmmm
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Excellent idea. Last year I cycled down with the tour from San Francisco. I saw the San Francisco time trial, the finish in San Luis Obispo, the finish in Santa Barbara, and the finish at Amgen in Thousand Oaks. I then slept in my very own bed and then rode from Malibu to the last crit in Redondo Beach.

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To drive there and try to find parking is insane.
good point! all this time i've been imagining them having massive amounts of parking like the long beach grand prix. i don't even know what long beach looks like without a race track set up down there. dang, now i actually have to plan for this?
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